All 1911 Pistols Reviewed - Organized by Title

All 1911 Pistols


Colt .45 XSE Commander 1911 Pistol Colt .45 XSE Commander 1911 Pistol
PerformanceNo Ratings
DurabilityNo Ratings
ConcealabilityNo Ratings
Overall ValueNo Ratings

Reviews of the baby brother of Colt’s XSE line of 1911 pistols. Chambered in .45 AUTO with a magazine capacity of 8 rounds and shipped with a whole host of upgrades as standard equipment, this gun is designed to be a high performance gun that is easier to carry concealed.

Colt .45 XSE Government 1911 Pistol Colt .45 XSE Government 1911 Pistol
Performance44444
Durability44444
Concealability33333
Overall Value44444

The XSE Government 1911 takes a standard 5″ barrel Colt .45 and adds a number of custom upgrades at a discounted price. Feature a beavertail grip safety, front & rear slide serrations, double diamond wood grips, 8 round magazine, aluminum 3-hole trigger, and more.

Colt .45 XSE Lightweight Commander 1911 Pistol Colt .45 XSE Lightweight Commander 1911 Pistol
PerformanceNo Ratings
DurabilityNo Ratings
ConcealabilityNo Ratings
Overall ValueNo Ratings

The XSE Lightweight Commander comes with an aluminum frame while still retaining all of the standard upgrades common to all 1911 pistols in the XSE line. Only available in one finish with 8 round magazines, and ambidextrous safety.

Colt Delta Elite 10mm 1911 Pistol Colt Delta Elite 10mm 1911 Pistol
Performance55555
Durability55555
Concealability2.52.52.52.52.5
Overall Value55555

One of the most powerful 1911 pistols currently in production, the Colt Delta Elite is a reinforced version of John Moses Browning’s classic design. Chambered in 10mm and now only produced in stainless steel. This gun has an 8-round magazine capacity and is needs to be modified for left-handed shooters.

Springfield Armory Black Stainless 1911 Pistol Springfield Armory Black Stainless 1911 Pistol
Performance55555
Durability55555
Concealability33333
Overall Value55555

The Black Stainless version of Springfield Armory’s 1911 pistols includes the traditional set of value packed upgrades that are included on all models in the Loaded lineup and come with a matte black/stainless steel dual tone finish. Chambered in .45 ACP with a 7-round capacity and equipped with either target or combat sights.

Springfield Armory EMP .40 Sub-Compact Pistol Springfield Armory EMP .40 Sub-Compact Pistol
Performance44444
Durability44444
Concealability33333
Overall Value44444

Reviews for the 8-shot Springfield Armory EMP in .40 Smith & Wesson. Nearly identical in form and function to the EMP-9. Includes ambidextrous safety, cross-drilled trigger, 3-dot combat sights, aluminum frame, and a stainless/black anodized bi-tone finish.

Springfield Armory EMP 9mm Sub-Compact Pistol Springfield Armory EMP 9mm Sub-Compact Pistol
Performance4.754.754.754.754.75
Durability55555
Concealability4.754.754.754.754.75
Overall Value4.54.54.54.54.5

Given the 2007 American Handgunner “Gun of the Year” award, the Springfield Armory 9mm EMP is a compact 1911 pistol designed specifically to work with short action cartridges like the 9mm. Comes with three 9 round magazines, sports a lightweight frame, and bi-tone finish as well as a host of other upgrades.