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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 can almost hear the booing and catcalls..
CDP II have been around awhile. I've owned two of the Pro size 4" and one of the Ultra size.
They are "Full House". Stainless slide over alloy frame, the Ultra has fully supported ramped barrel. Details are complete and well excecuted. CDP II are VERY popular. Not inexpensive. Purpose built for carry, they are accurate and reliable, regardless of Kimber bashers banter. You can be confident if you choose the CDP II you'll love it.
No experiance with ECO. Nobody has experiance with ECO.
I bought a Guardian 9mm before Christmas, I bought CCO after Christmas. I have one of the "200" premier Valors. Dan Wesson builds exceptional weapons.
Quality is way past the price point. Not every pistol is for every hand, I like CCO, but will probably pass on the ECO. Once they have "hit the street" and proved themselves, I'm sure DW has a winner with the ECO.
You have a tough choice to make.
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