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Old 12-09-2011, 01:13 PM   #11
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I cary a compact 1911 everyday now. I used to carry all sorts of other pistols, from Glocks to little .32's and .380's even a commander sized 1911, and nothing feels as good as a 1911 in my hands. The compact is lighter and smaller so it's very easy to conceal. +1 on a good stiff belt and a good holster. They make all of the difference in the world.

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I carry a Sig P226 in a Crossbreed Supertuck IWB every day. It is so comfortable that I seldom notice it is even there....yeah I know, I'm used to it.

I just ordered a Galco Kingtuck IWB for my newly acquired 5" 1911. After a lot more range time with it, the 1911 will go into my carry rotation, just because I like 45's.

My point, with the right rig, you can comfortably carry a full sized auto as your CCW and if done correctly it will never be noticed. As to "is it worth it?", well a 45 makes a right large hole and there is much to said for that.

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Absolutely yes.
I find my CCO easier to conceal than my XD40SC. It's thinner and lighter. A commander sized 1911 wouldn't really be much worse. I did play around trying to conceal my full sized 1911. A bit more effort and some loss of comfort, but not really difficult. (All my CC holsters are IWB) Of course I'm 6'3" & 235 lbs. Someone 5'4" & 100 lbs might need to work a bit harder.
You can conceal nearly anything, given enough motivation and a well designed holster. Oh, don't cheap out on the belt either. Find one designed with holster use in mind. It makes a BIG difference over that JC Penny belt you found on sale.

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I live in Florida, and I carry a 1911 year round. It is thin and conceals well. I can wear a colored or print tee shirt and carry all day long without being spotted, but generally try to wear square cut button-up shirts outside of my pants. I sometimes look like a Yankee tourist, but I am a well armed Yankee tourist. With the proper leather you can also carry it comfortably, but you can't do it in a $14.95 holster, and you need a good belt.


I am a firm believer in only carrying one firearm, so I train with and carry the 1911. I never feel under-gunned.

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+1 to all that is said above. The right belt and the right holster make all of the difference in the world. It is easy to conceal most any firearm, but comfort levels will vary depending on how you conceal them. A good belt designed to carry the weight and a good holster, make carying a 1911 almost as easy as carying a much lesser pistol.

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The 1911 has been my carry gun for 36 years, both as an off duty gun when I was an LEO and still carry one to date. I have been carring my Para P14 now for close to 20 years, serial# 18XX..........

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i carry a colt new agent 1911 everyday. totally do-able
Agreed, i weigh about 180 and stand 6' tall, not a problem for me to carry a full size gov't. I carry it most the year with little problems. I use a blackhawk serpa paddle most the time but sometimes i use a horizontal carry shoulder holster. Mostly i just pull my tshirt over my peice, dont really care if i print cause indiana doesnt require i conceal it anyway.
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Is it possible or even worth using a 1911 as your carry piece?
Can I get a Ninja Face Palm on this one...Please?
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I know a guy that conceals a 45ACP Mac 10 with a 20 rnd mag and 2 spare mags. He is a big guy. I know I could not pull it off. I did carry a full size 1911 at one time so it can be done. A Commander is a little easier. The Officer models are very easy.

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