What have you tried?
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Hey guys, Any suggestions for selecting a holster for concealed carry for a full size 1911?
Have bought several and had to take them back.Either they did not ride well or
stuck out to far. Kind of new at C/C especially with a large frame. Thanks for any advice.
What have you tried?
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You didn't specify if you carried IWB or OWB, but I'll assume OWB. One of the best holsters I've found for that purpose is Galco's Avenger. It well and holds the gun very close to the body. You might also consider Galco's Combat Master which works as well but is slightly bulkier.
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For OWB, I use an El Paso Saddlery Tortilla holster.
For IWB, I use a Comp-Tac Minotaur and it's very comfortable. Highly recommended if you're going to conceal a big gun like the 1911.
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Im a big fan of kholster, distributes weight well verry comfy and adjustable cant and ride height
Do you have a real, bona fide gun belt? The holster is only half of the equation.
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I use a Don Hume 721 OT for OWB and also attach clips to it (custom made) for IWB and really like it. The price is good too at under $45. I have a 1911 Commander for EDC.
A quality holster on a cheap belt will not carry well
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Get a good purpose made belt, it makes a big difference.
I have used the UBG Canute, and High Noon Skin guard, both with good results, depending on if I want IWB or OWB.
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What's your budget? Type ? Ie. Kydex ,leather or a hybrid? IWB or OWB? Crossdraw or strong siide?
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Gun Belts by The Belt Man for great fun belts. You need both to do this comfortably and safely.
Start with a good gun belt - I get mine from A & G, a site sponsor. Then I would go with either a Kholster or a Pure Kustom Black Ops Pro. They both offer lots of adjustability. The Kholster is a value priced option and is IWB only. The Black Ops Pro is expensive, but you get what you pay for. It is also either IWB or OWB, it's convertible. FWIW, I am 6'4" and about 330# & nothing hold the gun closer than the Black Ops Por in IWB mode.
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When I carry OWB, I use a Galco Avenger with a Galco belt. When I carry IWB I use a Galco Summer Special with the same belt that I use for OWB carry. Occasionally I will use a Wilderness Instructor's belt with the same holsters when I am wearing cargo style pants instead of Levis. As others have said, the belt is as important as the holster itself. Probably moreso.
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I am carrying IWB with a Woolfe belt and holster. I have a Galco summer comfort and dislike it quite a bit, it doesn't distribute the weight enough to work well for me without sagging constantly.
If you are having trouble with the weight, the other guys have already said it; get a killer, thick heavy true gun belt. Then, my advice is to use a holster with a widely spaced set of loops to distribute the weight of the gun. That was what worked finally for me!