Looking for a 45ACP 3" barrel

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    Looking for a 45ACP 3" barrel

    I've narrowed it down to a Colt Defender or Kimber Ultra Carry II to spend between 800-1,000.

    Any suggestions?

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    I've got a Kimber Ultra Raptor, similar to the Ultra Carry. Had some issues during break in, had to get a new slide stop, but other than that, no problems, shoots nice, easy to carry.

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    I am one of those that believes that a 1911 style 45acp pistol of less than a 4 inch barrel length is not very reliable. The extra inch most likely will not make that much difference for concealability. Reliability however is most important for me, especially in either a duty or carry gun. I have had reliability issues with both Kimbers and Colts. I voted for something else and this is it. It is over the price range you are talking about though.

    This is my carry gun. A Les Baer Stinger. 4 1/2" barrel on an officer frame. Completely reliable.
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    My EDC is a Kimber Ultra Carry...plenty of rounds through it, never a problem. Very accurate, very reliable, very easy to conceal. I highly recommend one.

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    Go with the Ultra you can't go wrong:)
    I have the Ultra with Crimson Trace, remember there is a break-in period with the kimbers

    I had 1 problem but the folks on this board set me on the right track..
    It was my grip, the kimber has a kick and I was hitting the slide lock, and locking the slid back with rounds still in the magazine.

    I'm happy to write that after 300 rounds no problems and It eats everything I have put into it.

    Also with the practice of my grip Technique, I have become a better shot as well.

    This Kimer is very accurate and the Crimson Trace is on the money

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    I know you said acp, but I would still say that the glock 39 in 45gap could be your best option.
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    my EDC is a Springfield micro compact in .45 ACP - I was concerned about reliability but have had zero issues

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    I believe the defender is more likely to be reliable than the other two based on my research. I just didn't like the two tone, stainless/aluminum look so I went with the Colt New Agent. It's been a good gun and the trench site is much easier to pickup on than the traditional 3 dot system.

    I also agree with the other poster that if you can get a 4" you're possibly better off and the les Bauer Stinger would be like the ultimate .45 for any purpose if I could afford one!

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    I have the 3 inch Kimber Raptor it is just great. No problems yet, very happy with it.
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    My UCII has been very reliable after the initial break-in of 500 rds. Scary accurate. I carry everyday without exception.
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    Quote Originally Posted by phanderson View Post
    I am one of those that believes that a 1911 style 45acp pistol of less than a 4 inch barrel length is not very reliable. The extra inch most likely will not make that much difference for concealability. Reliability however is most important for me, especially in either a duty or carry gun. I have had reliability issues with both Kimbers and Colts. I voted for something else and this is it. It is over the price range you are talking about though.

    This is my carry gun. A Les Baer Stinger. 4 1/2" barrel on an officer frame. Completely reliable.
    +1 and that is from personal experience! Get ya a Springfield Mil-Spec and you'll be a happy and unfrustrated 1911 owner. A 5" is every bit as easy to conceal and will not give you the problems of a chopped 1911. JMO and I'm sticking to it.
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