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Posted: 10/10/2005 8:55:16 AM EDT
I'm looking for a 1911 to carry, I have a SA Mil spec, but I want to get one that is shorter as well.  what is the shortest you would go?  and what am I giving up by going to a shorter barrel? and are there any problems with the shorter barrel 1911s.  I like the SA 1911s so the one I get will probily be one of theirs.
Link Posted: 10/10/2005 9:06:34 AM EDT
I have a Colt 1991 Compact with a 3.5" Barrel.  If I had to do it over again I would get something with the Compact frame and a 4" barrel.
Link Posted: 10/10/2005 10:10:16 AM EDT
I have a buddy who carries a Kimber Ultra Compact in an ankle rig.  It's been reliable and surprisingly accurate.  He's also got a Kimber  RCP, that is just as good with a sight groove instead of carry sights.  I don't have one myself, but they seem to work great.  They are both bushingless barrels.  
Link Posted: 10/10/2005 3:15:17 PM EDT
I have been VERY happy with my Colt Defender, Less so with my Shampion.
Link Posted: 10/10/2005 3:17:49 PM EDT

I have a Colt 1991 Compact with a 3.5" Barrel.  If I had to do it over again I would get something with the Compact frame and a 4" barrel.

+1 except Springfield V10 Ultra Comp.  And except that I do have it to do all over again -- I just haven't exercised that option yet.  
Link Posted: 10/10/2005 4:09:21 PM EDT
Link Posted: 10/10/2005 5:47:30 PM EDT
Para Ordnance's Warthog seemed to get a bad rap to start but the issue with them stems from inexpensive mag springs.  I have a Warthog, 3" barrel, ten round double stack and after changeing the mag springs to Wolff, polishing the feedramp and throat,  it is now 100% reliable. Its smaller and ligher then my xd-9 sub compact , the frame is the same width, and the slide is thinner. Overall id rate it an 8 on a scale of 1-10 just due to haveing to fiddle with it as a new gun.  3" 1911's arent bad if you get oen that runs good.
Link Posted: 10/11/2005 12:43:26 PM EDT
I have a Mil-Spec SA 1911 and it is a very fine weapon. I have put several hundred rounds through it, and I am very happy with it. Because of this I just bought a Mil-Spec Champion. I just got done firing 100 rounds through it, and thus far I am well pleased with it. I like the short slide, and the finish of the gun. On my range we have been having pin matches, and I tried a few rounds at pins also. The accuracy is not quite as good as my full size model, but is still pretty good, and I think it will be a fine carry gun, which is exactly what I bought it for. I will not carry it, until I have fired a couple of hundred more rounds through it, to make sure it is good and broke in. I am a 1911 man, and my choice is always Springfield.
Link Posted: 10/11/2005 12:59:58 PM EDT
I have two Kimbers with 3" barrels. I have a Ultra Raptor and a Ultra CDP. Both shoot great. My Raptor was real tight and had to put about 200 rounds through it before it was 100%.
Link Posted: 10/11/2005 1:02:08 PM EDT
The only lenght of 1911 that I would consider, other than .gov, is CCO.  4.25 inch barrel, shorter grip.
Link Posted: 10/11/2005 1:27:45 PM EDT
I prefer the Colt Commander and the S&W 4.25" "SC"ommander.

These use the bushing system and no full length spring guide is necessary, unlike the Kimber/Springfield bull barrel setups.

Link Posted: 10/11/2005 2:35:41 PM EDT
My CCW is a Defender. I love it !
Link Posted: 10/11/2005 4:32:57 PM EDT
my kimber uc is a fine gun.i like the para warthawg.looks interesting. interesting.
Link Posted: 10/11/2005 6:01:33 PM EDT
THanks for all the info there is a gun show this weekend so I'll be looing for a good colt defender or a SA Champion.
I'll let you know how it goes.
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