Help me pick my compact 1911
Hi All, Been a while since I've been around but I'm back again! Anyway, I'm looking to try my luck with one of the small 1911s out there. I've read all that I can, done searches and see that the question has been asked before, etc, etc, etc. But Now I'm actually close to making my purchase. I have the following options. All are prices shipped to my ffl for NIB guns. Tell me what you think:
Colt Defender: $800
Kimber Ultra Carry II: $681
Kimber UCII Stainless: $780
Springfield Loaded Ultra: $845
Now at the moment, I'm thinking that the Colt seems to have gotten the best reviews/highest number of successes but two things are stuck in the back of my mind. 1) This is really my biggest question. Is the extra .5" of the Springfield (3.5" total) going to help with reliability? This is the most expensive gun but the fact that it has night sights helps offset that a bit I guess. 2)There is such a "big" difference in price between the Kimber and the Colt and it seems that there are still quite a few people out there that have great success with the Kimbers...this is making me wonder if I shouldn't forget about the Colt and try for the Kimber Decisions...decisions...Any help (even if it's just personal preference) would be great.
Order of priorities for me:
1) Reliability acceptable to be used as a primary carry piece - very important
2) Price - not as important
3) comfort/weight/sharp edges - not very important at all.. I'm not sensitive to weight (especially in this size), and my holster choices tend to mitigate any edge problems.
Thanks so much in advance for any help you guys might be able to give.
My Defender has worked well
I've owned a Defender since 2006, and put about 600 rounds through it without any problems (including hollowpoint). My impression from reading gun chat threads is that most owners are happy with their Colt Defenders. I have no experience with the Kimber or Springfield 3 inch guns.
I have added some new parts to my Defender to customize it, including a Wilson beavertail safety, a steel checkered mainspring housing, Wilson magazines and slim Alumagrips. I also had a gunsmith dehorn the slide because it felt a little "sharp edged" to me.
I have carried the gun and it conceals very well.