5" 1911

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    5" 1911

    I am considering buying a 5" 1911 for concealed carry.A friend of mine thinks I am nuts.I don't think it would be such a big deal.I currently carry a Sig229 with out any problems.Anyone carry a full size 1911 daily?I would appreciate any comments and tips.Thanks.

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    I carry a 4" 1911. No problmes. i find the single stack pistol to be easier to conceal during the summer with less clothing on. 5" shouldn't be much harder. BTW, my gun has the alum. frame , so it isn't all that heavy.
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    Good holster and belt ive carried a 5" a ton i just switched in the last month to a commander version

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    I carried the 5" model for a couple of years, have just switched to the Kimber 4" models. Bud is 100% correct, the holster can make or break you in the 5" department.

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    I carry a 5" model on me everyday, and I have no problems whatsoever.

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    Carried a 5" for a few weeks but quickly made the change to a LW Commander. The reason for me was I had both and the aluminum framed Commander was just alot lighter all day. I also have found that, personally, I seem to shoot a Commander better. Can't explain why but I've met a few other 1911 shooters that feel the same. One instructor at a local range says he likes to have students who want to carry 1911's try both. Some do better one way some the other. Either one concealed well with the right setup.
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    Why do you want to carry a 5 inch when the 3 inch is so much more concealable?
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    Go for it but spend some time getting familiar with that 1911... it's a different critter!

    I just switched from my SIG P-226 to a 4" 1911!
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    Nobody has ever noticed me carrying it , when I'm out in public. The full size 1911 can be easily concealed with the right setup.

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    I'll be carrying a 5-inch.
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    Carried a 5" for nearly 28 years, with a good belt and holster, it ain't no big thing.
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    I have carried a 5" since 1965 from the time I get up till I go to bed.
    Get the right holster , no problem.

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    I've carried for the last four years, at this point why change.
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    A good holster, belt and a size or two larger shirt and you will be fine. also I find if I carry about 4 o'clock I find it easier to conceal than at three
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    In a daily carry weapon,FLAT IS GOOD. Also small is good.And compromise is mandentory.

    I carry a 3" Kimber and I love it.

    Take a look at the "grandaddy"1911's. The 12-16 shooters. How people conceal those is hard for me to believe. They're the ones that probably start the "printing" threads.

    Even the fat 3 inchers and 4 inchers don't seem to conceal well(IMO).

    My reccommendation is a single stack. Do yourself a favor and handle(fondle) the 3 and 4" weapons before you settle on a bbl length. Don't let anyone convince you that you will be "ballistically challenged" if you "just"carry 7+1.

    Also, make sure that the gear that you need to carry the weapon(and associated equip.)is available before you buy the weapon. Make sure that you don't have to settle for a generic holster.

    Make sure that you take a look at parts availability,and support equipment associated with the weapon. Are they available locally? You don't want to have to do the UPS thing, all the time if possible. ($$$)

    Go slowly. Your perfect carry firearm is at a gunshop right now,just waiting for you to walk thru the door. It'll still be there when you arrive. --------

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