I've been researching my options for a new 1911 for concealed carry. My current 1911, a full-size Springfield Mil-Spec, is just too big and heavy for me to carry concealed.
Thus, I've been researching some of the lightweight "Commander-size" 1911's that are currently in production. Here's what I've found:
Smith & Wesson 1911 PD
Kimber Pro Carry II
Colt XSE Lightweight Commander
Springfield Armory Loaded Lightweight Champion
All of these guns are somewhat similar in features, but there are some differences. I prefer a single-side thumb safety, a beavertail grip safety, and the classic look of a barrel bushing, which is why I've initially been leaning towards the SW1911PD. I also don't mind the SW's external extractor. They work. I've also heard the SW 1911's are extremely relibable out-of-the-box, and customer service is great. The Kimber Pro Carry seems to have a lot going for it too, and has lots of fans, especially the Tacoma PD. It does have the bushingless bull barrel, but that's really no big deal to me. I just want a gun that's RELIABLE when I carry it.
So... which of these would you (or do you) carry and why? Am I missing any lightweight Commanders from my list? I recently held a 1911 with an "Officer's size" grip frame, and it was too short for me, so I definitely want to stick with a full-size frame.
Thanks for your time.