I've always wanted an officer's .45. What I mean by that is a 4" barrel on an officer's frame. I'm having trouble finding what I want so I thought I'd ask all of you. Here's what I'm looking for:
-4" barrel; would consider 3" if the gun has a good track record for reliability
-Blued gun only. Just want blued finish
-Price as far under $1000 as possible
I intend to use this only for CCW; I have a full size 1911 for range use.
I've looked at the Springfield Micro Bi-tones and like them but worry about reliability and they're only 3". I wish SA would make a simple officer model loaded by they don't.
I've looked at a Colt Mark IV; see them used on different sites once in a blue moon; would consider one if I could find a really good one but would rather buy new if I could
Looked at the Colt New Agent; seems to be reliable for a 3" and I love everything about that gun except the trench site. Now I do think the trench site is probably perfect for dedicated CCW; just not sure if I could get used to it and be satisfied with it. And you can't add sites after the fact with that gun!
Kimber makes an officer's version of their CDP bi-tone but it's pricey and I'm not sure I like the severe melt job on it.
I've also looked at the SA GI micro but it's less than 4" and has a less then stellar track record for reliability.
I can buy custom but that's big bucks, so are there any commerical options out there around the 700 - 900 mark?
Anyway, thanks for any thoughts on what might fit this bill!