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What size 1911 do you prefer for carry?

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by Sergei Mosin, Jan 23, 2013.


What size 1911 do you prefer for carry?

Poll closed Feb 22, 2013.
  1. Long Slide: 6-inch

    1 vote(s)
  2. Government: 5-inch

    61 vote(s)
  3. Commander: 4.25-inch

    64 vote(s)
  4. CCO: Commander slide, Officer frame

    21 vote(s)
  5. Champion: 4-inch

    4 vote(s)
  6. Officer: 3.5-inch

    12 vote(s)
  7. Defender: 3-inch

    13 vote(s)
  8. Double Stack Government

    1 vote(s)
  9. Double Stack Commander

    1 vote(s)
  10. Other

    8 vote(s)
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  1. Simmy952

    Simmy952 Member

    May 11, 2009
    I have a rotation of 2 Sig 1911. Sig 1911 Ultra 3" most of the time and a Sig 1911 compact 4.25 other times. Used to carry a P238 and with a IWB holster, I can conceal the .45 just as well. Figured I like 8 rounds of .45 better than 7 rds of 380. Not here to start a caliber war but prefer the .45 better.
  2. farscott

    farscott Member

    Dec 29, 2002
    Athens, AL, USA
    I have carried 3", 3.5", 4.25" (Commander and CCO), and 5" 1911s, and I prefer to carry the five-inch guns on the belt and the 3" guns in shoulder holsters. For IWB carry, the longer slide is nice as it helps anchor the gun and the extra length does not cause any printing issues. The sight radius makes shooting the five-inch guns easier than the shorter variants.

    The shorter guns work for me when I must carry in a shoulder holster such as during long periods of time in vehicles. I prefer, even for this application, steel frames for both less perceived recoil and durability as frequent practice with the smaller guns is needed to keep accuracy sharp. I actually shoot more rounds through the smaller guns as I have found that shooting a five-inch gun well is very easy after shooting the 3" guns.

    For my needs, the Commander and CCO are neither fish nor fowl. The shorter slide is not a plus for IWB but is still too long for a horizontal shoulder holster, the Commander frame is the same length in IWB as the five-inch gun, and the round butt/Bobtail treatments on the five-inch guns are as easy to conceal IWB as the Officer's ACP grip frame. The 3"/3.5" guns (like the discontinued Defender Plus and Double Eagle Officer's ACP) with full-length grip frames are great for horizontal shoulder carry and eliminate the need for Officer's ACP magazines.

    So, for now (as I am always evaluating as both offferings change and I age), I am sticking with five-inch guns on the belt and three-inch guns on the shoulder.
  3. xJokerG23x

    xJokerG23x Member

    Sep 3, 2011
    North Carolina
    All I have is a 5" Kimber Classic Custom Royal, and I carry it comfortably in an iwb holster. It's a toss up between that and my Glock 23 when I'm going out if that says anything lol.

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  4. Sergei Mosin

    Sergei Mosin Member

    Oct 7, 2011
    Interesting to look over the results of this (admittedly unscientific) poll thus far: Commander (and Commander-ish) sizes lead Government Models by a small margin, with sizeable minorities in favor of 3 to 3.5-inch guns and CCO models. I must admit I'm a little surprised to see the Commander models leading, but then I carry a 5-inch myself.

    I still want to know who's carrying a Long Slide!
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