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Commander size 1911 9mm

Discussion in '1911 Forums' started by brianfede, Jan 7, 2012.

  1. brianfede

    brianfede

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    Hi,

    I am new to the 1911 game, just bought a DW Heritage and now I feel the need to get a commander size 1911 in 9mm. Debating between the STI Ranger II and the DW Guardian. Anyone have experience with these 2 guns that can offer some insight? I really don't know too much about STI, other than the positive reviews I hear about the Trojan etc. ( I have read BAC's 1911 guide, very informative). Don't have a range nearby that rents the STI so that is not an option for me either.

    This gun will be mostly used for targets and sometimes by my wife. I'm in Illinois so carry is not an option.

    Secondly, is Oak Hill the place to buy STI's? Severns for DW?
     
  2. Quack

    Quack Rent this space

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    Either will serve you well, but bobtails carry nicely.

    STI has the Spartan IV coming out, which is commander size as well. Price is around $650 or so.

    For DW you can do better on pricing from jetguns.com
    STI has strict pricing policies, so the lowest you'll find is something like 10% under MSRP
     

  3. glock2740

    glock2740 Gun lover.

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    All of those are very good guns too.
     
  4. brianfede

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    How to the finishes compare on the STI vs the DW?
     
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    Quack Rent this space

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    the DW has a better finish.

    i've taken a file to the slide and smal parts that were finished in the "Duty Treatment" and the file just slides right off. The frame is anodized.
     
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  6. ProCarryNAustin

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    I have a Ranger II. The finish on it was okay, but since I carry mine a lot I needed better. Sent mine off for the Severns Custom Hard Hat treatment and so far that has done the trick. I do not have any first hand experience with the DW.
     
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    glock2740 Gun lover.

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    My "Duty Treatment" DW's are tough as nails. I haven't pushed the finish on my STI Legacy at all, but I will be willing to bet that it isn't anywhere near as good as my DW's. Now, after the Legacy gets back from Metaloy, getting hardchromed, I'll be singing a different tune tune. :rofl:
     
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    If carry is not an option, why not go with a 5" gun? :dunno:

    That's what I would recommend.
     
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    fnfalman Chicks Dig It

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    Because the Commander size is handier?
     
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    For STI purchase, Oakhill is fine as are Dawson Precision and Brazos Gun Works. All their prices are the same or very close. I have the Ranger in 45 and have been very happy with it, but don't own a DW, so I can't compare the 2 except that the STI is a few hundred less expensive
     
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    I decided I "needed" a 1911 for the anniversary last year but also wanted to stay with 9mm so I could share the same ammo with the rest of my autos. By chance I found an DW Guardian which I like very much.

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    The difference between it and the STI Guardian is the difference between a Commander and a CCO style gun. Also, the DW has an alloy frame while the STI has a steel frame. I quite like the Bobtail grip, but I've held some other CCO's and like them too. I think you need to look at cost, availability, and how they feel your own hand. I don't think there's enough recoil from a 9mm to make that part of the decision.

    Vern
     
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    very niiiice!!!!
     
  13. brianfede

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    Well my new DW Heritage is so sweet that I decided that I must buy another DW, so now I just need to wait for a decent deal. Hope to see the prices come off a bit or maybe I can find a used one. Thanks for the responses.