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DW ECO vs. Kimber Ultra CDP vs. Springfield RO Compact

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DW ECO vs. Kimber Ultra CDP vs. Springfield RO Compact

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Hi All,
I am considering a new 1911 for concealed carry (this will be my first cc pistol). Full size 1911s are my favorite firearms to shoot and they are fairly thin as well so I thought a smaller version (like an officers model) in 9mm might make for a great cc pistol. Based on some preliminary research I came upon three models that I think would fit the bill:

Dan Wesson ECO 3.5"
Kimber Ultra CDP 3"
Springfield RO Compact 4"

The DW is the most expensive at around $1300 and I've heard nothing but good things about DW
The Kimber is $1000 and looks super good but I am not quite sold on their reliability
The Springfield is the least expensive at around $800 but does not have tritium sights like the other two.

Size is one thing I am a little worried about. Obviously to CC, the smaller the gun the better. But for shooting, usually the larger the better - less recoil and longer sight radius. I am quite a tall but very thin guy so was leaning more towards the DW and Kimber due to their smaller size and slightly more contoured form factor. What are you thoughts?

Thanks, Phill
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I'll Chime in with the ECO as well.. I have one and have had each of the others as well. The CDP uses the frame as a feed ramp and it is alum. Many have went as far as putting steel inserts in there. The ECO has an integrated feed ramp. As does the RO Compact. I would def buy the RO compact before I bought the Kimber. But, as stated by other the ECO well worth the difference. Finish is better, fit is better, CS is good if needed. Mine is pretty accurate within reason, and has been very reliable. Of course the RO compact is actually a CCO pistol and I'm sorry but, I didn't have one of those. I forgot I hate CCO pistols lol. Just my 2 cents, but I ain't nobody~!
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