Which Small 3" 1911 Should I Get?

Which Small 3" 1911 Should I Get?

This is a discussion on Which Small 3" 1911 Should I Get? within the Defensive Carry Guns forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; I think I want a 1911, but I want a small one, 3" so I can carry it. Plus I want a single stack grip. ...

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    Which Small 3" 1911 Should I Get?

    I think I want a 1911, but I want a small one, 3" so I can carry it. Plus I want a single stack grip. Been looking at the Springfield EMP, Kimbers, I like the New Beretta PX4 subcompact but that is not a 1911. What kind and caliber is the best short barrell 1911. I had a Para Warthog a whils back and it was a Jam-A-Matic. Are the short 45's prone to jamming? .40 Cal and 9MM better in the short barrell. Lets have some suggestions so I can look them up. I been on the net all day, and if I just run to the gun store I will come home with something and it might not be what I really want. Thanks!!!!!
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    I've had a Kimber Ultra Carry for 7+ years and after the first 500 rounds I haven't had a single problem with it. Its accurate, feeds multiple types of ammo with no problem, easy to clean and is very easy to conceal.
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    I hesitate to respond to this - there are so many who can not abide a short-barreled 1911 of any sort.... but I had a Springfield Mil-Spec 3.5" which was quite reliable... traded it for a Para Ordinance Covert Carry 3" LDA which has also proved quite reliable. That Springfield is now being carried daily by the dealer I traded it to.
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    i would take a look at a defender or the STi escort

    I dont have either but these are the ones im looking at for down the road purchase

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    I have the Colt Defender and it has ate everything I've put thru it.

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    I've got the Para Slim Hawg 3", .45 and it has been the best gun I've ever had. I've put over 500 + rounds through it with no problems whatsoever. I believe this is because it is a single stack. The warthogs are double stacked. It's also EXTREMELY accurate at self-defense range and has less kick than a glock 19!

    I also have the EMP. I've only put 100 rounds through it, but so far it is amazing as well. The recoil is a lot less than the slim hawg and it's more accurate with 100 rounds than my slim hawg was at 100 rounds (still not more now, but in time it may prove to be more accurate than the slim hawg). IMO you just got a melon hog!

    I know that there has been a big hype about how small the EMP is, but it's not smaller than the slim hawg!

    I'm very happy with both of these and I'll post some pic comparisons if someone wants to see.
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    I wanna see...I wanna see pics!!! I would love to see a comparison of the slim hawg and the EMP. I am sure others would as well. The Colt looks very well also. It might all come down to price between the top 3 contenders!!!!
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    Colt Defender

    I also did some research on this question about a year ago and decided that the Colt Defender seemed to get the best reviews for reliability, based on what information I could find. So I got one and have put 600 rounds through it so far, with no failures to feed or eject. I now trust the gun for defensive use.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Bud White View Post
    i would take a look at a defender or the STi escort

    I dont have either but these are the ones im looking at for down the road purchase
    I like both of these and may add one of them before long. I',m considering that or another commander size. I'm also looking at the STI guardian, which has the officers grip but a larger 3.9" barrel. Not a lot longer than the 3.4" escort or even the Defender which I have read is actually 3.25" (I don't know that for certain). It IS a steel frame though which makes it heavier at 32.4 oz, so the answer to the question of weight (alloy or steel) would definitely make that choice.
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    Quote Originally Posted by USPnTX View Post
    I've had a Kimber Ultra Carry for 7+ years and after the first 500 rounds I haven't had a single problem with it. Its accurate, feeds multiple types of ammo with no problem, easy to clean and is very easy to conceal.
    Another vote for Kimber
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    I am going to foul up the works here. I had an Ultra Carry and had nothing but problems with it until I fixed it. It made 3 trips to Kimber and they could/would not fix it. I also do not recommend anything shorter than a commander length for carry. IMO it does not make them that much easier to carry with 1 inch less in barrel length, but it does make them more prone to jamming, stove pipes, fail to feed and fail to eject. Don't get me wrong, a micro sized gun can and/or will work fine either out of the box or with some work, but statistically they have been less reliable than a bigger gun. I have carried them all and I have not found a 5 inch to be any more or less trouble to carry than a shorter gun, as long as you use a good holster.

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    My EDC gun is a 3" Kimber Ultra Carry in .45ACP. I have over 1000 rounds thru it. The only jam I've had is one from when I limp-wristed with my off hand.

    I have run WWB 230gr FMJ (my training ammo) and Winchester Ranger SXT 230gr JHP (carry ammo). No problems at all.

    I'd advise you to put at least 500 rounds thru any gun before you decide to carry it. At least 100 of those should be your carry ammo.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ontarget1911 View Post
    I am going to foul up the works here. I had an Ultra Carry and had nothing but problems with it until I fixed it....
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    Well, somebody had to say it - and at least it wasn't a drive-by troll.

    I'll agree that statistically speaking (apparently) shorter means higher likelihood of trouble. I'll also agree that a commander isn't going to be much harder to conceal than a shorter gun. Might be my next purchase.

    But I like little guns. And, I've been lucky with them.
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    They do say anything shorter than 4" is more suspetable to problems than 4" and above

    a 4 1/4 inch barrel 1911 is as easy to carry as a shorter barrel if you have a good holster like the Max Con V and a good belt


    Only reason i want a short barrel 1911 is for pocket carry when taking the dog out in sweats

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    Quote Originally Posted by pogo2 View Post
    I also did some research on this question about a year ago and decided that the Colt Defender seemed to get the best reviews for reliability, based on what information I could find. So I got one and have put 600 rounds through it so far, with no failures to feed or eject. I now trust the gun for defensive use.
    +1. I'm at 500 rounds and haven't had a single problem. It rides great at 3:30 IWB too.

    However; It DOES have a tendency to tattoo me in the forehead with a spent shell about twice per fifty rounds. That way my wife knows that I've been to the range. Maybe a good smith can fix that, though.
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