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CDR_Glock
07-26-2012, 08:51
I was just curious if there were brands and models that were reliable in the Officer's size.

I am still testing my Detonics Combat Master V.

faawrenchbndr
07-26-2012, 09:03
Yes,.....the Springfield Compact 45 was very reliable. Mine is getting
a bit of work at Rogers Precision as we speak. :supergrin:

The DW CCO is very good as well, Colt had a reliable Officer's model too.

glock2740
07-26-2012, 09:12
Yes. All 3 of mine have been 100%. (2 Kimbers and a RIA)

bac1023
07-26-2012, 10:09
The small 1911s have improved greatly over the years.

emtjr928
07-26-2012, 10:19
My Kimber Ultra CDP II has been first rate.

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Nakanokalronin
07-26-2012, 10:29
I know of 3 since the 3 I've owned have been 100% reliable with any 230gr ammo out there in ball, HP, standard and +P pressure. They consist of a RIA Compact and two Kimber Ultra Carry IIs.

texmex
07-26-2012, 11:16
I have a Colt New Agent and a Colt Defender Plus. Both have been 100% from day one. The New Agent was purchased new. I had to send it back for a factory recall but I have had no problems before or since.

The Defender Plus was purchased used. It looks like it may have had quite a few rounds through it before I got it. It came to me with a replaced extractor, night sights, ambidextrous safety and extended slide stop.

I usually carry both of them with the factory magazines they came with. For extra magazines I use Cobra and Chip McCormick. I have had no problems with either.

I believe I have heard rumors that Chip McCormick magazines should not be used in an aluminum frame 1911. I have had no problems with them at all.

The ammo used in them is either FMJ or Speer Golddot 200 gr. plus p.

FLSlim
07-26-2012, 13:43
CCO, Officer's frame but Commander slide, has run perfectly through the first 1200 rounds of everything from LSWC, LRN, FMJ to JHP. I prefer this size combo to the Officer size, but then that is just me....

Zombie Steve
07-26-2012, 15:51
Much as I talk smack on Colt, I have a good friend that has beaten the snot out of his Defender... it isn't pretty anymore (assuming you thought it was pretty to begin with), but it keeps on throwing lead.

PawDog
07-26-2012, 16:36
My Colt Compact 1991a1, has been flawless.

awpk03s
07-26-2012, 19:57
I owned a S&W Pro Series Sub Compact (3" bbl) and it was perfectly reliable for me.

tonyparson
07-26-2012, 20:33
I just got Springfield micro 1911 .45 and so far I have put 500 rounds through it without the first hiccup.. I'm really liking this little 1911..:supergrin:

phalanxr
07-27-2012, 04:29
I used to own a Kimber ultra carry II, I wouldnt trust my life to that gun against a teddy bear...

So many issues, failure to go into battery, fte's etc. Got rid of it and looking for a new one as we speak, just no longer into Kimbers.

prez1967
07-28-2012, 05:06
http://i302.photobucket.com/albums/nn89/prez1967/compacts4.jpg

Springfield's version of the CCO... So good I needed two :-)

1911Tuner
07-28-2012, 05:35
Yes. Of course there are. If they were all unreliable junk, they'd have disappeared years ago.

But...

The percentage of reliable, out of box chopped variants is lower than observed with 5-inch pistols.

Deriffe
07-28-2012, 10:18
I have a RIA compact 1911 and an STI Guardian. Both are flawless. The STI needed a little tweaking on the slide stop but now it runs perfectly. The RIA seems to run with any magazines while the STI only likes higher end magazines. The STI is my normal off duty carry.

Cadcom
07-28-2012, 16:57
I love my Kimber Ultra Tacticle. Runs like a champ.

Gray_Rider
07-28-2012, 19:08
Glad to hear/see reliable compact 1911s are coming online more and more in recient years. I think another thing to consider with compact 1911s is to find an ammo they like and stick w/ it.

Gray_Rider

ca survivor
08-16-2012, 16:57
I have a Colt Defender, that I can't make it to malfunction.

airflyer
08-16-2012, 18:00
My colt night defender has been very reliable compact 45 love carrying it, would recommend one for carry

porschedog
08-16-2012, 18:05
I have a Kimber ultra compact and a Warthog
Both go bang when I press the loud button

Droid noob
08-16-2012, 18:08
You guys should take Rob pincus up on his offer. Lookup Rob Pincus subcompact 1911 on youtube.

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wjv
08-16-2012, 20:51
http://i75.photobucket.com/albums/i303/bcvojak/RVNet/P1030100.jpg

Veedubklown
08-17-2012, 15:17
The colt defender I shot from NIB was 100%, we got it from the store, lubed it, and put 250 rounds through it, without a hiccup. It was all RNBFMJ though.

257 roberts
08-17-2012, 15:25
my Colt Officer has been 100% but its had alot of work done on it back in the mid 80's

oldsoldier
08-17-2012, 15:48
I never had a problem with the Colt Defender I owned. Now I carry a Baer Stinger which is a commander length slide and an officer sized frame. It's a perfect size for me and I like an all steel 1911 over an alloy framed gun.

limbkiller
08-18-2012, 04:54
This RIA has run with everything I put in it.

http://i1228.photobucket.com/albums/ee457/limbkiller/DSC00559.jpg

sawgrass
08-18-2012, 06:10
I never had a problem with the Colt Defender I owned. Now I carry a Baer Stinger which is a commander length slide and an officer sized frame. It's a perfect size for me and I like an all steel 1911 over an alloy framed gun.

What made you switch? How do they compare in feel and accuracy? I'm kinda jonesing for a Stinger or similar.

RMTactical
08-18-2012, 11:59
My EMP has been reliable, some people dont consider that a 1911 though...

TTM65
08-18-2012, 23:54
You guys should take Rob pincus up on his offer. Lookup Rob Pincus subcompact 1911 on youtube.

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I did take him up on the offer as soon as I get back from the sand box. It seems a few months ago nobody had anything good to say about subcompacts now everybody, well almost everybody has something good to say.

Snaps
08-19-2012, 02:53
I bought a 1kish Springfield micro compact. Least reliable gun I've ever owned. Went back and seemed to work well but ruined me on compacts and was the last problem I needed with springer before I ditched the brand

rlh2
08-19-2012, 05:14
Colt Defender all day long.

oldsoldier
08-19-2012, 08:22
What made you switch? How do they compare in feel and accuracy? I'm kinda jonesing for a Stinger or similar.

I switched because the Defender was taking a beating in the feed ramp area. I like to shoot my guns and at about the 1K round count I started to notice damage to the alloy frame. It got worse with more firing. The gun never failed to run with any ammo though. I sold it to someone that planned on carrying it a lot but rarely firing it. I won't buy another alloy framed 1911 that does not use a ramped barrel. My Stinger is all stainless steel and has never had a failure in over 3K rounds of mixed LSWC, LRN (mostly), FMJ, HST, and RangerT. I prefer the feel and weight of all steel guns. The Stinger just feels right to me and I now shoot it more than any of my other 1911s. Edited: I'd say the Baer is a little more accurate but it is a much tighter gun and better fit than the Defender I had and it should be for the price of them.

brisk21
08-19-2012, 20:10
all 1911s have improved greatly over the years.


Fixed it for you.:rofl:

Viper 1
08-20-2012, 16:02
This RIA has run with everything I put in it.

http://i1228.photobucket.com/albums/ee457/limbkiller/DSC00559.jpg

Where did you get the grips?

Semper Fi

fasteddie565
08-20-2012, 22:31
My Kimber Ultra Super Carry is my EDC.

Seale Team
08-21-2012, 21:22
I ran an indoor range for a year that had a Kimber rental program. I never had an issue of their compacts running. I carry a Kimber Compact, never an issue.

Did have a bit with the S/A models.

MSW
06-11-2013, 20:23
I'm looking for some wooden grips for my Defender.

Suggestions?

CMG
06-11-2013, 21:31
Any Officers grips will fit the Defender.

I have Kimber Ultras and the Colt Defender, no issues with them.

My favorite compact:

http://i19.photobucket.com/albums/b175/pb9x19/KimberUAusaf_zps6bf2076c.jpg

fnfalman
06-14-2013, 02:06
Colt Defender 9mm.

Only had problem with two Wilson mags out of five. Stock mags were fine. Anyway, after several exchanges of emails and phone calls, including a couple of nasty posts here, I got Wilson to swap out the bad mags.

Another problem was that my gun does not like hollowpoints with gaping maws like CorBon uses for JHP. It shot Hydrashok and Gold Dot just fine. I think that I might have somebody slick up the feed ramp and chamfer the chamber a bit.

The M1991A1 Compact (cheaper line of Officer's ACP) amazingly enough seems to work well with various brands of hollowpoints, even the gaping maw CorBon.

http://i50.photobucket.com/albums/f308/fnfalman/Guns/Holsters/IMG_6934_zps4af0180f.jpg
http://i50.photobucket.com/albums/f308/fnfalman/Guns/Holsters/CCATn1991A1Compactfrontside_zps03799059.jpg

sns3guppy
06-14-2013, 02:26
I'm partial to CCO size 1911's for carry; a commander length barrel and slide is the shortest I will use.

tnhawk
06-17-2013, 14:19
My Kimber Ultra CDP II has been first rate...

My Kimber has been accurate and reliable in the several years I've owned it. I also have a SA EMP 40 which has been a great pistol to own and carry.

countrygun
06-17-2013, 14:27
My older Kimber compact and the Wife's Ultra Raptor II have been 100%

Droid noob
06-17-2013, 14:34
Colt Defender 9mm.

Only had problem with two Wilson mags out of five. Stock mags were fine. Anyway, after several exchanges of emails and phone calls, including a couple of nasty posts here, I got Wilson to swap out the bad mags.

Another problem was that my gun does not like hollowpoints with gaping maws like CorBon uses for JHP. It shot Hydrashok and Gold Dot just fine. I think that I might have somebody slick up the feed ramp and chamfer the chamber a bit.

The M1991A1 Compact (cheaper line of Officer's ACP) amazingly enough seems to work well with various brands of hollowpoints, even the gaping maw CorBon.

http://i50.photobucket.com/albums/f308/fnfalman/Guns/Holsters/IMG_6934_zps4af0180f.jpg
http://i50.photobucket.com/albums/f308/fnfalman/Guns/Holsters/CCATn1991A1Compactfrontside_zps03799059.jpg

That's an extreme cant for your pistol. I don't think I could draw that angle.

fnfalman
06-17-2013, 23:53
That's an extreme cant for your pistol. I don't think I could draw that angle.

Like everything, it takes some practice.


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thinktwice
07-07-2013, 00:54
I have a Springfield Loaded Micro Compact that I have been very pleased with. NO malfunctions and it eats everything I feed it. However you can sure tell the difference with +P ammo. It takes a little more time to get back on target.

JVMHGF
07-07-2013, 00:58
Sig Sauer Ultra. Shot one at a manufacturers shoot back in March. Really liked the pistol.

Rick O'Shay
07-07-2013, 05:42
Rock Island 1911A1 compact here. Awesome, accurate, reliable.

Deriffe
07-07-2013, 08:02
I just got Springfield micro 1911 .45 and so far I have put 500 rounds through it without the first hiccup.. I'm really liking this little 1911..:supergrin:

Same experience with mine. Only issue was with ammo. I found some bulk ammunition I had never heard of before and decided to try it out since it was all I could find. I had some FTF issues in the micro. It seems to feed just fine in my G21 so I will stick with federal with the micro.

Rick O'Shay
07-07-2013, 08:04
Same experience with mine. Only issue was with ammo. I found some bulk ammunition I had never heard of before and decided to try it out since it was all I could find. I had some FTF issues in the micro. It seems to feed just fine in my G21 so I will stick with federal with the micro.

At the range, I used to save up all the ammo that FTF in my Colt, Springfield, Ithaca, etc., and at the end of the range session I'd run them (mostly Federal) flawlessly through my G36. It would eat just about anything.

Mohawk Grenade
07-07-2013, 16:20
If I carry a 1911 its either a Thunder Ranch Special or STI Escort. The Escort is very concealable and I have never had any issue with feeding or ejecting.

awdxtc
07-07-2013, 16:36
My Kimber Ultra CDP II has been first rate.

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This!!!

SpringerTGO
07-07-2013, 16:56
My Kimber Super Ultra was a POS. After almost 2 months back at Kimber, I took it to the range and it failed to feed the first round I put in it. It cured me of ever wanting another Kimber.

G36_Me
07-08-2013, 14:46
http://i75.photobucket.com/albums/i303/bcvojak/RVNet/P1030100.jpg


Really, really??? You had to post a picture. This thread was worthless, now this, a beautiful picture, with leather none the less. It's not fair, not right. [nice rig there!!]:cool:

edit... then I go to page 2 (oh ya, there are more pages on some of these posts, duh) more pics. My day is over. I'm done. Time to quit work and go play.

ferretray
07-08-2013, 18:45
You guys should take Rob pincus up on his offer. Lookup Rob Pincus subcompact 1911 on youtube.

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Wouldn't waste the time dealing with that fellow.
OP: I've had several Defenders with no malfunctions. Worse I ever got was brass to the face.