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Old 08-24-2017, 02:29 PM
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Best 3" 1911

Best 3" in 45ACP. Anybody have any favorites or suggestions?
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Old 08-24-2017, 02:42 PM
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Kimber super carry ultra plus. I have one utterly reliable soft shooting. Easy to conceal

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Old 08-24-2017, 02:57 PM
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Best 3" in 45ACP. Anybody have any favorites or suggestions?
It might be easier to ask... "Does anybody NOT have any favorites or suggestions?"
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Old 08-24-2017, 03:27 PM
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Mine would still be the Colt Defender. I still enjoy my 2002 I bought new that year. It is above a 2010 in 9mm. I changed the grips on both from stock and I mounted a Novak rear sight on the 2002 in 45ACP that I bought from Brownells years ago.

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Old 08-24-2017, 04:25 PM
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I've owned two. My favorite is the Kimber Ultra TLE II. Had the Defender and sold it.
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Old 08-24-2017, 04:27 PM
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My question is why would you want a 3 inch 45. The amount of velocity and energy you lose plus the muzzle flash at night, make a 3 inch 45 not an attractive item.
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Old 08-24-2017, 04:30 PM
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Best 3" 1911

Colt Defender.

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Old 08-24-2017, 04:46 PM
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My Night Defender has been excellent!
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Old 08-24-2017, 05:10 PM
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Old 08-24-2017, 05:28 PM
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I think the RI's are officer size, 3-1/2".
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Old 08-24-2017, 05:54 PM
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Sig Ultra. I've had mine since 2013. It has run in the hot, cold, rain, snow, with or without lubrication. I have probably put 5k Winchester white box in 230 grain, 500 HST and another 500 Winchester Ranger. For carry ammo, it seems to prefer the Ranger - in both function and accuracy.
I always carry a full size in the fall, winter and most of spring. And I have always wanted a good commander for summer, but given the performance of the Sig I don't feel like I'm giving up a thing. The only down side is the slightly fatter Sig slide that doesn't allow you to use all the 1911 holsters in that box that we all have. But certainly the reliability and performance override that in the big scheme.
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Old 08-24-2017, 06:46 PM
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For the past six years or so my EDC has been a stainless Defender in .45 ACP. It's proven itself to be an excellent carry 1911. It is both accurate and dependable.
I bought this Defender to carry as a backup to my duty pistol, to be carried in a holster inside my vest. When I took a plainclothes job, I began carrying the Defender as my primary sidearm. I'd changed the rubber wraparounds for wood stocks and had fit an Ed Brown extended thumb safety while carrying as a backup. Before making it my primary, I had the front strap checkered, the bottom of the receiver rounded, the top of the slide serrated, a steel feed ramp insert installed, had the stainless components refinished in IonBond, and the receiver reannodized in black. I liked my Defender so well that I bought another in 9MM for my wife.
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Old 08-24-2017, 07:30 PM
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I've owned two. My favorite is the Kimber Ultra TLE II. Had the Defender and sold it.
My Ultra TLE II is my EDC. Great pistol very reliable.
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Old 08-24-2017, 07:41 PM
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I've got a Colt New Agent .45 with Crimson Trace grips that's ok but my absolute favorite snubnose 1911 is an old school s/s Detonics .45. Very easy to shoot with the multiple recoil springs and s/s weight. Feeds my rnfp lead fine.
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Old 08-24-2017, 08:05 PM
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Best 3" in 45ACP. Anybody have any favorites or suggestions?
NONE! No 3" 1911's for me.
The shortest 1911 style I would ever own and carry is a 4.25" Commander size.
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Old 08-24-2017, 08:26 PM
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I have owned 2 Colts and 2 Kimbers in 3" and all of them were 100% for me. My favorite that I still regret selling was a Kimber Super Carry Ultra+
Full size bobtail grip with a 3" barrel.
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Old 08-24-2017, 08:46 PM
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Colt officers or Compact. However they are 3 1/2".

I had a Kimber Super Carry Ultra that wasn't reliable. Sold it and never bought another Kimberly. I know many who love them and swear by them. Maybe I bought the one that got through the assembly process that shouldn't have.

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Old 08-25-2017, 11:26 AM
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Also try Speer gold dot 230 grain SB (short barrel) good reliability in my 3 inch gun and little muzzle flash.

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Old 08-25-2017, 04:03 PM
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My Wilson Combat Sentinel in 45.
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Old 08-25-2017, 04:08 PM
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My question is why would you want a 3 inch 45. The amount of velocity and energy you lose plus the muzzle flash at night, make a 3 inch 45 not an attractive item.
Meh.....

The biggest concern on a 3" 1911 is "does the operator know enough about the gun to make it run for him/her."

They're not for everyone for sure.
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Old 08-25-2017, 04:23 PM
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Colt Gold Cup series 70 Gold Cup

Colt Night Defender

Kimber Ultra Carry (not the II}
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Old 08-25-2017, 04:52 PM
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This question frequently appears in this Forum.

I do not own or ever plan to own such a 1911, but having read through many past threads, the Colt Defender sure garners a lot of votes. A lot of happy Colt Defender owners are out there.

In this thread, it appears that Kimber is now becoming a serious alternate to the Colt Defender.

As others have pointed, be really sure that a 3" 1911 design is really what you want. You'll have to own that decision yourself.
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Old 08-25-2017, 05:26 PM
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Does the Sig P938 count as a 1911? Thats MY best one...well, that's my only one in 3"
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Old 08-25-2017, 05:31 PM
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Does the Sig P938 count as a 1911? Thats MY best one...well, that's my only one in 3"
If one must have a semi-auto with a 3" barrel, I think you might have chosen wisely ... more wisely than a pure 1911-based design. I.e., your gun was designed from the start for a 3" barrel ... rather than forcing a 3" barrel onto a firearm designed for a 5" barrel... and, exactly as you've hinted, you also get 1911-ish controls as part of the bargain.
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Old 08-25-2017, 05:39 PM
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Kimber Ultra CDP

Colt Defender

Both have been 100% for years and years.
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