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#6873741 - 08/30/17 12:18 PM If you had to choose...
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Between these two. Which would it be?

Springfield EMP 3inch chambered in 9mm

Colt Defender 3 inch stainless. 9mm as well.

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#6873750 - 08/30/17 12:30 PM Re: If you had to choose... [Re: janie]
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They are both a 1911 style pistol, so not much real difference between the 2.
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#6873752 - 08/30/17 12:31 PM Re: If you had to choose... [Re: janie]
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#6873772 - 08/30/17 12:51 PM Re: If you had to choose... [Re: janie]
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Functionally, not much difference. I'd choose the Colt because I like Colts, but that's not a very good reason really.

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#6873814 - 08/30/17 01:31 PM Re: If you had to choose... [Re: janie]
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Colt.
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#6873844 - 08/30/17 02:07 PM Re: If you had to choose... [Re: janie]
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Yup Colt..

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#6873864 - 08/30/17 02:30 PM Re: If you had to choose... [Re: janie]
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Neither. 1911's were designed for longer slide travel. Chopping them off to 3" make them really prone to jams and finicky on ammo. Much better compact 9mm pistols on the market.

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#6873870 - 08/30/17 02:33 PM Re: If you had to choose... [Re: janie]
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I carry a Defender in 45 and have no problem with it. Just felt better in my hand.
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#6873873 - 08/30/17 02:36 PM Re: If you had to choose... [Re: janie]
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If I had to pick a 1911, it would be a Colt with a proper Commander or Govt length barrel.

If I had to pick a "1911-ish" gun that has a better chance of being reliable with 9mm and a 3" barrel, I'd pick the EMP. There is a reason most folks advise against shorter than 4" barrels in 1911's. I am sure someone will chime in with some "200 flawless round" exceptions. But the general consensus points to shorter barrels in a true 1911 design being less than reliable.

I am not an expert on EMP's, but it seems like they have made enough modifications to the original design for it to be a bit more reliable with short barrels and non-.45acp ammo.

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#6873941 - 08/30/17 03:33 PM Re: If you had to choose... [Re: janie]
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I had a Defender that wouldn't feed factory ammo

chamber dimension not to spec... I returned it for being defective

based on that exp. I vote for EMP

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#6873950 - 08/30/17 03:39 PM Re: If you had to choose... [Re: janie]
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GReat points... probably best to try a 4" barrel 1911 for reliability purposes.

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#6873957 - 08/30/17 03:45 PM Re: If you had to choose... [Re: janie]
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I owned a defender in 45, and an emp in 40. Both shot well, but had to adjust the extractor on the defender to make it feed right. Currently have a para elite carry 3 inch in 45, and have had no issues with failure to feed or jams of any kind, and it has alot of rounds shot through. Think either one would be fine for you, but might want to check on magazines, i think the emp has its own magazine, and not any 1911 9mm mag will work.

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#6873970 - 08/30/17 03:55 PM Re: If you had to choose... [Re: janie]
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1911 and 9mm just seems wrong to me...

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#6874039 - 08/30/17 05:11 PM Re: If you had to choose... [Re: janie]
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Springfield does short 1911's really good. you might look over on the 1911forum. they have sections for each manufacture
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#6874084 - 08/30/17 05:53 PM Re: If you had to choose... [Re: janie]
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I'd choose the Colt because I like them better than Springfield. I have no idea why I like them better though.
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