Full Size 1911 As EDC CCW

Full Size 1911 As EDC CCW

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    Howdy,

    How many of you full time CCW a full sized 1911 Colt .45 Gov't Model type?

    I have a decent El Paso Saddlery Crosshair OWB holster and live in AZ so open carry if I get noticed not an issue but it certainly prints with my build and wardrobe.

    Do you carry IWB or OWB?

    If IWB what holster is your choice?

    I CCW an XDs 3.3 with an IWB Crossbreed Super Tuck and it disappears both by eye and feel. I am experiencing accuracy issues under stress and time drills and considering the switch to my Colt. 5" v. 3.3" substantial. Not to mention .45 v. 9mm!

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    I consider them essential 40+ ounce EDC "enablers"......

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    Quote Originally Posted by Aztex View Post
    Howdy,

    How many of you full time CCW a full sized 1911 Colt .45 Gov't Model type?

    I have a decent El Paso Saddlery Crosshair OWB holster and live in AZ so open carry if I get noticed not an issue but it certainly prints with my build and wardrobe.

    Do you carry IWB or OWB?

    If IWB what holster is your choice?

    I CCW an XDs 3.3 with an IWB Crossbreed Super Tuck and it disappears both by eye and feel. I am experiencing accuracy issues under stress and time drills and considering the switch to my Colt. 5" v. 3.3" substantial. Not to mention .45 v. 9mm!

    Thanks,

    Aztex
    I carry my Colt 1911 when dress and activity allow.

    For the majority of edc the G26 gets the job, being much easier to properly conceal when engaged in more vigorous activities that require less cover garment material.
    The 442 j frame gets the nod for carry when pocket carry is the best practical means of concealment.

    While the 1911 is or does seem to possess the best mechanical accuracy, I find no practical difference in what can be done with a full size or compact out to 30 yards or so.

    Caliber? While there are certain inherent benefits of a large caliber, I believe it is a huge mistake to use that as a stand alone reason for choosing a weapon system.
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    Carried a milspec SA full time for 28 years in a restrictive state where if you printed and got called on it, you lost the license and maybe the gun. Often times carried two milspecs, depending on AO that day/week. Back then it was iwb strong side, second milspec in cross draw when jackets/suits would be in use.
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    I routinely carry a full sized 1911 OWB with an untucked shirt. Sometimes I'll carry a Commander size.
    Only called once in 30 years for printing, and that was a LEO in a restaurant that was interested in the firearm.

    Interestingly enough, my daughter is coming over to borrow the full size 1911 today. She shoots a .40 and 9mm several time a week.
    We had a discussion about time/distance and point shooting. She wants me to give her some instruction on the "scoop draw" tonight.
    Proud of her, she's a RSO. She's good too. Head shots from an OWB draw in about two seconds at 15 yards using her Glock. Front sight only.
    I'm getting her to focus on her target, both eyes open and concentrating on grip more. We'll have a very good point shooter soon me thinks.
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    I also carry a 1911 in 4 1/4'' or the 5'' barrel every day.
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    Milt Sparks Summer Special II for carrying the 1911s IWB.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gasmitty View Post
    Milt Sparks Summer Special II for carrying the 1911s IWB.
    Forgot to mention, back in the day that was the only iwb worth using. And it's still one of the best designs for concealing a 1911.
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    I tell you what, weight aside, a 1911 is about the easiest gun to conceal. I carried a full size for quite some time and I had a much easier time with clothing and concealment. She might be long, but she's skinny and seems to be shaped just right for practically every body type out there. Even the weight doesn't matter so much if you start thinking about some of the plastic fantastics out there that can weigh damn close to 38 ounces or so fully loaded. Add in carrying a couple of extra loaded magazines to your hip and you've got even more weight to deal with. Capacity, now that's a different issue.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dave909 View Post
    I tell you what, weight aside, a 1911 is about the easiest gun to conceal. I carried a full size for quite some time and I had a much easier time with clothing and concealment. She might be long, but she's skinny and seems to be shaped just right for practically every body type out there. Even the weight doesn't matter so much if you start thinking about some of the plastic fantastics out there that can weigh damn close to 38 ounces or so fully loaded. Add in carrying a couple of extra loaded magazines to your hip and you've got even more weight to deal with. Capacity, now that's a different issue.
    While I do agree that a 1911 is flatter and easier to conceal iwb or OWB, it is limited in application of carry to many people due to length for AIWB.

    As for a polymer gun being heavier, I think there are a couple of things to come consider.
    No polymer gun empty, weighs as much as an empty steel 1911. The 1911 starts at the weight of a fully loaded poly gun of equal or comparative size.
    Load the 1911 with a steel mag and half the capacity and you are well above the weight of a polymer gun fully loaded.
    Extra mags for a hi cap polymer gun that is well known for reliability are not needed if you are use to a 1911 and one extra mag....you will have the same capacity +1 with a polymer gun.
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    I sometimes carry my Government Model when I am using my shoulder holster. If I'm carrying IWB, I carry a Lightweight Commander.
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    Quote Originally Posted by glockman10mm View Post
    While I do agree that a 1911 is flatter and easier to conceal iwb or OWB, it is limited in application of carry to many people due to length for AIWB.

    As for a polymer gun being heavier, I think there are a couple of things to come consider.
    No polymer gun empty, weighs as much as an empty steel 1911. The 1911 starts at the weight of a fully loaded poly gun of equal or comparative size.
    Load the 1911 with a steel mag and half the capacity and you are well above the weight of a polymer gun fully loaded.
    Extra mags for a hi cap polymer gun that is well known for reliability are not needed if you are use to a 1911 and one extra mag....you will have the same capacity +1 with a polymer gun.
    Well, I don't consider AIWB the most sound carry method, so I'll agree with you there, the 1911 is problematic for that specific setup.
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    Not everyday, but I carry a 5" Springfield Lightweight pretty frequently under a T-shirt in a Summer Special II. I've been wearing it all day today, in fact.

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    Thanks guys!

    I've been carrying mine all day in the EPS Crosshair OWB and more comfortable than XDs IWB!

    It's got a couple "sharp" edges so it can dig in a little but not bad.

    Since I'm in AZ I don't have to sweat the open carry issue.

    I had a Commander while back and didn't find the size difference made much of an impact carry wise and no sense in spending $$$ to shave off .75"

    Shot MUCH better with it than my XDs at the range today!

    Thanks,

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    Quote Originally Posted by Aztex View Post
    Thanks guys!

    I've been carrying mine all day in the EPS Crosshair OWB and more comfortable than XDs IWB!

    It's got a couple "sharp" edges so it can dig in a little but not bad.

    Since I'm in AZ I don't have to sweat the open carry issue.

    I had a Commander while back and didn't find the size difference made much of an impact carry wise and no sense in spending $$$ to shave off .75"

    Shot MUCH better with it than my XDs at the range today!

    Thanks,

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