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jackal6 01-05-2013 04:32 AM

3in 1911s
I'm trying to decide what my next gun should be, Something for concealed carry I was looking at revolvers first but I've got 1911 fever ^_^

jackal6 01-05-2013 04:59 AM


Originally Posted by axxe55

check out the Officer's sized 1911's. 3.5" barreled IIRC.

my Springfield Armory Loaded Micro Compact 45 has a barrel length of 3". very compact and holds 6 rounds of 45ACP! has an aluminum frame and stainless steel slide. with the slim line grips, it's quite compact. shoots great and is suprisingly accurate for a short barreled pistol. downside, most of the compact 1911's can be a bit pricey in comparison to their full sized brothers. but are definately worth checking out. BTW, i paid quite a bit for mine, but after owning it and shooting it, i have no regrets in buying it. the only changes to mine after these pictures were taken was going to an extended slide release lever and a single sided thumb safety.

That's my only concern is price it seems they are much pricier, I paid 800 for my full size 1911 and im still catching flack for it from my wife lol but I don't mind waiting while I save up :)

limbkiller 01-05-2013 11:40 AM

This was $500 out the door. 3.5" barrel and has shot anything I have run through it.

otisthecat 01-05-2013 02:37 PM

The STI Spartan III can be had for a reasonable price ($650-$750).

JonM 01-05-2013 02:44 PM

Colt new agent or defender is best of the breed in the micro 1911s 7 rounds in the mag and will also use full size mags.

Overkill0084 01-05-2013 02:59 PM

Just my opinion, but the barrel length is not that big an issue with 1911s for concealed carry. IMHO, it's the grip that going to cause any issues first. I carry a Dan Wesson CCO. 4.5" barrel with an Officer frame. It conceals just fine. It's easy to shoot well, in fact it's actually a fun range gun. Great trigger and extremely accurate & reliable. Several makers sell CCO type pistols.
As barrels on 1911s get shorter, it gets harder for builders to keep them reliable. It's not impossible, obviously, but it does require a bit more skill & tuning. So with that in mind, buy one from a maker with a reputation for getting them right, good customer service dept. & and with a decent warranty.
FWIW, Dan Wesson does make the ECO as well, which is a true 3.5" 1911.

cuate 01-05-2013 03:11 PM

I purchased a similiar .45 some time ago, a Springfield,, Ultra Compact and I modified the trigger mechanism to my liking. It is accurate, has a sweet trigger now and a great carry concealed pistol. It is on loan to my Son, who lives near Crime City (Dallas, TX) as I live in a rural area and crime is not high or even minor crime prone. But I do have a "shooting iron" or two in case we are invaded by criminal zombies with theft and harm in mind

Boom ! Boom ! he's dead and we aren't playing Cowboys and Indians.


HOSSFLY 01-05-2013 03:29 PM


Originally Posted by axxe55 (Post 1080588)
yes most any brand that makes a compact 1911 is usually higher than the full sized models. why i don't know, they just are. MSRP on my SA was $1378, and i paid $1299 with tax! definately not cheap, but IMO, it was worth it.

Always wanted one but that very true fact kept me from it :(

HOSSFLY 01-05-2013 03:38 PM


Originally Posted by axxe55 (Post 1080991)
check out Limbkiller's RIA Officer sized 1911. it would be a good companion for the one you already have!:D

Will do- RIA is really gettin out there in the 1911 stuff :D

HOSSFLY 01-05-2013 03:43 PM


Originally Posted by axxe55 (Post 1081004)
yes they are!:D

i am really liking that full sized one they have chambered in 38 Super.:D

Lustin on a 38super myself- Been a long while since i had one-
In fact last i had was a LNIB Colt I bought in a Longview beerjoint for $200-:)

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