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Who makes the least expensive lightweight 1911? Does not have to be .45. I would not mind a 9mm. But it does need to be compact! Thinking about a different carry gun. I had an officer's .45, but it was extremely heavy to carry! Would like to go back to that style, but weight is an issue.
 

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least expensive lightweight 1911

i dont think those words go together. Aluminum framed 1911 are on the high side.
 

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Maybe there is something out there! Does RIA make a lightweight? The EMP from Springfield is about $800, right? Doesn't Para make a 9mm 1911? Not sure how much it goes for. I'm at work right now and can't look them up.
 

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I carry a Kimber CDP II full size 1911. Fully loaded it's about the same weight as a standard 1911 empty. Shoots well, and I haven't had any malfunctions at all since I picked it up new back in December.

Dad's Super Pawn in Gulfport has the best retail prices I've seen on Kimbers and most everything else.
 

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check out the s&w 1911 pd- It's a full-size 1911 finished in a flat tactical black and built on a scandium receiver.

Normally, a full-size S&W 1911 pistol weighs around 40 ounces, but the use of scandium here drops that weight to a mere 29.5 ounces.

i have the commander sized one w/ CT grips and love it. shoots very well never had any problems with it. It is lighter than my Colt Lightweight Commander.
 

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You also might want to look at Colt's compact .45's. (Defender, New Agent) I have carried a Defender for the past two years. It has been extremely reliable. Haven't had a malfunction of any kind yet with any brand or type of ammo. Colt is also producing (mm versions now but they are difficult to find.
 

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I like the Colts, but like you said, they are hard to come by. And, they are expensive! At Scruggs, I saw a Citadel officer's model. I haven't heard of Citadel. The salesman said he thought it was from the same factory that makes RIA, but he wasn't sure. Anyone heard of Citadel. It was a .45.
 

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jbpmidas said:
I like the Colts, but like you said, they are hard to come by. And, they are expensive! At Scruggs, I saw a Citadel officer's model. I haven't heard of Citadel. The salesman said he thought it was from the same factory that makes RIA, but he wasn't sure. Anyone heard of Citadel. It was a .45.
I've heard the same...seems way more people own rias though. And last time I was in vans they had a couple defenders, didn't really look at prices on em though. Their prices there vary, I've seen some great deals, and I've seen some major rip offs as well
 

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jbpmidas said:
I like the Colts, but like you said, they are hard to come by. And, they are expensive! At Scruggs, I saw a Citadel officer's model. I haven't heard of Citadel. The salesman said he thought it was from the same factory that makes RIA, but he wasn't sure. Anyone heard of Citadel. It was a .45.
Not sure what your price range is but you can still get a compact Colt for under $1000. Mine was $795 two years ago. I've seen some NIB online for about $850 lately. Those are .45 ACP. Not sure about the price on the 9 mm versions though.
 

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I found a Kimber Ultra Carry II in .45 ACP on gunbroker for $685.00 including shipping, which I thought was a pretty good buy. It's been great to shoot (once I oiled it) and is just the ticket for daily carry-it has the lightweight frame.
 

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That is a good price, assuming good condition. Not ready to jump in yet, I've got to figure out if I'm going to let my 640 go or not!
 
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