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Posted: 8/30/2004 6:54:33 PM EST
Besides the caliber difference, what would be the advantages of carrying my Kimber 1911 on me as my CCW?? If any at all. I'm currently carrying a G19. I'm a big fan of 1911's and would like to carry mine, but I'm wondering if it's too bulky or if I should just stick to my G19. What do you all think?
Link Posted: 8/30/2004 7:14:08 PM EST
I carry a full size M1991A1, and can conceal with a fobus paddle, strong side 5 oclock, with nothing more than a t-shirt. I'm 5'10" @150#.

If I can do it, anybody can.

Just find a comfortable rig that fits you.
Link Posted: 8/30/2004 7:45:46 PM EST
Depends on which Kimber you''d be carrying. I carry my Kimber Compact CDP daily. I love it. Used to carry my Glock 22. Loved it. Love the Kimber a little more due to overall width/size (obviously), but most importantly, speed from shot to shot. My Glock was very accurate. The Kimber slays it...in MY hands. That's the most important thing: You must accurately and comfortably shoot whichever you choose. So, choose one and CARRY it!
Link Posted: 8/30/2004 7:48:36 PM EST
Thats my carry gun now.
Link Posted: 8/30/2004 8:02:10 PM EST
You will find that a full size 1911 is easier to carry and conceal than any Glock.
Link Posted: 8/30/2004 8:22:34 PM EST

Originally Posted By jtw2:
You will find that a full size 1911 is easier to carry and conceal than any Glock.


I have to agree. I have carried a fullsize 1911 for almost a year.
Link Posted: 8/30/2004 8:23:57 PM EST
I have carried a full size 1911 for about a year now too. I'm not a big guy and I can conceal it easily.
Link Posted: 8/30/2004 11:00:37 PM EST
Link Posted: 8/30/2004 11:23:32 PM EST
Which one could you shoot with better if your life was on the line?
Link Posted: 8/31/2004 9:54:39 AM EST

Originally Posted By Terrato:
Which one could you shoot with better if your life was on the line?


My 1911 by far, which is why I sold the Glock 19 to buy another 1911.
Link Posted: 8/31/2004 9:55:52 AM EST
Link Posted: 8/31/2004 12:57:50 PM EST
[Last Edit: 8/31/2004 12:58:27 PM EST by _DR]
I don't carry a 1911, but I manage to conceal my P220 without too much trouble, and it is fairly hefty at 7.8" OAL. Of course my P239 is much easier to conceal.
Link Posted: 8/31/2004 1:06:04 PM EST

Originally Posted By FMD:
I carry a full size M1991A1, and can conceal with a fobus paddle, strong side 5 oclock, with nothing more than a t-shirt. I'm 5'10" @150#.

If I can do it, anybody can.

Just find a comfortable rig that fits you.




Got any Pix?
Link Posted: 8/31/2004 1:09:25 PM EST

Originally Posted By A2sights:
Besides the caliber difference, what would be the advantages of carrying my Kimber 1911 on me as my CCW?? If any at all. I'm currently carrying a G19. I'm a big fan of 1911's and would like to carry mine, but I'm wondering if it's too bulky or if I should just stick to my G19. What do you all think?



It's a .45, nuff said If you can conceal it great if you can't but can your G19, than by all means carry what you can conceal. I can conceal even a G21 in the summer, I usually will carry IWB and a t-shirt and wear a open Hawaiian shirt over it.

Link Posted: 8/31/2004 2:05:52 PM EST
Your choice of carry guns depends on what you level of skill you have with each. The one you are most comfortable with should be your choice. You can conceal the 1911 just as easily as the G19.
Link Posted: 8/31/2004 4:25:42 PM EST
it depends on what part of florida yer in.

if it's south florida go with the glock. it's much more fashionable.

if it's anywhere else, you're gonna need the .45. central florida has more 300 pounders per capita than anywhere outside of samoa.

Link Posted: 8/31/2004 4:51:56 PM EST
[Last Edit: 8/31/2004 5:02:28 PM EST by FMD]

Originally Posted By W-W:

Originally Posted By FMD:
I carry a full size M1991A1,...If I can do it, anybody can...

Got any Pix?



No, but here's a pic of me "sorta" open carrying with a T (green shirt), and you can get a pretty good idea of how my 1911 sits. This was taken at The WI Arfcom shoot:



Sorry, I've never had occaision to get someone to take a pic while I was concealed [Edit: See folowing link]. It kind of defeats the purpose, ya know?

Super awkward position, printing, but still concealed.

-FMD

Link Posted: 8/31/2004 5:09:42 PM EST
I have been carrying a H&K Compact .45, but this week I am going to see how it goes with a 1911.

I might have to try that Fobus carry. I have only used the Fobus in open carry so far.
Link Posted: 9/1/2004 5:12:09 AM EST
Kimber Pro CDP II is my daily carry gun
Link Posted: 9/1/2004 5:27:58 AM EST
A2sights, I find smaller/lighter pistols easier to carry than larger/heavier ones. In your case I would stay with the G19 as it is much easier for me to carry/conceal. What would I carry your G19 in? More than likely I would use a Kramer IWB #2. Regards, Richard:D

PS I am skeptical of anyone who says it is easy/comfortable to carry a 1911A1 for 8-12 hours a day. I own some expensive holsters and carrying a 1911 still gets old in a hurry.
Link Posted: 9/1/2004 5:29:15 AM EST
[Last Edit: 9/1/2004 5:43:57 AM EST by TheRicker]
Link Posted: 9/1/2004 5:42:34 AM EST

Originally Posted By TheRicker:
1. Buy a Milt Sparks Vera-Max II holster.

2. Buy a quality Milt Sparks belt.

3. Carry the 1911.






This is what I did. GREAT carry rig.
Link Posted: 9/1/2004 5:50:51 AM EST

Originally Posted By Richard_Oldfield:
...I am skeptical of anyone who says it is easy/comfortable to carry a 1911A1 for 8-12 hours a day. I own some expensive holsters and carrying a 1911 still gets old in a hurry.



Didn't say it was comfortable for 8+ hours, just that I do it on a regular basis. I have a feeling that someone with a litlle more "meat on their bones" would be much more comfortable for longer periods than I am carrying a full-size anything.

As far as ease, it's a matter of finding a rig that "fits". I have holsters that cost better than a bill that don't get used because they aren't as easy to mount/dismount or as comfortable.

As with anything else, YMMV.

-FMD
Link Posted: 9/1/2004 5:53:46 AM EST

Originally Posted By Richard_Oldfield:

PS I am skeptical of anyone who says it is easy/comfortable to carry a 1911A1 for 8-12 hours a day. I own some expensive holsters and carrying a 1911 still gets old in a hurry.



Gee, I've carried a full-size 1911 almost every day for the last 25 years. It's not uncomfortable with the right belt/holster combination, and most of the time I am completely unaware of the fact that it's sitting in that IWB holster. It's more noticible to me when I'm NOT carrying.

Link Posted: 9/1/2004 6:05:38 AM EST
Concealing a 1911 is really easy once you use an IWB holster. Most of the pistol's size is then crammed down your pants, which is just fine.

One of the 1911's great features is that it is a very slim pistol. I can comfortably and completely conceal a full sized 1911 wearing just some pants and a T-shirt, with the T-shirt being untucked. Course I am a bigger fellow than most, but it is no problem to conceal the big pistol.

Width is the most critical dimension when concealing a handgun around the waist. A slimmer pistol does not bulge and look obvious.
Link Posted: 9/1/2004 11:20:20 AM EST

Originally Posted By Richard_Oldfield:
A2sights, I find smaller/lighter pistols easier to carry than larger/heavier ones. In your case I would stay with the G19 as it is much easier for me to carry/conceal. What would I carry your G19 in? More than likely I would use a Kramer IWB #2. Regards, Richard:D

PS I am skeptical of anyone who says it is easy/comfortable to carry a 1911A1 for 8-12 hours a day. I own some expensive holsters and carrying a 1911 still gets old in a hurry.



A high-quality holster makes all the difference in the world to me. I carry a 5" 1911 12-15 hours all the time.

My record is 36 hours straight. Started at 5am on a Friday. Took it off at 5pm on Saturday. At that point I really needed a shower. And some sleep.

I was on auto-pilot from 5am to 5pm on Friday. Then things got exciting from 5pm Fri. to 5am Sat.
The next twelve hours were a bit of a blur.
Link Posted: 9/1/2004 11:30:50 AM EST

Originally Posted By DavidC:

Originally Posted By Richard_Oldfield:

PS I am skeptical of anyone who says it is easy/comfortable to carry a 1911A1 for 8-12 hours a day. I own some expensive holsters and carrying a 1911 still gets old in a hurry.



Gee, I've carried a full-size 1911 almost every day for the last 25 years. It's not uncomfortable with the right belt/holster combination, and most of the time I am completely unaware of the fact that it's sitting in that IWB holster. It's more noticible to me when I'm NOT carrying.




+1
I carry mine all day every day. I too notice it more when I'm not wearing it more than when I am.
Link Posted: 9/2/2004 5:20:01 AM EST
Here's my average loadout:

1911
2-4 extra mags
Smith 442
6 Spare .38SPL rounds on a speed strip
Cold Steel Recon 1 Tanto
Keys
Wallet
Cell Phone

And that's just when I am wearing a T-shirt....

So no, it isn't the least bit difficult to carry a 1911 and then some for extended periods of time. If you own a quality holster and a quality belt, it is no problem. I am fond of Eagle's BDU belt, because it does not stretch and is dirt cheap.

I use Blade-Tech IWB's for most of my carrying because they are fast, comfortable, and impervious to conditions, and they have a neat shield that extends upward from the holster to protect your soft fleshy parts from contact with the gun, especially important if you use ambi safeties on your 1911.

I routinely drive long distances with a 1911 stuffed down my pants, plus a 442 in my pocket or a P99 behind my right hip, and all the extra ammo and various other crap I carry. I never have a problem doing so.
Link Posted: 9/2/2004 12:08:21 PM EST
Have carried my Glock 31 off duty for a couple of years...until recently.

Qualed with my TLE, now I carry it off duty instead. Much easier to conceal and it rides a lot better. Accuracy wise, there's no comparison. Carry what you shoot the best. For me it's the Kimber.
Link Posted: 9/3/2004 6:27:21 AM EST
Carried a 1911 now for about 12 years in summer and winter. An earlier post had mentioned carry what your more confident with. This is absolutely true!! If you can hit with it and use it well , it doesn't really matter what you carry . When I was a kid my Dad carried a Ruger MK1.22 EVERYWHERE , and watching him shoot it I know I would'nt want to be a BG in front of him!Take care. Coondog
Link Posted: 9/3/2004 8:11:37 AM EST
I read some where that Clint Smith once said that the gun is carried to be comforting not comfortable.That said I've been carrying my Kimber stainless II in a blade-tech iwb for the past three years with no problems or discomfort.You should carry what you are most capable with.
Jon
Link Posted: 9/3/2004 8:55:05 AM EST
[Last Edit: 9/3/2004 8:57:24 AM EST by Green_Canoe]

Originally Posted By FMD:

Originally Posted By W-W:

Originally Posted By FMD:
I carry a full size M1991A1,...If I can do it, anybody can...

Got any Pix?



Sorry, I've never had occaision to get someone to take a pic while I was concealed [Edit: See folowing link]. It kind of defeats the purpose, ya know?

Super awkward position, printing, but still concealed.

-FMD




[onlooker in the grocery store] "Too bad you can't afford a new, smaller cell phone." [/onlooker]

Link Posted: 9/3/2004 11:04:06 AM EST
Link Posted: 9/3/2004 11:10:35 AM EST

Originally Posted By ken_mays:


This makes a big difference after a 10-hour day compared to carrying a steel Government sized gun.



Actually, it makes a big difference to you; other people's experience will vary. Personally, I find no difference in carrying a lightweight commander or a full size 1911.
Link Posted: 9/3/2004 11:11:53 AM EST
[Last Edit: 9/3/2004 11:15:09 AM EST by W-W]

Originally Posted By FMD:

Originally Posted By W-W:

Originally Posted By FMD:
I carry a full size M1991A1,...If I can do it, anybody can...

Got any Pix?



No, but here's a pic of me "sorta" open carrying with a T (green shirt), and you can get a pretty good idea of how my 1911 sits. This was taken at The WI Arfcom shoot:

www.emsiandd.com/arfcom/images/discussion.jpg

Sorry, I've never had occaision to get someone to take a pic while I was concealed [Edit: See folowing link]. It kind of defeats the purpose, ya know?

Super awkward position, printing, but still concealed.



-FMD



FMD,

No offense intended...I'm small and cannot carry any "heavy" pistol as it drags my pants down. I was just looking for ideas.

w-w

Link Posted: 9/3/2004 8:04:24 PM EST
[Last Edit: 9/3/2004 8:05:01 PM EST by bigbore]
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