The Best 1911 Compact

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    The Best 1911 Compact

    Ya'll have probaly had this post before and you might be tired of talking about it , but i am going to ask anyway so i will have something to read when i get off work tomorrow morning at 3:00 am. Who do you think makes the best compact 1911 , high end guns like ,( Brown ) and factory guns like , (Kimber) ?

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    When I was searching for a compact 1911 about a year and a half ago, I kept reading that the Colt Defender is the most reliable, so I got one. Mine runs flawlessly with hardball, but doesn't like hollowpoints, so I've replaced it as a CCW gun with an XD Compact .45.

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    Charles Daley 3.5 inch. $400, 1000 rounds of ball and HP, never a FtF.

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    My loaded SA SS Champion has been flawless out the box 2000+ rounds. The gun will eat any ammo...But this is the only compact size 1911 I own.

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    since most the range officers down at our range have 1911s, i have got to shoot many of them. out of all of them i personally like the kimber and springfield the best. i personally have a kimber that i love, and a friend of mine has the springfield- forget which one- but it was a 'lower end' one, but still shoots great.
    have yet to come across a 1911 at our range that has had any problems and they are all very nice. i dont think it comes down to a reliability factor or quality factor very much. i think the most deciding factors with a 1911 are its features and what you shoot best. try out as many as you possibly can. they are all similar, yet strangely different from one another.
    what made me decide on mine over others was availability (since i have a 3" 9mm 1911, there were not many to choose from anyways), things like whether or not the hammer is bobbed, ambidextrous safety (i didnt want one with it), and mostly just how it felt (and looked).
    most 1911s out there are very nice. honestly i cant say what my next (full size) one will be. probably either kimber or SA.

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    I'll vouch for ParaOrdnance LDA...
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    Quote Originally Posted by B52 View Post
    My loaded SA SS Champion has been flawless out the box 2000+ rounds. The gun will eat any ammo...But this is the only compact size 1911 I own.
    Well, since it's the one I have too, I'd better second that!
    It really is a great weapon!
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    One vote for the Kimber Ten II.
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    Nothing I have ever owned has equaled by Les Baer TR Special - never burped or hiccuped. Not cheap but neither is the life of a loved one.
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    The Les Baer Thunder Ranch Commanche. It comes in hard chrome with Tritium sights. 4 1/4 inch Commander sized. Mine has been perfect since I bought it. The Special is a Gov. Model, 5 inch.
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    Kimber 10 II never a failure it is deadly accurate.

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    Commander length, would be the Ed Brown Kobra Carry
    Compact I like the SA EMP. I don't own one but I am hearing nothing but good about it. It is a 9mm BTW

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    For LESS than half of the cost of a Baer or Brown...I'll go with my Kimbers...I have two!
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    I would go with a Wilson Combat.
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    I chose a SA Micro Compact Loaded after looking at all the others. A bit pricey, but well worth the $.

    It is a matter of personal prefrence for each of us. The important part is to get a firearm that YOU trust to do the job in an emergency and in a suitable caliber.

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