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Commander-Sized Carry gun around $1K?

Discussion in '1911 Forums' started by StoneDog, Jan 30, 2011.

  1. StoneDog

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    Hi Everyone,

    Seeing as this is the big centennial anniversary of the 1911 I feel the need to finally add one to my collection.

    My requirements (not necessarily in this order):
    1) Commander-sized
    2) Reasonably corrosion resistant (carrying IWB in Georgia = sweat covered gun)
    3) Good sights
    4) Reliable
    5) Made in the USA

    So far it looks like the STI Guardian, S&W 1911PD and Kimber Stainless Pro Carry II might fit the bill, although the STI is more expensive and the frame is only blued.

    Any other options and if not which of these three would you pick (and why)? :)

    Jon
     
  2. Hokie1911

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    Keep in mind that Kimber Pro is 4" if you are wanting a Kimber. The STI Guardian is also 4" on an officer size frame I believe.

    STI Ranger2
    Kimber Pro TLE2 (worth the extra $200 over the PC)
    Kimber Pro CDP2
     

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  3. bac1023

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    I remember the days when you could get a Dan Wesson CBOB for a grand.
     
  4. airflyer

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    Not no more i think they are overpriced now , but nice gun
     
  5. G27RR

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    Another vote for the STI Ranger II. It has a 4.15" barrel.
     
  6. IANative

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    For true commander configuration, either the S&W or Colt.

    The S&W deviates from the norm w/ an external extractor, but I believe they've done it better than anyone else. I've owned both the PD cmdr and the Gunsite cmdr, w/ zero trouble from either gun, extractor or otherwise. And the Scandium frame makes them a pleasure to carry.
     
  7. youngAR

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    I don't know how much they run but the Wiley Clapp Colt looks great!
     
  8. Ruggles

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    I would add Colt makes a nice Commander at that price point. I think they are adding the "100 Years Of Service" on the slide of all of their 1911s this year so that might be a nice bonus for you.

    STI Ranger are a great choice, harder to find but a great choice. Brazos Guns has them I think.

    Kimber Pro TLE (as stated above worth the extra over the Pro) is a great choice. The TLE version is heavier than the Pro if that is a factor.
     
  9. bac1023

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    Dan Wessons are all overpriced now, in my opinion.
     
  10. Ruggles

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    They did seem to "forget" their ninch within the 1911 world. They were doing gangbusters business so I think they should have stayed where they were at :dunno:
     
  11. Quack

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    it doesn't seem like the changes they did for 2010 would warrant the big price increase.
    I blame it all on the COTEP fools :animlol:

    edit: i did buy a DW Guardian, but that's because there was nothing else on the market like it and if i would bob a 9mm commander type gun, it would cost about the same, if not more if i went the Fusion route.
     
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  12. KB2MBC

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  13. Ruggles

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    A great suggestion as well.
     
  14. oldsoldier

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    I have a S&W 1911ES. It's a nice size gun to carry. Officer length grip with a 4.25" slide and the scandium frame makes for a nice carry piece. I use flush fit SS 7rd mags from Checkmate with the hybrid feed lips. Feeds 200g LSWC, 200g LRN, 230g LRN, and 230g HST and RA45T without a single failure.
     
  15. carguy2244

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    If you shop like I did, you'll be able to pick up a used Les Baer Concept or Commanche, for 1100 - 1200. I don't see how you'll find a better shooting/carrying 1911 for that price.
    That said, I'd get a Glock 19, a load of ammo to practice, and gear to go with it.
     
  16. StoneDog

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    I've owned umpteen G19's and G23's, thanks. After a few years of not having them I seem to forget the fact that I can't shoot them well and go buy another... It is a vicious cycle that I am committed to breaking. Besides, right now I have a bigger XD40 and I consider that more than enough polymer. Looking for a good solid 1911 with allow or steel frame...

    This is going to sound stupid, but I didn't realize Colt actually made 1911's anymore. I've never seen one in a local shop.

    The only thing that's keeping me away from the STI is the blued frame. If I carry that IWB in July or August it will rust the first day I have it...
     
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  17. Ruggles

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    http://www.coltsmfg.com/

    They do and they make nice 1911s IMO. Nothing wrong with a Colt, or at least the 4 I have owned. :wavey:
     
  18. doc540

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    If you're vigilant and patient you can find Colt Combat Commanders from $700-$1000.
     
  19. glock2740

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    Stainless TLE Pro. Checkered frontstrap, night sights, single side safety, aluminum frame. Hard to beat all that.