1911 carry


Chocolate Bayou
February 21, 2014, 10:34 AM
Does anyone carry 5" 1911 on belt holster and is it a problem to conceal?

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February 21, 2014, 10:55 AM
Yes I do No it isn't.
I normally carry in a White Hat IWB but occasionally carry in a Kydex OWB belt slide on holster that conceals easy enough with a jacket or one of the fleece lined long sleeve shirts I usually wear in the fall and winter.

February 21, 2014, 11:14 AM
I used to carry one in a Fobus paddle OWB, with a vest or light jacket it's no problem to conceal. I now carry a Springfield Lightweight Champion, it's 10 oz lighter than a Government model, and therefore much more comfortable to carry all day, and it too is no trouble to conceal.

Outlaw Man
February 21, 2014, 11:17 AM
I used to carry one in a Galco similar to the FLETCH, if it wasn't that model. I don't have it handy.

Either way, it was just fine as long as your cover garment is long enough. That's the biggest issue on longer barreled guns.

February 21, 2014, 11:20 AM
I often do and there is no problem. The better the holster the easier it is to conceal.


February 21, 2014, 11:27 AM
Current edc is a 5" rock island 45 cal, and i find it fairly easy to conceal. The grip of a full size 1911 is fairly short and quite thin compared to a lot of other service-size autos, and tends to disappear (on my body) under an XL polo or button up shirt.

Caveats: The 1911 is heavy (just under 3lb loaded) and it helps a lot to use a good quality iwb holster with double belt attachment points set wide apart (ie a crossbreed or mtac), and also a proper gun belt. I like the 1.5" wilderness instructor belt, it's inexpensive (around $40) and nylon, but seems to work as well as the $90+ custom leather gunbelts.

February 21, 2014, 04:21 PM
It depends as much or more what you do for a living and what you wear as much as what gun you carry and what holster you use. For me a 1911 is thin enough but to long and to heavy to cc for a blue colar kind of guy. Mine is my house /fun gun. Hard to hide it under a t-shirt or tucked in botton down and a coat of any kind is only used if needed when cold. Nothing stands out like guy wearing a lite jacket when its 9 or 95* out. I do have a great 1/1/2" jaypee double thick belt and several great rigs that my 1911 fs also fits but I draw a line at a 22, 23oz empty pistol and prefer a smaller 17, 18oz model for CC at work. I don't dress to carry and carry accordingly .

deadeye dick
February 21, 2014, 04:28 PM
Mesinge2, What is the name and brand of that holster?

February 22, 2014, 08:47 AM
Mesinge2, What is the name and brand of that holster?
I sent you a PM. Its a custom holster from a member of an invite only forum. I'll sponsor you there if you like.

February 22, 2014, 04:54 PM
Look also at Kirkpatrick Leather Co., their Texas Strong Side!

February 23, 2014, 09:50 AM
Sparks Summer special 2 from Brownells makes concealing a 1911 fairly easy for me.

February 26, 2014, 06:13 PM
I've used a Simply Rugged Cuda with inside out straps (can switch from IWB to OWB) with very good results.

A full size 1911 isn't really hard to carry or conceal with a good holster and belt combo. It's actually rather easy as they are quite slim.

An untucked Tshirt is all that's needed for cover.

Lucky Derby
February 28, 2014, 07:34 AM
I carry a full size Springfield Loaded Lightwieght. I use either a Simply Rugged Cuda, or an El Paso Dual Duty. The Simply Rugged conceals slightly better, as the gun is tighter to the body, but the El Paso is slightly more comfortable. Both are very secure.
Of course a good belt is a must. I use one from The Beltman

February 28, 2014, 02:10 PM
The holster you saw pictured is under the general category known as "pancake" every holster maker and their brother makes a pancake of some sort :)

Here's my favorite pancake, a high grain horsehide from Exodus with a Dan Wesson Valor 5" barrel:

http://i78.photobucket.com/albums/j113/chiltech500/IMG_1570.jpg (http://s78.photobucket.com/user/chiltech500/media/IMG_1570.jpg.html)

For a cheaper holster ($49) but still nice handmade with many options:


I carry a lighter variant of the steel 5", a 4.25" barrel "commander" sized 1911 aluminum alloy in a pancake style holster. Tight up against the body it can be concealed with an untucked shirt, necessary for me because I am short with a short torso. Taller folks can hide them well with a tucked in short (almost everybody is taller than me LOL)

March 12, 2014, 05:13 AM
Yes - I carry a 5" 1911 in a pancake or other OTB holster all the time and it isn't hard to conceal. I normally just use one of the holsters I have made for it. A really good gun belt certainly helps as it keeps the weight of a 1911 from shifting around too much. Pic of my "going through the TSA scanner" belt attached...196047

March 12, 2014, 08:23 AM
Thanks for the picture. I always like the holsters lined up on a belt so you can see the relative cant and ride height of the different models.

Could you identify the holster models, left to right?

fallout mike
March 12, 2014, 10:19 AM
I carry one sometimes but its just too heavy & bulky. Normally go another route.

March 12, 2014, 02:56 PM
I carry a 5" 1911 all the time.
A favorite belt holster is Kevin Nightingale's (Nightingale Leather) Bruce Nelson hommage he calls the "Harrier".
With a "sweat shield" it's extremely comfortable and concealable.



March 12, 2014, 09:20 PM
Old school carry.

March 12, 2014, 09:58 PM
Thanks for the picture. I always like the holsters lined up on a belt so you can see the relative cant and ride height of the different models.

Could you identify the holster models, left to right?

Left to right - all thrown together by me in my garage/shop. :)

However, I can tell you the angles and holsters which are very similar.
Far left is 15 degrees forward cant, metal reinforcement band, wide loop spacing with one way snaps. Very much like the Sparks Versa Max 2 and several others on the market.
Second from left: about a 10-12 degree forward cant, high ride. Similar to the Milt Sparks 60TK but a slightly different cant.
The next two are basically the same design except one is cut shorter for a commander. 15 degree forward cant. Much like a Kramer belt scabbard holster or a Rosen 5JR.

The one on the far right....between a 15 and 20 degree forward cant IWB. My DIY Nexus before there was a Milt Sparks Nexus.

March 12, 2014, 10:17 PM
Does anyone carry 5" 1911 on belt holster and is it a problem to conceal?

I used to carry a 1911 in a Milt Sparks Heritage. The problem was the weight of the gun caused it to tilt back, even on a gun belt. A holster with split loops, such as the Milt Sparks VM 2, prevents the subsequent printing.

As usual, a loose shirt (with the gun possibly under another shirt), good belt and holster combo, and holster with lots of forward cant make concealment of the 1911 easier.

March 12, 2014, 10:33 PM
I carry a commander size Kimber and am able to conceal it very well. I use an IWB kydex holster with two widely spaced belt clips. A 15 or 20 degree cant seems to work best to keep the grip close to the body.

One of the best accessories for heavy gun carry (besides a good belt) are suspenders. People scoff at suspenders for fashion reasons, but I wear mine underneath a T shirt so nobody knows I am even wearing them.
I wear "Perry" type suspenders that hook onto the belt. This way, I can lug around a heavier service type pistol without having to hitch up my pants or tighten my belt uncomfortably tight.
I guarantee nobody sees my suspenders (except for my wife; unfortunately for her she sees me undress :D )

Good luck.

March 12, 2014, 10:46 PM
This is my 4" but the same holster fits my 5" without an issue

http://i1265.photobucket.com/albums/jj507/tarosean/F0DC21FE-F6A0-47A5-9D41-40EACA1A75D3-5044-0000059A3347BE44_zps82fff3e0.jpg (http://s1265.photobucket.com/user/tarosean/media/F0DC21FE-F6A0-47A5-9D41-40EACA1A75D3-5044-0000059A3347BE44_zps82fff3e0.jpg.html)

March 12, 2014, 10:48 PM
I carry a Ruger CMD, the only time it can really be seen is when my shirt comes up and bottom of the holster shows (if carrying OWB). IWB there isn't anything to see.
My belt, OWB holster and mag pouch made by CCS Gunwear out of Yakima, WA, the IWB holster is from firearmholster.com. The belt and holster make it very comfortable to wear all day.

March 30, 2014, 03:52 AM
I carry a 5" 1911 in a Tucker Gunleather HF1, conceals a lot easier than I thought it would with just a loose shirt. It's a great holster.

March 30, 2014, 04:44 AM
Almost no other modern pistol in the USA has more styles, materials & carry choices than the 5" "government model" 1911/1911a1 series.
You can buy exotic leathers(shark, horse, kangaroo, gator, etc), polymer or Kydex, standard leather, etc.

If you have the time & $$$ you can get a custom shop 5" barrel 1911 holster in nearly any color or style you want.
Some brands are better than others. If you choose to get a new leather holster from a top maker, Id look into these firms;
Wright Leather Works, Greg Kramer, Galco, Kirkpatrick Leather, Alessi, Mitch Rosen, El Paso Saddlery, Milt Sparks, Mernickle, Ted Blocker, High Noon Holsters.
For synthetic or polymer holsters, Id see; COM Holsters, Blackhawk, Safariland, Blade-tech. You can get different colors; black OD(green) FDE(a dark brown) tan/desert etc.
Prices & available sources may vary.
note; many working cops & armed professionals like horsehide. It's long lasting & can hold up to hard use for years. It's not cheap but your holster & gear will last a long time.
Keep in mind too that a good holster is part of a system. I'd suggest a good gun belt, magazine holders etc. Most US company makers sell accessories & belts too.

March 30, 2014, 10:10 AM
I've only carried 5" OWB but the sig ultra 3" and the C3 4.25" works quite well. The C3 is favorite with officer frame & commander slide. 28oz. However most of the time due to clothing & area in in its the little P238

Loc n Load
March 30, 2014, 10:30 AM
Have carried a full size 1911 on and off since the mid 70's.....IWB Milt Sparks or blade tech.....dual mag carrier on opposite side.....one of the most "man portable" platforms IMO. I have carried in hot humid climes with the gun under a T shirt for years and nobody ever knew I was armed.

March 30, 2014, 09:52 PM
Wilderness Instructors belt and a Blade Tech IWB will set you back about $100, and are well made, very comfortable and stable. Once you get used to it being there, you wont even notice it until its not there.


I carried my Commanders in same one for about 10+ years. Still have that holster and its still as serviceable as the day got it. Went through a number of belts over the years though. Both will out last anything leather.

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