Compact 1911s, reliable or not?

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  • leVieux

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    My KIMBER 3” UCDP required a bunch of gun-smithing when brand new to “run right”, and still lives in my safe.

    In my limited experience with shorter models, yes; there is a problem. I shot full size 1911’s for decades, w/o any problem.

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    leVieux

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    One other significant consideration is that, at least for me personally, the full-size 1911’s are actually EASIER to “carry” b/c of better balance and longer slide providing more stability when “IWB”.
     

    cycleguy2300

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    I've been recently wanting to get a carry 1911, and I was on another 1911 forum where the guys were basically saying "Commander and Officer 1911s can be hit or miss", meaning 4.25" and 3.5" or under.

    They claimed that the recoil springs are under too much stress, and you have to be picky about ammo.

    I'm not a 1911 expert being mostly a Glock carrying person pretty much for the past 7-8 years. I've carried Glock 19s, Glock 26s, and now I carry a Glock 43x. Never had a problem with any compact Glock, with a variety of ammo types (FMJ, HP, 115gr, 124gr, etc).

    Now I'm not thinking of getting a "cheap" compact 1911 either, I'm probably going to buy a BUL/Wilson/Stacatto level compact 1911. Is this all FUD? I'm just doing a sanity check here before I hit the order button.

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    Dimonback

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    I've been recently wanting to get a carry 1911, and I was on another 1911 forum where the guys were basically saying "Commander and Officer 1911s can be hit or miss", meaning 4.25" and 3.5" or under.

    They claimed that the recoil springs are under too much stress, and you have to be picky about ammo.

    I'm not a 1911 expert being mostly a Glock carrying person pretty much for the past 7-8 years. I've carried Glock 19s, Glock 26s, and now I carry a Glock 43x. Never had a problem with any compact Glock, with a variety of ammo types (FMJ, HP, 115gr, 124gr, etc).

    Now I'm not thinking of getting a "cheap" compact 1911 either, I'm probably going to buy a BUL/Wilson/Stacatto level compact 1911. Is this all FUD? I'm just doing a sanity check here before I hit the order button.

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    I've had several 3.5 and 4.25" 1911s. While I'd agree the Officer's model can be picky, my Commanders never have been. I currently carry a Sig C3 that is dead on accurate, and has never stopped, even with my lighter competition loads
     

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    charliefrye333

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    I have a Springfield Armory Range Officer Compact in .45acp as my primary CC. Never had any issues with it…Any!
    I have Colt Combat Commander in 9mm.
    No issues with it (even during breakin).
    I prefer the SAI (for me it carries better).
     

    Tnhawk

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    One other significant consideration is that, at least for me personally, the full-size 1911’s are actually EASIER to “carry” b/c of better balance and longer slide providing more stability when “IWB”.
    I prefer the commander size over the compact or full size for carry
     
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