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3" inch barrel 1911?

Discussion in '1911 Forums' started by Esox357, Mar 15, 2011.

  1. A old timer I know is looking for a 1911 that has a 3 inch barrel. I know colt, springfield, and Kimber offer them. Any recommendations or experience with any of these? I also think S&W makes one in the pro series? Thanks Esox357.
  2. rsxr22


    Feb 25, 2009
    Youngstown, OH
    Big fan of the offerings from Springfield and STI. Smith also makes one and ive heard nothing but good things. I have no personal experience with them though.

  3. rod727


    Jan 28, 2011
    I know I will hear about it but I'm just not a big fan of a 3" 1911. My experience is they are way to touchy on the reliability scale.
  4. polizei1

    polizei1 It WAS Quack

    Feb 3, 2009
    Cincinnati, OH
    It would help if you give us a caliber. That should help narrow it down for you.
  5. Quack

    Quack Rent this space

    Jan 7, 2002
    NE Ohio
    Glocks are available in most calibers :supergrin:
  6. Hokie1911

    Hokie1911 >

    Dec 26, 2003
    NE Ohio
    You're on a roll tonight. :rofl:
  7. Quack

    Quack Rent this space

    Jan 7, 2002
    NE Ohio
    no, that would be my hemorrhoid donut.

    I would go with a STI or Springfield. If you have issues, they'll take care of it.
  8. Cerebrus

    Cerebrus Guest

    My Kimber UC II has pretty much been flawless.. that being said, if I was to get another 3" 1911 I would go STI.. Kimbers can be hit and miss I lucked out and got a good one.. STI has a better track record imo..
  9. jrs93accord


    Jul 10, 2005
    Pensacola, FL
    I have a Springfield Micro G.I. and a couple Kimber Ultras. I am more partial towards my Kimbers. They shoot nice and smooth.
  10. gt101


    Sep 6, 2009
    400 rounds through my smith pro series and after the 1 ftf I experience in the first mag it's been flawless since. Very accurate for a 3 inch.
  11. G27RR


    Oct 11, 2010
    STI Shadow, I carry and shoot this one a lot.



    Bit less money, STI Escort


    If you like Colt a whole lot and don't mind less features for the money, the Defender.

  12. awpk03s


    Apr 1, 2007
    I have a S&W Pro Series Subcompact, and it is fantastic.
  13. G27RR


    Oct 11, 2010
    I would also add that the Shadow has seen over 2,000 rounds since I bought it about a year ago, and it has had just 1 failure of any kind in that time. I have two officer and two commander sized STIs and they have all been terrific right out of the box.
  14. steve4102


    Jan 2, 2009
    I have a Kimber Crimson Ultra Carry II. I have only had it for a few weeks and so far it been great. I have fired over 650 rounds with LSWC, FMJ and JHP without any issues. Zero feeding problems and accuracy is very good, very good.
  15. Havasu


    Dec 19, 2009
    LHC, Arizona
    Here is a vote for the Springfield EMP. I have one in 9mm and it is one of the most accurate and smooth guns I own. Put that one on your short list.
  16. Substance-P

    Substance-P Member

    Jan 21, 2008
    Indianapolis, IN
    I had a great experience with my Colt easy to shoot and went bang every time. My buddies kimber was a disaster. We had to send it back to kimber and the returned it in a timely manner. First trip back at the range and the gun went click instead of bang.

    I continue to hear great things about STI. They aren't easily found in my neck of the woods so I don't have firsthand experience with them. I would consider the SW pro series compact as well as SW has always had great customer service in my dealings with them. Having said that, it took me a bit to get my SW gunsite edition running the way I want it to.

    To be honest though, I don't know that a 3 inch 1911 would be on the top of my list. I got rid of mine when I realized that a lightweight commander size 1911 is almost as easy carry for me and a lot more fun to shoot (and easier to shoot well).
  17. Nakanokalronin

    Nakanokalronin JMB & MTK

    May 13, 2008
    I've owned 2 Kimber Ultra Carry IIs. My first one was flawless with all ammo and mags but Wilson magazines. My current UC is flawless with all mags and ammo I own.