Originally Posted by potentialglock
I didn't know the officers model was smaller. What would u recommend?
the Officer sized 1911's have a 3-3.5" barrels and a shorter frame. the Commander sized 1911's have a 4-4.5" barrel and have a full size frame. the Government or full sized 1911's usually have 5" barrels and a full size frame. these are the general guidelines and there could be exceptions to this.
the Government model would be the best choice for your first 1911 to get your self familiar with the platform. many have a hard time stopping at one 1911 after buying their first one. currently i have all three sizes, a Remington R1 Enhanced full size, an American Classic Commander and a Springfield Micro Compact 45, Officer sized pistol.
for the most part i agree with Cane on that the smaller 1911's are not the best choice for one's first 1911. but i will have to disagree with him on the shooting part! my SA Micro Compact 45 is one sweet shooting pistol and i enjoy shooting it. i was also suprised at it's accuracy for such a short barrels pistol. but in all honesty it was also my most expensive 1911!