I have handled and shot a seemingly endless variety of 1911s---WW II Colts and those made by many manufacturers contracted by the miitary to increase the needed production during WW II, those issued to my National Guard unit circa the Korean War, and many more modern versions by newer manufacturers, up to and including this, the 100th anniversary year. During this year, I managed to try the 5" variety from Taurus, Springfield, Para, Kimber and SigArms [even S&W]. I freely admit that if you blindfolded me, I doubt I could tell one from any other, and I also admit I liked each one with an equal degree of undifferentiated lust. However, when it came to the shorter and more carryable [sp] versions, things changed a bit.
I think we pretty much understand that as the barrel length descends, the sight radius wants us to be better shooters, for the same relative degree of accuracy we got from the 5 incher. But it is more than sight radius that might provide a challenge--that is, there is an engineering challenge also---so the more clever the designer, the better the function and therefore, the better the relative accuracy AND reliability.
I must say, I am not a great pistol shot, but after trying the sometimes controversial "micro" 1911s, after being told by many that the Kimbers are the greatest since sliced bread, I could not confirm this. Not that the Kimber was bad or unacceptable [except for the Mickey Mouse disassembly/assembly procedure], but I found one that in my opinion, excels the beautifully constructed, eye-candied Kimber.
Ladies and Gentlemen---I present the Sig Sauer 1911, Ultra Compact. Smoother than a baby's behind, more accurate than any 3.3" barreled 45acp has a right to be, and easily capable of demonstrating Sig's claim of being READY, out of the box, without "break-in". Without exaggeration, it felt as though it was almost shooting by itself, with only a little help from me. Accuracy at about 40 feet---small holes were made bigger. Accuracy at the obligatory 7 yards against a man-target-- more deadly than I have ever been with ANY handgun using combat draw/presentation.
And NO--this is not a paid testimonial. I am frankly and absolutely astonished, and also very pleased. Maybe I will become a reasonably decent shot, yet.
Too old to fight, Too old to run, guess that's why I carry a gun!
"would someone show this asshole the way out of town".[Rabbi Avram Belinski-aka "The Frisco Kid"]