This is a discussion on 1911 questions... within the Defensive Carry Guns forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; I see that a bunch of people love the 1911 for carry. I want to add a couple of .45 ACP pistols before 2009. I ...
February 7th, 2008 08:04 PM
I see that a bunch of people love the 1911 for carry. I want to add a couple of .45 ACP pistols before 2009. I know that one of them will be polymer and would like one of them to be a 1911. There are just so many manufacturers out there, how do you separate treasure from trash? I know that there are 1911 pistols with 3 inch, 4 inch , and 5 inch barrels available. Which length is the best choice for a balance of reliability, accuracy, proper ballistics performance, and concealment? Part of the desire to own one is the history behind it. The other is the ability to find parts for it is on par with finding Glock parts if repairs become necessary. Plus a .45 would make a fine self-defense piece. I am looking forward to your counsel and advice.
February 7th, 2008 08:45 PM
My personal choice is a 4 1/4" Commander sized 1911. I really like the balance, especially in my scandium framed S&W 1911SC. It has a good sight radius and is easy to conceal.
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February 7th, 2008 08:49 PM
5 inch = original = only 1911 I recognize as a 1911
February 7th, 2008 08:55 PM
I prefer a 5" Gov't Model as a "base" to build from.
It's not as easy to carry, but I've had an seen to many reliability issues with the shorter slides to trust them. Personally I don't carry a 1911. I have carried them in the past, but found out the hard way that "point and shoot" type weapons work best for me.
February 7th, 2008 09:13 PM
My solution to this problem:
M1911-A1 from Rock Island Amory 5"
Commander from Rock Island Armory 4"
Micro Compact from Springfield Armory 3"
Just get one of each.
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February 7th, 2008 09:24 PM
A 1911 would have to be metal pistol not polymer.It would have to be 5 inch base to be the type of 1911 I want to have.It's not my carry piece but everyone should have a piece of history.
February 7th, 2008 11:28 PM
+1 Citizen! I love my Rock and hope to pick up my new Tuarus 1911 tomorrow! I carried a Combat Commander when I worked LEO and prefer the 5" to the shorter barrel. I find I get better control and better accuracy with the full-sized Gov't.
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February 7th, 2008 11:31 PM
I'm carrying my Ed Brown "Kobra Carry" in a Milt Sparks VM2 and I'm VERY happy.
February 8th, 2008 12:55 AM
I carry a 4" Springfield, but I think a 5" might be easier to find parts for (atleast more options).
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February 8th, 2008 03:41 AM
Wow! that's a first. 1911 not a "point and shoot" pistol? other than an SAA revo (if that) I'm not sure there is any better.
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February 8th, 2008 04:16 AM
I think what he meant by "point and shoot" is no thumb safety.
For me I'll take a Combat Commander as being about ideal for carry.
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February 8th, 2008 08:43 AM
Chalk another point up for the commander length (that's a 4.25 inch barrel for the 1911 newbies). I carry an all steel 4.1" Wilson Combat professional and I'm very happy with it.
It's a very decent length for accuracy, and while my 1911 is just as heavy as a full-size it's shorter barrel makes it easier for such a little person (me) to draw and conceal it.
February 8th, 2008 08:56 AM
My SA Micro Compact has been 100% reliable since day one. Lightweight at 23oz and accurate enough for defensive work.
My Series 70 Colts, the Nighthawk,the Kimbers all reside in a my safe while the SA gets my nod to go about the everyday job of protecting my family.
February 8th, 2008 10:10 AM
Another +1 for a Combat Commander...my EDC is a Dan Wesson Bobtail, get one NOW!!!!!!!!!!! :)
February 8th, 2008 10:19 AM
Get a 5 inch 1911 to start with.
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