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Help me decide on a good CCW 1911

Discussion in '1911 Forums' started by RMTactical, Mar 26, 2011.

  1. RMTactical

    RMTactical www.AR15pro.net CLM

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    I am really kind of torn right now. I want a new 1911 for CCW use, but I cannot decide between an EMP, Kimber Pro CDP II, or a Colt Commander in SS.

    I'm probably leaning towards the EMP, but I find the Kimber Pro CDP II's to be very sexy guns and I think it would CCW fairly well also.

    My biggest hangup on the Kimber is something that could also be considered a positive, the aluminum frame. Any idea how these are holding up with prolonged use?

    I can't happen to find a Colt Commander in SS anywhere, so that is a problem too, but I haven't really looked too hard yet...

    I am not limiting my choice to these three, so I am open to suggestions, however, I want to stay at 4.25" or less barrel length. Would like to keep it at $1000 or so. I could stretch a little more (and I realize I have to for a Kimber or EMP). I could go with a 9mm or a .45.
     
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  2. Grappler112

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  3. Spats McGee

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  4. G27RR

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    If you want a steel frame, consider the STI Ranger II with its 4.15" barrel.

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    If you want a 3", I highly recommend the STI Shadow or Escort. They are aluminum framed. Not 100% sure on long term with the aluminum, but I do have 2,000+ rounds through the Shadow with no sign of issues.

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  5. Vanman2004b

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    It is a little bit on the "or so" side of $1000, but the DW CCO would be an excellent choice.
     
  6. mrsurfboard

    mrsurfboard The Anti-Glock

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    You're going to want an aluminum frame if you are planning to CCW with it. A steel frame 1911 is going to be 40+ ounces loaded. That's a lot of weight. Did you look at the Colt Defender? I think that is under $1000 and looks easy to conceal.
     
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  7. stumpjumper

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    I just traded for a Colt New agent with a Crimson Trace laser- After a few more rounds , it's my new carry gun.
     
  8. SA EMP 9mm also has an aluminum frame. Unless you're planning on some crazy round count thru the gun, then it shouldn't be much of an issue.
     
  9. Hokie1911

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    STI Ranger 2. $1k. Can be had in .45 or 9mm. If you are worried about the weight, trade your skirt in for some pants, mix in a steak and/or some whey protein shakes and hit the gym. That and a good belt - holster setup is a must. :supergrin:
     
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  10. RMTactical

    RMTactical www.AR15pro.net CLM

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    Not as worried about an aluminum frame in 9mm. Should I be?
     
  11. rsxr22

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    I dont think you should be. I love my EMP and I also love STI's entire line of guns. You will be well served by either of them. DW's are also extremely good guns as well. Im not so much a fan of Kimber for a few reasons, but the biggest being their lack of CS which is well documented on the forums.
     
  12. heitzoflearning

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    I like my Kimber Ultra Aegis. I wouldn't worry about the aluminum,you probably won't shoot enough rounds through it to wear it out.
     
  13. HAIL CAESAR

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    You shouldn't worry about alloy unless you shoot ammo by the case.
     
  14. HAIL CAESAR

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    Kimber Aegis Ultra in 9mm or the Colt Defender in 9mm or 45 are great little guns.
     
  15. Wade-19

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    I like the STI Guardian on paper, but I have not shot one.
     
  16. k45

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    For concealed use, there is not much advantage of a Commander sized gun. The grip is the part that is hardest to conceal. (Not impossible, I carry a full size 1911, just harder.) A Commander has a full size 1911 frame, just a shorter barrel but the barrel isn't the hard part to conceal in an IWB holster.

    I just got a Springfield 40SW EMP and I love it! I will probably become my EDC. Really nice. My wife got a 9mm EMP :)

    I do have an old ('97) Kimber Compact (Alloy) that has many thousand target rounds through it. Good gun. The Kimber Compact is an officer size frame with a 4" barrel. Good size for concealed carry, same size grip as the EMP.

    Yes, Kimber makes sexy looking guns, but a lot of us are unhappy with the problems and with Kimber CS. I have three Kimbers and the last one will be the last Kimber I buy.

    As someone else recommended, the Dan Wesson CCO is a great sized carry gun.

    Of the three you asked about, I would say go with the EMP. Or a Dan Wesson CCO. Springfield and DW offer lifetime warranties. Kimber is only one year and they generally don't want to work on problems until you have 500 rounds through it. My last Kimber had enough problems that it was out of warranty before I had 500 rounds through it.

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  17. Hokie1911

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    That's another great option at $1k.

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