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1911 sizes

Discussion in 'Beginner's Corner' started by Quack, Aug 22, 2011.

  1. Quack

    Quack it's mmm, mmm good... Staff Member Admin

    Aug 15, 2011
    There are plenty of different terms used for the different sizes of 1911's. There are 5 basic styles that they can be grouped in.

    Long Slide - 6" slide on a full size frame.

    Government - 5" slide with a full size frame. The standard flush fit magazine typically holds 7 rounds.

    Commander - 4.25" slide with full size frame. There are some manufacturer's that use a 4" slide, but they are generally referred to as a "Commander."

    Concealed Carry Officer or CCO - 4.25" slide with Officer frame.

    Officer - 3.5" slide with Officer frame. The Officer is a shorter frame and the standard flush fit magazines hold 6 rounds. 3" slides are often referred to as an "Officer" as well.
     
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  2. thecableguy

    thecableguy I hate this addiction Supporting Addict

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    Aug 16, 2011
    Thanks for the info Don.
     

  3. Nakanokalronin

    Nakanokalronin Active Member

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    Aug 17, 2011
    I see you mention the 3" as an officer as well but I've always seen them referred to as a Defender model.

    Defender - 3" barrel/slide Officer sized frame that will hold 6 - 7 round magazines.

    You can delete or edit this post if I'm wrong though. :doh:
     
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  4. knedrgr

    knedrgr Low capacity, low tech...

    Aug 15, 2011
    Isn't Defender a Colt specific model?
     
  5. Quack

    Quack it's mmm, mmm good... Staff Member Admin

    Aug 15, 2011
    i'm going to add the different companies model names that fit with the sizes.
     
  6. GeorgiaRedfish

    GeorgiaRedfish Well-Known Member

    Aug 19, 2011
    RIA Midsize, kimber compact= 4"
     
  7. Bender

    Bender Supporting Addict Supporting Addict

    Aug 15, 2011
    Springfield Armory Compact 45

    CCO size frame, 4" Champion size slide
     
  8. buyobuyo

    buyobuyo Member

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    Aug 25, 2011
    Great thread. I'm new to 1911s, and it is nice to see a list of the various sizes with a description. My Google-Fu has failed to turn up anything similar anywhere else.
     
  9. Bender

    Bender Supporting Addict Supporting Addict

    Aug 15, 2011
    Welcome to the 1911 addiction!
    Ask all the questions you have, there is a TON of experience here!
     
  10. Quack

    Quack it's mmm, mmm good... Staff Member Admin

    Aug 15, 2011
    and we like to spend other people's money as well :rofl:
     
  11. buyobuyo

    buyobuyo Member

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    Aug 25, 2011
    Thanks guys. I'm over on GT too. I just don't post a lot.
     
  12. ca survivor

    ca survivor Active Member

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    Dec 28, 2011
    QUAK I'm curious, why your avatar has Glocks pictured? LOL
     
  13. Quack

    Quack it's mmm, mmm good... Staff Member Admin

    Aug 15, 2011
    Glock = Perfection :rofl2:
     
  14. limbkiller

    limbkiller Pulling my hair. Supporting Addict

    Aug 18, 2011
    Traitor I say. Off with his head.
     
  15. ca survivor

    ca survivor Active Member

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    Dec 28, 2011
  16. Tucky

    Tucky Got bourbon?

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    Mar 11, 2012
    Is there a benefit in a long slide over the shorter lengths?
     
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  17. Quack

    Quack it's mmm, mmm good... Staff Member Admin

    Aug 15, 2011
    Longer sight radius, higher velocity and reduced recoil.
     
  18. dgi

    dgi NRA Life Member Supporting Addict

    Sep 10, 2011
    If your gonna add different manufacturers terminology to the list... Champion = Springfield's Commander.
     
  19. caleb

    caleb Member

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    Jun 5, 2012
    No kidding........I was going to leave my kimber factory stock till i joined here....Now I'm looking at all the choices for part swaps and smith work!!!!

    Thanks a lot! LOL...
     
  20. dufous

    dufous New Member

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    Sep 10, 2012
    I have two full-size 1911 .45s plus a Sig 220. I would like a commander-style 9mm with full-size frame, 4-4.25" barrel and bobbed (rounded) butt. Dan Wesson makes a very nice weapon, but I don't have $1400-1500 to spend. Any suggestions for lower price alternative?
     
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