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Old 12-16-2011, 01:59 AM   #21
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Add another YES. I alternate between the XDM-45 and the Colt Government Model 1911. I have a Comp-Tac Infidel for the Colt. Also have a belly band holster, which is the more comfortable plus easily tuckable. My Colt with 9 rounds weighs 2lb 13oz. The XDM with 13 rds weighs 2lb 9oz.

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Yep absolutely great carry gun, reliable with a hella stoppin power. Some reasons I don't, the .45 can't penetrate ANY body armor, it only has a 7 rd mag, and you can't carry it in condition 0 like I can my glock 19.

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Absolutely. Either a good belt holster or a crossbreed IWB works great. The thin profile is great for concealment.

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Yep absolutely great carry gun, reliable with a hella stoppin power. Some reasons I don't, the .45 can't penetrate ANY body armor, it only has a 7 rd mag, and you can't carry it in condition 0 like I can my glock 19.
If I'm not mistaken, the "condition codes" apply specifically to the 1911.

Condition 0: round in chamber, hammer cocked, safety Off
Condition 1: round in chamber, hammer cocked, safety On
Condition 2: round in chamber, hammer uncocked
Condition 3: empty chamber, hammer uncocked, loaded magazine in weapon
Condition 4: empty chamber, no magazine in weapon

You carry the Glock in a mode comparable to Condition 0, because you don't have conditions 1 and 2 available with a Glock. You can carry a 1911 in conditon 0, but because you have both a thumb safety and a grip safety, you don't have to.

I carried a Glock 19 for several years. It is, in my opinion, the best one-gun-for-all-purposes choice there is. In fact, though, a 1911 in condition 0 is a bit safer than the Glock, thanks to the grip safety, in spite of the threatening look of the cocked hammer.

My Colt XSE has an 8-rd mag, giving a 9 round total carry load.
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I carry a full size 1911 daily and have for years. It is easier to carry than the Glock I had to carry years ago.

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I carry a full size 1911 (Springfield 1911 a1 GI) in CrossBreed Supertuck and dedicated gun belt. Works very well. I'm 5' 8" and weigh 200#. So it's very easy to use a 1911 as a carry piece. Needless to say, without the gun belt, it doesn't work nearly as well!

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I'm 5'6 at 175 lb. & my G.I. fits nicely behind my buckle.

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Oh HELL yes!
Best response yet. .

I carry a Kimber 1911 daily. Full size with "officers" grip. I mainly carry it during the winter and switch to my 9mm in the summer. Depending on my clothing I may carry the .45 in the summer also. The officers grip makes concealment much easier.
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Yep absolutely great carry gun, reliable with a hella stoppin power. Some reasons I don't, the .45 can't penetrate ANY body armor, it only has a 7 rd mag, and you can't carry it in condition 0 like I can my glock 19.

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First off you don't have to use a 45 in a 1911 if you don't want to. Go get a 9mm version if that is what you want to carry, that is what is in your Glock 19 and the 9mm round is available in many 1911 pistols.

Second, you said the 1911 only holds 7 rounds. Again, go look at some of the non-traditional 1911 pistols and you'll find DOUBLE STACK magazines just like you have in your Glock 19. They even make double stack 9mm 1911 pistols

Regarding Condition 0, simply carry the gun with the thumb safety in the 'off' position. Perfectly safe. Perfectly acceptable.
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You carry the Glock in a mode comparable to Condition 0, because you don't have conditions 1 and 2 available with a Glock. You can carry a 1911 in conditon 0, but because you have both a thumb safety and a grip safety, you don't have to.

I carried a Glock 19 for several years. It is, in my opinion, the best one-gun-for-all-purposes choice there is. In fact, though, a 1911 in condition 0 is a bit safer than the Glock, thanks to the grip safety, in spite of the threatening look of the cocked hammer.

My Colt XSE has an 8-rd mag, giving a 9 round total carry load.
Each to his own opinion.

However, there are more accidental discharges with Glocks than 1911.

More agencies are leaving Glock than ever before. Glock bought their popularity into law enforcement as well as the mindset of Hollywood and over the years has proven not to be so good and the lawsuits against Glock are piling up. The 1911 also does not suffer from Glock KaBoom. And before you think I am not a Glock owner, I am. I own several of them and always bought my duty gun when they were rotated out.

If a person is properly trained and practiced, they do not need a bucket load of ammo. Many of us now carry a 1911 in .45acp with eight rounds and feel comfortable doing so.
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