Fast Draw of a 1911

Fast Draw of a 1911

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    Fast Draw of a 1911

    I am a new 1911 owner and am wondering if the longer bbl is an issue is a quick draw. I have looked for video examples but have not found any.

    Anyone have an opinion on the 1911 being a "slow from the holster" gun or not?


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    well...how tall are you...how long is your arm reach...???

    lots of variables in the mechanics of the "draw", i would guess

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    Fast is not necessarily fast...but 'smooth' is fast...

    It doesn't make any difference what you're drawing as long as you practice...

    Stay armed...practice smooth, it will become faster...stay safe!
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    <g> No, a 1911 isn't any slower from the holster than any other gun. The person who told you that must not have done a lot of work from a holster or wasn't pushing for performance.

    About the only times I've seen a 1911 slower on the draw is when the shooter forgets about the safety (having that on "fire" dramatically reduces the trigger pull...), and that only increased the time to first hit. The draw still looks good in most cases.

    You can take confidence, with a little practice you'll be drawing just as quickly as everyone else. It's the indian and not the arrow in this case.

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    If there was a difference, it would be so minimal that I'd encourage you to forget about that factor.

    Practicing your draw and dry firing will do much more for you than would a shorter barrel.
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    Gotcha! I will forget about it & get to practicing!

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    The real key is to never be in a position that requires a fast draw. Practice situational awareness and avoidance techniques so you never have to draw at all.
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    Quote Originally Posted by havegunjoe View Post
    The real key is to never be in a position that requires a fast draw. Practice situational awareness and avoidance techniques so you never have to draw at all.
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    I have been carrying 1911's for almost 42 years. I have also carried revolvers, HP's, Glocks and other misc guns from 2" to 5". The 1911 has not been an issue on a smooth, fast draw when I practiced. But it is a skill you can loose. Practice, Practice, Practice.
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    Quote Originally Posted by retsupt99 View Post
    Fast is not necessarily fast...but 'smooth' is fast...

    It doesn't make any difference what you're drawing as long as you practice...

    Stay armed...practice smooth, it will become faster...stay safe!
    I agree with retsupt99. Owned both a SA 5" 1911 Standard (same as the Mil-Spec) and a SA Champion. Difference in drawing speed was nill for me. Still have the 5". The POS Champion that wouldn't run after 5 trips back to the factory is gone!
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    I believe it was "Wild Bill" Hickock who described the art of gunfighting as "Taking your time in a hurry". The first shot to the target in these types of situations usually determines who gets to go home. Notice it's the first shot to the target, not the first shot. If I was going to practice something to help me survive it would be the continuous motion beginning with reaching for the 1911 and ending with one well placed shot to the target. As soon as that's mastered try the "Double Tap" still beginning with the reach for the handgun. Remember that most of the time gang bangers and thieves spend more time pulling up their pants than practicing their weapon skills.

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    Quote Originally Posted by havegunjoe View Post
    The real key is to never be in a position that requires a fast draw. Practice situational awareness and avoidance techniques so you never have to draw at all.
    With all due respect, that's much easier said than done.

    NOBODY can have 100% situational awareness, 100% of the time.

    A large percentage of violent attacks occur "out of the blue", quickly and with no advance warning.

    One should HOPE they never have to draw, but unforeseen circumstances might require otherwise.

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    I was part of an experiment on this many years ago. Participants drew a ful size 1911, a Commander, and an Officer's Model from a concealment holster and an OWB holster to see if the shorter barrel cleared the holster and got on target quicker. Same with a 4" model 10 and a 2.5" model 15 S&W. There was no significant difference between similar guns. The 1911 was faster than the revolver generally. This was in 1992 I think, right after I bought my stainless 1991A1 Colt.

    If you can round up a couple of guns and holsters and a stopwatch or a timer, it's an easy test to run. I can see the assumption that the short gun rotates up onto the target faster, but the experiment didn't bear that out. Maybe if you are a master class shooter it might make a difference.

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    Quote Originally Posted by retsupt99 View Post
    Fast is not necessarily fast...but 'smooth' is fast...

    It doesn't make any difference what you're drawing as long as you practice...

    Stay armed...practice smooth, it will become faster...stay safe!
    Smooth is fast, except when it isn't. Smooth is smooth. You can attain your fastest speed when it is no faster than the speed at which you can still be smooth.
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    Quote Originally Posted by retsupt99 View Post
    Fast is not necessarily fast...but 'smooth' is fast...

    It doesn't make any difference what you're drawing as long as you practice...

    Stay armed...practice smooth, it will become faster...stay safe!


    Excellent point!!!

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