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Small 1911 style pistols?

Discussion in 'Semi-Automatic Pistols' started by sigmadog, Dec 23, 2016.

  1. PDX1953

    PDX1953 Gold Supporter Gold Supporter

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    My everyday carry is a 9mm Colt Defender that's been tuned up and Cerakoted. Once I get some range time I'll swap it for a 9mm Para Hi-Cap (12 rds) Hawk I just had Cerakoted.

    I'd been carrying a 9mm Glock 26 but couldn't get a trigger I liked so I bought the Defender & it changed my life by shredding my checkbook. The photo is just for size comparison between the Defender & the Hawg.

    1911 inventory:
    GSG 1911 .22 LR ***
    GSG 922 Commander size .22 LR ***
    9mm Colt Defender
    9mm Springfield Armory Range Officer Compact
    9mm Nighthawk Custom Ladyhawk
    .45 ACP Colt Double Eagle 1st Edition (1 of 1000) *
    9mm Dan Wesson ECO
    .45 ACP Para Ordnance Expert Carry *
    9mm Para Hi-Cap Hawg - also have an 18 rd mag
    .45 ACP Para USA Black Ops
    .45 ACP S&W1911 Pro

    * Safe Queens I'll never fire.

    *** Purchased prior to 2016. All others purchased in the last 12 months.

    Colt Para 2.JPG
     
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  2. Ura-Ki

    Ura-Ki Sub Light Speed Well-Known Member

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    I alway sforget about the Para WartHawg series 1911 compact double stacks. THey had a bad rap when they first came out, but they worked out the kinks and turned it into a very reliable shooter. I had one several years ago, and never had any problems with it. Traded it for the STI frame kit and Slide that I used to build the Compact double stack! Pretty much any thing Para has built the last 15 to 20 years is going to run well for ya!
     
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  3. PaulB47

    PaulB47 Hillsboro Well-Known Member

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    I had a Colt Government .380 a while ago. Can't remember why I got rid of it, kinda wish I hadn't now.
    A Tale of Two Colts in .380
     
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  4. Oathkeeper1775

    Oathkeeper1775 Coast Range VINCE AUT MORIRE Bronze Supporter

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    Get at least one of everything; you may like the FNS9C.
     
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  5. Certaindeaf

    Certaindeaf SE Portland Well-Known Member

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    Just get a snubnose revolver in your chosen caliber and be done with it! A man needs two handguns anyway.
    lol
     
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  6. FordPrefect

    FordPrefect Woodburn, Oregon Platinum Supporter Platinum Supporter 2016 Volunteer

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    Crap, I have too many now... 2 1911's, 1 XDm, 1 500 Mag...

    Are you sure I only need 2? :p
     
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  7. Certaindeaf

    Certaindeaf SE Portland Well-Known Member

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    I've always considered ".a .45acp 1911 (4.25" LW Commander).." a "small 1911 style pistol".
    but that's just me
     
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  8. sigmadog

    sigmadog Spokane area Gold Supporter Gold Supporter

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    Well, my wife certainly thinks it's big.

    …we're still talking about guns, right?
     
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  9. Certaindeaf

    Certaindeaf SE Portland Well-Known Member

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    I hear you and certainly understand your like for your short and light 1911 (the original is three pounds unloaded). .45acp.
    But with that said, I'd still say again to check out the revolver family. They go from 11 oz .357 magnums to three pound .22lr's.. and everything in between.
     
  10. twowheels

    twowheels portland, OR Active Member

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    Love my eco. Super high quality and shoots lights out.
     
  11. uberguy

    uberguy Bend Member

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    Big 1911 fan, have owned more than a few, long, short whatever.
    Personally after owning a couple of Colt Officer's models, don't care for the 3"+ models. 4 or 4.25 is ideal in ACP.
    This is my favorite carry piece - got a bobtail job for mine.
    1911 Champion™ Operator® Lightweight .45ACP ... - Springfield Armory
    But in reality - it will run you $800 and up for any of the better carry 1911s in 45 or 9mm.
    If you're looking for a more affordable option with the same controls - consider a S&W M&P Compact (with thumb safety) in 45 or 9mm. Closer to $500; I've seen the newer Browning 1911/380 but just wouldn't prefer to depend on that and while this model is smaller/lighter than other 1911s - there are plenty of other guns with more punch that are small and light.
     
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  12. sigmadog

    sigmadog Spokane area Gold Supporter Gold Supporter

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    Okay, I've decided I'm going to look for a Colt Defender in .45 ACP. This will simplify my ammunition situation since my LW Commander eats the same.

    Here's my question: Will my full size Commander mags work in the Defender? I've heard there can be problems if you slap them into the smaller model with the slide open as it can cause overtravel and jam, but other than that it appears my current mags will work in the Defender.
     
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  13. FordPrefect

    FordPrefect Woodburn, Oregon Platinum Supporter Platinum Supporter 2016 Volunteer

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    They should. I use my Springfield RO mags in my Sig Ultra-Compact. I don't go from the smaller to the larger though. I also know that I just feed both of the time mainly using Wilson Combat 8 round mags though. Just personal preference, ymmv.
     
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  14. sigmadog

    sigmadog Spokane area Gold Supporter Gold Supporter

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    Good point about not going from the smaller to the larger - they may not be tall enough.