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Old 11-24-2013, 03:00 AM   #1
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I really don't know why I'm thinking about buying a 1911 in this size. We have CC coming to IL and maybe I'm just getting caught up. I already have a XDS .45 and a S&W 642.

What are the big issues with the 3" 1911s? Are these really viable carry guns or just carry the 5" Colt I already own if I want to carry a 1911?

I've been looking at everything from STI-$1250, Kimber-$920, American Classic-$650 and a RIA-$540. Also looked at a Ruger 4" for under $700. Something in the STI range would require trading or selling another pistol.

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I have two such animals...one Kimber w/ laser in .45 and one Springfield EMP 9mm

They are bonafide carry guns, but I have them mostly because I want them. My carry weapon of choice is M&P Shield. I can tell by your post that one is eating at your consciousness...like a chigger bite, the itch won't go away until you scratch it! All I can say is that they are great guns...though I find the recoil pretty sharp compared to a full sized gun...not terrible, but not pleasant like the Springfield is.

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my sig sauer p250sc sub compact .45 function's good 3".6 inch barrel.
http://shop.sigsauerguns.com/Handguns/P250-Series/Sig-Sauer-250SC-45-BSS.html it only ran $399.00

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i am quite partial to my SA Loaded Micro Compact 45. has a 3" bushingless barrel, carry bevel job done to it from the factory, slim panel grips, alloy frame and a stainless steel slide.

very accurate and recoil isn't at all at what i expected from such a small pistol.

as a general rule, the smaller the 1911 gets, the higher the price gets!

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If you're thinking a carry piece, might be a good idea to buy the RIA as its cheaper. If you have to use it (God forbid) in a SD situation, the police will likely confiscate it until you have been cleared in court. Therefore, do you want a $1200 gun in their inventory locker (with God knows what all being done to it) or would you rather it being a $500 gun being subjected to it?

Just my personal thoughts on the matter. Especially in IL which doesn't appear to be an overly gun friendly state.

Of course, if you just want the STI, well, because you WANT it, I say go for it.

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I started with the 3" Kimber Ultra CDP, but now my EDC is a Springfield Armory EMP 40. The Kimber required considerable breakin (400+ rounds). But, was flawless beyond that, and surprisingly accurate for the size. The SA was flawless out of the box. Both are a great combination of looks and firepower.

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This is what I carry most of the time. It has a 3 1/2" barrel though. Never missed a beat.

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Colt Defender is also a good choice. I have one for sale in the classifieds here.



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If you do decide to get a short barreled 1911, remember that they go through recoil (and firing pin) springs at a faster rate.

Instead of the normal approx 5,000 rounds, you may have to replace at approx 800 rounds.

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If you do decide to get a short barreled 1911, remember that they go through recoil (and firing pin) springs at a faster rate.

Instead of the normal approx 5,000 rounds, you may have to replace at approx 800 rounds.
I have yet to wear out a recoil spring out...what are the symptoms I would expect to see when the spring is beginning to wear out?
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