It's a Citadel 1911A1-45CS, bought for Buy A Gun Day. The lovely and concealable Mrs. Borepatch already had gotten her very concealable SIG 230 in .380 ACP; I kind of had my heart set on some flavor of 1911.
The problem with the 1911, of course, is that they're pretty large for concealed carry. While the Springfield Armory model never failed to make me drool, something in the back of my head kept whispering that it was big - maybe too big to comfortably carry. And so I found that I kept looking, and looking.
And then one day I stopped in at the local gun store, and they had this. It's made by Rock Island, so it's on the low end, but it had quite a lot going for it:
- It's solid. Steel frame, feels a bit like a tank. It's 2.2 lbs unloaded, and it's much smaller than a GI spec 1911.
- Did I mention that it's small? This has the normal 1911 thinness that I like, but it's also a bit less tall than GI spec and a lot shorter at less than 7½". The voice in the back of my head whispered that I might indeed carry this.
- It's stainless, which I prefer over blue (although this isn't a huge deal).
- It has a good price point (Rock Island).
Sure, it's not a Colt, but you have to start somewhere, and the size and solidity seemed to make it worth taking a chance. And so I did.
As to accuracy - it's a 1911. First shot at 8 yards. Needless to say, it shoots better than I do, although long time readers will know that doesn't say much.
Range Report when I get a chance to give it a real range day, and a good detail strip/cleaning.