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Hey guys, I have lurked here for a while, and have only registered here recently. I have mostly carried Glocks due to their toughness and lack of maintenance, specifically a model 36, .45ACP. It has never had a malfunction, but has never been as accurate as I would like, grouping around 4” at 25 yards. probably not helped by the idiotic NY style, 8lbs trigger. Either way, I have decided to purchase a smaller 1911 variant. I have carried a Colt Combat Commander on occasion in the past, and I’m very comfortable with it. But it has sentemental value (was my Dad's first handgun, and he gave it to me as my first handgun) and I don't want to carry it daily and ruin its nickel finish.

I am very interested in the Sig 1911RCS, but I’m open to anything. I would like to have stainless (will be carried in the summer in Florida, and I sweat) and I want to keep the price reasonable, I can’t afford a custom Wilson as my carry gun…. Yet :)

Thanks for any help guys! I would like to spend my money as wisely as possible
 

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Watch for an original series Kimber Stainless Compact. Great combination of 4" bull barrel and compact frame, all stainless. I still see them in the area of $650.
 

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Finding the best price for a good compact 1911 may be a rather difficult task. I believe the most promising results will come from searching for a pre-owned 1911. If I were going compact, I think it would be the SA 3.5" Ultra Compact for a money saver and the SA EMP if I was being a little more liberal with my funds.
 

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I saw an RIA "Compact" that is an Officer's frame with a
3.5" Bbl. - beavertail grip safety, Commander style hammer,
GI sights, and a good trigger not that long fwiw $379.50

Hard to beat that price

Randall
 

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Thanks guys! I have only been looking at new guns, but I'm open to anything. I def. want to keep it under 4 figures. My father had a FFL up until about 4 years ago (when he sold his store), and has applied for another here in Florida, so soon I will have the ability to purchase wholesale. And that is why I have been looking primarily at new guns.

There are lots of manufacturers of these guns that I have no experience with. Springfield is one of them. Are they pretty good? The only Springfield I have ever handled was a XD, and it seemed questionable in quality. I'm guessing thier 1911's are a little different, especialy looking at the price differential. I hope you guys bare with me with my retarded questions, I want quality, and the only 1911's I have first hand experience with are Colt's and Para Ord.
 

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my 1970 Colt Combat Commander.
Like this one?



This is the gun I was talking about in my first post, bought by my Dad, around 1972. One of my favorites too. Finish is too fragile though. I felt like I needed to tear it down and clean it every time I carried it. Probably a little OCD on my behalf, but whatever :)
 

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Who is RIA? I've actualy never heard of them.
Rock Island Armory. Owned by Armscor and made in the Phillipines( at least the 1911's)
 

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Did you think of replacing the trigger mechanism in your Glock 36 with something lighter? Maybe even the barrel also to tighten up groups. I did this with a 19 and it is considerably better than stock. I bought the trigger group from Glockmeister and the barrel from Storm Lake. This would allow you to save up for the pistol you really want from Wilson, Brown, Baer, etc. and still have a suitable carry pistol for now. I speak from experience - If you don't get what you really want you are not going to be happy and are still going to be looking to upgrade - not that there's anything wrong with that.
 

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for a 3 incher 1911 it has to be a colt defender.you got a cheerished colt handed down to you, so why not start your own tradition to your off spring?
 

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Did you think of replacing the trigger mechanism in your Glock 36 with something lighter? Maybe even the barrel also to tighten up groups. I did this with a 19 and it is considerably better than stock. I bought the trigger group from Glockmeister and the barrel from Storm Lake. This would allow you to save up for the pistol you really want from Wilson, Brown, Baer, etc. and still have a suitable carry pistol for now. I speak from experience - If you don't get what you really want you are not going to be happy and are still going to be looking to upgrade - not that there's anything wrong with that.

Yes, I considered replacing the trigger components, I just haven't done it. I have adjusted it, and it breaks cleanly now, whereas before it had a real stiff spot right before it fired, but it will never be a single action trigger. Which is why I want to move on. I actualy looked for barrels, but the only one's I found were factory Glock replacements. And if I'm buying a barrel, I don't want the same quality I allready own :). The 36 will still be used for the dirty work, which it is more than capable.

And if I had money to burn, I would carry a Wilson or Baer, but if I have to save to buy such a firearm, chances are I will not be able to talk myself into strapping it to my back on a daily basis. The first time it got scratched I would be pissed.
 

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Ohh, another preferance. I love my .45ACP. I just noticed the Springfield EMP is 9mm and .40S&W only. Otherwise, looks like a nice gun!
 

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i had a colt defender that after i fixed a few problems with it ( was a used gun) ran like a champ.

i currently carry a RIA compact off duty ( true officers size) and i paid 349 for it and i cant seem to make the thing jam!

i would never compare the RIA to the higher end pistols, but its def a good defense gun, has gone bang everytime and very much combat accurate.

my two cents

russel
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Just counting some of the major manufacturers, you can get Kimber, Colt, Springfield, Para, Sig or S&W 1911's in that price range. The best manufacturer depends on who you ask. You'll probably want to handle them to get a feel for what you like the best.

If you're looking for the officer frame with the 4-4.25 slide, then I think only Kimber, Sig and Para offer that from the manufacturers I've listed.
 

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The Colt CCO combo of the Commander length slide/barrel
(4 1/4" ) on the Officer's size frame - add the
STI Stinger and I believe WIlson COmbat has a model
as well.

RIA is a USA company that imports their models of the
1911 built by ARMSCORPS in the PHillipines. It has a cast
frame, forged slide, built on modern computer controlled
machining etc. Customer service has good feedback on
by ontributors to the 1911Forum - it's Advanced Tactical
in Nevada. One of the CUst. Service Reps frequents the
"Other 1911s' area of the 1911Forum board. He's honest in
saying it's a good product but built to a price point. ALso said
they have improved as the line has become more popular

Randall
 

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Welcome CobraChris,

The compact version of the 1911 is IMO the best option out there for concealed carry. The best of both worlds- a 4.25" barrel and an officers length grip.

I would go with either a Sig GSR or a Kimber. I prefer the Sig just a tad more due to a small degree better of fit, finish and lower cost.

What ever you go with, make sure you get all the options you want so you are not spending more cash down the road.

Here is my daily carry: A Sig GSR Compact with some modifications...

 
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