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Old 06-07-2019, 09:11 AM
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1911 in 9mm for carry under $2500?

I am looking for a quality 1911 that can be carried and dependable.
I am a big guy so can hide a gun well so can probably go up to a commander or officer size.

I hate to order without seeing, feeling holding so want to get some ideas then do some research and call the local shops for availability.

Doing the research is part of the fun but you guys usually get me headed in the right direction.
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Old 06-07-2019, 09:14 AM
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Hmm that price point & smaller than government size, I’d look at a pre owned 9mm Wilson


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Old 06-07-2019, 09:28 AM
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Used Wilson or Brown, new Alchemy Custom or Dan Wesson. Wilson will offer advanced barrels like flanges and comps that will totally outperform the others for SD/real use. The Browns can be found new for that price sometimes and offer excellent overall quality and feel, the Alchemy will be the most accurate at the expense of them not offered with anything other than bushing barrels and being kinda "basic".

The Dan Wesson is the cheapest option and doesn't really have anything outstanding compared to the others.

Personally I usually go with Wilson for absolute reliability and best times and overall performance. The other guns may be mechanically more accurate but I don't care since they all produce a 1/2 inch group freehanded at 15 will a full mag of whatever ammo I choose. Sure at 50 yards I'm certain it will be different but I don't shoot that far needing more than A-zone hits and honestly I can hit cans out to 75 so again I don't really care if one gun does under an inch at 50 with match ammo vs 2 from another gun.

I will say my optics Ed Brown does a 2 inch group at 70 yards so I guess they are somewhat accurate.......it's a fast gun too. Keeps up with my Shadow and ZEV Z19 in drills.
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Old 06-07-2019, 09:43 AM
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Old 06-07-2019, 09:46 AM
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Thanks, am sure even cheaper options will outperform me.
I just love the feel and look of a 1911, I do want to stick with 9mm since my other pistols will be chambered in 9.
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Old 06-07-2019, 11:27 AM
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The Ed Brown KC9 and now E9 strike me as good "almost 1911" 9mms for carry.
https://forums.1911forum.com/showthread.php?t=990950

The Wilson EDC X9 is a "distant relative 1911" that gives you more shots in a compact package. They are showing up second hand as folks conclude that they are departed too far from a real 1911.
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Old 06-07-2019, 11:38 AM
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These get my vote.

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The Ed Brown KC9 and now E9 strike me as good "almost 1911" 9mms for carry.
https://forums.1911forum.com/showthread.php?t=990950
I may be getting one of these myself.
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Old 06-07-2019, 11:49 AM
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I may be getting one of these myself.
The KC is great, the X9 is not a 1911 in terms of handing and performance.....yet. I'm hoping certain options start being offered to increase its ability
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Old 06-07-2019, 11:51 AM
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A used Wilson or Nighthawk as suggested above are good options.

Personally if I were in your shoes I would get a STI Staccato P. They are awesome guns, true 1911's and are double stacked in 9mm. They shoot very accurately and soft. Cost on gunbroker is $1900 all day so you have money for a holster and some extra mags.
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Old 06-07-2019, 12:13 PM
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Another of Ed Brown's new release, EVO-CCO, it is a little over $2000:

https://forums.1911forum.com/showthread.php?t=992674

As with all new products, they are not time tested or proven in reliability.

Nothing wrong with Colt's Wiley Clapp 9mm series. A little rough on the edge here and there, nothing that can't be fixed. Can be had for around $1000, less if you buy used, around $800-850. With plenty of change left for tweaking.
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Old 06-07-2019, 01:25 PM
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My Dan Wesson Valkyrie CCO has served me very well as an EDC this summer. Accurate, relaible with factory ammo and all my handloads and fun to shoot. Beauty is after a string of trades the thing only cost me about $550 out of pocket, all told, and a bunch of that was transfer and shipping fees.

My father has a Wilson CQB commander in 9mm that I shoot quite a bit that is extremely nice, once he gets tired of shooting it'll wander my way and very likely end up as my carry gun, Wilson makes a fine gun.
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Old 06-07-2019, 02:06 PM
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Look at the Dan Wesson Vigil CCO. We have a 9mm Wilson ULC Compact Commander, 9mm GI CCO and a Wiley Clapp CCO in 45. Our Vigil CCO, in 9mm, is, in comparison, quite the pistol; nothing fancy but accurate and reliable and at that price you can buy a bunch of ammo to practice with.
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Old 06-07-2019, 02:47 PM
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Don't know if you want a rail but.....Dan Wesson Specialist is an outstanding performer. Mine is full size but they do make a commander in .45 and 9mm. I've also owned a Wesson Guardian that I also liked. From a personal standpoint, I can't shoot a more expensive pistol any better. Yeah, if you're spending that much money, you have to hold it and give it a good look see. Good Luck!
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Old 06-07-2019, 03:38 PM
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I would seriously consider the smaller pistol lineup at Les Baer. They are definitely dependable and I'm sure you can find one in a size you want. In your price range too.
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Old 06-07-2019, 03:39 PM
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Take a look at the Fusion Firearms website and see they can make accustom 1911 to your specs. There are also a few deaers around the country who stock some of the Fusions.
Give a holler to bob and he can put you in touch with locals.
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Old 06-07-2019, 03:41 PM
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I just got a Guardian nice size
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Old 06-07-2019, 04:12 PM
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Old 06-09-2019, 07:17 PM
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The Ed Brown Kc9 I have is pretty damn nice....and 1800 and change
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Old 06-09-2019, 08:19 PM
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Dan Wesson V-Bob and ammo gets my vote!
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Old 06-09-2019, 09:27 PM
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Dan Wesson V-Bob and ammo gets my vote!
These are going for pretty cheap these days, until they dry up of course.
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Old 06-09-2019, 09:57 PM
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Dan Wesson V-Bob and ammo gets my vote!
These are going for pretty cheap these days, until they dry up of course.
All the more reason to jump on one now. A fine 1911 in my opinion...
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Old 06-09-2019, 10:10 PM
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All the more reason to jump on one now. A fine 1911 in my opinion...
Agreed. Wish I had the funds to pick up another
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Old 06-10-2019, 01:59 AM
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Carry Gun Size?

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I am looking for a quality 1911 that can be carried and dependable.
I am a big guy so can hide a gun well so can probably go up to a commander or officer size.

I hate to order without seeing, feeling holding so want to get some ideas then do some research and call the local shops for availability.

Doing the research is part of the fun but you guys usually get me headed in the right direction.
I’m 6’2” and weigh 285#. I carry a Government Model at times, a Commander at times, and sometimes a New Agent sized 1911. Never inside the waist band; on my hip at 3:00.

The Dan Wesson Specialist is available in both 9MM and .45 ACP MSRP is $1701.00.

I have both the DW Pointman 9MM and an ECO in 9MM. Both are excellent choices.

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Old 06-10-2019, 04:20 AM
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While I like the heft of an all-steel 1911, an aluminum framed 9 mm will provide plenty of recoil control and excellent balance in officer or commander size with a bit less weight for carry. I find an aluminum framed CCO to be a bit nose-heavy, but not bad. I use the Wilson Combat 9 round mags on my officer framed guns for a bit more pinky space without sacrificing concealability. As for make, I have Dan Wesson 9 mms - ECO, Valkyrie CCO, Valkyrie commander, PMC (all steel), and V-Bob (all steel). All were well under $2K and with excellent quality. (The current Vigil line seems to be very similar to the Valkyries at a lower price point.) I carry 99% OWB with Tucker Gun Leather HF-1 holsters and Tucker thick belts. My preferred carry guns are commanders: the 9 mm Valkyrie commander plus Valor and A2 all steel commanders in .45.
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Old 06-12-2019, 02:58 AM
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Personally if I were in your shoes I would get a STI Staccato P. <snip> Cost on gunbroker is $1900 all day so you have money for a holster and some extra mags.
+1 on the Staccato-P I got mine cheaper than that (with Tree Bark grip) from Dan at BBP. Give him a call at 410-526-1011 and he'll hook you up. You'll frigging LOVE this pistol...its a dream to shoot.
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