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    Anyone own a 3" 1911??

    Does anyone have a 3" 1911? I'm in the middle of a trade for a Springfield and am interested in any feedback on the 3" version.

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    3.5" is too short for me. I don't know anybody that even owns one of these.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nobodE
    I don't know anybody that even owns one of these.
    Me either, that's why I asked the question.

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    I do. My Colt Defender. Defender works great. Don't know anything 'bout short Springys.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Charlie View Post
    I do. My Colt Defender. Defender works great. Don't know anything 'bout short Springys.
    Trade you, then you'll have some experience.

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    3" Colt

    I own and have shot a Colt Tank Officers model. Officer's slide on a Commander frame. It is an interesting weapon...Colt built them on orders from the Pentagon. Mine cycled perfectly over several magazines and was very accurate at 7M's.... The barrel is a 3.5" standard Officer's barrel.

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    I have/carry a kimber eclipse ultra (3" SS 1911) .the BIGGEST problem with them is they are NOT forgiving to those with a weak wrist.You have to keep a death grip so the slide is FORCED to cycle and not your wrist.I can shoot my commander with a lazy wrist and its fine If I swap over to the kimber and dont tighten up it will FTF till I remember which one Im shootin,(usually only one or two shots )

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    I like my 3" carry guns but the 4" BOBTAIL has become my most used carry .



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    I have a Kimber Ultra CDP. It is my primary carry. Works great and wouldn't trade it for anything.

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    I had a colt defender .... beautiful firearm but I hated to shoot it. The muzzle blast was ungodly and it made my reconstructed shoulder hurt everytime I fired it. I finally just sold it.

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    I'm having nothing but trouble with my Ultra CDP II, I kinda regret buying it. I should have got a 4" gun. Mike Z

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    Sorry to hear that - I have heard a lot of mixed stuff about the super compact 1911s. They sometimes have timing issues when they are that small.

    I think one this size is the ONLY time I'd be tempted to buy a used one - I'd insist on meeting at the range and putting 50 rounds thru it.

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    I bought a slightly used S/A Ultra Compact a few month's ago. I thought I would sell it or use it for a trade on something else. Of course I had to shoot it. It had less than 500 round's when I bought it. & it took at least another 400 round's to break it in enough to consider it reliable. I think I'll keep it now. I have grown very fond of the little pistol! It dosen't seem to be too much of a handfull to shoot & the accuracy suprises me.

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    I have recently purchased a SA Micro-Compact (3 incher) and it is a very accurate weapon. I carry it exclusively as my CCW - it is unbelievable how small it is. BTW, just joined and this is my first post.

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    Well Ive owned 2 neither were reliable to point of carry. But interesting thing I found useing 230 ball was lack of power. I shot 1/4" Lexan at 10' and bullet failed to go thru. This is plastic people. I shot wall of my barn and then removed bullet with my fingers. Did same with my Commander and hole in barn and Lexan.
    ] Must use lighter bullet Corbon has a non +P DPX just for compacts. I tried that against targets and they worked. I stay with my Commander. I have been tempted to get a Defender but would only use the Corbon in it.

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    I have never had a chance to shoot one. maybe some day...

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    Yes, I own a 3" Kimber Stainless Ultra Carry II that I use as my everyday
    CCW piece. It has proven too be very reliable with all types of ammunition;
    even all major brands of JHP's, including Winchester 185 grain Silver-Tips.

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    I haven't shot the Springfield shorty,my little Colt is small enough for me!


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    I think I would be worried about reliability.

    The small GI versions can be had for a good price, but I would feel like I was taking a chance on it if I bought one.

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    No problems with mine except cheap magazines. Wilson combat 100% and colt with shooting star springs and colt factory-1 rd. Randall

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