Demand for the venerable 1911 pistol remains steady after all these years, and is even increasing in some cases. Numerous new designs in the handgun market have done little to slow the popularity of the 1911 pistol. It remains one of the most concealable, accurate and easy-to-shoot pistols on the market today. Choices abound with numerous compact and even subcompact models available. Top competitors, tactical operators and enthusiasts alike continue to use full-sized 1911 pistols in various calibers and designs to great effect. Any talk of its demise, or even decrease in its popularity, is just that—talk—because the 1911 is selling in record numbers with no indication that will change any time soon.

One of the most popular moves among manufacturers in the last couple years has been to the more-affordable-to-shoot 9mm cartridge, and the 1911 is no exception. Increasingly efficient for self-defense, the 9mm is subsequently becoming the caliber of choice for many. Advances in machining, construction and demand have provided several solid 1911 pistols in this caliber. Easy concealment, soft recoil and incredible accuracy make the 1911 platform an excellent choice for this caliber. Let’s take a quick look at some top choices for 9mm 1911 pistols for self-defense and concealed carry.

 

For More Information

Colt
http://www.colt.com

Dan Wesson
http://cz-usa.com

Kimber America
http://www.kimberamerica.com

Remington
http://www.1911r1.com

Smith & Wesson
http://www.smith-wesson.com

Springfield Armory
http://www.springfield-armory.com

STI
http://www.stiguns.com

Taurus
http://www.taurususa.com

Wilson Combat
http://wilsoncombat.com

 

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This article was originally published in the December 2014 issue of COMBAT HANDGUNS. Subscription is available in print and digital editions below.

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