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Old 08-13-2019, 01:18 PM   #1
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So I have been doing a lot of research. Always looking for more thought. Opinions or preferences on a 1911 carry pistol. Open to thoughts on caliber as well. 9 vs. .45. I have shot both.
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Old 08-13-2019, 01:23 PM   #2
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https://www.sigsauer.com/store/1911-c3-compact.html

carried one of these for a long time. awesome pistol. compact, concealable, but not a micro gun..
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Old 08-13-2019, 01:24 PM   #3
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I used to carry a 5" 1911. It got heavy after a few hours.
Switched to an XDS and thinking of trading that towards a Glock maybe...
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Old 08-13-2019, 01:25 PM   #4
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I have the Lightweight Commander with a 4.25" barrel. Pick a caliber you like. There is no difference if shot placement is incorrect. I had considered the Colt Defender with the 3" barrel but didn't think the 1.25" would make much of a difference with the type of holster I carry.
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Old 08-13-2019, 01:28 PM   #5
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Been carrying since shortly after the law was passed. Carried a 1911 compact for a long time mostly in a front pocket holster. It's doable but heavy. I think the Sig P365 is going to be my forever carry gun now.
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Old 08-13-2019, 01:51 PM   #6
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I actually really like 1911s for their thinness. Their weight doesnt bother me, but having something dig into my sides from being too wide sucks. I have one in 10mm.
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Old 08-13-2019, 01:58 PM   #7
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I carry a Kimber Micro 9 ESV
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Old 08-13-2019, 02:19 PM   #8
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If I was going to carry a 1911, it would be one the size of that 3-inch Kimber that has the shortened grip. I can't remember the name of the gun exactly maybe Ultra Carry or something like that. It has an alloy frame but the ones I've shot even in 45 were very manageable recoil wise. And if I was carrying a 1911, I would carry it in 45 ACP. That said I would actually not carry a 1911, I would pick a plastic gun, probably in 40 caliber.
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Old 08-13-2019, 02:24 PM   #9
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Colt lightweight commander in .45 ACP is what I like.
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Old 08-13-2019, 02:42 PM   #10
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I like my Springfield emp ccc model 9mm.
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Old 08-13-2019, 02:42 PM   #11
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I just like the 1911 feel vs. plastic gun. Maybe I’m crazy
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Old 08-13-2019, 02:51 PM   #12
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I just like the 1911 feel vs. plastic gun. Maybe Iím crazy
Not at all crazy, I prefer the 1911 over plastic guns as well. I just don't prefer them for carry because they hold less bullets and weigh more. That don't mean they're not good guns though.
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Old 08-13-2019, 03:03 PM   #13
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Iíve carried a 1911 45 for years and still do when Iím feeling nostalgic. Iíve gotten to lazy in my old again to wanna that heavy a pistol around all the time. I do carry in a good leather custom holster and a good stiff gun belt when I do.
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Old 08-13-2019, 03:10 PM   #14
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My preference is a LW Commander as well...I like 45 & the 38 Super.

STI & Dan Wesson make some of the best guns for the $$$$ IMO...not cheap per say but nothing like Wilson / NightHawk $$$$.
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Old 08-13-2019, 03:29 PM   #15
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I carried a Colt Concealed Carry Officers for years. Alloy frame, stainless slide. Officers grip length, 4.25" barrel. Easy with the right holster.
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Old 08-13-2019, 03:46 PM   #16
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https://www.sigsauer.com/store/1911-c3-compact.html

carried one of these for a long time. awesome pistol. compact, concealable, but not a micro gun..
My favorite .45 to carry. Accurate as they come. Always reliable.
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Old 08-13-2019, 06:13 PM   #17
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STI Eagle commander.
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Old 08-13-2019, 06:58 PM   #18
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I carry a 3” colt defender in.45acp about half the time and a G43 the other. I love my defender.
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Old 08-13-2019, 07:14 PM   #19
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I have been carrying a smith and Wesson performance shop 1911 with a scandium frame every day for about five years now it is not to heavy and the frame is no tailed which is a must
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Old 08-13-2019, 09:14 PM   #20
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Kimber pro carry II in 45acp. Lightweight frame. I can carry this all day in an IWB kydex holster
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Old 08-13-2019, 09:42 PM   #21
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I just like the 1911 feel vs. plastic gun. Maybe Iím crazy


I carry the RIA officer .45 in a OWB holster. carries good and shoots good.


ďThere's more fun in hunting with the handicap of the bow than there is in hunting with the sureness of the gun.Ē -Fred Bear-
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Old 08-13-2019, 10:28 PM   #22
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I carry the Springfield EMP. Love it!
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Old 08-14-2019, 01:31 AM   #23
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STI Duty One 3.0 in 9mm is awesome! Super accurate gun.
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Old 08-14-2019, 06:23 AM   #24
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Carry a 1911 everyday. A govt model series 70 stainless. Most accurate duty weapon I’ve ever carried.
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Old 08-14-2019, 06:57 AM   #25
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Colt Lightweight Officers ACP in either a Black Hills Leather OWB holster and Hanks gun belt or milt sparks summer special. Hardly know it's there. If you're going to do it, don't skimp on a holster and good belt. Buy once, cry once.
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Old 08-14-2019, 08:42 AM   #26
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I use a webbed belt with a Blackhawk Serpa with my 1911 Lightweight Commander. It does a pretty good job.
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Old 08-14-2019, 06:37 PM   #27
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I carry the 1911 in my avitar daily. It's a Kimber Tactical Pro II. 4" barrel but full size grip with mag well in .45acp. I'm a big tall guy and it doesn't bother me when driving, riding, sitting or walking.

It's been shot an awful lot and needs finishing now but it's been an extremely reliable handgun.
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Old 08-15-2019, 10:23 AM   #28
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I carry a Para P12 double stack 1911 platform. 13 rounds of P+ 230gr pills makes me feel warm and fuzzy all day long.
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Old 08-15-2019, 10:33 AM   #29
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I seldom carry my 5" SR1911, because of the weight and bulk.
I have found that a really good gun belt is a must. Also, canting the holster forward to where the barrel sort of points backwards helps to minimize the printing or grip sticking out.

If I could go back I'd probably still buy the same model and size. I don't personally see it as an everyday carry option since there are so many lighter options. It is fun to carry for nostalgia though.
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Old 08-15-2019, 10:43 AM   #30
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In 1911 platform guns, I wouldn't go shorter than Commander size. The shortie's don't save you much weight, and are often much harder to make reliable. Not to say there aren't reliable ones out there, I've shot a few that were, but your chances of getting an officer's model with reliability problems are much greater than a Commander or full size. I love my 1911's, I have a couple that I have smithed together myself that shoot very good. But I usually carry a Springfield XD.
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Old 08-15-2019, 11:14 AM   #31
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Kimber pro carry II in 45acp. Lightweight frame. I can carry this all day in an IWB kydex holster
This is what I carry also. I started with a full sized 1911, this Kimber is light.

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