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which lightweight "Commander-size" 1911 would you choose?

This is a discussion on which lightweight "Commander-size" 1911 would you choose? within the Defensive Carry Guns forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; I have both a Kimber Eclipse Pro and a Commander sized Smith 1911Sc. They are both very reliable. If you want lightweight and easy of ...

View Poll Results: which LW commander-size 1911 would you recommend for carry and why?

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  • Smith & Wesson 1911 PD

    24 17.02%
  • Kimber Pro Carry II

    55 39.01%
  • Colt XSE Lightweight Commander

    24 17.02%
  • Springfield Armory Lightweight Champion

    22 15.60%
  • Other (please specify)

    16 11.35%
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    I have both a Kimber Eclipse Pro and a Commander sized Smith 1911Sc. They are both very reliable. If you want lightweight and easy of carry, I would go with the Smith. Much lighter then my Kimber but I still like the heavier weight of the Kimber for comfort of shooting the heavier loads.

    I carry the Federal EFMJ 200 gr +P in the Smith and they shoot very well in it.

    I like the Remington Golden Saber 230 gr in the Kimber.

    The Smith really shines when carried in a shoulder holster over the heavier Kimber.

    I personally like the heavier Kimber to shoot, but the Smith does carry a lot easier.

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    Love my SA Champ as well. Works excellent with HP bullets and is great to carry as well as shoot. I went with the SA due to the Ambi safety and affordability.
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    I voted for Colt. I have an XSE.
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    +1 for Kimber Pro CDP II

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    I own a S&W1911 'gunsite' that I bought used and at a GREAT price. First thing I did was have my local gunsmith install the Cylinder& Slide 24/7/365 hammer,sear, disconector set, C&S tactical thumb safety, EGW slide stop and I put on a pair of VZ Grip's, slim '320' stocks. The S&W 1911 uses MIM parts. I'm sure that MIM parts would be fine if you don't shoot the pistol alot, but I have no hard data on the longevity of MIM parts. With the C&S 24/7/365 set, the trigger pull is smoother and 'crisper'. Don't take my word for it-- ask around some more. The bottom line with my S&W 1911 is that while I got a great price on the pistol, after I had the MIM part's removed and then the C&S parts installed , the pistol's total cost was the same as if I bought it NEW. Good Luck!

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    lw commander

    Well I've got a LW Colt Commander. Now I'm prejudiced and Ill admit it. I like the Pony. But for straight out of the box don't do anything to it S&W. Did you know Springfield makes a Gov't model LW? I think that will be my next purchase.

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    I voted for the Springer. No reason really, except that I am a SA fan and own one.

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    Get a Dan Wesson CBOB.....

    I carry a Dan Wesson Classic Bobtail Commander and LOVE IT.....check them out and you will NOT be disappointed

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    I'd vote for the wonderfully versatile Sig P245. After I'd used the P245 for about a year, I traded in my Kimber Compact. The Kimber was a wonderful gun. I just found I liked the Sig better.

    The P245 can utilize it's standard 6 round mag. for optimum concealment and the extended 8 round mag. for a full-length grip. It's reasonably light (about 30 ozs.), totally dependable and superbly accurate.

    Oh yeah, the Kimber was exchanged for a used Sig P220.

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    I like the Kimber Custom Compact II that I just got, but even still I'd chose the Kimber over the Colts because whenever I've bought a Colt, the first thing I had to do was send it to gunny to get made over, with the kimber, all I had to do was load it and shoot it.

    As for the Commander size, I personally prefer them when their matched to an officers model grip.

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    CDP Pro has been an awesome CCW - 100% reliable, accurate and 28 oz ease of carry is hard to beat!

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    Voted other, D.W. CBOB


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    Pro Carry HDII- all stainless.....who needs a lightweight Commander?
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    If I were to carry a Comander size pistol it would be my old Kimber compact (one of the first out) I prefer a full size. I voted for the Kimber. I would like to try one of the S&W full sized Scandium though.

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