Gents, I've been trolling... er... reading this forum for quite some time. I've got a fund set up to buy a nice full-size 1911 in .45 ACP to keep forever, and I've already got that option narrowed down to just a few choices... So I'm all set for that purchase. The "1911 in 9mm" thread got me thinking that I would also like a smaller 1911 for carry, perhaps in 9mm. The only reason I am thinking 9mm is that I shoot far more 9mm than any other handgun ammunition and since this will be a carry gun, I will want to be able to train with it... a lot. Basically, if I go this route, I'm going to need a workhorse of a gun. I don't want to go really small, especially in 9mm, so an EMP or similar is really not up my alley. I'm looking at 4-4.5" barrels and slightly shorter grip. I've been looking mostly at an STI Ranger II, but I find myself asking, "Shouldn't I just stick with a Commander .45?" What do you guys think? I'm just looking for top-of-the-head opinions. Thanks in advance!