1911 compact carry options


New Member
Jun 4, 2009
Fort Worth, TX
I have recently been gripped by the whole 1911 addiction... I purchased a Colt Government model and it is absolutely the most accurate and smooth handgun I have ever encountered. So, of course, I find myself wondering about the possibility of purchasing a more compact version to carry on a daily basis. I have looked at the Colt Commander model but the 4 1/4 barrel isn't really a significant enough difference from the Government Model. I looked online at the Springfield Loaded Champion. Any suggestions?


Bowling-Pin Commando
May 28, 2008
Mustang Ridge
If you are in Austin on July 4th, go to Lonestar Gun Range. Free range day and free gun rentals { you have to buy the ammo at the range}

Matt, the owner, has several of the ParaOrdinance compact 1911s in both 9mm and .45 ACP. Give em a whirl if you are in the area

Oh , and free BBQ while it lasts.


New Member
Jun 4, 2009
Fort Worth, TX
Thanks for the suggestion Hoji, I haven't really looked much at the Para. Although I have heard good things. I will have to check it out. I actually have some friends down in Austin that I have been meaning to visit when I get the chance.


Mar 11, 2008
DFW, North Texas
The only real difference you're going to get going to a smaller 1911 than a full size is either go to an alloy frame for lighter weight, or to something with an officers frame for shorter grip (which is what really makes a difference in concealing) and lighter weight.

I've got both Pro and Compact sized Kimber's. The Pro is like a commander but with a 4" barrel (barrel length doesn't really make a difference in concealed carry) and the Compact is an officers frame and 4" barrel. The Pro is now bobtailed and is an easier carry that the shorter officers frame. It's all steel and my Compact has an alloy frame and besides the weight difference, I'm carrying the heavier bobtailed "commander" all the time now.

Lots of people carry a full sized 1911 every day. I know a lady who does as well. ;)


Active Member
Apr 1, 2008
Lago Vista
Kimber makes an excellent 3-inch 1911, the Ultra Carry series. I have a UCII in black, got it for under $700 NIB at the gun show in Austin, and I love it. It's more accurate than my 4-inch Springfield Loaded, is resonably lightweight, holds 7+1 and is easy to conceal. I use either a Galco paddle holster or a mini-slide belt holster ... I've never shot a Para, so I can't compare them, but I am totally satisfied with my Kimber.


New Member
Jun 4, 2009
Fort Worth, TX

I agree that people can easily carry a fullsize handgun. Although, for me the fullsize, 5in barrel is really uncomfortable. I'm a smaller guy and it sucks to carry especially when driving or sitting in general. I would prefer something with a 3 maybe 4 in. Barrel. Like the springer ultra compact or maybe one of those Paras Hoji recommended earlier.


New Member
Jan 27, 2009
At the risk of repeating myself...

I have posted in other threads my Rock Island compact (CS) model. 3.5" barrel, 7 rnd magazine (Colt Officer size). Weight is about 29 oz, so it's just a tad lighter that a full sized 1911, but the shorter grip provides better concealment. Standard GI sights, beavertail grip and combat style hammer. Bushingless bull barrel and Parkerized finish.
I have about 500 rounds through it now and not a single issue. I purchased it at the Dallas gun show back in Jan for about 395.00 but they can be found on-line for less, but by the time you pay for shipping and FFL charges, you come out the same.



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