1911 barrel length for cc

1911 barrel length for cc

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    1911 barrel length for cc

    For those of us who may have 1911-style pistols with 5-inch barrels and 4-inch (approx.) barrels, do you find that you're much more likely to carry the shorter barreled pistol as your EDC? I'm trying to get a sense of whether that extra inch of barrel/pistol length tends to significantly decrease the likelihood that a full-size 1911 will be carried as a CCW. I don't want to buy a full size 1911 only to find it sitting in a drawer if I ever need it.

    Thanks in advance.
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    It's not usually the barrel length that causes concealment difficulties...it's the grip length.
    Actually, one can learn to use, dress around, and easily conceal anything. OMO
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    I've got a 5-inch and a 4-inch 1911; the 4-inch gets carried more simply because it's a lightweight (alloy frame), which saves about 8 ounces. I've noticed no difference in comfort level based on the barrel length, and as retsupt99 pointed out, the stuff sticking out of the holster is the same size for both.

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    I've had one of almost every size combo possible and I still carry the 5" full frame, but mainly as I haven't found another 4ish" 1911 that I like at the right price.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hbc View Post
    For those of us who may have 1911-style pistols with 5-inch barrels and 4-inch (approx.) barrels, do you find that you're much more likely to carry the shorter barreled pistol as your EDC? I'm trying to get a sense of whether that extra inch of barrel/pistol length tends to significantly decrease the likelihood that a full-size 1911 will be carried as a CCW. I don't want to buy a full size 1911 only to find it sitting in a drawer if I ever need it.

    Thanks in advance.
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    I usually carry the 5" unless I know I'll be doing a lot of sitting/getting up throughout the day. Then I grab the 3.5" - it has a shorter grip.

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    Now a days if I carry a 1911 it is one of the full Colts that I have.
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    The barrel length isn't a problem other than the weight difference. I've carried them all and I prefer the one's with the shorter compact/officers grip. The best compromise may be a 4" barrelled 1911 with the short officers grip.
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    You might want to look into "CCO" 1911. It is a commander barrel (4") but the shorter (more concealable) officer frame. Kimber calls this style "compact". I just picked up a Compact Kimber CDP II for my EDC and I love it. I think Colt calls it the CCO (not 100% on that).

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    Quote Originally Posted by retsupt99 View Post
    It's not usually the barrel length that causes concealment difficulties...it's the grip length.
    Actually, one can learn to use, dress around, and easily conceal anything. OMO
    While this is true - if you carry a smaller gun which is ALSO
    Lighter - you have gained an advantage.
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    I often carry a Colt Combat Commander.
    I think that it's slightly more perfectly balanced than a full length 1911 and comes out of the holster from behind the hip possibly a hair quicker but nothing that I could measure.

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    I carry a full size 5". The key is a very good holster to spread out the weight.
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    Thanks for the insights. I hadn't been thinking too much about the frame size/grip length issue, but it makes sense that that would be as important as barrel length to overall concealability. A CCO model seems like a good option, at least in terms of what I'm looking for.

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    In my 1911 days, I actually preferred the 5" for IWB carry, as the shorter 1911s would poke me in a certain spot, that the 5" guns would bridge over. Coupled with the fact that I could stand on my hind legs and shoot a 5" 1911 effectively at MUCH farther range, this was a no-brainer. I tended to have reliability drama with shorter 1911s, too. The only 1911 I still own is a 5", a Baer TRS, but I had some truly reliable Colt Government Models and Govt-sized Springfield.

    A parallel situation exists with sixguns. I don't like carrying snubbies IWB, unless it is forward of the hip bones, in the "appendix" position. I can CC a 4"-plus sixgun IWB comfortable. (A 4" sixgun is configured, proportionately, about like a 5" 1911.)

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    Like QKShooter, I carry a Commander for the balance and feel rather than for the shorter barrel and slide.

    The Commander is so much better balanced (to me) than the full size 1911.
    I actually have both the XSE Lightweight Commander as well as the Stainless Commander, and even though the Stainless is heavier, I prefer carrying it more than the Lightweight XSE. I think it's because the Stainless model doesn't have the ambi-safety so it sits a bit flatter against me.

    At any rate, the "ordinary" O4091U Commander is my favorite for carry.

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