Which 1911 3" Compact?

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    Which 1911 3" Compact?

    I have a FS 1911 STI Spartan in 9mm that I like, I would buy another STI so that is a possibility. I want a 3" compact in 45 ACP for CCW. Like to hear what is working for you. Do you have a steel or aluminum frame, accuracy, reliability and so on.
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    Owned a Colt Defender,great lil gun
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    Quote Originally Posted by MichSteve View Post
    I have a FS 1911 STI Spartan in 9mm that I like, I would buy another STI so that is a possibility. I want a 3" compact in 45 ACP for CCW. Like to hear what is working for you. Do you have a steel or aluminum frame, accuracy, reliability and so on.
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    I've got a couple Defenders that work just fine. Since you like the STI guns....what about a Shadow? high money, but a lot of good features.
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    I carry a Kimber Ultra ll but have friends who carry STI guns. I really like them and will probably get one some time this year. I really like the fact that they are built in Texas.
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    Colt New Agent. Mine has run 800 mixed rounds without a glitch. It takes about a box of ammo or less to get used to the trench sight. It's a great little, reliable, no snag carry pistol. I use an Alien Gear IWB the most.
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    I liked my New Agent quite a bit...I'd recommend one any day.
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    I have an Ultra-Carry II secured in my safe. It was fairly reliable until a design feature caused a malfunction which led me to abandon it as my edc.
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    Kimber SIS Ultra, all steel. It's the predecessor to the Kimber Ultra Series. If the newer ones are anything like the SIS, they're keepers. I own 3 Kimbers & they have all performed flawlessly. I have a Kimber Super Carry Ultra+ on order because the SIS is getting due for service & I don't want to go a day without a 3" 1911 on my hip.
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    My EDC is a Kimber Ultra Carry II stainless.
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    I have a Kimber Ultra Carry II, also in stainless.

    I don't carry it everyday, but it has been flawless so far........

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    Absolutely no (zero) chance of me EVER picking a sub 4" slide 1911 variant for EDC. I've no issue with "Officer" sized (short) frames. But slide length shorter than a Commander is, IMHO, not worth even the unLIKELIHOOD of a reliability concern.
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    If you want a 3'' for appendix carry, Smartcarry, or some other method where barrel length is a hindrance...
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    Have only had one: STI Shadow .45, alum frame, 3" bull bbl, very light.

    Loved the basic size. Unfortunately, the sharp bottom edge of the back strap dug into my hand. Wanted to replace the back strap shape with something a bit more user-friendly, but alas the aluminum frame didn't allow for tweaks. Would have made far more sense to try on a few for size, but to get either one already bobbed or one with a replaceable back strap that could shave that corner a bit. Had some initial teething pains with reliability, traced to a faulty slide stop and untuned extractor. Otherwise, an excellent example.

    All things considered, a Colt Officer's model wouldn't be a bad choice, for me. Fits a tad better, though heavier. In a steel frame, could have the bobbing done, for better ergonomics.
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    There are 'smiths who'll bobtail both Aluminum & Scandium frames, as long as they're full-size. I know of no one offering short-framed 1911 bob tails. How 'bout you?
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