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Please recommend an Officer size 1911 for my wife

Discussion in '1911 Forums' started by Giggity, Jan 23, 2012.

  1. Giggity

    Giggity Holster Maker

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    My wife currently carries a Kimber Ultra and would like to change to an officers sized gun. I was ready to buy her a Wesson CCO this weekend but the commander size slide is a bit to long for her to carry comfortably. I let her carry my Stinger for the weekend to try it out.

    So anyway, looking for a reliable officer sized 1911. Alloy frame would be a huge plus. Ambi-safety would be nice but that can always be added later.

    Oh, and not a Kimber.

    Thank you!
     
  2. faawrenchbndr

    faawrenchbndr DirtyThirty fan CLM

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    I can not recommend any 1911 type pistol smaller than 4"
     


  3. Giggity

    Giggity Holster Maker

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    My preference as well. Thus the reason I was looking at the CCO. But her female figure tends to tip the muzzle out and therefor torque the grip and beavertail into her side. I'd rather have a 3.5" on her hip than a 4" in the safe.



    Im more concerned with quality than price. Having said that, if I can stay below 1300 dollars that would be great.

    Thanks!
     
  4. TxGlock9

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    Caliber preference?

    I would suggest the springfield EMP. Built around the 9mm and 40 platform. But if 45acp is a must Colt seems promising with their Officer series. I wouldn't hesitate to go with a cheaper alternative though such as, STI Spartan III...
     
  5. This or find a used EMP9
     
  6. Giggity

    Giggity Holster Maker

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    She likes the 45acp round. Will look at the STI lineup.

    Thanks for the help thus far.
     
  7. SA Ultra Compact for a 45 with a true officer size frame and slide.
     
  8. TxGlock9

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    If you do happen to go with Sti www.shooterconnection.com has good selection and price. I went to my original distributor, Dawson Precision, but they don't stock Sti's like shooter's does..
     
  9. limbkiller

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    I carry a RIA cs everyday. 3.5" barrel and totally reliable so far. I love it. 350rds of FMJ and 150rds of HPs and not a single hiccup. I love that little gun. $500 out the door.
     
  10. Giggity

    Giggity Holster Maker

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    I see a lot of 3" models in the STI lineup, am I missing the 3.5's?

    I did find a SA lightweight Ultra Compact, didnt realize they offered that in the lightweight version, this might be what we get.

    The RIA's are all steel. The compact one is pretty chunky.

    Thanks for all the help.
     
  11. jrs93accord

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    If she is already carrying a KImber Ultra, basicly, she is already carrying an officer model with the exception of the barrel length (3.25" vs. 3.5"). A RIA Compact 1911 (officer size) is the same size as the Kimber Ultra except the RIA has a 3.5" barrel.
     
  12. SpringerTGO

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    You can't beat SA for customer service.
     
  13. Three-Five-Seven

    Three-Five-Seven Señor Mombo Millennium Member

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    Oxymoron!
     
  14. FreeAmerican

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    This.. I have one in 9mm and it is a really enjoyable shooting pistol. Colt also seems to be the only maker that has the sub 4 inch guns right.

    [​IMG]
     
  15. Giggity

    Giggity Holster Maker

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    Sage advice. This will more than likely be the one once it hits the streets.

    I thought the SA Ultra Compact lightweight came in 45 but can only find it in 9mm on their website.

    Hopefully the ECO will be a 45.
     
  16. TxGlock9

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    Look at the sig c3 1911. Officer frame and 4.25 barrel length.