I have never understood the hype for the 3" bbl 1911s. In my opinion, the 1911 is offered in 3 perfect sizes: 1) Detonics--if they would put the rear sight where it belongs 2) CCO--Commander slide on an Officer's frame & 3) The old Gov't Model.
I am primarily an IWB-kind of guy and if I'm going to have a longer grip, I want a longer slide to go with it. Personally, I think the 3" 1911s (to include the EMP) look horribly malproportioned. The only two reasons I can think of are OWB and shoulder carry. It only saves you 1/2" in a OWB over an Officer's/Detonics setup, and unless you are built like Popeye's girlfriend, it shouldn't make that big a difference in a shoulder holster.
I realize different strokes make the world interesting, so would somebody please explain their allure? I have no intent to flame. I'm just wondering if I'm missing something.