Which "CCO" type 1911.

Which "CCO" type 1911.

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    Which "CCO" type 1911.

    Well, I keep finding myself looking at 1911's and I've started to somewhat seriously look at getting one. From what I've been reading and holding (not shooting) one, I'm sold on the "CCO" format. The 4" ish slide with an offficer's frame. I don't want to go down to a 3" barrel. This will be for CC. Based on what I "think" I can afford, I've narrowed my search down to a

    1. Kimber Compact
    2. Sig Sauer Compact.
    3. Smith & Wesson 1911 ES

    So, any opinions and all opinions are welcomed. Any others I should look at? Advantages/Disadvantages of an External Extractor? Does it matter? I've never owned a 1911 before. I've only shot a full-size one. thanks.


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    I like the Dan Wesson CCO. It's got a better fit and finish than the options you're looking at, also all Ed Brown parts with Wolff springs. Might be more money than you want to spend though. It's just a much better built 1911. Not quite a custom gun but better than other production models. The Dan Wesson is harder to find so my next choice would be the Kimber. Some people have had problems with Kimber out of the box, but generally they have a good following when it comes to a production gun. I don't like the external extractor option at all, mostly because for a 1911 I'm somewhat of a traditionalist and the internal extractor is how it was designed.

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    Three good choices

    I think you have identified the three best choices in this type of gun - Kimber, Sig and S&W. I would trust any one of them.

    My personal experience has been with a Kimber Pro CDP, the 4 inch gun with a standard length 1911 grip (8+1 rounds). I have owned one for 5 years and it has performed perfectly. So I would tend to go with the Kimber in the CCO length and trust it to function well. I can see the concealment advantage of the shorter Officer's length grip, since the grip is the hardest part to conceal in a 1911.
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    In your range go with a Springfield or the Kimber both have a 4" model in your price range.

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    Great problem to have. Nice.
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    I have a very early Kimber Compact. It's a nice gun, small, easy to carry and has always been reliable.

    More recent Kimbers are not as reliable as the early ones. It's hit and miss. Yes, I speak from experience, I bought a full sized Kimber TLE in December. I've gone back to my Sig P220 as a carry gun. YMMV.

    I wouldn't worry about internal vs. external extractors. Kimber learned their lesson and gave up on the externals. I think Sig knows how to do it right.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ofdesp View Post
    Well, I keep finding myself looking at 1911's and I've started to somewhat seriously look at getting one. From what I've been reading and holding (not shooting) one, I'm sold on the "CCO" format. The 4" ish slide with an offficer's frame. I don't want to go down to a 3" barrel. This will be for CC. Based on what I "think" I can afford, I've narrowed my search down to a

    1. Kimber Compact
    2. Sig Sauer Compact.
    3. Smith & Wesson 1911 ES

    So, any opinions and all opinions are welcomed. Any others I should look at? Advantages/Disadvantages of an External Extractor? Does it matter? I've never owned a 1911 before. I've only shot a full-size one. thanks.
    I am having this same dilemma at the moment.

    I am looking at a Kimber Compact CDP II or a Sig Sauer Stainless compact (not the same as the C3) or the Sig Sauer RCS Compact.

    I like the 4 in barrel with the shorter grip. I am a woman and it is much easier for me to conceal the shorter handle. The only reason I am between these two is because they are the shortest in height of all the compact grips.

    So do I go with the Kimber or the Sig. Anyone care to chime in on just the regular Sig stainless vs the Sig RCS? Are Sig's more reliable over the Kimbers?
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    I have a Kimber on my hip (the one in my avatar) as I type this. I don't have any experience with the SIG 1911's, so I can't give a comparison, but I have had no issues with my Kimber and love it.

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    +1 on the Dan Wesson if you can afford it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by stumpjumper View Post
    +1 on the Dan Wesson if you can afford it.
    Most definitely! I want a CBOB or VBOB very much. It seems my splurging just gets more and more expensive.

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    +2 on the Dan Wesson...I think they are the best gun for the money right now.
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    My vote.....


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    Another vote for the Dan Wesson CCO.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rcain007 View Post
    Most definitely! I want a CBOB or VBOB very much. It seems my splurging just gets more and more expensive.
    Unfortunately the Dan Wessons have become quite scarce and more and more expensive.
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    Any of the three should be a good choice. Personally, I'd go for the Kimber.
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