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    I'm an equal opportunity gun hand!

    I carry different guns, just because I can and I never met a gun I didn't like.

    Today, I'm carrying a horse of a different color - a 45 in a Glock 21. But this one isn't your run of the mill .45 ACP. I have it loaded with .45 Super. Sometimes this one...

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    But sometimes I carry my Kimber Custom TLE-RL II just because I love it too. This is a personal decision you'll have to make for yourself.
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    I often carry my XD's, but as for the 1911:

    Slimmer and more concealable
    Using Chip McCormick 8-round mags I have 8+1 and a spare mag for 17 rounds
    Feels better in the hand than anything else
    Aims better than anything else
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    .....hard to break old habits.

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    I don’t only because 45 ACP is weak.

    I prefer the 500 Magnum



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    Quote Originally Posted by bmcgilvray View Post
    Just returned from a Thanksgiving holiday week. A Colt Government Model made the trek from west central Texas to Nashville to play with the grand kids and back again. Was a most gratifying and comforting companion as we traveled back and forth on I-20, I-30, and I-40.
    Well ... the Colt didn't play with the grand kids. We did. Hah!
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    I was introduced to a single-action revolver shooting .22 shorts in the summer between the second and third grades. My first owned handgun was a Ruger Super Blackhawk .44 magnum when I was a teenager. I was introduced to the M1 Garand and 1911 by the Navy Reserves during my senior year of high school in 1963/1964.

    My first love is big bore single-action revolvers with a four to eight inch barrel. The triggers are great which helps my accuracy. The longer barrels with a longer sight radius helps my accuracy. Big bore double-action revolvers come in second for me.

    I have bought and sold hundreds of guns since the 1962. I bought a Glock G20 10mm in the 1990s. I was up to nine Glocks at one time in 10mm, .45 ACP, and 9mm.

    In 2010, I read that Colt was coming out with a 100th. anniversary government model 1911 for 2011. I decided I needed one. I couldn't find one, but bought a Dan Wesson Valor 1911. I now have eleven government model 1911s including seven Colts in .45 ACP and two Colts in 10mm.

    I carry a government model 1911 in a leather pancake style holster on my belt from the time I get dressed in the morning to when it goes on the nightstand when I go to bed. I carry one or more spare magazines on my belt.

    The government model is the best concealable handgun that has a great single-action trigger and a longer sight radius. I have never believed in the twenty-one foot gunfight rule. If someone shoots at me from 100 yards, I prefer being able to shoot back with some accuracy and good stopping power.
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    I just started to carry a Springfield GI a few months back , I had my shooting partner ask why would you carry that heavy thing instead of your Glock ? ....My answer , I want to ....
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    The guns that I have carried over the years have all been plastic pistols of various flavors. I am very fond of my Glocks and the P365 I have been carrying for a while now. But lately it occurs to me, that I shoot my 2 1911's (both Colt Government models) better than anything else. The single action triggers and the long sight radius are the main reasons, I'm sure. So, I am looking for a good IWB holster for a full size 1911 and I am ready to experiment with carrying what I shoot best. Not sure why I waited so long to get the idea.
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    I don't always carry a 1911 but I frequently do, they really are great guns and carry well. I do lean toward the commander size but don't really consider anythng smaller a real 1911.
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    Quote Originally Posted by flh View Post
    I just started to carry a Springfield GI a few months back , I had my shooting partner ask why would you carry that heavy thing instead of your Glock ? ....My answer , I want to ....
    That is an excellent gun. One of the best factory produced I have ever had.
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    I carried a 1911 for many years with no complaints, and still think it's the ultimate semi-auto pistol design. The only reason I quit is because I became more focused on reliability and firepower, so started carrying a revolver. After some service members were attacked a few years back, I started carrying my FN Hi Power when in uniform, but I think I'm moving back to a revolver for full time carry.

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    I like the 1911 for the history and the legend. I carry the 1911 because it's slim, solid, and straight-shooting. I know the pistol well and it's now become intuitive to operate. More 'modern' pistols are great and I occasionally carry a Glock or HK (or a revolver). But the 1911 is always more confidence inspiring for me. Maybe I just shoot it a little better than others, or maybe it just feels a bit more familiar.

    I mostly carry a Commander-sized 1911, but I've started to carry the full-sized version more often. Some people complain about the weight, but I actually find that to be an advantage: it makes it easier to steady the pistol and helps mitigate the recoil impulse.

    Perhaps one day I'll find a 1911 too big and too heavy to tote around, but I probably won't be carrying on a regular basis at that point anyway.

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    Well, after reading part of this thread this morning, I got the bug again. I took off my P365 and pulled one of my LW 1911 Kimbers out of the safe. It feels good. But I can also tell that it weighs quite a bit more than my P365. , even with a good belt and holster.
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    1911s are like a worn in pair of blue jeans: not always the right thing to wear, but they sure feel right.

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    They point good.

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