Originally Posted by icallshotgun88
I'm sure you've heard it a million times that full size 1911s tend to be more reliable than compact sizes.
People say, the further you stray away from the original design, the less reliable it is..
Idk how true that actually is, since in only have experience with full sized 1911s, but I'm curious about 9mm 1911s
Is there a size that tends to be more reliable?
Or is that whole thing a hoax in the first place?
It would be cool to get a compact 1911 in 9mm...
depends is the only answer that is valid.
there is nothing inherently wrong with small 1911 style guns. it is more the ammount of development effort that goes into the gun that is the limiting factor than the size itself.
for example my little colt new agent in 45acp is ultra reliable and has never had a misfeed or fail to extract. ive seen detonics made 1911 in the same size same pattern type be jammomatics.
caliber is not terribly relevent if proper care was taken during the design phase. i wouldnt hesitate to get a compact 9mm from springfield armory but i wouldnt touch the same size, same caliber gun coming from kimber.
one general rule is the shorter the barrel and slide the less room there is for recoil springs. so you tend to get very strong and compact springs in short barrel semi-autos. this means you can have a very difficult and dangerous time getting one cleared of a jam if a stoppage should occur. unloading one safely is a LOT less safe. charging the firearm can be extremely challenging if you have compromised grip strength
small 1911 pattern guns are a right pain to take apart and service for general cleaning and maintenance
just my two primers worth.