Chris, they are a good deal smaller then the full sized 1911's. But having the double stack allows them to carry 12 plus 1 :shock:
The slide is normal and so is the frame until you hit the mag well area, then it widens ~ but not by much. The beavertail is wider, but I don't see the need. The grip frame area is enough for someone with good sized hands to be very comfortable. The stainless model shown has some weight to it, so I don't expect it to be a recoil monster. I managed to grab a used P14 mag and it functions perfectly. The other plus are the TruDot sights. These really work well for my aging eyes.
If this one runs well, I may be looking at a P14. They would make a great carry pair, with the P12 able to run on the P14's mags....
Well, it didn't start out good
Minute of Pie Plate at 15 yards....Flyers everywhere. Now, I know how to handle a 1911 with the best of them, but this is a compact double stack....something I have no experience with. After the first mag, I adjusted my hold ~ not good. I tried different ammo, ~ just as bad. By the third mag I was pretty discouraged. Then I noticed the rear sight was way off the centerline of the gun. Oooops, nobody had tighted the set screw and it was bouncing around with every cycle..
Centered it and tightened down. Immediately she settled into a nice 4" group shooting offhand at 15 yards. I expect that once I run about 500 rounds of hardball through her she'll be a 2" gun. Not bad for a compact.
Operation was absolutely flawless. It ate my reloads and factory fodder without a single hiccup. The weight of the gun certainly tames the recoil. The fact that it is higher capacity then my full-size single stacks doesn't hurt. And it fed the full size mags I bought equally as well...