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Posted: 9/8/2003 5:53:46 PM EDT
I love 1911's and own two but they're just too heavy to carry here in FL with what I usually wear. Whats the lightest alloy frame full size or commander length 1911? Nothing outrageous in price either. I dont want to spend much over six bills.
Does what I want exist?
Thanks.
Link Posted: 9/8/2003 10:19:03 PM EDT
Does it exist? Yes. Is it available for $600 NIB? It'll be hard to find, IMO.

Colt used to make a bunch of alloy 1911s, Govt & Commander sized.

SA has made a few but I haven't seen too many of theirs.

Kimber seems to be the biggest maker for what you want. Para Ordnance also makes some but not many.

Good luck.
Link Posted: 9/9/2003 1:48:08 PM EDT
I recently picked up a Para-Ordnance P-14 has alloy frame and is full size. Weight is 31oz. I haven't carried it, it shoots very well. Price used like new was $500. including tax. Check one out if your interested. Your price may very.
Link Posted: 9/9/2003 1:54:17 PM EDT
I have a Springfield 5" Loaded lightweight that I love! Save the extra cash, it's worth it. Steel 1911s feel like a brick to me after packing this thing for six months. And, it shoots very well.
Link Posted: 9/10/2003 4:05:35 AM EDT
captainpooby;

Look for a Kimber Pro Carry in SS.(No, I don't really like SS all that much, but we DO live in FL!) I have a Series I that I paid about that price for in like-new "used" condition...MUCH nicer than a standard Commander and much more accurate out of the box. Alloy, Commander size frame uses standard mags but barrel is 4in. rather than the 4 1/4in. of the Colts. Don't know what the new ones run, but I prefer the Series I anyway. You can find 'em if you look around some.
Link Posted: 9/10/2003 4:20:24 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 9/10/2003 4:22:29 AM EDT by SGB]
You might want to look at the Colt Defender.



Model O7000D
Name Defender
Frame material Aluminum
Frame finish Stainless steel slide / Teflon coated receiver
Barrel length 3"
Overall length 6¾”
Caliber .45 ACP
Capacity 7 + 1
Hammer Combat
Trigger Black anodized aluminum
Action Single
Front sight White Dot
Rear sight White Dot
Grips Wraparound Hogue
Grip safety Beavertail
Thumb safety Standard

Link Posted: 9/10/2003 7:05:33 AM EDT
The Defender is a nice piece. If I were in strictly 1911's I definitely would own one. I have a S&W 945 which also has an alloy frame. Very similar to the 1911 though not as tight on my hand because of about a 3 degree difference in the grip angle.

Another good one is the S&W Chief Special CS45. In the 1911 camp, Springfield makes several Micro Compacts with at least alloy frames.
Link Posted: 9/10/2003 4:12:14 PM EDT
Springfield Compact LW. Alloy frame, 4" bull barrel and slide (no bushing to worry about), weight 25oz empty. Officer's length grip, Wilson makes a 7 round mag for total 7+1 capacity. Loaded version with extended safeties and real Noval Lo-mount night sights have a dealer cost around $550. Kiesler's Wholesale usually has stock, have your dealer contact them.
Link Posted: 9/10/2003 6:28:28 PM EDT

Originally Posted By wv_mntn_man:
Springfield Compact LW. Alloy frame, 4" bull barrel and slide (no bushing to worry about), weight 25oz empty. Officer's length grip, Wilson makes a 7 round mag for total 7+1 capacity. Loaded version with extended safeties and real Noval Lo-mount night sights have a dealer cost around $550. Kiesler's Wholesale usually has stock, have your dealer contact them.



DITTO! I own a Springfield Compact LW and it is a joy to shoot and carry concealed.
Link Posted: 9/11/2003 3:42:20 PM EDT
Kimber makes a basic 4" alloy framed piece suitable as a foundation. Its not a light weight commander but priced where you want to be. All black is o.k. if the black slide is stainless under. Non stainless slide is not optimum here in florida under a 't' shirt.Also, their barrels are not stainless - just save a few more bucks and get a light weight commander and enjoy.
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