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Carrying a 1911

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by gdcpony, May 27, 2011.

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  1. gdcpony

    gdcpony Member

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    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.
     
  2. EddieNFL

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    IWB, right hip.
     
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    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
     
  4. docnyt

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    IWB, Crossbreed Supertuck current favorite.
     
  5. TonyT

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    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.
     
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    crossbreed or milt sparks summer special or versa max
     
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    Milt Sprks Summer Special 3:30-4:00. I just ordered a Wilderness 5 Stitch. I'll try it out today.
     
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    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.
     
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    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.
     
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    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.
     
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    Les Baer TRS IWB Kramer holster right side between 4 & 5 oclock.
     
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    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.
     
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    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.
     
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    I can't believe someone who carries CCW's a Glock doesn't think a 1911 is safe.
     
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    I carry using a Milt Sparks VM2 on a 'The Beltman' belt.

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    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.
     
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    I carry in a Galco Miami Classic under a 5.11 vest or IWB in a Galco NS3
     
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    "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.
     
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    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.
     
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    STI Ranger II, Comp Tac Minotaur
    Right hip, 4 o'clock.
     
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    IWB in a Sparks VM2--and I'm not a big guy.
     
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    Generally referred to as a "Shoot me first," holster.
     
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    Bianchi #3 IWB. circa 70s. Safariland #3 OWB. Depends on the weather.
     
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    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".
     
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