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9mm 1911/2011 recommendations requested

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I'm looking for a 1911/2011 in 9mm and looking for sage advice.

For context, I'm 50 and have been shooting since childhood. I own a LOT of guns, but always gravitated towards 1911s and Glocks. After a fairly long hiatus, I got seriously back into shooting and have been taking private courses at a tactical range (I could write pages about that).

Along the way, I have been slowly upgrading all of my old gear. I recently got a wonderful 365XL with a Holosun red dot that is my primary carry gun.

Now I am thinking about investing in a larger high capacity 9mm 1911/2011 to run outside the wasteband on a battle belt, not as a carry gun.

Here's the thing -- I'm looking for a gun that shoots like my old Kimber 4" (.45), but holds 9mm and optimally a minimum of 15 rounds. Sure, I could find plenty of Sigs and Glocks, and I already own an old Browning Hi-Power -- I'm looking for a 1911 style trigger and function.

I'm currently researching new stuff by Staccato and Wilson Combat, but not sure what other options there may be, or if there is a current go-to for something like this.

I should also say that I have average to smaller hands and find the Glock 19, 1911s with thin grips, and the 365XL to be quite comfortable (although the 365XL is on the small side and I could handle something a little bigger). No ridiculously fat handles.

Also, I'm not 100% sure if I want an optic on this gun, but I'm leaning that way based on my recent positive experiences at the tactical range.

So what do you guys suggest?
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I'd like to own a Staccato P https://staccato2011.com/handguns/staccato-p/

... but I'm a little put off by the price of the gun, the price of mags, and the odd-ness of the slide/frame that makes them somewhat non-1911ish when searching for holsters.

... as you've strayed from only 1911/2011 in subsequent posts (though a 1911/Glock guy probably won't like this one)

For a metal gun, I'd probably choose a Beretta 92X 92X Full Size Pistol | Beretta

... lower cost gun, lower cost (and known reliable) mags, though the 92X does have its' own holster issues.
 

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And in all honesty, one look at Wilson’s, Nighthawks, or some of the boutique 2011s really deadens the blow for the price of a Staccato.
The price of the gun is the thing that bothers me the least of the concerns I brought up.

Admittedly, I don't follow double stack 1911/2011 mags as much as I do single stack 1911 mags, even though we have a thread like this ...


... I feel significantly more confident in the reliable options for single stack 1911 mags than I do for the options available for 2011's. If my $35 CMC PowerMag doesn't work, I probably have four or five other solid options in $20 - $40 price range I could try out. If my $70 Staccato mags don't work, I'm not sure what my options would be.
 
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