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Ccw 1911

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by gator1gear, Mar 4, 2009.

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  1. gator1gear

    gator1gear Member

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    Who out there uses a 1911 As their PRIMARY concealed carry weapon? If you do, I have close to a hundred questions for you:D What holster do you use? Do you carry the gov't model or a compact? Does it feel like a cinder block on your side after a while? I'm 6'4 ,about 220 lbs (about, means I've underestimated) I want a 1911, and I won't carry it everyday, but when I do, I would like to know how to make it tolerable. Not comfortable, tolerable. I know there are better choices for CC weapons out there, but I've had a 1911 itch for a long time now. Thanks !!
     
  2. FMF

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    I carry my 5" Thunder Ranch everyday in a Crossbreed Super Tuck and it's absolutely comfortable. The slim frame of the 1911 really hides well in this holster. I only notice the pistol when I sit in my car and at that point it's tolerable instead of comfortable. I'm 6'1" 250, btw.
     
  3. gator1gear

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    Do you carry it in the summer months?
     
  4. CWL

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    If you live anywhere where there are real 'gators', I'd suggest that you consider kydex to deal with the heat & humidity.
     
  5. gator1gear

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    LOL. I'm close to Atlanta, I'm a really big Florida Gators fan.
     
  6. MT GUNNY

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    "Modified" Ross IWB I call it Belt Retention, Very comfortable and Multi positioning. Sometimes if the Pants Fit Well I don't even use a belt. I use this Method all day long, hardly can tell its there even when sitting

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  7. PT1911

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    I carry mine on a somewhat regular basis, depending on the clothing I am wearing... it is a full sized... I simply wear an inside the pants holster that fits the gun well and wear it in the small of my back... (some are against that carry) but it is comfortable and easily hidden that way.. there are also leather belt holsters available to fit 1911's of all sizes and keep them in a similare place on your back...more love handle area... but you get the idea.
     
  8. sohcgt2

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    I'm about your same size Gator and I sometimes carry a 1911 although I usually carry a full size Glock. The 1911 is comfortable but noticable all day when carried in a Ross IWB available at Autry's Armory in Fayetteville. If I carry it in my Fobus paddle holster I forget I have it on.
     
  9. harrygunner

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    Have a full sized and a Commander sized. I use IWB holsters with my carry guns. The 1911 is comfortable for me since it is slim, plus the length keeps the gun stable on the belt.

    I have a "thing" for leather holsters with 1911's, yet have Kydex for my other carry guns. But, in Georgia, Kydex may be a good idea.

    Here's the best photo I have of my carry rig. The holster is a Milt Sparks VM2.

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  10. Evenflo76

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    RIA compact tactical in a smartcarry.

    Springfield LW Operator in a Andrews McDaniel II IWB

    The compact will fit in the Andrews as well.

    Mostly, smaller 1911 in smartcarry
     
  11. AKElroy

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    It is not my primary carry, but I freaquently carry a 5" Colt 1911 in a high ride pancake open top holster @ the 4 O'clock position (just over & slightly behind my right hip). I am only comfortable doing this with jeans; my dress slacks to not accomodate a wide or rigid enough belt to keep the gun tucked in tight against the body. I wear button dress shirts, untucked to proved the conceal, and I forget the gun is there. When I'm @ work & wearing slacks, I go with a G27 in the front pocket.
     
  12. GRIZ22

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    A De Santis Speed Scabbard holds the gun in tight, secure, and distributes the weight. There really isn't any IWB holster that dsitribute the weight as well as an OWB. I find no problem concealing a 1911 in a IWB with a slighly big T shirt and I'm not as big as you.
     
  13. WoofersInc

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    Another 1911 person here. I will vary between 3, 4, and 5 inch lengths based on what I am wearing and time of year. I use a Galco Summer Comfort IWB and also a Galco Silhouette. Key to a 1911 is a good holster and belt. I have no problems hiding a full size and I'm 5-8 and 220lbs. I gotten so used to carrying that I really don't notice the weight at all.
     
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    I carry a 5" bobtail in a Sparks VMII. Forget it is even there.
     
  16. sohcgt2

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    I do carry everyday and as I said earlier the Kydex paddle holster is by far the most comfortable because it spreads the weight of the gun over about 15 square inches of surface. The problem with it is it doesn't conceal well except in winter if you wear a coat. I took a picture of the gun with both holsters so you could see how the tuckable Ross is made. It allows you to conceal wearing a dress shirt and trousers. 100_1933.jpg
     
  17. Billy Shears

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    I have a Les Baer Premier II Super Tac that I used to carry every day. The only reason that I don't still is because my department won't authorize any single action auto. Now I have a Hi Power SFS, but I will probably be converting one of my series 70 Colts to the SFS trigger, in order to see if they will allow that.

    In my opinion, there is no better full size auto for ccw than the 1911. The gun is actually flatter than most 9mms, and the rounded surface on the top of the slide makes it better still, especially for inside the waistband carry. Compare it with most modern autos, like SIGs and Glocks, which have flat-topped slides, and you'll notice how much more comfortable the 1911 is for IWB carry.

    I've always favored the full size 1911, with the 5" bbl. I don't find the commander especially more concealable, and I like the little bit of extra velocity from the longer tube, and I just like the way the full size guns shoot better. I have two holsters in which I carry: a Milt Sparks versa max 2, which is an IWB holster, and a Kramer Handgun Leather belt scabbard, with is outside the waistband, which I wear when I wear a longer jacket or suit coat that hangs down far enough to cover the gun. Both holsters are strong side belt holsters with the same FBI rake, so there's no difference in the draw from either one. Both are horsehide, since it's stiffer -- almost as hard as kydex -- and thus there is no danger of the holster collapsing once the gun is out. This makes reholstering easier.
     
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    Milt Sparks, 20-26 weeks!
     
  19. gator1gear

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    Wow! Lots of info in this thread! In the summer, I'm usually in cargo shorts and and loose Dickies shirt or loose polo type shirts. From the looks of things I'd still be able to conceal a 1911. I'm trying to decide between a compact 1911 or a Glock 27. I know going in that the Glocks are really "blocky" (is that a word?) Sounds like the 1911 may actually be more comfy...Oh I mean tolerable.
     
  20. glocks rock

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    I'm 5'10' 240 with a muscular build. I carry a Gov. mod. 1911 on a regular basis. I carry in a Center of Mass paddle holster. It consiels very well. I used to like the Commander but the Gov. is just as easy to carry and I like the feel better.
     
  21. Jason_G

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    Here's the rig I use:
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    Milt Sparks Summer Special II. I will probably get a VMII before too long, but the SSII works just great. Main thing is you want a good stiff belt that will hold the weight well. With the right belt and holster, an all steel 1911 is not as bad to carry as you would think. I can make that 4.25" barreled commander "go away" under a semi-loose fitting polo that is untucked, or an untucked button down shirt. I can make it disappear under a thick T-shirt as long as I am only standing, but if I bend down or to the sides it will print a little.

    Jason
     
  22. Evenflo76

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    I will assume you are in FL based on your tag. Both are excellent choices for CCW. Holster consideration is more limited in these environments. Especially if no undershirt is worn during the rainy season.

    I have carried a G26/27 and the 1911 compact here. The 1911 Compact is similar in size, except it has a slimmer profile. Also, it has more items that protrude. such as the external safety and grip safety.

    Look into www.smartcarry.com and www.highnoonholsters.com

    Both are made in FL and relatively inexpensive.
     
  23. TurboJeff

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    I carry either my Kimber Tactical Custom II (govt. size) or my Para 1911 SSP, also govt. size.

    I use both a MS VM II and a Galco Royal Guard on a Wilderness Tactical 1.5" gun belt.

    I occationally carry a Glock 30 also using a VM II or Royal Guard, but I much prefer carrying one of the 1911s.
     
  24. kashton

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    My advice: Do not get a 911 shorter than 4.25 inches. A Commander length is perfect for a CCW. I use an Ed Brown Kobra Carry Commander 1911 in a Milt Sparks VMII at the 4:00 position.

    The Hogue grips may not be the most attractive grips that are made for this gun, but they are my favorite because when I draw from my holster the sights line up naturally.


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    Here it is in a Galco Royal Guard, also a fine holster:


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  25. 45crittergitter

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    I'm about half the OP's size and I carry a LIGHTWEIGHT 5" 1911 IWB daily, comfortably. Use a good holster and good belt.
     
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