Question to those carrying a 1911


March 2, 2007, 10:53 AM
I'm looking at purchasing a S&W 1911 commander size. The gun has a fairly large beavertail on it. I was planning on having this be my carry weapon, and would be carrying it IWB (approx. 4:00-5:00 position).

This is a dumb question, but have any of you that carry a 1911 with a beavertail get poked by it? Do you need to carry it a certain way? :o

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March 2, 2007, 11:01 AM
Doesn't poke me. The hammer on the Smith 4506 pokes me, but not the beavertail GS on 1911s.

March 2, 2007, 11:31 AM
A lot of holsters for the 1911 have an extended leather tab to cover the beavertail.

March 2, 2007, 12:03 PM
Non problem.

M2 Carbine
March 2, 2007, 12:13 PM
No, no problem.

March 2, 2007, 12:17 PM problems.

March 2, 2007, 12:29 PM
Nary a problem noted in 40+ years of carrying this particular gem of John Browning's creative talent . . .

March 2, 2007, 01:07 PM
No problem for me either.

March 2, 2007, 01:13 PM
I'm in Los Angeles so don't carry and can't comment on the beavertail issue but I endorse your choice. I have one: it's a great gun. Enjoy.

Chuck R.
March 2, 2007, 01:55 PM
Nope, doesn't bother me, in fact it keeps the hammer out of my side.


Texas Colt
March 2, 2007, 02:28 PM
No problem with either IWB or belt holsters.

I also agree with Chuck, the beavertail keeps the hammer from digging in.

March 2, 2007, 02:50 PM
(M2Carbine, that's the most beautiful thing I've ever seen... FYI that ain't no half cock, kinda dangerous)
I carried a full-sized 1911 for about a month before I went out an bought a Glock. If I had a Fancy little Alum Frame Kimber I probably wouldn't have gone Glock.

Anyway, no I sure never had a problem with getting poked, just a gigantic heavy pistol weighing me down... Get a good holster that'll protect you from pokes.

March 2, 2007, 03:52 PM
Nope, sweat shield provides additional protection.

March 2, 2007, 07:23 PM
I've never thought about the hammer issue: good point. To answer your question it's not something that's ever bothered me or I've ever noticed.

Take care,

March 2, 2007, 09:20 PM
Never an issue.

March 2, 2007, 09:37 PM
Not a problem.

If you're going to go 4.25" you might as well step up and go the full 5".

You're going to anyway, might as well step up today and save your time.

March 3, 2007, 12:12 AM
I have been using a Colt Combat Commander for the last ten years and no problems yet.

With a good holster the beavertail will not dig into you.

I would look into buying good quality holster and belt. Don't go cheap here or you will pay for it in the long run. I tried that route and it sucks. You will need a good quality gun belt that is stiff enough to hold the weight and not sag. You want it to fit you holster's belt loops and not leave mutch slop to move around.

You also will want to look into a mag carrier to match when you get your holster and belt.

good luck:)

Nomad, 2nd
March 3, 2007, 02:35 AM

March 3, 2007, 09:07 AM
Not an issue in my experience....just don't skimp on the right holster adn you'll be okay ;)

Old Fuff
March 3, 2007, 09:29 AM
The Old Fuff never had a problem either...

But then his pistols didn't have a duck-butt grip safety... :neener:

In the unlikely event that the "quacker rear end" :D did cause a problem one could go to a conventional grip safety and then modify the hammer spur to prevent hammer bite.

To each his own... ;)

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