Have you ever wished a manufacturer would make a particular configuration for you? I love the idea of a 9mm 1911 in a compact (3 - 4" barrel) configuration. They're out there but most are either expensive, think Springfield EMP at $1,100+ or they're a bit odd looking, think STI. Of course it all boils down to personal taste etc.
I've had Springfield and COLT 1911's; long story short they're all gone and what I have now is a RIA mid-size and a RIA compact, both in .45 ACP. It's a long story but I love my RIA's. I had aftermarket sights installed on them and I installed a 25 LPI checkered "ROUND" butt MSH on each along with matching slim checkered grips. For some reason I love them, they're a matching set but I always wished RIA made a 9mm compact. They do make a full size 9mm but I wished they'd make a 9mm compact.
Well the gun gods answered my prayers and finally the have it!
1911 9MM Rock Island Tactical Compact with Matte Black Finish #AC-RI1911-9MMTACTCOM
I know many will turn up their noses at the RIA's but frankly I think they're one of the best overall handgun values out there. They're a reliable workhorse type of gun that you don't mind getting a scratch on. Mine are accurate, reliable and I like the rugged good looks.
Now I can complete my set with a 9mm compact. Of course anyone who's ever had a RIA knows you have to replace the grips and the new rolled emblem on the slide isn't as good as the old one but for $449 a reliable compact 9mm 1911 is, well, a simple pleasure in life.
Haven't bought mine...yet, but I will shortly. Add a couple of Wilson black mags and I might just switch from my Kahr K9 to the RIA compact 9 for carry. Call me a hypocrate and you'd be right; I still think a DAO with no controls is the very best for civilian CCW but at least I'm honest about my hypocrasy
Anyway, if you've always wanted a reliable but inexpensive compact 1911 in 9mm then this may be it.
Enjoy the weekend folks