1911s are fun guns, and that is usually how I see them. The design is over a hundred years old so I place it with the Colt SAA, and the Remington 1858. Meaning old guns that are fun to shoot, but not my choice for concealed carry. I don’t mean to ruffle feathers but the 1911 is an ancient design and not my first choice for defensive use. However, I’m beginning to see a few benefits to the overall design. The Taylor 9mm 1911 compact is a simple weapon with a simple cause. It combines the advantages of the 1911 platform in a small and concealable package.

The Taylor 1911 9mm Compact Overview

The Taylor 1911 9mm compact is not a plain jane G.I. 1911. It’s a well built, good looking gun packed with features. It has a bull barrel, a combat hammer, a skeletonized trigger and extended beaver tail. The wood grips are attractive and held in place with hex screws which I like. It’s a bushing-less design with stainless steel guide rod.

Taylor 1911 Compact 9mm
Skeletonized Trigger

A 1911 for carry?

My normal complaints with the 1911 platform are its large size with its relatively low capacity and high weight factor. The Taylor 9mm 1911 compact aims to reduce size and weight while keeping a respectable capacity. My day to day concealed carry is a Walther PPS with a 7 round magazine. The Taylor matches that capacity, with a similar sized platform. The biggest difference being weight. However, weight is not always a disadvantage in my opinion. I don’t mind a little extra weight if it means a little less recoil. This is likely because I’m a machine gunner at heart, and more weight means less recoil and easier shooting. During my Taylor 9mm 1911 compact review, I’ve found the weight to be comforting. At 2.43 pounds it’s no lightweight.