I’ve recently written a blog on the most expensive 1911 models on the market today, but today, I’m going to go through the top 5 selling 1911’s. When I think of 1911 pistol, I instantly think of Springfield and how they created the design that we all know and love. With more gun companies creating the famous model ever year, the 1911 has evolved into more than just a law enforcement pistol. We will highlight the Springfield 1911 EMP CCW, Springfield 1911 Loaded Operator, Sig Sauer Emperor Scorpion, Ruger SR1911, and the Kimber 1911 Custom TLE. These 5 pistols sell so fast that you most likely won’t be able to find these on the shelf for long, so if you see one, grab it!

 

1. Springfield 1911 EMP CCW

The Springfield 1911 Enhanced Micro Pistol (EMP) is built to be the answer for anyone who thinks a full-size 1911 is too big and the compact size of the 911 is too small. The EMP is incredibly light (1.9 lbs) and features a shortened length to 7.5″ overall. This is the only pistol on the list that is chambered for a 9mm bullet. This is also the only pistol on the list that can be easily carried as a CCW. The barrel is made from a Bull Match-Grade stainless steel barrel for enhanced accuracy, regardless of the shorter barrel. One of the other features that stands out immediately is the reduced grip radius to accommodate smaller hands and give the shooter more control. The EMP has an ambidextrous thumb safety lever and comes with 3 9-round magazines. The 4″ barrel model also comes with a very unique grip, called the Posi-Lock that is designed to establish an unbreakable grip. 

Specs:

Caliber 9mm
Class Compact
Capacity 10+1
Barrel Length 4″
Length 7.5″
Weight 31oz/ 1.94 lbs
Sights 3-dot iron w/ fiber optic front and white dot rear
Grip Standard
Trigger Standard
Safety Manual Thumb
Finish Forged Stainless Steel, Satin Finish
MSRP $1,100

Where Can I Buy The Springfield EMP?

  1. Palmetto State Armory
  2. RK Guns
  3. Gun Broker

Springfield Armory 1911 EMP 4" Concealed Carry Contour 9mm Pistol - PI9229L

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2. Springfield 1911 Loaded Operator

The Springfield 1911 Loaded Operator is so popular because of the features it offers, such as the widened blended mag well for rapid reloads. The G10 synthetic grip is designed to provide an unbreakable grip on the pistol in any environmental condition you’ll face in the real world (snow, rain, humidity, dirt). Chambered for a .45 Auto with a 5″ stainless steel Match-Grade barrel, this pistol provides the stopping power and durability needed to ensure you’ll kill what you hit. It’s built with the awesome no-snag tactical sights that include 3 tritium vials for shooting in low-light situations. This Springfield features an integral Picatinny Rail system to accommodate lights and lasers to further enhance the capabilities of the gun. I love this gun because of the features, but more importantly, the lightweight hammer. Some may not like a light trigger pull on such a powerful pistol, but it will improve your accuracy with the 5 lb pull. 

Specs:

Caliber .45 Auto
Class Full-size
Capacity 7+1
Barrel Length 5″
Length 8.6″
Weight 34 oz./ 2.13 lbs
Sights 3-Dot Combat Low Profile Tritium
Grip Cocobolo
Trigger Long Aluminum Match Grade, 5 – 6 lbs.
Safety Ambidextrous Manual/Grip
Finish Black Hardcoat Anodized Aluminum/Stainless Steel
Condition New in Box
MSRP  1,210.00

 

Where Can I Buy The Springfield 1911 Loaded Operator?

  1. Palmetto State Armory
  2. RK Guns
  3. Gun Broker

 

Springfield Armory 1911 .45 ACP Loaded Operator Pistol, OD Green

 

 

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3. Sig Sauer 1911 Emperor Scorpion

The Sig Sauer Emperor Scorpion is chambered for .45 Auto and is coated in the popular Flat Dark Earth (FDE) finish on its alloy frame and stainless steel slide. It’s built with a Picatinny Accessory Rail for adding lights or lasers to improve the versatility of the pistol. One new feature is the Hogue G-10 Piranha mag well grips that were designed to improve the control during rapid firing. It’s built with a thumb-safety on the left side of the pistol for right-handed shooters, but can be manipulated by us lefties without any issue. Sig also incorporated forward serrations for easier manipulation of the slide. 

Specs:

Caliber .45 Auto
Class Full-size
Capacity 8+1
Barrel Length 5″
Length 8.7″
Weight 41.6oz/ 2.6 lbs
Sights SIGLITE
width 1.4″
Grip Hogue G-10 Piranha mag well grips
Trigger Skelontinized Aluminum
Safety Thumb and Grip
Finish FDE PVD
MSRP $1,100

Where Can I Buy The Sig Sauer Emperor Scorpion?

  1. Palmetto State Armory
  2. RK Guns
  3. Gun Broker

 

SIG Sauer 1911 Pistol Emperor Scorpion Full-Size .45 FDE

 

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4. Ruger SR1911 Commander Style 

The Ruger SR1911 Commander Style pistol can be either chambered in the .45 Auto or 9mm, depending on your purpose and comfort level. The frame and slide are CNC-machined for absolute precision in the slide to frame fit. This process is expensive and time-consuming, but the slide on this 1911 is smoother than most other slides and increases the longevity of the pistol by causing less wear. The trigger is especially impressive with its crisp, light pull weight, positive reset, and no creep. I really like the grip and manual safety combination because it helps prevent accidental discharges, especially with a lighter trigger pull. To add to the great features of this gun is the oversized ejection port for better feeding and extraction for a more reliable shooting experience.

Specs:

Caliber .45 Auto
Class Full-size
Capacity 7+1
Barrel Length 4.25″
Length 7.75″
Weight 36.4 oz/ 2.27 LBS
Sights 3 Dot Adjustable
Grip Over-sized Beavertail 
Trigger Skeletonized aluminum 
Safety Thumb and Grip
Finish Stainless Steel
MSRP  939.00

 

Where Can I Buy The Ruger SR1911 Commander Style

  1. Palmetto State Armory
  2. RK Guns
  3. Gun Broker

 

 

Ruger SR1911 Commander Style .45 ACP Pistol - 6702

 

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5. Kimber Custom 1911 Tactical Law Enforcement (TLE)

Kimber America is one of my favorite gun companies that typically only the most avid gun owners know about. Kimber is normally a very expensive gun, regardless of the model, but it’s for good reason. The Kimber Custom 1911 TLE is specifically designed for police officers and federal agents who need to rely on the pistol to save lives. The TLE is built with an incredibly light 4 lb trigger pull to ensure a clean and crisp pull to improve accuracy. I believe the Kimber TLE II has the best trigger of any 1911 on this list and improves my accuracy round after round. It’s a little heavy, but the width is perfect for any hand size and provides an awesome long line of sight with the 8.7″ overall length. 

Specs:

Caliber .45 Auto
Class Full-size
Capacity 7+1
Barrel Length 5″
Length 8.7″
Weight 38 oz/ 2.38 lbs
Sights 3 Dot Adjustable
width 1.28″
Height 5.25″
Trigger Match Grade Aluminum, 4-5 lbs pull
Twist Rate 1:16 LH
Safety Thumb and Grip
Finish Stainless Steel
MSRP  939.00

 

Where Can I Buy The Kimber 1911 Custom TLE II?

  1. Palmetto State Armory
  2. Gun Broker

Kimber Custom TLE II 5" .45 ACP/AUTO

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Sig Sauer 45 Auto/ACP 200 GR JHP V-Crown Elite Performance

I chose the Sig Sauer Jacketed Hollow Point (JHP) V-Crown bullet because of the overall performance of the bullet. The hollow point round is specifically designed for self-defense against soft tissue (human body). Sig built the V-shaped jacket to provide a more controlled and uniform expansion upon impact for maximum damage. It’s made with a low-flash propellant to improve the ballistics and reduce the felt-recoil from each time you fire a bullet. The Casing is built from Nickle to prevent any corrosion and to help with consistent and reliable feeding and extraction. Finally, the cannelure is toothed halfway up the shank to lock in and ensure maximum weight retention and terminal expansion. 

 

Sig Sauer 45 Auto/ACP 200gr JHP V-Crown Elite Performance Ammunition 20rds - E45AP1-20

 

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Hornady 45 Auto 185 GR XTP American Gunner

Hornady is one of the most trusted names in ammunition because of the effort and technology they put into each bullet. The eXtreme Terminal Performance (XTP) is specifically designed to improve accuracy and provide superior ballistics. At 185 grain, the American Gunner is heavy, but still provides an incredible velocity of 911 fps at 50 yards. This increases the accuracy over range for this bullet and gives it the versatility to be used for self-defense, varmint hunting, or target practice. Each casing, jacket, and propellant are inspected by hand fro the professionals at Hornady before they are put into the box to be sold. I’m confident that if you buy the American Gunner .45 Auto, you’ll buy a versatile, and most importantly, dependable bullet for your protection needs. Hornady 45 Auto/ACP 185gr XTP American Gunner Bulk Ammunition, 60 Round Box - 90907

 

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Conclusion

The Springfield EMP is one of the most popular 1911 model pistols because it’s chambered in a 9mm (less expensive), has a much lower felt-recoil, and is the only one on the list that is concealable for everyone. The Springfield Loaded Operator pistol is another great buy because the match-grade trigger is exceptional and offers the shooter more control for a heavier gun. It’s also lighter than any other .45 Auto on the list and comes with an ambidextrous safety lever and Picatinny rail for laser and light attachments. The Sig Sauer Emperor Scorpion has the best grip of any of the 1911’s on the list and the FDE finish really makes this gun beautiful. The Ruger SR1911 offers the smoothest operation of any other 1911 and a phenomenal trigger pull. Finally, the Kimber TLE is a police officer’s dream gun with enough stopping power for any assailant, regardless of what drug they’re on or their size. The trigger on the TLE is the best trigger of any 1911 and really shows out with the improved accuracy and control.

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