I carry a 5" 98% of the time, Condition 1 (cocked and locked) is the way to go.
I have no problem concealing it in a Milt Sparks Versa Max II with just a light button up shirt.
This is a discussion on CCW Colt Government 5" Series 70 within the Defensive Carry Guns forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; Just have ordered several rigs IWB for my 1911 and XD45 Compact so I have not had the chance to carry yet (out of state). ...
Just have ordered several rigs IWB for my 1911 and XD45 Compact so
I have not had the chance to carry yet (out of state). Do any of you
carry a full size Colt Government 1911 5" iwb, is it difficult to conceal
and do you carry cocked and locked.
The Milt Sparks looks like a nice fit for the 1911. I ordered a KD Dakota
for my XD 45 Compact and a 715M clip IWB for my 1911 just until I
see how the KD Dakota feels when I get it in 12 weeks, but kind of like the Milt Sparks also. At this rate I might end up with four different rigs for each pistol.
I carry a full size 1911 in a Milt Sparks Summer Special, no problem in concealing this pistol. Adapt your attire and deportment to keep it concealed!
I carry a 1911 of some sort most every day.Most of the time it is in my Milt Sparks VM II .But I do change up my holsters once in a while.
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The 1911 series is the easiest full size firearm to CCW bar none (well that neat old Browning BDM 9mm that sure was thin too). It's not the length or height for the most part, it's the width-and the 1911 is doggone thin.
Don't scimp on the belt, and definitely don't scimp on the holster (VMII's are mentioned often for good reason) as the 1911 is less forgiving than other platforms, but concealablity it excels in.
If you are uncomfortable carrying in condition 1, carry it with the hammer back and an empty chamber for awhile. Once you realize that the safety won't come off by itself, and the hammer won't fall by itself you will learn that it is safe to carry cocked & locked.
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You should make sure that your 1911 thumb safety has a positive sounding on and off click.
The thumb safety should not have a mushy and easy transition between "on safe" and "off safe."
That is important.
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Although I don't own a 1911, I do sometimes CCW my full size handguns in a OWB, usually in a Galco "Concealable" holster. This includes my XD45Tactical, my Glock 22, or my Beretta 92FS (on my side right now).
A good holster, good belt, and good cover garment are necessary, but CCW'ing a full-size gun is very doable.
It's comfortable to carry a small pocket size gun, but it's comforting to carry a real gun.
There is a little known IWB from a fellow named Mark Garrity. www.garritygunleather.com. He was a Philly area cop for many years but has since moved to AZ. he makes an IWB that is similar to the Sparks VM2. What sets it apart is the belt loops thread on to your belt and then snap on to the holster. This allows for a sleek pancake design that you can pop on and off. It is by far the most comfortable thing that I have ever carried a 5" 1911 in. Stick with the leather loops, avoid the kydex cilp version.
Correct link for Garrity Gun Leather
Edit: DO'H Whirlwind beat me to it...
And to contribute something, When I did carry a 1911 it was cocked and locked.
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