I'm not sure what you mean by "fine". I've got a couple of less expensive guns, a Remington R1 Talo edition and an RIA Match grade. Both are great shooters and more accurate than I am. Having been off to war a time or two myself, the best one for me is the one I have in my hand when the shooting starts. Because I carry these guns on an alternating basis, I do trust my life and the lives of my loved ones with these guns every day.
Do you have Life insurance, health insurance, car insurance, wear a seat belt?
If so why, do you plan to die, get sick, have a car wreck?
A combat model would seem to be the most reliable...
I just look at it as there's "defensive" 1911's and "combat" 1911's, and then the whole range of "target" 1911's, not to mention the "BBQ gun" 1911's and other "braggin' rights" 1911's.
For "combat" I'd have to consider an original M1911A1, or a clone thereof. But definitely a 5" version regardless. For CCW, there's the Commander and Officer versions. For serious social work, I personally think I'd prefer something a little looser, and would stay away from the tight, finely tuned, big dollar race guns. Those are fine for competition and target shooting, where a jam isn't life-threatening. But for battle work, I'd want a pistol that'll still function after being dragged through the mud, and could be washed out with ditch water and be good to go.
I really do better with the Commander style as it balances better in my hand for greater pointability.
As for the best combat 1911 I must go with the WW2 design known by many as the rattler. It had loose tolerances thus it would tattle if you shook it. It kept on going despite dust, sand, snow, or water freezing.
It was all about dependability.
Ditto. If it has a rattle, it's good for battle. I go to church with a Colt Commander.
I am in the market for a fine combat 1911 45auto.
Looking for input from our fine 1911 shooters, smiths and armorers, gun shop workers/owners.
I lean towards the lightweight compact but a commander or FS lightweight would be OK.
Prefer bobbed grip frame for CCW.
Please let me know what you would put your life on the line for an EDC.
Thanks in advance...
If you don't mind owning used guns, you probably can consider Colt Lightweight Commanders. They're great guns. Choose well, get a nice, new Bar-Sto or them Shuemann barrels and maybe do Wilson upgrades and you're good to go. But they don't come bobbed. Just a suggestion.