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The standard 1911's have a single stack magazine, but there are some high capacity variants out there that use a staggered magazine, which would obviously have a larger grip. The single stack works pretty well for my small hands. So well, in fact, that it seems that the pistol was designed for me.

Standard advice would be to find a range that rents guns and try as many as you can. I did that and found that while I like lots of different pistols and dislike others, I really really really like the 1911.

As far as the sizes, the "government model" is the largest, and is what most people think of when they hear the term "Colt .45." The Commander is the same height, but with a slightly shorter overall length, and the Officers model is shorter in both length and height.

The 1911 forum is off the air at the moment, but it's a pretty good source of info regarding the breed.

Thank you for your past and present service, and welcome to the forum.

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