Could you please help me pick a 1911

Could you please help me pick a 1911

This is a discussion on Could you please help me pick a 1911 within the Defensive Carry Guns forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; I own a Glock 23 and Kahr P9 as well as an LCP. I figure it is time for a 1911. I used to own ...

Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast
Results 1 to 15 of 24

Thread: Could you please help me pick a 1911

  1. #1
    Member Array skystud1's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    Location
    TX
    Posts
    348

    Could you please help me pick a 1911

    I own a Glock 23 and Kahr P9 as well as an LCP. I figure it is time for a 1911. I used to own a CDP Pro II but the longer grip didn't help me with ccw. Prefer night sights. What are good commanders that wont break the bank..ie less than $1000. Thanks.


  2. #2
    Member Array cbp210's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2009
    Location
    Humble, TX
    Posts
    473
    What part of Texas do you live at? If you live near Houston I would check these guys out as I bought a nice Colt Commander 45 for less than $850.00

    Bayou Bend Gunshop
    200 Bayou Bend LN.
    Cleveland, TX 77327
    281-592-5158

  3. #3
    VIP Member Array zonker1986's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2011
    Location
    Orlando, Florida
    Posts
    3,642
    I'm not a 1911 expert by any means, but I really like my SA Lightweight Champion Operator. Depending on where you shop, it appears to be in your price range.


    Kimbers are the guns you show your friends....Glocks are the ones you show your enemies.

  4. #4
    Senior Member Array Devilsclaw's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2010
    Location
    KS
    Posts
    552
    Colt Commander 1991 should fit your criteria. Since you already have a Glock, I doubt the plastic MSH and Trigger would bother you--I've never had any trouble and they make a difference in weight. (Fairly cheap to replace if you just can't live with 2 plastic parts). Everyone should own at least ONE Colt! They tend to hold value better than the other makes, and they just have a mystic about them that cannot be duplicated.

    SA Champions are great too, but just don't feel quite the same. Mine isn't quite as accurate as the Colts I have, but it's a great gun, with a few more "features" if that matters to you.

    As far as I'm concerned, in the NEW handgun market, (Not talking Used here).....in the $600 to $900 price range, Colt and Springfield are about the only way to go. If Ruger were to have a Commander, I might explore them. But that's just my opinion. Most of the others, (Like Taurus)....I guess I would pass on, and just go to the lower priced level with a RIA and save some money. I realize that's not quite fair, but just how I feel. If Smith and Wessons were $100 cheaper, they'd be a strong contender.

    If Kimber would quit putting 5 full page ads in every single gun mag out there, take that savings and lower their prices by $200/gun, you'd have another strong contender.

    I'm turning into an opinionated old fart I guess.

  5. #5
    Member Array ckfarris's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2009
    Location
    Kansas
    Posts
    213
    Agree totally with the champion operator. This is one of the best out there.
    ‘‘The world is filled with violence. Because criminals carry guns, we decent law-abiding citizens should also have guns. Otherwise they will win and the decent people will lose.’’ — James Earl Jones, Actor

  6. #6
    Moderator
    Array gasmitty's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2007
    Location
    Gilbert, AZ
    Posts
    10,623
    Quote Originally Posted by skystud1 View Post
    I own a Glock 23 and Kahr P9 as well as an LCP. I figure it is time for a 1911. I used to own a CDP Pro II but the longer grip didn't help me with ccw. Prefer night sights. What are good commanders that wont break the bank..ie less than $1000. Thanks.
    A Kimber CDP Pro II IS a Commander size... so if that's not concealable enough for you, then you don't want another Commander. In the Kimber line, the Compact CDP II has a Commander-length slide & barrel yet the shorter grip of the Officer's Model, but a new one is over your price limit. Some other 1911 manufacturers have at times produced the hybrid 4-inch slide on the Officer's Model frame, but I'm not sure who besides Kimber currently catalogs such a model.

    The Springfield Ultra Compact has the short OM grip and a 3.5" barrel, although it's steel and 5 ounces heavier than the CDP Pro /Lightweight Commander.
    Smitty
    NRA Endowment Member

  7. #7
    Distinguished Member Array alachner's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2010
    Location
    Costa Rica
    Posts
    1,232
    Take a look at the new Smith & Wesson E Series, Springfield Armory and the new Ruger. You will get a very solid 1911 pistol for under $1,000 and will still have cash left over for sights, a quality holster and some defensive ammo.
    "If you carry a gun, people will call you paranoid. That's ridiculous... If I have a gun, what in the hell do I have to be paranoid for?" [Clint Smith - Thunder Ranch]

  8. #8
    VIP Member Array pogo2's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2006
    Location
    Southwest
    Posts
    3,149

    Officer's length grip

    Since you said that you don't like the grip length on a Kimber Pro, I think you should look at a short 1911 with an officer's length grip, such as the Kimber Ultra or Colt Defender. I have the Colt Defender and have been very happy with it from a reliability and concealment standpoint. If you use a canted belt holster at the 3:30 position the gun is highly concealable. The capacity of the gun is 7+1 rounds with the right magazine.



    Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the Peoples' Liberty's Teeth." - George Washington

  9. #9
    VIP Member
    Array archer51's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2007
    Location
    VA
    Posts
    21,660
    Springfield Loaded Champion and Sig 1911 C3 both fit what your looking for and fall within your price range. The Sig 1911 RCS also fits into what you want, but the price might push it out.
    Freedom doesn't come free. It is bought and paid for by the lives and blood of our men and women in uniform.

    USAF Retired
    NRA Life Member

  10. #10
    Senior Member Array TonyDTrigger's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2010
    Location
    Orlando, Florida
    Posts
    862
    Quote Originally Posted by alachner View Post
    Take a look at the new Smith & Wesson E Series, Springfield Armory and the new Ruger. You will get a very solid 1911 pistol for under $1,000 and will still have cash left over for sights, a quality holster and some defensive ammo.
    This is my best advise also..all excellent choices.

  11. #11
    Member Array skystud1's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    Location
    TX
    Posts
    348
    How are the new S&W E series regarding reliability? I may be able to swing up to $1200 if I found a gun I love. The SA loaded is a nice weapon. As for 3 inch 1911's who makes the most reliable?

  12. #12
    Distinguished Member Array AKsrule's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2004
    Location
    Pennsylvania
    Posts
    1,387
    There is a NIB COLT COMMANDER (stainless ) 100 yr. marked - for sale on Gunbroker RIGHT NOW.

    FFL listing - Buy Price is $905
    -------
    -SIG , it's What's for Dinner-

    know your rights!
    http://www.handgunlaw.us

    "If I walk in the woods, I feel much more comfortable carrying a gun. What if you meet a bear in the woods that's going to attack you? You shoot it."
    {Bernhard Goetz}

  13. #13
    Senior Member Array FLSlim's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2011
    Location
    FL
    Posts
    590
    I'm a big fan of STIs (made in TX BTW). Take a look at the commander-sized STI Ranger II. I've been very happy with mine and you should be able to get one for a cash price of a bit over $900.0653.jpg
    Chose a weapon that goes bang EVERY time!

  14. #14
    VIP Member Array glockman10mm's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2010
    Location
    Kentucky
    Posts
    8,957
    They are all good guns. But, might as well go ahead and get the Colt gor reasons already mentioned.
    Ignorance is a long way from stupid, but left unchecked, can get there real fast.

  15. #15
    VIP Member
    Array C hawk Glock's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2009
    Location
    W. Washington
    Posts
    3,552
    COLT.....
    Ccccccc what? Ccccccccccc Hawks!

Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast

Links

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  

Search tags for this page

3 inch 1911
,

best 1911 for under 1000

,
best 1911 pistol under 1000
,

best 1911 under 1000

,

colt 1911 defender for sale

,
colt 45 compact
,

colt 45 defender

,

colt defender

,

colt defender .45

,

colt defender 45

,
colt defender vs springfield champion
,
compact colt 45
Click on a term to search for related topics.