1911 - 9mm Officer Size - What Brands ?

Discussion in '1911 Forum' started by JW357, Nov 10, 2013.

  1. JW357

    JW357 New Member

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    Just curious, what brands offer a 1911 in 9mm in the "Officer" size? The only couple I can think of off hand are the Springfield EMP and the Dan Wesson.

    What others are there?

    Also, for those of you that have experience with certain brands, were they positive or negative experiences?
     

  2. CardiacColt68

    CardiacColt68 New Member

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    I think STI has some nice small 1911 9mms. And they seem to be a well thought of company.
     
  3. Brad_CCW

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    I just bought a Springfield EMP and I love it. Shoots great, low recoil, great trigger. Very reliable except with Brass Max ammo.

    Kimber makes a few models in 9mm. STI has several. Possibly Sig.

    I would go with the EMP, STI, or Dan Wesson. The shorter rounds tend to have issues in a 1911, so you want to buy from a company with a good reputation and GOOD customer service.
     
  4. Gatoragn

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    Colt CCO, also Colt Defender or a New Agent are small 1911 style pistols.
     
  5. Axxe55

    Axxe55 The Apocalypse Is Coming.....

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    the MetroArms Amigo is an Officer sized 1911. not for sure if it comes in 9mm though.

    i am on my second MetroArms 1911, an Amercian Classic Commander. truly a great pistol. the first was an American Classic II Government model that i bought used and was a great pistol as well.
     
  6. Overkill0084

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    I love my Dan Wesson CCO. If I didn't already have it, the ECO would definitely be worth a look.

    You might also wish to have a look at STI. They have several you might find interesting.
    While you're at it, don't forget Colt.
     
  7. Olympus

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    The Dan Wesson CCO is only an officer frame. It has a Commander length barrel and slide.

    The ECO is their true officer size gun.

    Also Colt Defender in 9mm.
     
  8. sputnik1988

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    Iirc the EMP is actually slightly smaller than an officer, I could be mistaken though.
     
  9. JW357

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    Thanks for the responses everyone. So, so far we've got:

    Springfield
    Para
    STI
    Kimber
    Dan Wesson
    Sig (?)
    Colt
    MetroArms (?)

    Did I miss any?

    Lots of great companies here. Looks like we've got quite a bit of research to do. :)
     
  10. Brad_CCW

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    I'd put Kimber and Para toward the bottom of that list. They both make good products but nobody is perfect and I've heard enough complaints about their customer service, especially Para. Considering 3" 1911 tend to be finicky, this is important.
     
  11. Brad_CCW

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    Just bought an EMP in 9mm and .40. The EMP is 3" barrel. Traditional officer size is 3.5". The grip is slightly shorter front to back. The frame of the grip is the same as a typical 1911 in thickness, but comes with slimmer grip panels.

    Also consider whether you want an aluminum frame. Aluminum is much lighter if you plan to carry it, but might not handle over 20,000 rounds like a steel frame. But since you're asking about 9mm this should be less of an issue so I'd go with aluminum.
     
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  12. JW357

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    I only put Kimber on the list because someone included it. I was just recapping. Personally I won't buy a Kimber until they improve their warranty, and lower their price, and include more magazines with their guns.

    I think maybe the EMP is a winner so far, actually. Or the Dan Wesson ECO, but that's a fair amount more expensive than the EMP.
     
  13. GLI45

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    The Dan Wesson would certainly be an excellent choice, but I have to put my vote in for STI for three reasons. First is that I own two officer framed STI 1911s, the Escort and the Guardian and they are superb. (The Guardian has been my primary EDC for several years and my wife carries the alloy framed Escort.) Second, STI's lifetime warranty and amazing customer service. Third, I'm an unrepentant and biased STI addict. :D
     
  14. JW357

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    I'm looking at their website. The Spartan III seems like a good affordable option.

    Can an ambi thumb safety be installed on all STI 1911s?
     
  15. Gatoragn

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    Sure, likely require changing or altering the grips.'
     
  16. DrumJunkie

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    A good friend has the Para Companion since it was first released. Thousands of rounds later it has still failed to fail. I hear so much crap about Para's but then look to see how many are selling used. It's a hell of a lot easier to find a used Kimber....:rolleyes:
     
  17. Brad_CCW

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    I think Para makes a very good product. But as I've said, nobody is perfect and I've heard more horror stories about their customer service than anyone else.
     
  18. Brad_CCW

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    I agree. The only considerations between the ECO, Escort, and EMP is which color you like better, and the price. The Guardian looks great for a .45 but I don't think the heavier steel frame is useful for a 9mm.
     
  19. DrumJunkie

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    Well, I've owned two Kimber and four Paras. I still own a couple Para pistols and wont own another Kimber due to FTE, issues I had with both of them.

    I remember a little flack when Para was in Canada but since Para come to the U.S. I've head nothing but great things.