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I'm trying to decide what my next gun should be, Something for concealed carry I was looking at revolvers first but I've got 1911 fever ^_^
 

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axxe55 said:
check out the Officer's sized 1911's. 3.5" barreled IIRC.

my Springfield Armory Loaded Micro Compact 45 has a barrel length of 3". very compact and holds 6 rounds of 45ACP! has an aluminum frame and stainless steel slide. with the slim line grips, it's quite compact. shoots great and is suprisingly accurate for a short barreled pistol. downside, most of the compact 1911's can be a bit pricey in comparison to their full sized brothers. but are definately worth checking out. BTW, i paid quite a bit for mine, but after owning it and shooting it, i have no regrets in buying it. the only changes to mine after these pictures were taken was going to an extended slide release lever and a single sided thumb safety.
That's my only concern is price it seems they are much pricier, I paid 800 for my full size 1911 and im still catching flack for it from my wife lol but I don't mind waiting while I save up :)
 

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Colt new agent or defender is best of the breed in the micro 1911s 7 rounds in the mag and will also use full size mags.
 

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Just my opinion, but the barrel length is not that big an issue with 1911s for concealed carry. IMHO, it's the grip that going to cause any issues first. I carry a Dan Wesson CCO. 4.5" barrel with an Officer frame. It conceals just fine. It's easy to shoot well, in fact it's actually a fun range gun. Great trigger and extremely accurate & reliable. Several makers sell CCO type pistols.
As barrels on 1911s get shorter, it gets harder for builders to keep them reliable. It's not impossible, obviously, but it does require a bit more skill & tuning. So with that in mind, buy one from a maker with a reputation for getting them right, good customer service dept. & and with a decent warranty.
FWIW, Dan Wesson does make the ECO as well, which is a true 3.5" 1911.
 

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I purchased a similiar .45 some time ago, a Springfield,, Ultra Compact and I modified the trigger mechanism to my liking. It is accurate, has a sweet trigger now and a great carry concealed pistol. It is on loan to my Son, who lives near Crime City (Dallas, TX) as I live in a rural area and crime is not high or even minor crime prone. But I do have a "shooting iron" or two in case we are invaded by criminal zombies with theft and harm in mind

Boom ! Boom ! he's dead and we aren't playing Cowboys and Indians.










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yes most any brand that makes a compact 1911 is usually higher than the full sized models. why i don't know, they just are. MSRP on my SA was $1378, and i paid $1299 with tax! definately not cheap, but IMO, it was worth it.
Always wanted one but that very true fact kept me from it :(
 

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yes they are!:D

i am really liking that full sized one they have chambered in 38 Super.:D
Lustin on a 38super myself- Been a long while since i had one-
In fact last i had was a LNIB Colt I bought in a Longview beerjoint for $200-:)
 

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RIA is starting to get my attention are they made in the us of a? I'm pretty sure my LGS has some too
 

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They are Filipino guns but very well made for the money and have excellent CS. Lifetime guarantee. I have them in 9mm, .38 super and .45. No problems so far. The CS in the picture was fired yesterday for the 1st time in months. 100 rounds of Federal fmj and 50 rounds of federal hps. Went bang every time. This gun has been carried daily that whole time and thrown under the seat of my truck, bounced around and never fails to go bang. I'm very impressed with it.
 

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I'd go with a Commander model (4.25 in barrel).

I've got the Defender, the Commander and the FS Government and for carry, the LW Commander is the way to go!

Ruger just started to make this model and RIA has several 4.25 in models.

3 & 3.5 in 1911 mouse guns are prone to timing issues.
 

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My Springfield Ultra Compact 3'' stainless 10+1 rounds of 45 very accurate & lots of fire power.
 

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Well hell, the pic of your Defender started my obsession with the little Colt, may have to reevaluate now.
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Don't get me wrong, I love my Defender but now that I have retired it to Bar-B-Que status I now carry the Commander and I'm happy with the change.
 

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Just my
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Don't get me wrong, I love my Defender but now that I have retired it to Bar-B-Que status I now carry the Commander and I'm happy with the change.
Who am I kidding, been looking at them so long at this point it would take a Defender horror story of epic proportions to dissuade me. It will be mine!
 

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Who am I kidding, been looking at them so long at this point it would take a Defender horror story of epic proportions to dissuade me. It will be mine!
You won't regret it!

And the Colt take-down is so much easier than that other brand! (No need for a bobbie-pin!)
 
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