Compact 1911-style pistols in 9mm have been a popular niche gun for decades. Combining the cartridge and platform hasn’t always been a success, but modern guns have gone a long way to work out any of the problems in the mating of this pistol size and cartridge. Currently, there are a number of compact 9mm 1911 pistols on the market that range in features from the plain to the exotic. Similarly, prices run from less than $600 to nearly $4,000—and that’s before customizations. Here’s a look at some of the guns currently available.


Colt Defender

Dan Wesson ECO

Kimber Stainless Ultra Carry II

Nighthawk Custom T4

Rock Island Armory Rock Standard CS

Springfield Armory EMP

Sig Sauer 1911 Traditional Ultra

Wilson Combat Ultralight Carry Sentinel


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