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Full size: 1911 Government model, Glock 17/21/22
Compact: 1911 Commander, Glock 19/23
Subcompact: 1911 Officers model, Glock 26/27/30, J-frame
Micro: P3AT, Kahr PM9
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I have scaled down from a Sig 226 or Norinco 1911A1 to a 228 or a Colt Commander.
There are so many ways to put this, but they best way will get me into trouble, so I will put it this way I carry a 1911 govt most of the time.
"[T]he people are not to be disarmed of their weapons.
They are left in full possession of them."
Zacharia Johnson (speech in the Virginia Ratifying Convention,25 June 1778)"The best we can hope for concerning the people at large is that they be properly armed." ~Alexander Hamilton
Well, I voted full size. My main choice of weapon rotates between Para-Ordnance P14, EAA Witness full size, steel frame, Wonder finish 10mm, or Taurus PT92AFS. All three, full size, double column magazine pistols.
My backup is a Kel-Tec P11.
Off-Duty I carry an N-Frame 4" Revolver backed up by a 2" J-Frame.
I selected "Full Size" since I figure the N-Frame 4"'er is a Full Size gun. I also back it up with a J-Frame 2"'er.
Usually my Kahr PM9, but lately it's been my new (Relatively) Taurus Mil Pro PT145. Sometimes I'll carry my Glock 36, but not since I bought the Taurus.
"Use human means as though divine ones didn't exist, and divine means as though there were no human ones." Baltasar Gracian
Integrated Close Combat
Glock 19 & 26, Kahr CM9 & P45, Para P12, Kel-Tec P-32, S&W 442, & Dan Wesson 14-2.
Well, the PT-99 I normally carry would be full-size, and I just traded my Bersa .380 for a Taurus 605, which I guess would be compact.
Compact is nice for some things, but even a bulky hi-cap can be easily concealed with the right holster.
"A lie gets halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to get its pants on."
- Sir Winston Churchill
Glock 19 / C-TAC
Skinny guy...have no problem concealing it well.
I carry either a Wilson Combat Professional 4" or a Springfield XD45 Service.....also a 4". I carry them both IWB and always carry two extra mags. I back both up with a Taurus PT-145 in my front pocket strongside.
The only thing needed for evil to exist is for good men to stand by and do nothing!!!
My EDC used to be a XD45 Service, now its XD45 Compact (conceals a tad better.)
"Beware of the man who only owns one gun. He probably knows how to use it."
I carry a Glock 19 in a paddle holster (same in avatar). I dress around the gun, and in my paddle holster it is concealed enough to wear a heavy-weight cotton t-shirt over and not print. I'm sure it will be even better when I get a VM2.
So far I haven't ran into a situation where I couldn't carry because of size. When I have to wear dress slacks with a tucked-in shirt, and it is too warm for a jacket, I wear a 5.11 shirt holster underneath and it conceals very nicely. Otherwise I can carry in an empty day-planner. 99.9% of the time I am able to carry in either a shoulder rig or paddle holster and stay concealed, though.