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4" 1911 selection?

Discussion in '1911 Forums' started by a_tack, Feb 7, 2010.

  1. a_tack

    a_tack

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    What all is out there in the way of a 4" 1911. I need something durable enough to carry daily, a finish that wont rub off in a year, and at or around $1200. I really would prefer to stay away from a high polish stainless as they seem to scuff easy although I may be in love with the dan wesson CBOB. I am not really asking opinions on what is the best (as the best is different for everyone and only I know what is best for me), I just want to know what good options are out there. thanks fellow 1911 guru's!
     
  2. Substance-P

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    Are you interested only in the 4" or would you consider the traditional 4.25" sized commanders as well?
     

  3. dono

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    He mentioned the DW CBOB and that is a 4.25 . I went with the CBOB in 10mm. Not really high on the polished flats either they will go away when $$$$ allows.
     
  4. josp

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    S&W 1911pd?
     
  5. ronin.45

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    I think the brushed stainless is probably the most durable finish available on a firearm. Every applied finish will wear much faster than bare stainless. Even the high tech stuff like NP3 and Black T will show significant wear over time with use.

    In your price range the CBOB is a front runner.
     
  6. Quack

    Quack Rent this space

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    Kimber Pro's
    Springfield Champion's
    Dan Wesson C-bob or CCO
    Colt Commander
    Sig Compact's
    S&W Compact's
    RIA Compact
    STI Ranger II
     
  7. awpk03s

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    +1 on DW CCO. Or get the CBOB and get it "Hard Hat" treatment from www.severnscustom.com
     
  8. GVFlyer

    GVFlyer Senior Member

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    Somewhere in the air.
    I've talked to Wilson Combat and my next 1911 is going be bead-blasted stainless straight from Berryville. I'm skipping the step where I first get the polished stainless steel scratched up, then send the gun to the manufacturer for a bead blasted finish.
     
  9. a_tack

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    yes, 4.25" would be fine too. I have owned a Springfield and currently own a Kimber. The Kimber Pro CDP II really seems to have all of the features I am looking for in my next 1911, I just like variety in my collection so I wanted to at least consider other brands. However, my Kimber is one of the best shooting guns I have.

    I really want 4-4.25", durable slide finish (resist holster wear), lightweight preferably, carry beveled/melted, Night sights or laser grips desired but not necessary, must be .45acp, and then some basics like beveled mag well, lowered and flared ejection port, polished feed ramp, throated barrel, frontstrap checkering is preferred but not necessary. And im not particularly fond of ambi-safeties.
     
    Last edited: Feb 7, 2010
  10. fredj338

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    Yep, my choice exactly, well almost. If & when the finish goes, I'll just get it plated or parkerized.
    [​IMG]
     
  11. Eyescream

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    I've never heard of that before, that's a pretty finish.
     
  12. MacG22

    MacG22 CLM

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    Dan Wesson CCO. By far my favorite 1911 and just a truly special gun. Outstanding for carry. 4'', commander frame and the officer's grip (so it's really easy to conceal).

    [​IMG]
     
  13. MacG22

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    I've seen a few with this... it's amazing stuff, scream. It's a treatment, not a coat, so it bonds with the metal and it's tough as hell.
     
  14. mikegun

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    that really is a nice liiking finish, do u know the approximate charge
     
  15. a_tack

    a_tack

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    I would even consider a 3" 1911 as well, I've just heard they have questionable reliability.
     
  16. ParaBear

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    In the sub-5" 1911 your magazines have to be in top shape to keep up with faster slide speed. 11lbs Wolff Springs replaced the factory ones in mine and fixed the occasional last round FTF problem.
     
  17. fredj338

    fredj338

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    True, as well as changing the recoil spring more often. My 1911OM is pretty much stock & runs 100% w/ anything I feed it.
     
  18. coal

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    Agreed. My 5" 1911s have run and run, pretty much anything with minimal care. My 4" Kimber Compact I does not favor short LSWC loads, does not like cheap "shooting star" style mags, prefers to stay well-lubed and the recoil spring wears quicker. With the added care, correct OAL LSWC reloads (or RN) and good mags it's always 100% perfect, and VERY accurate, too. I like it. :thumbsup:
     
  19. HAIL CAESAR

    HAIL CAESAR Senior Member

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    What lenght slide and what recoil spring you running?
     
  20. txgolfer45

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    Kimber Pro Raptor II blued or ss