How Do You Conceal Your "1911" With a 5" Barrel?

How Do You Conceal Your "1911" With a 5" Barrel?

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    How Do You Conceal Your "1911" With a 5" Barrel?

    I would like to know the various methods that are being used to carry and conceal a 1911 with a 5" barrel. I am particularly interested in hearing from people in the Southwest, where I live, since the climate limits the amount of clothing that can be worn.

    For those who are carrying it IWB:

    1) Are you carrying it "cocked and locked"?
    2) Did you get stainless or blued?
    3) Is it awkward drawing a 5" as opposed to a 4" from the waist?


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    It's really not all that difficult. Good holster...good gun belt.
    Oversize long dark colored untucked T-shirt.
    All cotton double weight T-shirts work great.


    Cocked and Locked.

    Either Stainless or Blued.

    Practice Practice Practice your draw sequence.

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    Just like above, the right, high quality holster, a good gun belt and the right wardrobe make the job easy. I'll admit though that I have gone to a Commander size and at times a Micro. Not because of carry issues I just love that Commander!

    Always cocked and locked with a spare mag to boot.

    Finish is personal preference.
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    1) Cocked and locked. I'm not in the habit of carrying a brick.
    2) IWB strong side does wonders for disguising that long slide
    3) I generally wear colored shirts (not white) so the dark / parkerized / duracoat finish seems to me to blend in more. TMMV

    4) it helps to be 6'4" and not rail thin :-)

    5) FBI cant or more is good for me on a longer slide.
    For MN specific carry information and a great shooting community, check out forum.twincitiescarry.com

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    Quote Originally Posted by jsmosby View Post
    For those who are carrying it IWB:
    3) Is it awkward drawing a 5" as opposed to a 4" from the waist?
    I carried a Browning BDM 9mm for some years, and it's every bit the full length of a large 1911. Good belt, good holster, decent covering garments. Just like anything else. Get those elements right, and amazingly long pistols can be concealed with ease. Of course, it helps if the gun's thinner.

    As for ease of draw, that's really where the belt & holster come into play. If the mouth of your holster collapses when you draw, then it's both harder to draw and can be impossible to reholster. Moral: get a good one, designed with a strengthened and reinforced mouth that supports a good/smooth draw.
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    Condition 1 is the only way to carry a 1911 and have it ready for use.

    My Mil-Spec is parkerized, works well for durability and corrosion resistance so far, stainless has advantages there too.

    Same as the other guys, I wear either an oversized T-shirt or a tucked "wife beater" and untucked button up shirt.

    The draw doesn't feel awkward at all compaired to a Commander. Just bear in mind that the weight of a fullsize steel 1911 makes the use of a true gun belt even more critical to your comfort and the weapon's stability as does a quality holster.
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    I use a OWB strong side holster, plus either cover shirt or a light vest. I live in Virginia where we don't have the DRY HEAT, we have the wet kind...

    (sweat shield style holsters are a must)
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    Cocked and locked is there any other way
    Most of my guns are stainless
    I carry IWB and OWB good holster and belt make the difference

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    Quote Originally Posted by maclean3 View Post

    Same as the other guys, I wear either an oversized T-shirt or a tucked "wife beater" and untucked button up shirt.

    this is the way i prefer to carry owb Get some funky print shirts also sure ya might look funny but even if the gun prints no one is gonna see it on that weird print

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    and from what i hear it also helps to wear socks with your sandals and to have EXTREMELY WHITE legs....lol

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    I carry a 5" 1911 cocked and locked, IWB with a Blade Tech UCH, and two reloads on the opposite side.

    My 1911s are all stainless. I figure working guns are going to get a good bit of holster wear, and with stainless guns there’s no finish to wear through.

    I usually wear a tucked-in t-shirt with an unbuttoned, untucked Hawaiian shirt over cargo shorts and sandals (no white socks). I also sew a couple of nickels into the hem of the Hawaiian shirt at either side of the front opening. This helps keep the shirt from blowing open and revealing your gun, and also helps clear the shirt when you draw.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jsmosby View Post
    1) Are you carrying it "cocked and locked"?
    The only time mine isn't C&L is when it's being fired, cleaned, or locked up.

    2) Did you get stainless or blued?
    Blued, though if I had one I would be willing to refinish, I'd go for a matte Gunkote or DuraCoat in black or khaki. (Black looks nice, and will blend in with my black undershirts if my cover shirt rides up, but khaki would blend with skin better.)

    3) Is it awkward drawing a 5" as opposed to a 4" from the waist?
    Nope, but you want the right cant angle. What I did was to get a Fobus Roto Paddle and try different angles until I found one I liked, then get IWB tuckable holsters made for my Taurus PT-99 and my GM1911A1 with the same angle. (If anybody can figure out where KenyanScorpion went, he's the one that made the holsters I use. With the right belt, I can almost forget I've got one on.)

    Practice drawing from any new holster until you find your best technique for it, then keep practicing until you're exhausted. Then keep practicing until your arms can barely move. Then start the live fire exercises.

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    Love that Brommeland leather.
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    Don't mean to be off topic.but what the devil is a 'wife beater'?
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