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Im looking for a GI model for a carry weapon and I like the Springfield but im wondering if there are any other companys that make a GI model? What finish would hold up better for a carry weapon? SS or a blued finish.
 

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A ton of companies make a GI model. Kimber, Colt, American Classic, Nighthawk, Dan Wesson, and the list goes on and on.
 

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A friend has a milspec Rock Island 1911. It is accurate and fun to shoot. But it is larger than my Ruger P95. It takes a large framed man to conceal the P95 comfortably. You can conceal a milspec 1911 but it's going to be near 12 o'clock or 6 o'clock and IWB. I have seen people conceal milspec 1911's. For the effort and discomfort required I would rather stuff my Super Blackhawk in my pants. At least I will have an accurate 44 mag.
 

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Can one conceal a full sized,Steel (GI) 1911? Yes. Would it be my first choice? No.
I'd steer toward a Alloy frame commander style for general use + carry.
Additionally: Officers Model or CCO if range use isn't a priority.
What's your budget? Priorities?
 

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A ton of companies make a GI model. Kimber, Colt, American Classic, Nighthawk, Dan Wesson, and the list goes on and on.
The American Classic is made by MetroArms. It's a well built, reliable and accurate gun at a price that's hard to beat.
 

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Im looking for a GI model for a carry weapon and I like the Springfield but im wondering if there are any other companys that make a GI model? What finish would hold up better for a carry weapon? SS or a blued finish.
Both SS and Blued finsh will dull over time. SS may take a little longer depending on the holster and care of your firearm. A friend of mine just picked up a S&W 1911 over the weekend and it is a sweet pistol. I think he paid $837 out the door. He got the SS but he is mainly going to use it at the range and for home defense. Good luck with your purchase!
 

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The American Classic is made by MetroArms. It's a well built, reliable and accurate gun at a price that's hard to beat.
Yeah I know, I have one. That's why it was mentioned.
 

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If I may offer a suggestion

Ed Brown Kobra Carry in .45ACP
 

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An officers size is what I prefer. I'm 5'7" and sometimes carry a full size in the winter but find it hard to conceal in warmer climes. Plus your gun WILL be confiscated in a shooting and you may not get it back. Here in Ky. you will but some states not so much. I have found this gun to be uber reliable with any ammo and at $500 out the door it's not a small fortune if I don't get it back or it's locked up in a court case for years. Just my opinion.

 

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Can a full sized 1911 be concealed effectively...

Yes...I did so for the first 7 years of my 17 years of EDC.

Barrel length, particularly when carrying IWB, has very little to do with a guns concealability.

Much bigger factors are the guns width and height as measured from the bottom of the mag well to the top of the slide.

1911's are still some of the thinnest auto pistols you can buy and come with what most agree is the best fighting trigger ever devised...short, crisp, and CONSISTANT!

Many years and many guns later I've come to the conclusion that the ideal "uber concealable" EDC gun "for me" is: A. No wider than 1" and B. No taller than 4"

For these reasons I've opted for a Kahr PM 9 simply because I work in office attire and must be able to hide my EDC under a tucked in button down shirt.

However, when winter attire allows, I still enjoy breaking out either my 5" Colt or my 4" Kimber, IWB with a dual mag pouch on the weak side...just to balance the weight. ;)

Good Luck and be Safe!

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Ed Brown Kobra Carry,
4.25" Commander model slide, single stack commander Bobtail® frame.

It just looks big in my picture.
http://www.edbrown.com/kobracarry.htm
I'm still trying to figure out what causes me to completely hone in on one firearm while glossing over ten similar ones, but I've been obsessed with the Kobra Carry since I saw one of your pics recently. Absolutely gorgeous weapon sir.
 

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This is going to be carried dailey and budget im looking to stay below $1200 but im willing to pay more for a great firearm. Price really isnt gonna bother me because im getting this to protect my family and myself. I want a full size not really interested in a smaller frame. I work in a factory so its locked in a safebox in my toolbox when im at work and I know I can conseal a full size gun. Ive carried my Gp100 for almost a year with no problems at about 4'oclock and plan on doing the same with my 1911. Thanks for the help everyone.
 

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Look at the Dan Wesson C-BOB.
This is an older one I picked up. 10mm. As you can see, it offers almost the same options as my Ed Brown


The price I paid was well below your ceiling.
 

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NICE!!!!!! Droll. ... ..... ..... .....
Ed browns are just so darn expensive for my blood. I actually got offered a job there recently but had to turn it down due to extenuating circumstances. Its a damn shame too that's the job offer of a life time. Ed is a really cool guy one of the nicest I've ever met and makes a superior product. Even down to the materials and processes they employ. Its nice to see such a great product can still be made in America.
 

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Ok me and the wife went to the range the other day for a little shooting. And I was looking at their rental guns, seen a nice Springfield Trp and we decided to rent it. At first she didnt want to shoot it. But she is always that way at first, same thing happened when I bought my Gp100 and she shoots that just as much as I do now. But anyways I loaded a magzine and she fire eight rounds and had the biggest smile in her face and says thats what I want to carry. So now both me and my wife are looking for 1911's, so for me to get my new firearm its gonna cost me double because now I have to buy two of them. The joys of being married to a gun nut.
 

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Ok me and the wife went to the range the other day for a little shooting. And I was looking at their rental guns, seen a nice Springfield Trp and we decided to rent it. At first she didnt want to shoot it. But she is always that way at first, same thing happened when I bought my Gp100 and she shoots that just as much as I do now. But anyways I loaded a magzine and she fire eight rounds and had the biggest smile in her face and says thats what I want to carry. So now both me and my wife are looking for 1911's, so for me to get my new firearm its gonna cost me double because now I have to buy two of them. The joys of being married to a gun nut.
That's the truth. The bad part is when you created that monster lol
 
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