Best 1911 for CCW

Discussion in 'Concealed Carrying & Personal Protection' started by spenc, Nov 8, 2011.

  1. spenc

    spenc New Member

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    My first post so go easy on me. I'm getting my WV ccw after Xmas and I have decided I want a 1911 for carry during the winter. So what's the best? I will most likely carry iwb so I don't think I will want a 5inch barrel. Thanks in advance guys.

    Glock 22 owner, 6 years USAR MP, OIF 07-08
     
  2. silverado113

    silverado113 New Member

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    That really depends on how much you want to spend however come options could be:

    Kimber Ultra
    Colt Defender
    Springfield EMP
     

  3. levelcross

    levelcross New Member

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    Cost is a factor in the 1911 platform, but a 100 year old design that has proven itself is peace of mind.

    I have a Kimber Ultra and love it, I am looking at a Colt Commander to buy soon.

    Springfield, Ruger, Nighthawk all have nice 1911's also.

    Go to a gun range that rents guns and try out a few different models and barrel lengths, also go to a well stocked gun store and handle several different ones. Ask the staff for their input on each of the ones that you like. And let cost be a minimal factor in what ever you purchase.

    As for holsters for IWB I really like the Tommy Thesis style for every day carry, great retention, very comfortable, easy to conceal.
     
  4. Overkill0084

    Overkill0084 Active Member

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    I have a DW CCO. I find it easier to carry than my XD40SC (lighter & thinner). It was also surprisingly easy to shoot well. I did as well at the weekly pin match with it, as I did with the full sized 1911. Colt makes a CCO as well, & I'm sure there are others. Certainly worth investigating.
    +1 on the Theis holsters. Good product, good price.
     
  5. spenc

    spenc New Member

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    Thanks for the input so far guys. Cost wise I'd like to keep it under $1,000. It shouldn't be a problem as my local gun shop is fairly priced. I just wanted to get an idea of what 1911 you guys are using for ccw and how you like them.

    Glock 22 owner, 6 years USAR MP, OIF 07-08
     
  6. stevetinman

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    I carry a Kimber Ultra II Crimson Trace and a Kimber Ultra II raptor. Not at the same time of course. I also have a Beretta PX4 Storm that I like to carry too. No matter what pistol you decide on, make sure it feels right to you. That will be the deciding factor above everything else. No matter what anyone recommends, it all comes down to what you feel comfortable with. Good luck with your choice.
     
  7. Firearms4ever

    Firearms4ever New Member

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    It depends on the person mainly for CCW. I carry my Springfield 1911A1 Mil-Spec during the fall/winter, because I'm 6'4 so I can easily conceal a full size 1911, which is what a prefer. I recommend looking at Springfield and Colt. Not to hit on Kimber I just don't like the fact of only getting a 1 year warranty from them and their prices I find are too high.
     
  8. boomenshutzen

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    Another vote for the Dan Wesson CCO here. It's a bit over your $1,000, but well worth it. Alternatively, take a look at the Colt CCO. It should be just a bit less expensive, but I'm sure very capable. The CCO combines the smaller Officer's frame with the Commander size slide and handles and conceals very well.
     
  9. Werminator

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    Keep an eye on used weapons too. In my experience you have 2 classes of 1911 guys. You have one side of the equation who love shooting these guns and will put lots of rounds through them and you have the other side who love to look at the guns and put them in the safe almost never actually firing them. I found a couple really beautiful Colts and one S&W at the local shop for a couple hundred bucks cheaper than the factory new ones but there was no wear on the slides or issues in the finish so I felt they represent a much higher value than the brand new ones. My hang up though is that Iown guns to shoot em and .45 is kinda pricey for the amount of shooting I like to do...
     
  10. gutz47

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    Colt new agent.
     
  11. JonM

    JonM Moderator

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    colt defender/new agent. i prefer the new agent.
     
  12. danf_fl

    danf_fl Retired Supporter

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    Ed Brown Kobra Carry (or any of the commander sized with the "bobbed" main spring housing).
     
  13. john45

    john45 New Member

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    I carry a Kimber Pro CDP and am very happy with it.
     
  14. gollygee

    gollygee New Member

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    First choice is a 'CCO", you pick the brand. Light weight & short grip for easier concealment, 4-1/4" barrel with longer sight radius than the ultra compacts. For me, just balances best. Mine is a Colt.

    Second choice is light weight commander, also the brand of your choice. Same as above, just longer grips. Mine is a Kimber Pro Crimson Carry II. Not a true commander as it has 4" barrel, but will do until I can find one. :)