he Taurus 1911 Commander, introduced this year by the Brazilian gun maker, is sized just right for concealed carry and self defense while leaving plenty of grip frame to hold onto. It's price is also attractive, but Taurus didn't skimp on features, including everything you'd expect from a modern 1911-platform pistol, along with a bevy of safety features. Keep reading to see how the new Taurus stacks up against its predecessors and how it faired at the range. First, Some History One might think that Colt had a compact and subcompact model in the works after introducing the full size, 5-inch barrel 1911 at the beginning of the 20th century, but back in the day, there was less clamor for multiple sizes of the same pistol and the U.S. military was also set up for one sidearm and one sidearm only. But after the end of World War II, the brass began changing their minds about that, and Colt was ready to answer.