September 11, 2009, 07:17 PM
being offered these for trade. Need a ccw. I like the 1911 platform and firepower. I like the ss finish and the shrouded hammer on the 649 but hate the looks of the gun. Anyone carried these? I know alot carry the 1911 but am wondering about the 649. Plan on carrying iwb most of the time
September 11, 2009, 07:22 PM
Looks won't get you home in one piece at the end of the night. A gun that you'll actually carry all the time will.
Go with the 649.
September 11, 2009, 09:49 PM
I started carrying a blued 49 in 1975 as my backup. Carried it everyday, all day, until 1995 when I got a deal on a 649. I've been carrying the 649 ever since. I also had a nickle Model 38 for a while until a guy offerred me way more than I had in it and what it was worth so I parted with it. I won't part with either my 49 or 649.
Don't worry about what it looks like. You're not carrying for looks. Personally I like the looks of the humpback.
September 16, 2009, 01:02 PM
I have a Springfield Loaded 1911, a Rock Island compact 1911, and a Ruger LCR (yes, I know it's not the revolvers in question...bear with me a moment).
The Springer is a safe queen. I've carried it one time.
The RI gets an outing every now and then when I'm in shorts & long-tailed shirt. It's my "day off and I'm feeling tough" gun.
My Ruger LCR is in my pocket each working day, at night when I go places, and for the quick dash to the grocery store. It's light, unobtrusive, and - best of all - drops into the pocket as fast as my car keys. The 1911 needs a holster, a heavy belt, and - for me - a long shirt. I won't part with either 1911, but the Ruger is my constant companion.