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Old 06-07-2011, 09:44 PM   #1
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Alright...My dad just found out that his pistol permit is also good for a CCW and he never realized it before.

NOW...this is what he has currently and he's open to trading them in for a carry weapon. (Not pictures of his actual guns but his are in near perfect condition and were rarely used) BUT I WILL BE TRYING TO GET PICTURES OF THEM SOON!!!!

Thompson Contender Super 14 in .35 Remington. Bought in the mid 1970s and taken out hunting a whole 2 times....he has a custom leather holster to fit it and a pretty serious scope on it with caps.



Smith and Wesson Model 41 .22 Target Pistol with one magazine. My dad bought this a few months before the Super 14 in order to get some trigger time on a pistol...He said he emptied a whole 3 mags.






This being said my dad is about 6'2" 230lbs with a big belly and a narrower waist. He likes 1911 style auto loaders and he kinda liked the sig pistols at the local shops.

He's probably gonna want something with close to a 5" barrel and pretty slim body and we can only have 10 rd mags in NY.....any suggestions???

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You have already answered your own question...a 1911. It has a 5" barrel, slim body, 7 rnd capacity and is a 1911.

Plenty to choose from so you'll get plenty of recommendations. What kind of money is he looking to spend?

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Jpyle covered it. 1911 all the way. Now he just has to find one that he likes. Just steer him clear of anything too low end. He'll want something solid right out of the box.

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Jpyle covered it. 1911 all the way. Now he just has to find one that he likes. Just steer him clear of anything too low end. He'll want something solid right out of the box.
That's what I guess I was trying to get at. But, being a shotgun family, I'm not sure what most consider low-end...we are all fans of the philosophy "you get what you pay for" we were more than willing to spend $ for new over unders when ours crapped out
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Go to our 1911 forum and start reading.

Link: http://www.firearmstalk.com/forums/f57/

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Also keep in mind that some 1911s have been smoothed out or streamlined for concealed carry purposes. Guide good ol' dad towards one of these 1911s instead of letting him pick any old thing out there.

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As a 1911 fan I'm in agreement with the advice here but you also mentioned that he liked Sig. The P220 is IMHO the best "modern" single stack .45 ACP on the market. It is thicker than a 1911 but will give him a good comparison between a timeless classic and a modern weapon. If possible have him handle and shoot both so he can pick the one that fit's him best. I've notices large men with large hands sometimes find a standard 1911 grip a bit to small for them.

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As a 1911 fan I'm in agreement with the advice here but you also mentioned that he liked Sig. The P220 is IMHO the best "modern" single stack .45 ACP on the market. It is thicker than a 1911 but will give him a good comparison between a timeless classic and a modern weapon. If possible have him handle and shoot both so he can pick the one that fit's him best. I've notices large men with large hands sometimes find a standard 1911 grip a bit to small for them.

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Good advice...Guess I should've covered that...For a bigger guy he has average sized hands with longer fingers....and sad enough to say I'm not sure he is THE safest guy...knowing him and how he feels he will want to carry with a round ready to go....are there any models of the sig or 1911 that would allow him to do this safely? it would probably be a double action right?
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The 1911s have a grip safety and a thumb safety.

The 1911s, with few exceptions,(they are out there) are

single-action.

"Cocked and Locked" is a very safe,very ready carry.

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The 1911 is designed to be carried in condition 1...aka "cocked and locked." As it is a single action only design carrying with the hammer down adds time and hand movement to the aiming and firing of the gun. Frankly, if that is a concern then a DA/SA design is a better choice but some do not like the different trigger pull between the first and second shots.

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