Carrying a full sized 1911-concealed??


February 15, 2009, 06:29 AM
I just bought a full sized Taurus PT-1911 and a Desantis Fletch holster to go with it. Wearing it around the house it feels pretty comfortable and, with a long shirt on, I have no doubt that I can conceal it pretty well. I am considering carrying it at least some of the time, though I really have no need as I carry a Glock in an IWB daily. I find that carrying IWB has a couple of advantages. Your pants help beak up the outline of the gun as well as keep the holster from peeking out from below your cover garment. Having the gun inside the waist band also helps suck the gun in close to your side so the butt tends not to protrude as much. So, my question is simply this, which IWB holsters would you recommend for a 5 inch 1911. I would like one that has a fair amount of forward cant like the Fletch. Let me know what works for you guys.

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February 15, 2009, 09:05 AM
I have heard good things about the Milt Sparks Summer Special for IWB. I am trying to find one on eBay for my K9.

February 15, 2009, 11:05 AM
I have been using a Galco Summer Comfort which is similar in design to the Milt Sparks mentioned above. It has worked well for me.

February 15, 2009, 11:17 AM
A Sparks Summer Special works for me.

February 15, 2009, 11:35 AM
I've been using a Kramer IWB #2 for over 10 years now. It is very similar to the Sparks Summer Special.

February 15, 2009, 11:44 AM
Sparks Heritage- Limited. It's on the new products page.

February 15, 2009, 12:00 PM
After using a Summer special, Rafter-S IWB and a Kramer #2, my best IWB is a Sparks VM II.

Pricy and hard to get but well worth the effort.

If you wear a good pair of suspenders, almost anything will work OK, however the top of the line Sparks and Kramer only need a sturdy belt.

February 15, 2009, 12:59 PM
Although I don't carry a full size 1911. I sometimes carry a Ruger P345 in a Kirkpatrick Hidden Defense. Very comfortable, and has a good forward cant.

February 15, 2009, 01:52 PM
When I carry a fullsize 1911 I use a don Hume P.C.C.H. it is pretty comfortable and reasonably priced.
I made the mistake of carrying my new STI Spartan with brand new checkered grips it kinda chafs the old fat roll.

February 15, 2009, 03:04 PM
I like the look of Milt Sparks VM2 as well as the Kirkpatrick hidden defense. There are others that I like the look of but those are the two that I can afford so far.

February 15, 2009, 03:04 PM
+1 for the Galco Summer Comfort. I also use a Comp-Tac Infidel.

February 15, 2009, 04:42 PM made mine had made for a Commander open bottom so my gov works to.

February 15, 2009, 09:54 PM
Anything Sparks. Brownells stocks the Summer Special II. I highly recommend it. A great holster and no wait.


February 15, 2009, 09:59 PM
Another +1 for the Milt Sparks VMII, but I'm one who isn't comfortable at all carrying a 5" 1911.
I carry a Commander in a VMII, and the slightly less barrel length makes all the difference in the world for IWB carry.

February 15, 2009, 10:09 PM
Tucker Texas Heritage or Milt Sparks.

I found the opposite of the above poster. For me a 5" 1911 was much more comfortable than a commander when carried IWB.

February 15, 2009, 10:28 PM
Another vote for Sparks VMII. My recent one took 25 wks, but it was for a new model, HK45c, that the Sparks dealers did not have in stock. Give Craig at a call as he might have one in stock.

February 16, 2009, 11:50 AM
The Bianchi 100 Professional is working good for me.
A good belt is a must

February 16, 2009, 12:21 PM
I use a highnoon bare asset. its an IWB with 15degree cant. its cheap but I like it better than the more expensive ones. I carry my full size double stacked 1911. it conceals quite well.

February 16, 2009, 12:51 PM
This is a Ross Medium frame Auto IWB holster/ Modified.
I removed the Thick bulky belt loop that Connected to the Bottom of the Holster ( you can see where it attached in the Pic).
This is Very Comfortable, I can move it to any Position. It stays in position cuz of the leather Grain sticking out Gripping inside of Pants. It stays so well I don't use a belt Sometimes.


February 16, 2009, 01:19 PM
Andrews Leather McDaniel II. I should be receiving mine any day now.

Zach S
February 16, 2009, 02:51 PM
Sparks Summer Special II

March 7, 2009, 10:18 PM
+1 for Andrews.

March 8, 2009, 11:06 AM
Another vote for the VM II. These holsters work that well.

March 8, 2009, 11:46 AM I use these IWB's exclusively and love them. I have tried many others but nothing works as well for me. I can comfortably conceal a fullsize USP or my HK45 with no problems. For me IWB is ideal when you can get away with it.

March 8, 2009, 12:03 PM
I have a bladetech IWB holster in kydex for my 5" Rock Island tactical. Even knowing where my to look, several people couldnt notice anything out of the ordinary.

March 8, 2009, 12:42 PM
Should try these out. They are kind of a dark horse of IWB holsters. Good product and good price and you dont have the wait time of Milt Sparks.

March 8, 2009, 03:47 PM
Milt Sparks #Axiom - FBI Cant OWB w/1 1/2" MS Belt.
I usually wear a multi-pocket vest over a T-shirt/polo shirt or
long sleeved shirt - depends on the season.

Dan Crocker
March 8, 2009, 05:01 PM
The great thing about 1911s is how slim they are. A good IWB or pancake holster that hugs the gun to the body and the gun is GONE. Seriously, they hide very nicely.

March 8, 2009, 10:09 PM
Crossbreed and bladetech make good IWB rigs.
I have a Crossbreed for my FNP45.
I found a new company making nice leather rigs.

I am getting the Black Ops model.
DESCRIPTION: IWB, OWB, Canted Pancake Design, 1 1/2 belt loop, Cocked & Locked, 6 Position Adjustable IWB. 1 Position OWB. Pre Molded Curve.

March 10, 2009, 05:24 AM
I have a Milt Sparks VM II and a Galco Royal Guard, which is similar to the Galco Summer Special, except it's made from Horse hide.

Both are extremely comfortable.

March 10, 2009, 09:38 AM
Milt Sparks Summer Special II. Brownell's has them IN STOCK, no waiting. I sure like mine for my commander sized 1911. It's now my favorite carry setup.

Milt Sparks VMII as others have said. It's probably the best. I have one for my Glock 19 and my Springfield Champion and they're great. You will be waiting, however, and paying top dollar.

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