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Old 10-05-2012, 08:55   #21
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I've been carry a Kimber Pro CDP II for years.

Its the only aluminum framed 1911 I own.
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Old 10-06-2012, 13:55   #22
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I have carried my old Colt Commander on occasion.
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Old 10-07-2012, 15:44   #23
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Old 10-11-2012, 22:52   #24
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The 1911s I carry when in a free state are: a Colt Combat Commander in .45ACP and SS. The other is a S&W 1911 Sc in .45ACP. I actually like the Smith better.
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Old 10-12-2012, 02:18   #25
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I should get my Springer Compact back in a week or so........
This is my opinion of the best 45 carry piece........for me.

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Old 10-12-2012, 05:29   #26
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I should get my Springer Compact back in a week or so........
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Old 10-12-2012, 08:38   #27
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OP, the major problem with a 1911 for conceal carry is the weight. Get one that is reliable and 30 ounces or lighter. You will thank me.
Yep, if you are a die-hard 1911 fan alloy frames are really the only way to go.

I'm generally not a fan of the small "officers" size frames. The size differential between a commander and an officer's model is negligible but the shootability of the two guns are night and day apart. IMO..

Far too many people start carrying a 1911 and within two weeks realize that toting 2-3 lbs of metal on your hip ain't much fun. I love my 1911 but its not my go-to CCW.

Most of the time you'll find me with a S&W M&P 340 .357 magnum in a Desantis Pocket holster. That gun goes everywhere with me and is half the weight of a loaded lightweight commander.
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Old 10-12-2012, 10:51   #28
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I carry an Ed Brown Special Forces with a Larry Davidson grip. Great pistol. Exceedingly accurate. It's a commander sized pistol.
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Old 10-12-2012, 10:58   #29
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I don't understand why people think that cutting 1 inch off the barrel makes it easier to conceal, and a half inch off the grip? All these changes do is make the gun harder to shoot well. I used to have a Lightweight Officers ACP, I just didn't like shooting it and when carrying it, it was grip heavy. Now all I have are steel five inch 1911's. I don't find them harder to carry or conceal.

I'm going to have to call you out on your comment.....

The length of a pistol makes a big difference if you appendix carry iwb. I carry Commander sized 1911's, Sig Carry model and Glock 30. All of them have similar length in slide/barrel (3.8-4.25 in barrels). If you were to add another inch to the length it would make a BIG difference on carrying for me. Now all my pistols neatly fit in the crease between my leg and my privates. Another inch would dig into my lower body.....not good.
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Old 10-14-2012, 10:18   #30
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My preferred carry is a Kimber Compact (Series I). It conceals easily. I shoot it more accurately than I do 5" Colt XSE or Springfield Mil-Spec. Great gun.
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Old 10-14-2012, 13:23   #31
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+1 for a Springer Compact if you can find one

I found a stainless one a few months ago a gun show
It was in really bad shape cosmetically, but now it looks great and it is very accurate as well
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