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Giggity
01-23-2012, 16:23
My wife currently carries a Kimber Ultra and would like to change to an officers sized gun. I was ready to buy her a Wesson CCO this weekend but the commander size slide is a bit to long for her to carry comfortably. I let her carry my Stinger for the weekend to try it out.

So anyway, looking for a reliable officer sized 1911. Alloy frame would be a huge plus. Ambi-safety would be nice but that can always be added later.

Oh, and not a Kimber.

Thank you!

faawrenchbndr
01-23-2012, 16:28
I can not recommend any 1911 type pistol smaller than 4"

TxGlock9
01-23-2012, 18:23
Cheap or expensive?

Ruble Noon
01-23-2012, 18:35
Colt Defender.

Giggity
01-23-2012, 18:35
I can not recommend any 1911 type pistol smaller than 4"

My preference as well. Thus the reason I was looking at the CCO. But her female figure tends to tip the muzzle out and therefor torque the grip and beavertail into her side. I'd rather have a 3.5" on her hip than a 4" in the safe.



Cheap or expensive?

Im more concerned with quality than price. Having said that, if I can stay below 1300 dollars that would be great.

Thanks!

TxGlock9
01-23-2012, 19:01
My preference as well. Thus the reason I was looking at the CCO. But her female figure tends to tip the muzzle out and therefor torque the grip and beavertail into her side. I'd rather have a 3.5" on her hip than a 4" in the safe.





Im more concerned with quality than price. Having said that, if I can stay below 1300 dollars that would be great.

Thanks!
Caliber preference?

I would suggest the springfield EMP. Built around the 9mm and 40 platform. But if 45acp is a must Colt seems promising with their Officer series. I wouldn't hesitate to go with a cheaper alternative though such as, STI Spartan III...

knedrgr
01-23-2012, 20:05
Caliber preference?

I would suggest the springfield EMP. Built around the 9mm and 40 platform. But if 45acp is a must Colt seems promising with their Officer series. I wouldn't hesitate to go with a cheaper alternative though such as, STI Spartan III...

This or find a used EMP9

Giggity
01-23-2012, 20:08
She likes the 45acp round. Will look at the STI lineup.

Thanks for the help thus far.

knedrgr
01-23-2012, 22:14
SA Ultra Compact for a 45 with a true officer size frame and slide.

TxGlock9
01-23-2012, 23:15
She likes the 45acp round. Will look at the STI lineup.

Thanks for the help thus far.

If you do happen to go with Sti www.shooterconnection.com has good selection and price. I went to my original distributor, Dawson Precision, but they don't stock Sti's like shooter's does..

limbkiller
01-24-2012, 13:18
I carry a RIA cs everyday. 3.5" barrel and totally reliable so far. I love it. 350rds of FMJ and 150rds of HPs and not a single hiccup. I love that little gun. $500 out the door.

Giggity
01-24-2012, 16:02
I see a lot of 3" models in the STI lineup, am I missing the 3.5's?

I did find a SA lightweight Ultra Compact, didnt realize they offered that in the lightweight version, this might be what we get.

The RIA's are all steel. The compact one is pretty chunky.

Thanks for all the help.

jrs93accord
01-24-2012, 17:12
If she is already carrying a KImber Ultra, basicly, she is already carrying an officer model with the exception of the barrel length (3.25" vs. 3.5"). A RIA Compact 1911 (officer size) is the same size as the Kimber Ultra except the RIA has a 3.5" barrel.

SpringerTGO
01-24-2012, 17:31
SA Ultra Compact for a 45 with a true officer size frame and slide.

+1

You can't beat SA for customer service.

Three-Five-Seven
01-24-2012, 17:37
reliable officer sized 1911


Oxymoron!

redrick
01-26-2012, 13:59
Wait for the DW ECO.

FreeAmerican
01-27-2012, 06:40
Colt Defender.

This.. I have one in 9mm and it is a really enjoyable shooting pistol. Colt also seems to be the only maker that has the sub 4 inch guns right.

http://www.hunt101.com/data/500/medium/IMG00125-20110219-1410.jpg

Giggity
01-27-2012, 11:10
Wait for the DW ECO.

Sage advice. This will more than likely be the one once it hits the streets.

I thought the SA Ultra Compact lightweight came in 45 but can only find it in 9mm on their website.

Hopefully the ECO will be a 45.

redrick
01-27-2012, 14:41
I'm waiting on it also.

TxGlock9
01-27-2012, 15:25
Sage advice. This will more than likely be the one once it hits the streets.

I thought the SA Ultra Compact lightweight came in 45 but can only find it in 9mm on their website.

Hopefully the ECO will be a 45.
Look at the sig c3 1911. Officer frame and 4.25 barrel length.

MrM4Guy
01-28-2012, 03:02
I have owned a Kimber CDP and liked it alot! I sold it to a friend who had to have it and I wanted a different carry gun anyways.
I was the original owner and would say I put around 2000 rounds downrange with it with only two FTF's in the first hundred rounds. I got rid of the factory Kimber magazines and went with Wilson Combats. No problemos after that!
As a testament to Kimber, I missed my old one so much, I went and purchased a Kimber Warrior. I have put about 3000 rounds downrange without a hiccup. Oh, and do not forget to change the factory Magazines out!

DennisE
03-18-2012, 12:53
I'm late to this party but I've had half a dozen 3" 1911s, Kimbers, Springfields and SIGs and they've all been 100% reliable. Lots of folks are repeating old time worn truths that just aren't true anymore. My current favorite is the SIG 1911 Two Tone Ultra. Very accurate and it is reliable. Dennis

oldsoldier
03-18-2012, 13:35
Colt Defender if a 1911 is what she wants. I had one that never failed with any commercial or handload I put through it. I would take a look at the SIG P220 series of guns too unless it has to be a 1911. The P220 is a single stack and about as thin as a 1911. The grip on mine is thinner with stock plastic grips than my Baer Stinger is with wood grips. SIG is making the P220 in several different size versions now. You can get them with an alloy or steel frame.

fnfalman
03-18-2012, 16:19
What about the Colt New Agent with the tunnel sight for even smoother draw from deep concealment?

HAIL CAESAR
03-18-2012, 19:11
Colt Defender, but I am waiting for the ECO to come out myself.

melensdad
03-18-2012, 20:28
Oxymoron!


No its not. Detonics started building them in the mid-1970's and were known for being out of the box reliable pistols.

If the OP doesn't mind buying a used gun, I'd recommend a stainless Detonics Mk V or Mk VI pistol with a serial number above 15,000 made in Washington state. Also a Pendergrass, GA made Detonics pistol is an excellent choice and are reliable. My daily carry is typically a Georgia made Detonics 1911, but I'm known to frequently carry a stainless Washington era pistol.

GVFlyer
03-19-2012, 01:05
Nothing with a barrel shorter than 4.25 inches. There are good choices in all price ranges.

Nakanokalronin
03-19-2012, 16:58
If she is already carrying a KImber Ultra, basicly, she is already carrying an officer model with the exception of the barrel length (3.25" vs. 3.5"). A RIA Compact 1911 (officer size) is the same size as the Kimber Ultra except the RIA has a 3.5" barrel.

+1 to the above. If the Ultra she has is reliable, the only difference when going to a full Officer model is an added 1/2" of barrel length.

Oxymoron!I've only had 3 examples but my 2 Ultra Carry IIs and RIA Compact have been 100% reliable with any ammo.

pilsbury
03-19-2012, 19:51
+3 for the Defender.

Lew-G17
03-19-2012, 20:13
Another vote for the Colt Defender. I love my 9mm one.

kreplach
03-20-2012, 18:08
I presently have a Colt Officers Model, .45 acp. I purchased it in about 1984, when they first came out. It has never failed to feed or fire any sort of ammo.

If I were to replace it or didn't already have a "compact" Colt, I would buy the New Agent for carry, in .45 of course. I also carry a Glock 30 SF which is also small but with a completely different feel.

RwPen
03-21-2012, 18:16
Mite check out a Kimber CDP Compact, love mine.
RwP

ArmoryDoc
03-21-2012, 18:49
Colt Defender, Colt Officers ACP. Both good guns. I'm not a fan of the mini-Kimbers though.

Moose73
03-22-2012, 00:20
Colt Lightweight Officers ACP.
I Love mine.

DennisE
03-22-2012, 04:59
The SIG 1911 Ultra 45ACP is my personal CCW choice. Dennis