Carrying a 1911 without a belt?

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    Carrying a 1911 without a belt?

    Can anyone think of a holster that would allow one to carry without a belt?

    The only ones I could think of are a paddle holster and remora. Outside of the everything has loops or hooks.

    I wear a belt, but this question is not for myself. For someone who is a bit set in their ways.

    The paddle has worked surprisingly well for a glock thus far.

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    Given the weight of a loaded, full size, steel frame 1911, this is probably a bad idea. Even a paddle holster without a belt is a bad idea. Most paddles still "latch" onto the belt in some manner.

    A Remora would probably be a decent option, but I'm not entirely sold on those.

    A smaller or lighter weight 1911 may be a different story, but I'd strongly urge the person to make sure that a paddle holster would not come up with the gun during the draw stroke. I've seen paddle holsters do that when belts were being worn. I can't imagine not wearing a belt being better.

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    Smartcarry.

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    You could always go with a shoulder holster. A loaded 1911 is a lot of weight to carry around.

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    Shoulder holster is not a bad idea.

    You have no idea how many times I have told them to just get a belt. Explained the support, security, etc. Also, mentioned that no belt limits your options severely. All to no avail.

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    +1 for SmartCarry.

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    Perhaps a BellyBand or ChestBand holster would work for your friend.
    I've got a "ChestBand" from Andre's Holsters that works well high on the chest area as well as around the belly/waist (even on my 6'3" 350# blobulance). It carries a 1911 just as easily as it does a Sig P238 and since I have the "double" version, it'll carry both at the same time :) ( linky: Lanbec Enterprises ).
    Another option that looks interesting is a variation of the bellyband call the FusionPac by Tactipac.. looks like it would be quite confortable. ( linky: tactipac.com - FusionPac )

    Cheers

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    Safepacker and shoulder strap

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    A purse..... or man up and buy a belt.
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    Quote Originally Posted by phreddy View Post
    A purse..... or man up and buy a belt.
    This I will be recommending
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    Bibbed overalls, next to your chest. And you can casually have a firing grip on it with noone noticing.
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    What is it with some people and belts anyway?

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    Quote Originally Posted by JD View Post
    A Remora would probably be a decent option, but I'm not entirely sold on those.
    - I've carried a Kahr PM9 in a Remora without a belt before, but a belt makes it much more stable and secure. I can't imagine trying to carry a 1911 without a belt.
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    shoulder, smartcarry, or a belly band are what comes to mind.

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    I'd assume that a 1911 in an unsecured holster would end up around one's feet if any sort of enthusiastic activity was undertaken. I do not consider a full-sized 1911 to be a heavy gun but it is weighty enough for gravity to exact a healthy tug.


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