I’ve spent the last couple of weeks carrying a Ruger SR1911 CMD. While the Commander-length pistol doesn’t seem like it’s that much shorter than a full sized 1911, it is. That 3/4 inch difference in the length of the barrel shouldn’t make a big difference in how the gun handles, but it does. If you’re like me and live with a 5-inch 1911, the Commander length pistols just feel like they’re missing something.
But it has me thinking. What happens when you take the 1911 in the other direction. Lengthen the slide. Stretch it out. Is there a practical difference when the slide is longer?
The look of a 1911 is already intimidating. Adding length just makes a gun look more dangerous. So Hollywood loves the long slide. Is there a difference in performance?