I'm toying with the idea of getting a 3" - 31/2" light weight 1911 as a daily carry pistol. Of course, reliability is paramount. I would like it to cost 1K or less, and if I could spend less, that would be great. So, is the Colt Defender the gold standard? Are there better choices? I've done my searches but would like to here from those on this forum as to the current market and your experiences. I've read all the threads where people say not to get a 1911 under 4" but I'd like to here from people who carry the compacts. Thanks. Rich P.S. .45ACP Wanna kill these ads? We can help!