which CCO-size 1911 for concealed carry?

which CCO-size 1911 for concealed carry?

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    which CCO-size 1911 for concealed carry?

    Hi all,

    I purchased my first 1911 about a year ago (a new Springfield Mil-Spec) that I really like. I got the .45 Colt Shop Manual, learned all about the gun's operation, and maintenance, detail stripping, and have shot it a lot. I'm very confortable with the manual of arms for a 1911.

    Now I'm considering getting a CCO-sized 1911 for concealed carry to go along with my Sig P239, G19, and J-frame. (My Mil-Spec is just too big and heavy for me to carry.) Which CCO-sized 1911 would you recommend? What are my options? Right now, I'm not eliminating anything from consideration. As for price, no more than, say, $1200 or so.

    I like the idea of a Colt, but others look promising as well, like a Les Baer Stinger, Kimber Compact, etc.

    What are your suggestions and experience? Thanks.

    Chris


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    I'm not certain what you're referring to when you say CCO, Chris? There is only one CCO, it's Colt's “Concealed Carry Officers” , it's the 4-1/4-inch barrel/slide of the Colt Commander and the short grip frame of the Colt Officers model
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    Go with a Kimber CDP II! Great pistol, set up specifically for concealed carry. I love my Ultra.
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    OD,

    I am referring to any 1911 with a Commander size slide (give or take a 1/4") and Officer size frame.

    Chris

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    (give or take a 1/4")
    Gotcha, Chris, that opens the field up some.
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    Thumper,

    Please correct me if I'm wrong, but doesn't the SA Champion have a full size grip? I'm looking for the shorter Officer's grip frame (6-7 round capacity and easier concealability).

    Chris

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    Kimber Compact CDP

    I'd recommend the Kimber Compact CDP, which has a 4 inch barrel and officer's length grip. I have the Pro CDP and it is one of my favorites. The CDP has lots of good features as standard, including a "melted" slide, front strap checkering, and night sights. I added slim grip panels to mine to reduce the grip width by about 0.2 inch for easier carry, and replaced the ambi safety with an Ed Brown tactical safety without the ambi feature. Additionally, I recommend the Wilson Combat magazines instead of the Kimber stock magazines.


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    Commander length slide (4.5") on an Officer sized frame FTconcealed carryW.

    I carry a Springfield Armory 'Lightweight Compact' which was their version of the Colt CCO and it's my preferred go to by far.
    I have a full size 1911 and a Colt Defender as well.

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    My primary CCW gun is a Baer Stinger, but they're a bit beyond your price range, more like $1500-1600.

    I really like the commander slide / Officer's grip concept. It provides a pistol that conceals well, but shoots like a big gun.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chuck R. View Post
    My primary CCW gun is a Baer Stinger, but they're a bit beyond your price range, more like $1500-1600.
    OK then... up my price range to $1500-1600!

    What about the STI Guardian?

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    Kimbers are great pistols but I do prefer the Springers!! Steve48

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    The Kimber Compact CDP I and II's are great guns. I have the predecessor to those guns, the Combat Carry:

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    My Kimber CDP II Compact is my daily carry. Three thousand training rounds through it and zero problems.

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    If it was me I would personally look into:

    Wilson Combat
    Colt (Commander)
    Ed Brown
    Les Baer
    Springfield (Lifetime warranty)
    I hear the Para's arent bad.
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