Carrying a 1911


May 27, 2011, 07:17 AM
Pretty simple who carries concealed a full size 1911 and how? I have never carried outside of hunting or military purposes and those were open. I will be getting back one of my old 1911's and might think about carrying it.

No I can't get a carry model. Sorry, but the wife rules the budget not me.

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May 27, 2011, 07:46 AM
IWB, right hip.

May 27, 2011, 07:52 AM
i carry a full size 2 in fact (not both at the same time lol)and i have no problems at all,
as you know good belt and holster a must. owb is the way i carry summer time in texas,
just a longer tee shirt covers everything well

May 27, 2011, 07:54 AM
IWB, Crossbreed Supertuck current favorite.

May 27, 2011, 08:24 AM
I shoot 1991's in both bullseye and the practical pistol games. I appreciate their accuracy and the superbly tuned SA triggers. However fior self defense purposes I want a pistiol without an external hammer or safgeties thus I choose Glock's, S&W M&P's and the Kahr line. I carried a Glock 36 for several years but finally opted for a Kahr PM-9 in a pocket holster. The S&W M&P's and other Glocks are either at my bedside or in the car.

May 27, 2011, 09:10 AM
crossbreed or milt sparks summer special or versa max

May 27, 2011, 10:00 AM
Milt Sprks Summer Special 3:30-4:00. I just ordered a Wilderness 5 Stitch. I'll try it out today.

May 27, 2011, 10:11 AM
I am not a fan of carrying m1911's cocked and locked because I had the safety bump off in concealed carry. This is not uncommon, if you search you will find others who have had the same experience.

If you plan to carry a M1911 I am of the opinion you should find a holster that has a strap between the hammer and frame so if the hammer is jarred off, or the safety is bumped off, there is a secondary protection device.

I also believe the holster should cover the trigger guard so you cannot stick your finger in there as you pull the pistol out. It is too easy to hook your finger on the trigger during withdrawal, good holster design will keep your finger off the trigger upon presentation and prevent you from shooting yourself in the butt if the safety was accidentally bumped off.

You should also practice enough so that you always take the safety "off" and you should ride the safety with your thumb so you don't accidentally bump the thing "on" when you want to be shooting.

May 27, 2011, 10:24 AM
Comp-Tac Minotaur has been very nice for my 5".

IWB at 4o'clock

May 27, 2011, 10:26 AM
With many of the modern holsters, that isn't a big problem. If the safety is bumped off, the grip safety still isn't engaged. But, playing devil's advocate and assuming safey off and grip safety depressed, a 1911 with a 4 1/2 - 5 lb. trigger wouldn't be any different than having a Glock in your holster.

May 27, 2011, 10:26 AM
I carry a 1911 (either a Wilson Combat CQB Compact or Springfield TRP full size) concealed IWB right hip. The only time I've had issues with the thumb safety getting knocked off inadvertently is when something knocks against the right side ambi-safety lever. If you're a righty and you carry strong side, I'd highly recommend a single sided safety to curtail the possibility of this happening.

May 27, 2011, 12:08 PM
Les Baer TRS IWB Kramer holster right side between 4 & 5 oclock.

May 27, 2011, 04:28 PM
A good IWB holster for summer, and a good OWB holster for the winter. Sorry I cannot comment on brands, because each person has a different taste and priceline. I will add this though: get a good gun belt and a holster that is wide with two belt holes. The single hole holsters don't work very well, in my experience, because they tend to slide around on the belt.

May 27, 2011, 04:36 PM
I don't often carry a 1911, but I have carried both a Springfield Champion Operator, and an RIA GI 1911A1, both in the OWB holster that came with the Springfield.

May 27, 2011, 04:43 PM
I can't believe someone who carries CCW's a Glock doesn't think a 1911 is safe.

May 27, 2011, 05:01 PM
I carry using a Milt Sparks VM2 on a 'The Beltman' belt. asterisk/1asterisk6.jpg

May 27, 2011, 05:01 PM
In Ohio, three out of four seasons you can get away with wearing a light jacket or heavier. I'm a fan of the shoulder holster for full size carry of any style.

May 27, 2011, 05:15 PM
I carry in a Galco Miami Classic under a 5.11 vest or IWB in a Galco NS3

May 27, 2011, 05:22 PM

"I am not a fan of carrying m1911's cocked and locked because I had the safety bump off in concealed carry. This is not uncommon, if you search you will find others who have had the same experience. "

No need to panic over it. The grip safety still blocks the trigger and the half-cock would grab the sear and stop the hammer if the both hooks failed, which is highly unlikely. The manual safety only blocks the sear. It doesn't block the hammer. If the sear should suddenly disintegrate into dust...which is even more unlikely than having both hammer hooks shear off...the hammer would fall...and it would wipe the safety off faster than you can with your thumb.

Resist Evil
May 27, 2011, 05:35 PM
I've carried a full size 1911 successfully in a Milt Sparks Versa Max II and in a Sparks CC-AT. The first is an IWB holster and the second is for OWB.

I've carried a 1911 pistol for over ten years in a wide variety of holster brands, materials, and styles. Not once has a thumb safety been moved without me having moved it on purpose.

Thank you for your service, sir.

May 27, 2011, 05:37 PM
STI Ranger II, Comp Tac Minotaur
Right hip, 4 o'clock.

May 27, 2011, 05:46 PM
IWB in a Sparks VM2--and I'm not a big guy.

May 27, 2011, 06:38 PM
If you plan to carry a M1911 I am of the opinion you should find a holster that has a strap between the hammer and frame...

Generally referred to as a "Shoot me first," holster.

Red Cent
May 27, 2011, 08:53 PM
Bianchi #3 IWB. circa 70s. Safariland #3 OWB. Depends on the weather.

May 27, 2011, 09:05 PM
Crossbreed Supertuck.

Get a good stiff belt. Leather with Kydex stiffeners inside works well. Get a leather hole punch from harbor freight so you can adjust the belt "just right".

May 27, 2011, 10:41 PM
Can't carry in IL. When I go out to the range I go IWB with a crossbreed supertuck.

May 27, 2011, 11:08 PM
I carry a springfield micro compact 1911 in either a galco Summer comfort , or a Desantis cozy partner . as far as condition ? Chamber loaded, hammer back safety on. (condition 1) I've been carrying that gun like that for 5 years on and off . and have never had the safety disengage .

May 28, 2011, 02:08 PM
Unless it's just way too hot, I use a BDU type shirt over a t-shirt, and carry a full size 1911 or other full frame gun in a Sparks over the belt 55BN. Mine is a straight drop, and I wear it on the weak side as a cross draw (I am left handed). Makes vehicle access easy, and I can move it slightly forward or back for access or better concealment. There used to be a lot of negativity for crossdraw when I was a cop, but now that I am not daily worrying about close contact/arrest/snatches, etc, it is not a hassle. A tad slower than strong side carry, the benefits mentioned above (particularly access when in a vehicle), is more than worth it. Also, I find it more comfortable, and easier to make sure that nothing is draping improperly (exposing the gun). Also easier to draw with either hand.

May 28, 2011, 05:13 PM
I can carry my Springfield Champion .45 without a holster in my zipped pocket of my shorts and you cannot tell it's there.

May 31, 2011, 10:48 PM
Thanks for all the replies. I am looking at them now that I have the pistol.

My brother had an old 1911 of mine and I found a Glock he wanted, so we traded. I spent the weekend showing him why I would never choose a Glock over a 1911.

June 1, 2011, 12:31 AM
Another plug for the Milt Sparks VMII. Good stuff.

June 1, 2011, 08:30 AM
Recently I've been carrying a full size Sig 1911 with a rail in one of D.M. Bullard's Bodyguard holsters ( I bought one he had in stock for the Taurus PT1911 and it fits perfectly. Couldn't be happier!

June 1, 2011, 06:13 PM
Comp-Tac Minotaur has been very nice for my 5".

+1 for the Comp-Tac Minotaur. I conceals my fullsize (5") 1911 very well. I have no worries about carrying "cocked and locked" with this holster and it really does a great job of concealment (I get much better concealment with my 1911 in this holster than with an XD 45 Compact in a pancake OWB holster). I plan to get a new kydex insert (a nice feature of the Minotaur) from Comp-Tac (I believe about $36) so that I can swap between the 1911 and the XD easily.

Vern Humphrey
June 1, 2011, 06:34 PM
I carry a full-sized M1911 (currently a Kimber Custom Classic, before that an M1927 Argentine, and before that a Remington Rand. And before that a true Colt M1911 made before WWI.)

I carry in a holster of my own design.

June 1, 2011, 07:09 PM
Depending on what I'm wearing, but usually OWB on the right hip, covered by a tshirt or jacket.

June 1, 2011, 07:21 PM
+1 Crossbreed Super Tuck Condition 1 I have carried a full and compact RIA 1911 that way for a few years without issue. The Super Tuck is the most comfortable holster I have ever owned and will only use them from now on.

June 1, 2011, 09:26 PM
IWB 3:30-4:00 in a Lobo Gun Leather holster.


June 2, 2011, 05:57 PM
My favorites are a Milt sparks summer special or the Alessi talon

June 25, 2011, 04:19 PM
IWB is pretty much the only way for me.

June 26, 2011, 12:06 AM
Milt Sparks Summer Special 2 in stock at Brownells

June 26, 2011, 02:54 AM
Kimber custom II, Crossbreed Supertuck. I had misplaced mine, and I was using a Serpa on the belt, it worked, but the Crossbreed is so much more comfortable.

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