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    Re: Any compact 1911 recommendations?

    Look at the Springfield EMT in 40.

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    Take a look at Rock Island Armory Compact 1911. Never a problem with mine and fairly inexpensive. You will need a good gun belt to hold this little .45 b/c it's heavy.
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    Another vote here for the Kimber. I have the Kimber Ultra Raptor in .45ACP, and have carried it almost exclusively for years. An even smaller Kimber is the Solo Carry, in 9mm. I carry the U/R in an outside the belt holster usually, and the S/C in my right front pocket.

    You can pick up either of these within your budget.

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    In one of my Gun Fighting classes 2 years ago one guy had a pair of 45 ACP Kimber Compacts and they would not run. Stove piped and double fed. He had 8 different mags between the two and none of them would run. Not sure if they were not broken in but they would not shoot and the instructor could not get them to run. YMMV, but he said he was going to trade them for a pair of Glocks which most of the rest of the class had and none had an issue. I shot a G-19 which held more than his and was the same size and never malfunctioned. The big issue here is how many rounds can you run thru your gun before you have to clean crud out of it that stops it. Also how dirty is your ammo? This also contributes to failure to run the gun.
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    cant believe it hasnt been said yet...but if you dont hate glocks check out the 30sf

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    huh, I thought the OP was asking about compact 1911 recommendations. Did Glock start making 1911's with out telling me?
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    RIA compact
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    I second the RIA compact suggestions. And you'll save about $500 that you can spend on ammo.

    I have a full size RIA and I wouldn't hesitate to put my trust in it, if I could carry it without pulling my pants down!

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    None. 1911 style pistols are great for competitive uses, but I will never trust my life to one. They are too finicky and require too much upkeep to function well. Striker fired pistols are the best selection when it comes to self defense.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gunsmoke16 View Post
    Springfield makes a nice one. If you want really small, the Sig Sauer P238 is a .380 version of the 1911 that operates the same, but is smooth, small and drops right into the pocket and disappears.
    inaccurate info...

    SIG-Sauer's P238 is not a 1911, it only looks like one but the way the pistol works is completely different. It locks up on the chamber hood much like most other SIG's and not by using barrel lugs like the 1911.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Blue Thunder View Post
    In one of my Gun Fighting classes 2 years ago one guy had a pair of 45 ACP Kimber Compacts and they would not run. Stove piped and double fed. He had 8 different mags between the two and none of them would run. Not sure if they were not broken in but they would not shoot and the instructor could not get them to run. YMMV, but he said he was going to trade them for a pair of Glocks which most of the rest of the class had and none had an issue. I shot a G-19 which held more than his and was the same size and never malfunctioned. The big issue here is how many rounds can you run thru your gun before you have to clean crud out of it that stops it. Also how dirty is your ammo? This also contributes to failure to run the gun.
    Quote Originally Posted by AdamSean View Post
    None. 1911 style pistols are great for competitive uses, but I will never trust my life to one. They are too finicky and require too much upkeep to function well. Striker fired pistols are the best selection when it comes to self defense.
    A good 1911 will run and run. They are as reliable as anything. My Dan Wesson CBOB is all original except for grips and it has not malfunctioned. I bought it back in 2008 and have run probably close to 12,000 rounds through it including various JHP defense ammo. None of them caused a malfunction. I have run cheap chip mccormick mags, wilson combat mags, the stock dan wesson mags, novak mags, and none of them have been an issue. The issue is, 1911s in barrel lengths smaller than 4" traditionally have tight springs and are more picky with ammo and magazines. Some need to be tuned a bit by a smith because with a smaller gun the tolerances are not the same. Not to mention that many 1911s are built in a factory and a lot of parts are not hand fitted. This makes a huge difference when the barrel lockup and feed ramp are done by hand not to mention the slide to frame fit. Commander and larger 1911s are very reliable and I'd put a Wilson Combat, or Nighthawk up against any gun and they will function as reliably no question. Yes you have to clean it, but so do you too have to clean a Glock. Anyone who says otherwise is a liar. I own Glocks, I love my Glocks, but I know what Glocks can and can't do against my 1911. Is a 1911 a gun I'll toss in the dirt? I could and still rely on it but I wouldn't want to since it's not only worth a lot more but it looks better too.

    I guarantee a Wilson Combat CQB could make it through any training class. That is out of ballpark for most people when considering a handgun and that's fine. Not everyone wants to spend $2500+ on a single gun. I sure can't, but I do appreciate the difference between a Kimber compact that I haven't personally reliability tested and cleaned, with good quality magazines with strong springs and a Custom 1911 with Novak or Wilson Combat magazines which are ultra reliable but more expensive.I will say from personal experience. I fired 200 rounds through my 1911. Wiped it down without a field stripping and cleaning. Took it back to the range 3 months later after it was just sitting, put 200 rounds more through it without issue. Yes it was dirty and no it didn't affect function.

    I'll go ahead and recommend a Colt Defender or New Agent. Get some quality magazines (colt makes good magazines too) and make sure the springs are good. You'll have a reliable little pistol (not too little).
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    look at STI, I have a Escort in 40 S&W and like it a lot.

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    You can find a Kimber 3inch for under a grand but you have to look carefully.
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    You asked the question better than I did. I didn't get any bites. I had read some bad press on the smaller 1911 pistols dated a few years ago. Have they worked out all of the bugs?

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