Which 1911?

Which 1911?

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    Which 1911?

    I've decided my next gun will be a Rock Island 1911. My question is which model, the full size or the compact?


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    Is it your first 1911? If so, fullsize is the way to go.
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    Got Rock?

    I have the compact model Rock and I love it. Still breaking in at about 300 rounds but haven't had a single issue except when I used some wierd ammo as a test. Steady as a...well...rock!
    Which one you get will depend on how you're gonna use it. If it's for daily carry, the compact works great, if it's a nightstand or range gun, then flip a coin and pick what you want. Go with a tactical if you can find one, but the GI model is still a great shooter.

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    I like full size but can't go wrong with either.

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    Is new Colt Comander 4 1/4 inch barrel concidered a full size,or does it have to be 5 inch barrel?im new to these guns,its my first,The web site at colt said it was a 1991 model..Is it still a 1911????

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    Quote Originally Posted by j21blackjack View Post
    I've decided my next gun will be a Rock Island 1911. My question is which model, the full size or the compact?
    Full Size and Tactical, FTW.

    Spend the extra $50 now for the most popular options stock or spend $200+ later at a gunsmith, it's your call.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tn Mitch View Post
    Is new Colt Comander 4 1/4 inch barrel concidered a full size,or does it have to be 5 inch barrel?im new to these guns,its my first,The web site at colt said it was a 1991 model..Is it still a 1911???
    Mitch, your pistol doesn't appear to be a 1991, you're serial # prefix is GJ and the slide isn't marked '1991'. To my knowledge 1991's sn prefixes are CV or C, and the slide is marked '1991' on the slide. Either way, you've got a very nice 1911A1 there, other than the plastic trigger and MSH.

    But lets not hijack this gentleman's thread...

    To the OP, If it were me I'd start will the full size base model. Classic.
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    I just recently bought a full size Rock and love it. The only thing I don't care for is the plain jane GI sights. Going to add Trijicon night sights one day. May even Dura-coat it also as the finish is a little lacking, but other than that it is a very nice 45. And I really can say I'm satisfied.

    The only thing to do now is to keep shooting it and find me a IWB holster for it.

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    All my 1911s are Commander sized. I just like the balance and size for CCW. A full size isn't really any more difficult to conceal, it's really just a personal choice.

    ALWAYS carry! - NEVER tell!

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    I'll take mine full size only! Just as easy to hide, less prone to problems, higher velocities and longer sight radius. JMO from the school of Hard Knocks.
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    Well, based on the recommendations, I went with the 5" full size. Thanks for the help.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tn Mitch View Post
    Is new Colt Comander 4 1/4 inch barrel concidered a full size,or does it have to be 5 inch barrel? im new to these guns,its my first,
    Full size is 5".



    The web site at colt said it was a 1991 model..Is it still a 1911
    1991 is a model number (your pistol is a model O4691, basically a shorter version of the O1991 Government Model), "1911" has become a generic for a "style" of pistol.

    This is a true M1911;
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    Quote Originally Posted by rhinokrk View Post
    Mitch, your pistol doesn't appear to be a 1991, you're serial # prefix is GJ and the slide isn't marked '1991'. To my knowledge 1991's sn prefixes are CV or C, and the slide is marked '1991' on the slide. Either way, you've got a very nice 1911A1 there, other than the plastic trigger and MSH.

    But lets not hijack this gentleman's thread...

    To the OP, If it were me I'd start will the full size base model. Classic.
    Thanks ,but theres nothing on this gun plactic,the trigger is aluminum
    Ive got plactice trigers on glocks and M&Ps...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tn Mitch View Post
    Thanks ,but theres nothing on this gun plactic,the trigger is aluminum
    Ive got plactice trigers on glocks and M&Ps...
    Your right OD thats my model #04691....thanks for the info,im new to the 1911s,but I really love them,plan on owning many more...

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