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    It's that time once more.

    So, I'm ready, money wise to buy a new gun. I want a 1911 style compact. I've really looked into the Para Slim Hawg or the Springfield EMP. I don't like full size 1911's or full size pistols of any kind really. Any one had an experiance with these two? What about a Kimber? Help me out folks....oh and I prefer .40 to anything else, but it's not a deal breaker. Let me know!!

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    Try typing in a search for the 1911 guns you like. several of us have written reviews on guns we own. I like my Springfield Armory Champion.
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    Colt or STI?

    Apparently you are looking for a 1911 with 3 inch barrel, given the two examples you mentioned. However, it may be difficult to find one in .40 caliber, as the majority of these are made in .45, or possibly 9mm.

    I have a Colt Defender which has worked very well for me, and I would recommend that. I have also noticed that STI has a new 3 inch 1911 on the market called "The Escort". This gun has some very nice features as standard. Here are some pictures and links:

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    And a picture of my Colt Defender:


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    I have a Kimber Stainless Ultra Carry which is a 3" 1911 in .40. Pogo is right, though. 1911s in .40 are a rarer find. My husband and I have only seen two locally and we own them both.

    He has a Kimber CDP Pro.

    Let me warn you that (at least in the experience I have had) the Kimber .40s are a little more finicky than the .45s and there is very little difference in recoil between the .40 and the .45 or in capacity for that matter.

    Good luck in your search.

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    If you have the money, you can pick up a Colt Gunsite CCO which mates a 4.25" barrel with the Officers model grip. To me the ideal size for concealed carry, and my next planned gun purchase, but after dumpin money on my Novak BHP I'll prob have to wait till next year to get one.
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    Quote Originally Posted by limatunes View Post
    I have a Kimber Stainless Ultra Carry which is a 3" 1911 in .40. Pogo is right, though. 1911s in .40 are a rarer find. My husband and I have only seen two locally and we own them both.

    He has a Kimber CDP Pro.

    Let me warn you that (at least in the experience I have had) the Kimber .40s are a little more finicky than the .45s and there is very little difference in recoil between the .40 and the .45 or in capacity for that matter.

    Good luck in your search.
    I love my Kimbers! I have two CDP II's, a Pro and an Ultra. The Pro is a .45, but the first Ultra was in .40, and it gave me some problems. The gunshop I use is top notch and the owner took the gun home and agreed that something was not right. He immediately traded the .40 for another new Ultra in .45...never a problem with the .45.
    I would stick with the 1911 in .45...OMO, but with personal experience!

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    Springfield makes a micro bi-tone in a .40 cal. It's a 3" barrel and backed by an outstanding lifetime warranty. Very concealable.
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    I can heartily vouch for the Kimber Ultra family. I've got the CDP II in .45, and a couple of friends have the Ultra Carry. All are great shooters, reliable, and excellent for concealed carry. I've not had any problems with a variety of ammunition, including Gold Dots, Hydra-Shok, Golden Sabre and my current load of choice, Winchester Ranger SXT (now T Series) 230gr JHP.

    Here's mine in it's current configuration with thinline Alumagrips:

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    I've handled the Springfield Micro Compact and was very impressed. Fits my hand, points well, is light, the controls are easy to manipulate, would conceal very easily. Something to add to the list, if you're starting to look.

    Looked at a Colt Defender, as well. Nice package.

    Uncertain about the reliability or durability of either, as I'm not really in the market for a 1911.
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