Compact 1911
You are Unregistered, please register to use all of the features of FirearmsTalk.com!    
Firearm & Gun Forum - FireArmsTalk.com > Handguns > Semi-Auto Handguns > 1911 Forum > Compact 1911

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 04-14-2014, 08:12 PM   #1
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
Engine5truck's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2011
Posts: 219
Liked 7 Times on 6 Posts

Default Compact 1911

Hey guys, I'm looking into getting a compact 3"- 3.5" 1911 for ccw. I have around $1000+ price range. I am looking at a colt defender. Any other options?


Sent from my iPhone using Firearms Talk
Engine5truck is offline  
 
Reply With Quote

Join FirearmsTalk.com Today - It's Free!

Are you a firearms enthusiast? Then we hope you will join the community. You will gain access to post, create threads, private message, upload images, join groups and more.

Firearms Talk is owned and operated by fellow firearms enthusiasts. We strive to offer a non-commercial community to learn and share information.

Join FirearmsTalk.com Today! - Click Here


Old 04-14-2014, 08:13 PM   #2
FTF_SUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
JW357's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2013
Location: North Carolina
Posts: 6,716
Liked 3729 Times on 2286 Posts
Likes Given: 1224

Default

Which caliber do you want? Traditional .45 ACP?
__________________
Always have clean socks.
JW357 is offline  
 
Reply With Quote
Old 04-14-2014, 08:24 PM   #3
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
Engine5truck's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2011
Posts: 219
Liked 7 Times on 6 Posts

Default

.45 ACP of course lol


Sent from my iPhone using Firearms Talk
Engine5truck is offline  
 
Reply With Quote
Old 04-14-2014, 10:10 PM   #4
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
Engine5truck's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2011
Posts: 219
Liked 7 Times on 6 Posts

Default

The defender I found is 1080 out the door. Good price?


Kimber Custom Covert 2, S&W model 29 .44 mag
Engine5truck is offline  
 
Reply With Quote
Old 04-14-2014, 11:45 PM   #5
FTF_SUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
otisthecat's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2012
Location: Topeka, KS
Posts: 455
Liked 168 Times on 102 Posts
Likes Given: 222

Default

Not bad, that's about going rate. I paid the same, or very close to it. It's a great option, I love mine. There's also the Colt New Agent, which tends to sell for a little less.

I don't have any first hand experience with the officer sized Springfields, but many people swear by them.
otisthecat is offline  
Axxe55 Likes This 
Reply With Quote
Old 04-15-2014, 12:02 AM   #6
The Apocalypse Is Coming.....
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Posts: 0
Liked 22306 Times on 12476 Posts
Likes Given: 53672

Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by otisthecat View Post
Not bad, that's about going rate. I paid the same, or very close to it. It's a great option, I love mine. There's also the Colt New Agent, which tends to sell for a little less.

I don't have any first hand experience with the officer sized Springfields, but many people swear by them.
i have the SA Loaded Micro Compact 45. great pistol, well made and very accurate. i bought mine a few years ago andi think they have since dropped it from the SA line-up. i am not seeing it listed anymore.

when i bought mine, i was trying to decide between it, a Colt Defender and a SA EMP in 9mm. it was a hard choice but the SA won out. the Defender was a very nice pistol as well. i seriously doubt i would have been disappointed had i chosen the Defender instead though.
Axxe55 is offline  
otisthecat Likes This 
Reply With Quote
Old 04-15-2014, 12:14 AM   #7
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
Mouser's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Now residing in Lower Alabama
Posts: 366
Liked 171 Times on 120 Posts
Likes Given: 177

Default

Some are outspoken about Kimber but I have nothing but good results with my Kimber Crimson Carry
crimson-trace.jpg  
__________________
Man once surrendering his reason, has no remaining guard against absurdities the most monstrous, and like a ship without rudder, is the sport of every wind.
-Thomas Jefferson to James Smith, 1822.
Mouser is offline  
 
Reply With Quote
Old 04-15-2014, 01:34 AM   #8
FTF_SUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
otisthecat's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2012
Location: Topeka, KS
Posts: 455
Liked 168 Times on 102 Posts
Likes Given: 222

Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Axxe55 View Post
i have the SA Loaded Micro Compact 45. great pistol, well made and very accurate. i bought mine a few years ago andi think they have since dropped it from the SA line-up. i am not seeing it listed anymore.

when i bought mine, i was trying to decide between it, a Colt Defender and a SA EMP in 9mm. it was a hard choice but the SA won out. the Defender was a very nice pistol as well. i seriously doubt i would have been disappointed had i chosen the Defender instead though.
I passed up a great deal on the .45 Micro about a year ago, been kicking myself since.

Having taken a recent interest in .40, now the EMP is calling me.
otisthecat is offline  
Axxe55 Likes This 
Reply With Quote
Old 04-15-2014, 01:45 AM   #9
The Apocalypse Is Coming.....
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Posts: 0
Liked 22306 Times on 12476 Posts
Likes Given: 53672

Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by otisthecat View Post
I passed up a great deal on the .45 Micro about a year ago, been kicking myself since.

Having taken a recent interest in .40, now the EMP is calling me.
EMP and the Micro Compact 45 are very similiar pistols.

my Micro Compact was $1299 with taxes included. at first i was a bit hesitant about the pistol because of the price, but after a couple thousand rounds of factory ammo and my own reloads and how sweet it shoots, the hesitation has long didappeared! i only made a couple of minor changes to the pistol. i replaced the ambi-safety with a single sided, and replaced the slide release lever with an extended version, because of the stiff recoil spring for a faster reload. the recoil is a bit different than my full size 1911 using the same loads, but isn't punishing, just feels different. i have even let my 10 and 12 year old nieces shoot it a few times and they have no problems with the recoil.
Axxe55 is offline  
2
People Like This 
Reply With Quote
Old 04-15-2014, 02:20 AM   #10
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
bigjim's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Elk Grove Village, IL
Posts: 560
Liked 206 Times on 131 Posts
Likes Given: 164

Default

Quote:
Any other options?
While I am taking a chance of getting tromped on by everyone here, don't get me wrong, all the pistols mentioned are excellent and good choices, BUT.

To make a short story long, my favorite was a 4 inch Kimber Eclipse II, but an all stainless steel gun does get heavy after a while and after 2 hours carrying even in a shoulder holster my back and shoulder would start complaining loudly. The solution would be a 3 inch barrel one, but I am a awful shot with a barrel that short. So the Kimber Crimson Carry Pro that I couldn't stop drooling over was not a viable option.

So the alternative option was to get something that conceals well is a 45 ACP and feels like a 1911 in the hand, that turned out to be the Bersa Thunder 45 Ultra Compact Pro. Not as nice a trigger as the 1911, not as costly as my Kimber (1/2) the price, but a pistol that works VERY well and fills the need. (3.6 inch barrel, 8 +1 45 ACP double stack and very accurate) Best concealed weapon (comfortable) that I have ever carried with the exception of a 380 (too small a caliber).

So don't hit the dislike button just yet. Take one out for a try, otherwise you could get one of the more prestigious ones.

Jim

Kimber officer size


Bersa 45 shown next to a CZ 75 P-01 compact (9mm) for size comparison


Better picture of the Bersa

Last edited by bigjim; 04-15-2014 at 02:34 AM.
bigjim is offline  
 
Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Firearms Forum Replies Last Post
1911 compact Specops119 1911 Forum 8 01-17-2013 01:13 AM
Sig C3 Compact 1911 KMO 1911 Forum 13 02-08-2012 09:51 PM
My new compact 1911 45 acp. Elwood1 1911 Forum 8 07-28-2011 03:13 AM
RIA 1911 Compact Phelenwolf 1911 Forum 14 02-26-2011 03:37 AM



Newest Threads