Springfield Champions versus Ultra Compacts
Need some help and input. I want to buy a compact .40 or .45 in the 1911 format for carry. I've held dozens and like the Springfield Micro Compact the best so far but I am concerned about reliablity issues with the small barrel lenght. I've tried to figure our SA's frame size and it seems the frame size is the same all the way down to the Micro Compact and the Ultra Compact, and between those two, it the only difference seems to be a half inch difference between barrels. Will that the difference between a 3" and a 3.5" barrel really make much of a difference?
Also, in my local gun shop they have an SA micro compact bi-tone in .40. Am I correct to assume it'll have slightly less recoil than the .45? Would that hurt reliability any?
Does anyone out there have the SA Ultra Compact in a parkarized or blued version?
Finally, I hear some of you talking about your SA Champions. It seems like their frame is just one step up from the ultra compact but one step down from their full size frame. Is it?
A lot of questions but I'm looking to buy one last weapon for carry. I'd like the .40 or .45 and I love the 1911 platform. I need it to be light weight and a smaller frame to fit my small hands. I've tried the Kimber Ultra Carry and love how it looks but it doesn't fit my hand nearly as well as the SA. I know ExSoldier doesn't care for the shorter 1911's and I respect his opinion but I'm willing to work with SA to get one to the level of reliability I need. This would be my large carry gun leaving my Kahr P9 for lighter duty.
I don't plan on buying anymore after this because it makes me feel to guilty with the family and I don't need them as much as I just want them but this will round out my carry selection.
I'm thinking of using a McDaniel's IWB from Andrews Leather to carry it when I get it.
I'm also thinking of trading in my SA Mil-Spec to offset some of the cost. I love my Mil-Spec but now I really wish I'd just bought one of their loaded models. I've researched having it upgraded but by the time your done you've spent way more than you would have just buying one new, unless of course you do the work yourself (something I just don't have the skill or time for).
How much should I expect to get for a trade in on a Mil-Spec in excellent condition?
Anyway, hope you're all having a good day out there!