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Old February 17, 2013, 08:48 PM   #1
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Wanting compact 1911

I have looked on the threads and online and am having trouble deciding if I should get a Citadel Compact 1911 for my first 1911 compact. Wanting something affordable that I can trade my Px4 storm for. This retails for $499 at Academy sports.

Any thoughts if I should run away fast or give it a try?
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Old February 17, 2013, 08:51 PM   #2
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What about a RIA?
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Old February 19, 2013, 12:49 PM   #3
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went with the Citadel

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Old February 19, 2013, 02:47 PM   #4
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Whats the specs on this gun?
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Old February 19, 2013, 03:03 PM   #5
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You will have to give a range report !
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Old February 19, 2013, 10:07 PM   #6
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http://www.legacysports.com/products/cit_m1911.html

http://www.academy.com/webapp/wcs/st...0051_451207_-1

Apparently is has some features not standard on some 1911 models....? Not sure though as this is my first one.

I will definitely do a range report when I get out there to shoot it.
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Old February 19, 2013, 10:23 PM   #7
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That Citadel compact looks like the got it all right. Now, the question is can they deliver.

IMO, the keys to a good compact are:
- Not shorter than 3.5". . .4.25" preferred
- No oversized thumb safety
- No ambi thumb safety
- No MIM. . .They probably whiffed on this one. . .
- Good sights
- A reverse guide rod plug
- A bushingless barrel

Citadel appears to have gotten most of that right. I wonder how there execution was?? Still, small guns run on a shortened ejection stroke and the thing will have to be damn near perfect to run at all. I think even Wilson doesn't like to build compact 45 Auto's because of the feed reliability.
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Old February 20, 2013, 06:45 AM   #8
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Citadel is a RIA/Armscor. I had one. It was heavy as hell, but put together well and the trigger didn't suck. I eventually sold it and bought a SA 3'' GI 45 that I then had Alchemy retrofit with a BGS. That one was also heavy as hell.

Compact 1911s are all about money. For 500 bucks you can get a Filipino brick (Armscor tends to be the best compared to ATI).

For a grand you can get something like a Colt, SW, Kimber, etc.

Stay away from double stacks like the Fatboy--I haven't seen one that works right.

...or get a G30. Just as accurate, cheap, and holds 10+1.

Remember that a BGS can poke you pretty badly over the course of the day if you want to CCW.
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Old February 20, 2013, 07:00 AM   #9
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some features not standard on some 1911 models
BGS, novak cut sights, skeletonized hammer, flared ejection port, ambi safety (on some models), skeletonized trigger, FLGR (on some models, NOT compact).
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Old February 20, 2013, 07:43 AM   #10
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I have a Colt and a RIA. Both shoot well and serve the purpose.

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Old February 20, 2013, 03:38 PM   #11
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Don't want to argue, Nathan, but there are a ton of Kimber Ultras out there, including my .45acp UCII, that run perfectly with a three-inch barrel ... I have hundreds of rounds through mine and it has never failed to load, fire and eject as designed ... one of the most accurate guns I own at reasonable distances ...
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Old February 20, 2013, 04:12 PM   #12
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Im with bikerbill on this one my UCII has had zero failures to date.
I almost did not buy it due worries of the short slide but I"ve run swc,many
jhp and ball through it.Mabe I just got lucky but mine runs great.
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Old February 20, 2013, 04:32 PM   #13
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My colt new agent 3in barrel hasnt missed a beat yet. They do build them reliably now adays altho in the 70s the 1911s I shot were just as reliable.
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Old February 21, 2013, 02:04 AM   #14
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My Colt Defender been putting lead down range for several years and never a problem . When I traded my Colt Agent for a AR-15 (just before he rush) it was running fine also.

Only compact 1911 I had that didn't work was a Para Ord That double stack single shot junker made sure another Para will never be in my house.
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Old February 21, 2013, 08:12 AM   #15
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My colt na&kimber ultra CDP 3 inchers both work well.
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Old February 21, 2013, 03:23 PM   #16
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first 50 rds shot perfect. Used both magazines. Worked fine.

Now on to the second box. Had 4 failures to load the bullet. The slide didn't go all the way forward. It was just barely not going all the way forward. It was doing this only on the last round

Shot great besides this issue
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