Springfield 1911 for EDC
I have the chance to buy a Springfield 1911 GI lightweight (4 inch bbl). I searched the forum and couldn't find any pros or cons about carrying that weapon concealed?
Does anyone here have any exprience carrying that?
I've been carrying the Taurus 605 comfortably, but you know about that 1911 bug.
I carry a Kimber Pro Carry, which is aluminum 4" 1911. It is very comfortable to carry. I use a TT IWB holster. Make sure you are proficient with the single action / flick the safety off before carrying. I see too many people carry a 1911 that really need practice shooting it in a stressful situation. 1911s were made to be carried condition 1 (cocked and locked). If you donít feel comfortable carrying like that, then the 1911 isn't the gun for you.
Don't have the GI LW but rather the LW Champion Bi-tone. I can tell you that it carries very comfortably and shoots great. So I imagine the GI would work just as well for CCW. I think you would enjoy it.
Any 4'' 1911 is surprisingly easy to conceal because it's so flat. The right holster and belt can make the job easier.
I have to say, try out the gun before you buy it. Dry fire it a few times. I have found the GI's trigger to be unpleasant, especially compared to other 1911's with comparable price. My buddy has the 5'' Springfield GI, but I'll bet that the 4'' trigger is the same.
But hey, if you like it, and the price is right, get it!
I did not like the Springfield 1911 A1 GI for reasons stated above, but a Kimber Gold Match 4" is a nice carry. I don't carry a 1911 but would if I had one, but still carry a .45 ACP
dont know if it helps but I EDC a micro compact
I carry a Champ LW as well. It rides well and shoots even better.
Originally Posted by YellowJacket
I carry a loaded champion Stainless so it is a little heavier but still carries great.
Go for the SA Mil-Spec 5". That extra inch is easy to hide, gives you more velocity and less chance of giving you problems. Sent my SA Champ back 5 times for feeding issues and could not trust it. Talked to Mr. Wolff from Wolff and the short 1911's are more prone to problems due to the fact the slide velocity increases and gives you less reliability as everything has to be tuned to tighter specs.
If you look at the big name custom 1911 artists they build their 1911's with a 5" barrel the majority of the time. I do believe there is a reason for that (total reliability).
My 1990 Standard (Mil-Spec) has never had a FTF/FTE in it's life time except for the one occasion when I did not insert the mag all the way in. It'll eat anything I feed it.
JMO and recommendation.
I ended up getting it - the price was too good to pass up. I picked up a Binaci IWB holster and a Uncle Mike's OWB. The Bianci holds it very well and is more comfortable than the Bianci I've been using on my Taurus 605.
I'll be switching carry weapons, I guess.