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I have an itch for a 9mm 1911. Ive never had a 1911 so I don’t have much experience with them. I was looking at a Colt Commander with a 4.25” barrel. Are there better or comparable options with out getting more of expensive?
 

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Mostly range. I’m good with my EDC. Have a pps and a fn9c. So I’m pretty square with that. My other range guns are a PPQ, Glock 19, CCP and on occasions a S&W 686.

I want something a little different. I’m not much of a revolver guy. I only got the 686 because a friend was in a tight spot and needed cash. It certainly is not something I enjoy putting 100’s if rounds through at a time.

I like the look of the 1911’s and figure the 9mm would be economical to shoot and should be accurate and fun to shoot.
 

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Springfield's range officer, kimber's pro carry 2, ruger 1911, rock islands are decent for the price.
 

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I have a Colt 9mm Commander. It functions well and is accurate. For range work you might consider an all steel model but the lightweight will do a fine job. In addition to Colt you might look at the Ruger SR1911. It comes in Commander format.
 

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Springfield's range officer, kimber's pro carry 2, ruger 1911, rock islands are decent for the price.
Those are great suggestions.

Also...while not a 1911, take a look at a CZ75. And if you want something terrific, look at a Shadow
 

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Dan Wesson not very cheap but real high quality and very reliable as 9-MM 1911 platform.

I recently got the Shadow-2 and I'm very happy with my purchase.
I think those are about the two best options on the planet for the price. Also the CZ TSO if you can find one. About 2k but you won’t find a better 9M for 3X the price.

The TSO is SAO. Like a 1911 but with a better trigger.

Frankly, the more I learn though, the more I realize that even a 9M 1911 from Ruger etc....great shooters with wonderful triggers for under a grand. The triggers can be polished too for a low cost even by a pro.
 

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1911 in 9mm: A local competitor started with a Springfield Range Officer because of recommendations from those where were much stronger. Big mistake. Much too heavy. Moved to a Colt light-weight commander with improvement to trigger and bushing. Right weight and shot well, but the Colt rattles! Competitor was greatly distracted by thinking of the rattle. Finally, went to a Dan Wesson Commander length and Officer height and aluminum frame. Absolutely right weight, and a trigger and accuracy that is great. No hint of a rattle - tight - indeed, need to make sure ammo is also tight.

However, I have seen Ruger 1911 aluminum commanders that are significantly better than Colt - best value if $1100 1200 for a Dan Wesson is too much. May need to use Cylinder & Slide trigger kit and tighter bushing. Only thing not to do with Ruger is to use a trigger (the part your finger touches) that does not have an over-travel screw if you need to change the finger reach. In my opinion, the remaining 9mm 1911 are decorative or over-priced.

well, I have heard that if one has the money, Springfield will craft in their shop a 1911 on US frame that is good. Expect that for the same $ one could buy a ready-to-go Dan Wesson.
Do report on your experience
 

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I like the look of the 1911’s and figure the 9mm would be economical to shoot and should be accurate and fun to shoot.
A commander sized 1911 points much like a G19/similar sized striker gun. Actually, the nicest pointing 1911 I own is this Dan Wesson Specialist commander in 9mm. Yeah, it has a rail which adds some weight but it is a peach to shoot.



I shoot 9mm 1911s/2011s for sport and fun, sort of prefer the commander size, but my 5" 9mms are all nice shooters.

Quite honestly, I've been as happy with a Rock Island 9mm 1911 as I am with some of my guns that cost 7 times as much. They just work, and that's all that really matters.

Depending on what barrel length you decide on, there are tons of good 9mm 1911s out there.

Everyone knows Colts rattle, doesn't mean they're bad guns. They've built them the same way for over 100 years now. The biggest thing to check is the barrel fit, just press down on the top of it (where the caliber markings are) and if it moved downward a bit, it might not have the right size barrel link in it. I've seen a couple of 9mm 1911s come through that had the wrong part installed.

well, I have heard that if one has the money, Springfield will craft in their shop a 1911 on US frame that is good. Expect that for the same $ one could buy a ready-to-go Dan Wesson.
Springfield stopped accepting custom orders a couple of years ago. They build their own models these days and Dan Wessons are not in the same league.
 

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I was looking at a Colt Commander with a 4.25” barrel. Are there better or comparable options with out getting more of expensive?
I have several 1911's in 9mm including the current production Colt Lightweight Commander. Of all my 1911's this one balances in my hand the best. Its got vertical serrations on the front strap similar to a Beretta 92 and an undercut trigger guard which both aid in maintaining grip, an extended thump safety, and Novak sights. It uses the Series 80 firing pin safety but I've never been able to feel a difference between it and the Series 70. So far I haven't made any changes to it except for the grips.

I've also got a Kimber Stainless II that I bought used several years ago. This is obviously a bigger and heavier pistol. It seems to be better fit than the Colt and with a better trigger. Mine came with a full length steel guide rod. I installed a FO front sight, some ebony grips by Ahrends, some antiskid tape on the front strap, and I replaced the steel guide rod with a tungsten one.

I really enjoy shooting both of these but if you've already got your eye on a Colt then I would definitely recommend the Lightweight Commander.
 

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I have an itch for a 9mm 1911. Ive never had a 1911 so I don’t have much experience with them. I was looking at a Colt Commander with a 4.25” barrel. Are there better or comparable options with out getting more of expensive?
I have a Smith&Wessin performance center pro series 1911 in 9mm. Great gun. Better build quality than colt and very accurate with 3.5 pound trigger. A bit expensive I think I paid $1250.00 for it New. But I have no regrets.
 

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I will get hissed at for this, but I have had two Taurus 9mm 1911s. Still have one. The first was flawless, but I traded it for my CZ75B, a gun I really like and the trader really wanted a ambi safety on a single action semi 9mm. I finally bought another one, stainless-like finish. It has proven to be just as flawless with a few hundred rounds down the tube. This last one was new old stock, 2013 model. I like the 9mm 1911s. they are a joy to shoot. Sort of what .32 acp for PPK is to .380 for PPK. Not near as snappy as the 45 acp.
 

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Got a suggestion for your 686. Try shooting .38 rounds instead of .357s. I love my 686, and will never sell it. It is one sweet shooting pistol.

I think I've only put two boxes of .357s through it since I bought it...everything else has been .38.
 

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Even a Government 9mm is a thing worth having, but a Defender (Officers) with an alloy frame makes a lot of sense. As does a Commander; an alloy framed one is in my future. There are other good 1911s out there, but Colt remains the original; anything else is a Ford Corvette.

Every gunny should have a .45 version, but the 9 has a lot going for it, from ammo cost to light recoil.
Listen to edge' regarding your 686. I've given up on .357s for entertainment; just too much buck and roar. A buddy and I load 'full charge wadcutters', which are the ballistic equivalent of the old 158 RNL. They're not like kissing your sister, but they're fun to shoot, even in J-guns.

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