October 2018

VALUE GUIDE: Smaller 1911-Style Pistol Ratings (All Chamberings)

GUN NAME

GUN TESTS GRADE

COMMENTS

ARTICLE: 380 ACP Shootout: New Models VS. A Time-Tested Veteran, August 2018
Springfield Armory 911 Bi-Tone PG9109S 380 ACP, $559 A Unlike a full-size 1911, carry the Springfield hammer down instead of cocked and locked.
ARTICLE: Caliber-Coversion Pistols from Rock Island Armory, Glock, SIG, July 2018
Rock Island Armory TCM 51943
9mm Luger/22 TCM, $960
A/F The TCM TAC Ultra is an excellent Commander-size 1911 platform in 9mm. Many failures in 22 TCM.
ARTICLE: Personal-Defense 9mm Handgun Shoot Out: Smith's M2.0 Wins, June 2018
Ruger SR1911 L’wt Commander
6722 9mm Luger, $739
B For those who like the single-action 1911 cocked-and-locked product, this is a good choice.
ARTICLE: Micro 9mm Pistols from Kimber, Springfield Armory, and SIG, October 2017
Kimber Micro 9 Desert Tan (LG)
3300168 9mm Luger, $659
A The laser grip complements the large sights on this micro pistol. Edges are smooth for concealed carry.
SIG Sauer P938 Emperor
Scorpion 9mm Luger, $639
A With large sights, a crisp trigger and toothy grips, this pistol was easy to shoot and control.
ARTICLE: American-Made 9mms: Ruger, Springfield, and Honor Defense, July 2017
Springfield Armory 1911 EMP
PI9229L 9mm Luger, $1220
A The EMP delivered accuracy and ergonomics on par with more expensive custom guns.
ARTICLE: 380 ACP Shoot Out: Ruger LCP Takes on Remington, Rock Island, August 2016
Rock Island Armory Baby Rock
51912 380 ACP, $356
A The Baby Rock has a lot going for it. Had a stiff slide-lock safety that loosened up during testing.
ARTICLE: Ruger's Lightweight Commander, May 2015
Ruger SR1911 CMD-A
Model 6711 45 ACP, $899
A Good looks, decent accuracy, a good trigger, and nothing that doesn’t belong.
ARTICLE: Two Great Makers Shoot It Out: Remington VS. Colt 45 ACPs, April 2015
Colt Mfg. Co. Commander
XSE O4012XSE 45 ACP, $940
A Consistently the more accurate handgun. Ambi safety, forward serrations, frame cut.
Remington R1 Commander
96336 45 ACP, $573
B This is a traditional 1911 Commander with no extraneous features.
ARTICLE: Commanders VS. A Commodore: Who Outranks Whom in 45 ACP?, January 2014
Shooters Arms Mf’g Commodore
CIA HG1009-N 45 ACP, $429
D Not reliable with hollowpoints and showed annoying quirks with the original slide lock.
ARTICLE: Kimber Tactical Pro VS. SIG's Scorpion: Two Good Carry Guns, October 2014
Kimber Tactical Pro II
45 ACP, $1317
A Kimber’s quality control and attention to detail really shine in this pistol.
SIG Sauer Carry Scorpion
45 ACP, $1213
B+ Quite accurate. Cerakote coating, frame rail, and G10 scaled grips were good features.
ARTICLE: 1911 Pistols: Buy New or Used? We Test Three 45 ACPs to Find Out, July 2014
SIG Sauer 1911 C3 1911CO-45-TC3 45 ACP, ~$650 (Used) A The pistol is just the right size, with the Commander slide on an Officer’s Model frame.
Rock Island Armory Tactical II
Compact 51479 45 ACP, $591
B The RIA has features that allow this little pugnosed 45 to shoot like a big gun.
American Classic ACC45B 45 ACP, $506 D This Commander-length 1911 had promise. However, the pistol failed to feed reliably.
ARTICLE: Value Comparison: Used 1911s from RIA and ATI Shoot It Out, April 2014
American Tactical Imports 1911GI HGAFX45GI 45 ACP, $500 B Fitting and trigger should have been better. Sights and beavertail are good additions.

Comments (1)

Star PD .45 is still one of the best bargains out there. As Col. Jeff Cooper advised, "Shot it a little and carry it a lot."

Posted by: ScranunSlim | October 18, 2018 8:32 AM    Report this comment

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