Micro .45 recomendations

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    Micro .45 recomendations

    can anyone recomend a good 1911 style micro .45? 3in. barrel. I am concerned will they feed and function like their big brothers.I have an XDs but would prefer something like a Colt defender or officers model.

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    Colt defender is my dream mini 1911 cant go wrong with a colt.
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    Personally, I can offer no recommendation past a Commander size.
    I did have a Colt Compact 1991A1 that was very reliable, but the farther you stray from the original design, the more its likely to have issues.
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    Agree 100% with glockman10mm. Commander slide length (4-4.25") is as short as I'll go on a defensive 1911 variant.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RockingGlock32 View Post
    Colt defender is my dream mini 1911 cant go wrong with a colt.
    As soon as I find one, it's mine.

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    Colt Defender.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ghost tracker View Post
    Agree 100% with glockman10mm. Commander slide length (4-4.25") is as short as I'll go on a defensive 1911 variant.
    Another recommendation to stay away from 3" on a 1911. Even if it does feed well, it is terribly unbalanced. With my 3" Titan, I have a tendency to shoot high when drawing and shooting quickly.
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    I REALLY wanted a 3" 1911 to work. I had a Colt Defender, Colt New Agent and Kimber Ultra Carry. I found all of them less than 100% reliable, and gave up on 3" 1911s. I switched to Commander-sized 1911s and have never looked back. My EDC is usually my HK, but when I'm in the mood for something heavy, I know my Kobra Carry will never let me down. It's also a tack driver on the range at much longer distances than my 3" guns were.
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    With the 3" 1911 it is all in the timing. They pretty well have them working now, however, they are very dependent on a proper RSA. The other factor is that the 45 ACP gained its rep when fired from a 5" barrel. It loses a lot of velocity losing 2" of barrel.
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    I would look to something like a Sig P245 or P220 Compact rather than a chopped 1911. I like my 1911's 5" or 4 1/4" for reliability.

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    Supposedly a 3" barrel is hard to make work reliably. But Colt looks like they did it on the Defender. My Sig Ultra has a 3.3" barrel. The difference between it and the Defender is that the Sig has a one piece ramped barrel and the Defender is probably the 1911 two stage ramp where half the ramp is on the aluminum frame (like on my LWC). You probably won't be able to polish the aluminum frame ramp. The STI Escort may also appeal to you, especially with the middle finger being able to ride up just a little higher. Between a Colt and a Kimber the Colt will probably get better re-sell value. You probably can find used Kimbers everywhere but may have trouble finding a used Defender. And the first question that will pop in your mind is "Why did he get rid of it? Is it un-reliable?" Usually the reason why people get rid of Kimbers is because they can buy an ATI, RIA or American Classic for half the price. That and Kimber's closest competitor is SIG. Kimber couldn't make the external extractor work, but Sig did.

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    http://www.metroarms.com/american-cl...igo-model.html 3.5" barrel. 32 oz. (Too heavy in my book.) ~$550.

    I don't like blued slides, preferring a blued frame and a stainless slide. Otherwise I would have considered the STI. Yes, I think the Defender is beautiful. How could it not? It's a Colt.

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    Kimber Ultra Carry Stainless. 1100+ rounds and not one single problem.

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    One big problem with the P220carry is that it is so heavy, over 30 oz. I think 24 -26 is the sweet spot. My Star M45 weighs in at 36 oz. Feels like holding a lead pipe. The Dender is 24 oz. Add 7 rounds in the mag and you're at about 30 oz., the same weight as the P220 empty.

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    While you might get lucky and find a 3" model that works good out of the box, I think you would be better off going with a Commander size gun. JMO YMMV
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    I've often wondered if the perceived reliability issues with Officer sized pistols is that the recoil springs aren't replaced every 500 - 1000 rounds. I believe Kimber says every 500 rounds. So figure at least once a year. Take a Commander re-coil spring and most would say that they replace them every 5 to 10 years, or every 5000 - 10,000 rounds.

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