First CCW, commander length?

First CCW, commander length?

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    First CCW, commander length?

    Hi all,
    I'm looking to get my first concealed carry weapon and I've had my eye on the Para CCW. I noticed that it seems a good deal longer than Para's other carry models. (4.25 barrel, 7.7" length). vs. Para Carry (3" barrel, 6.5" length) I like the look of the CCW a bit more, the extra round it will hold, and the added controllability; just worried if it will be too long to easily conceal and weild. I just don't want to end up wishing i got a shorter model. Is the 4.25" commander size a common carry for members here? (difficult sitting down, concealing etc). Any input or advice? I will be carrying it IWB in a Milt Sparks holster. Thanks


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    With the right gear, it's easy to carry a Commander size 1911. Milt Sparks is a good start. I've got a Watch Six for my BHP and a VM II for my G19. I like them both but, for me the WS is just a little more comfortable.

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    Many people think the Commander is the perfect carry gun.
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    Commander length seems the best balanced 1911 for me. Generally thought to be more reliable than 3" 1911's. No problems carrying/concealing with the right rig (i.e. belt & holster), which is very important.
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    for a first ccw i would highly recommend a longer slide /barrel length than for an experienced hand . Tho the longer length seems to take more effort to conceal the 4 to 5 inches under the belt so to speak helps blend the ccfa with clothing , and also actually helps on comfort . IMHO a commander is as easy to conceal as a shorter weapon , and a lot more comfortable when you do .
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    imo, the commander size is very concealable size iwb or owb. Really for iwb it's more the grip than the barrel that makes the difference in concealment. Accuracy again imo is better than a compact so I would look at a commander as a primary carry size. I carry a S/A champion.

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    I'll ditto the above posts. I happen to prefer a Commander length .45.
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    I'm sure I am sounding like a broken record here to my fellow members. Carried a 5" SA till I found a really great deal on a 1994 SA Champion last year. Performed the same mods on it as I did on it's big brother: Wilson tactical safety, hammer, drop in beavertail grip safety and a Light polishing of the feed ramp and barrel throat. Absolutely fell in love with it and it is now my full time CCW.
    They are simple to conceal with the right IWB holster. Drove from NC to Fl and back carrying it with no problem.
    If you have not bought the MS (have one for the 5") I would check out TT Gunleather. Tim makes a MS VM 2 style holster that is high quality, costs about half as much (also offers a military and LEO discount) and 6-8 week delivery time.

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    Another benefit to a Commander is the barrel bushing. Shorter 1911's require a tool of some sort to capture the recoil spring and field strip.
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    I love carrying my SA Champ. 4" barreled 1911 seem just perfect. No bushing , no tool needed for takedown.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AZ Husker View Post
    Many people think the Commander is the perfect carry gun.
    I carried a Browning BDM for years, which is roughly the same size. Thin, so fairly concealable, but it's really long. IMO, the key is the right holster for the gun and that mode of carry.
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    I carried a Commander length for many years with no problems, but the 3" is more comfortable for me and is just as reliable.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rocky View Post
    I love carrying my SA Champ. 4" barreled 1911 seem just perfect. No bushing , no tool needed for takedown.
    I really like my LW Champion but I'll be darned if I can figure out how you're taking it down without the little clip that fits on the double spring, captured guide rod. You must have super human fingers to remove the spring after the slide is removed

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    to capture the spring on my RIA 1911 compact I use a paper clip with a small 90 degree bend in one end afterstraightening it out,works great,also my 1911 functions flawless with every type of ammo i shove in it and at 15 yards from a rest i can get groups where all shots are touching

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    Commander is the way to go.
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