This is a discussion on How Do You Conceal Your "1911" With a 5" Barrel? within the Defensive Carry Guns forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; Originally Posted by dlcrouch It's just a matter of picking the right concealment garment David Byrne and "the suit." You could conceal a Thompson in ...
You could always carry a 5" 1911 the same way a security guard I knew in PR did....in an ankle holster.
...but, I really don't recommend it unless you want to trip on the muzzle and overdevelop the leg muscles on the leg where the gun is.
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I have a Galco IWB Royal Guard and its comfy and easy to get to. I carry cocked and locked as you say too and its more comfortable most of the time than my Galco cop three slot holster OWB.
I use a Ted Blocker model 12 IWB with a thumb break. Big shirt or jacket covers it nicely. I have the same thing for my Sig 226 also.
I carry a 5" blued, C&L, in a Glaco NSA II IWB holster.
Now that all of the acronyms are out of the way, I am not crazy about the holster. A little thin, and tends to nosedive into the waistband. Reholstering is a pain, but for now it serves what I need.
I am going to get something like what [u]Thumper[/i] showcased. (Starting a new holster box.)
I prefer to carry inside the waistband. Usually a T-shirt and the loudest print shirt I can find (drives my wife nuts, she hates them).
I don't find printing to be much of a problem, but where I live, and the way I think, I don't care if someone sees it.
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Cocked and Locked
FBI cant and good belt
OWB with longer outer shirts(XLT)even though I'm only 5'9"
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I carry a stainless 1991A1 Colt in .45ACP. The IWB holster and mag pouch are from Gary Brommeland, frequent poster here. Bought it in the late '90s and carried ever since with zero trouble. I also carry some CCW guns in a variety of Fist holsters, all but the N frame IWB. I live in FL, and usually just use an untucked Tshirt or polo one size too big. Off duty, I'm pretty casual. It hides fine, most sheep never notice I exist, much less what's on my belt. I strongly feel printing problems are 90% psycological.
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Sparks versa Max II. Cocked and locked,the only proper way to carry one. Drawing? It's what you get accustomed to. I have no problems with presentation speed and I'm a short guy with a full size pistola.
I actually carry my 5 inch 1911 OWB most often as its the most comfortable for me. I can conceal it just fine with a polo shirt.
I always carry cocked and locked.
stainless and blued
No problems drawing whether IWB or OWB
Always cocked and locked.
OWB 3:30 position
long loose tshirt covers or I have tact vests also.
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Always, condition one.
For warmer weather:
For jacket weather:
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