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which lightweight 1911

Discussion in '1911 Forums' started by jmoln, Dec 29, 2010.

  1. jmoln

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    I think my next 1911 will be a lightweight model, that is something with an alloy frame. It could be either commander or compact, thinking hard about the Kimber Super Carry line (Pro or Ultra) or a Colt Defender or New Agent. Any pro/con thoughts? My focus is on light weight for carry and I'm aware of the short barrel feeding issues, just want your opinions on brand preferences.

    Background - I've owned a couple of full size Springers, a DW CBOB, and my current one and only is an EB KC.
     
  2. HAIL CAESAR

    HAIL CAESAR Senior Member

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    For the real little fella's it's hard to beat a Colt Defender.
     


  3. AZ Husker

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    Why not the new KC lightweight? Stick with the best.
     
  4. Sporwick

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    I have one of these and its a great to shoot and carry. The DW CCO looks awesome though!
     
  5. Hokie1911

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    Cost effective - DW CCO
    Not so cost effective - EB LW KC
     
  6. TKR Reptiles

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  7. G27RR

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    If you want an officer's model, I like the STI Shadow and Escort.

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  8. Drestin Black

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  9. Hokie1911

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    Man, I really like that Escort in 9mm. Almost like an EMP done right. FS checkering and no ambi. :supergrin:
     
  10. G27RR

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    Yep, and I actually chose this over an EMP for some of those reasons. The other reason was I figured I would stay with .45 if I couldn't get an EMP for under $1K. I can't get my head around a 9mm 1911 for some reason, but I did get one of my Ranger IIs in 9mm for cheaper practice.
     
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  11. DW CCO
    DW Guardian for the 9mm crowd. And it's the same ergo as your EB KC.
    EB KC lightweight for an identical of your regular KC.
    WC Ultralight Carry

    Here's my CCO:

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  12. dr225

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    If you want to get a Gov't sizes try the LWT Government Model XSE

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  13. samuse

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    I think the Colt Wiley Clapp is the best commander sized lightweight on the market right now.
     
  14. MarkCO

    MarkCO Millennium Member CLM

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    You really ought to look at the Sig C3. My review is in the Resource stickie at the top.
     
  15. youngAR

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    But the Super Carry line is mighty nice. At least they don't use a fps in em.
     
  16. deguelo

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    i love my sw 1911pd gunsite. but that cco...... damn, baby. regards-- deguelo
     
  17. jmoln

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    Guys,

    You've given me a lot to think about. I've got to get out to some shops and shows and search out samples of all of these. I was hoping to keep this under a grand hence a lightweight EB is out of the question. As much as I like my KC I am not in a position to afford another high end 1911. SA, Colt, Kimber, S&W, STI are all possibilities.
     
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  18. Sporwick

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    couldn't have said it better myself!