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Springfield RO Compact or Ruger SR1911 CMD Lightweight?
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I was bitten by the 1911 bug a while back. My first was a Taurus PT1911 that I found used at a LGS a couple years ago for a good price. Had some extractor issues and after a trip back to Taurus, it worked flawlessly, but I wasn't a fan of the ambi-safety.

I traded it in at Tanner's last year and put the value towards a new Ruger SR1911. I LOVE that gun, though due to its size and weight, it doesn't get carried a lot.

I've been looking at the Commander size 1911s for a few months and over the last couple of weeks I've been lusting over the Springfield Range Officer Compact. I love the size and weight. It gets very good reviews as well. At around $750, it's priced well for a good quality 1911.

I was all set to make the 40 minute drive to Tanner's today to get some ammo and see if the Springfield in stock, but I overslept and plans changed.

Tonight, I'm screwing around online and I see the new SR1911 CMD Lightweight that Ruger just started shipping. WOW!! Very nice looking gun. About an ounce heavier than the Springfield and the barrel is 4.25" vs the 4" Springfield, but both guns are priced about the same and the quality is all just as good.

What would you do?

http://www.guns.com/2015/01/08/rugers-ne...led-carry/

http://www.springfield-armory.com/produc...ct-45-acp/
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Hmmm...one more round, a little bit more fps (longer barrel) and only one ounce heavier. I, would go with the Ruger. Then put a fiber optic front sight on it.

Happy gun shopping.

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Glad to know I'm not the only one. After shooting my STI for a year I realized carrying a EDC Glock 23 was no longer a goto gun for me.

The Ruger is nice. I wound up going with the S&W 1911SC. It beats everything in the weight department and is just drop dead sexy. I did replace the factory wood grips with slim Alumagrips. Its a shame because the wood looked amazing but they made the gun thicker than my Glock 23.
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spblademaker;160155 Wrote:Hmmm...one more round, a little bit more fps (longer barrel) and only one ounce heavier. I, would go with the Ruger. Then put a fiber optic front sight on it.

Happy gun shopping.

FWIW.

Thanks, the extra round is a big plus. Hopefully I'll come across one soon and can check it out, see how it feels.

csmith;160162 Wrote:Glad to know I'm not the only one. After shooting my STI for a year I realized carrying a EDC Glock 23 was no longer a goto gun for me.

The Ruger is nice. I wound up going with the S&W 1911SC. It beats everything in the weight department and is just drop dead sexy. I did replace the factory wood grips with slim Alumagrips. Its a shame because the wood looked amazing but they made the gun thicker than my Glock 23.

I checked out the S&W online and you're right about it being an awesome looking gun with great specs. It's just a little more pricey than I'm willing to spend.

It's funny you mentioned the G23. My EDC for years was a G32. Lately, I've been carrying my M&P Shield .40. I've begun to prefer a smaller framed gun. I think a set of the Alumagrips might be in order no matter which 1911 I end up with.
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It really depends on you and what you like. I like compact 1911s for carry, so I would go with the Springfield. It comes with a second magazine, so even though it's short a round the round count shouldn't matter.

For what it's worth, I read an atricle recently concerning barrel length and the .45 ACP and a 3" barrel wasn't that much different from a 5" as far as fps and lbs-ft performance. There is a difference but not a huge one and self defense rounds still perform as they are supposed to.

Unlike some other cartdges, the .45ACP still has a full burn in the short barrel, the benefit is the gas charge gets more time to accelerate the bullet some more before it exits the barrel.
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I ended up getting the Springfield RO Compact. I got to check it out in person at the Philly gun show last weekend, but it was priced too high. The only dealer that had it wanted $850+ tax.

I ended up finding it online for a lot less and ordered it. I had it shipped to an FFL in Warminster that works out of his house and I picked it up last night.

It'll probably be a week or two before I can take it to the range, but I like the gun so far. It feels great in my hand and is a good weight.

This also was the first time I bought a gun from an online retailer. Overall, it was a good experience. It was a good price, fast shipping and Myron Cole (215-957-1799 in case you need his services), the FFL I used, was very easy to work with. His fee was a very fair $25. I don't think I'll make buying online a habit, but when/if I do, I'll definitely go through him again.
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Nice looking gun. Good luck with it. You have to like a new Springfield, they come with something to carry the gun in right in the box along with an extra mag and mag holder. My wife's XD9sc came with all those goodies too.

That said I am partial to Ruger, I have an SR1911 and two revolvers, built like tanks. The SR1911 is my first venture into the 1911 world and I like it, but like you mention, it is a bit heavy for carry, I may need to look into suspenders or the somewhat smaller version if I plan to carry it someday, for now I still carry my SP101.
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