Advice on carrying a 1911 concealed.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

glockman0422glockman0422 MemberPosts: 216 Member
Hey guys:


As you may already know from previous posts, i recently purchased my first 1911 pistol. Its a kimber TLE/RL 2. I love this gun so much that i have been contemplating the idea of carrying it concealed. Ive heard people that do it all the time so i was wondering if someone could suggest some holsters or ways to carry a 1911. Untill now i have been a polymer pistol guy(hence my forum name) but i have come to apreciate the legendary 1911. I understand its a big and heavy gun but i really love the ergonomics, power of the .45, not to mention i can shoot full bullets thru the same jagged hole all day long. I have been carrying a keltec Pf9 for a while now but i would really preffer to carry my 1911 providing i can do so comfortably. Any help will be greatly apreciated.
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  • gunrunner428gunrunner428 Senior Member Posts: 1,018 Senior Member
    Surprisingly, many guys who carry 1911's of one description or other find that they're unusually concealable for such a "big" gun. The profile of a standard-stacked magazine 1911 is pretty flat, and tuckes well into an IWB holster worn just behind the strong-side hip (although as you would for most guns, up-sizing your trousers by 2 inches in the waist makes things a lot easier.)

    With a good belt and a well-designed holster, the grip is pulled nice and snug up against your kidney, and stays pretty well hidden with any kind of covering garment, including an untucked shirt. That would probably be my choice for daily carry.
  • DoctorWhoDoctorWho Senior Member Posts: 9,496 Senior Member
    " the grip is pulled nice and snug up against your kidney, "




    :spittingcoffee:

    Should read away from the kidney area.
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  • knitepoetknitepoet Senior Member Posts: 19,447 Senior Member
    It looks ungainly as all get out but a Crossbreed "supertuck" holster is so comfortable it's AMAZING. It's the ONLY way I'll carry my full sized 1911 (Mine's actually a home made knock-off from a friend)
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  • JayhawkerJayhawker Moderator Posts: 15,374 Senior Member
    I carry a 1911 of one type or another pretty much every day...my input is this....IWB, OWB, makes no difference, it's pretty much what you can conceal the best and what is most comfortable for you...the only caution is this: I trust you will be carrying this pistol "cocked & locked"....I once had a holster that was so poorly designed that in the course of daily wear, movement, etc, it would move the thumb safety to the "fire" position...quite disconcerting to say the least... I got rid of the holster in question without a second thought (and no, I can't remember who the maker was)
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  • glockman0422glockman0422 Member Posts: 216 Member
    Thanks for the quick responses!!!!

    I have been looking at the crossbreed supertuck and it seems like a great choice. Does anyone use a shoulder holster??. just asking, i prefer the IWB but its always nice to have options.
  • JayhawkerJayhawker Moderator Posts: 15,374 Senior Member
    For all intents and purposes I HATE shoulder holsters for everyday carry - although I did use one when I was recovering from a dislocated shoulder. There is an exception however -
    when I'm hunting and am carrying my 1911 I absolutely love the G.I. "Tanker" holster...the rig actually rests on my left chest rather than under my arm...somebody was thinking when they designed that one...
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  • NNNN Senior Member Posts: 24,052 Senior Member
    Cover garment is the key, but, you knew that.

    With a one size larger than normal, tall size denim untucked shirt I can conceal a 6.5" barrel N frame in a OWB holster.
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  • NCFUBARNCFUBAR Senior Member Posts: 4,324 Senior Member
    I have carried a 1911 95% of the time since I first got my permit. It took time but I found that a Sparks Exec Comp was my choice and with a good belt it really does work well. Two years back I also bought a Sparks Versa Max and started to break it in. I popped a snap on the Exec Comp last month (Sparks replaced it for free) and switched to the Versa Max ... I don't think I'll switch back. The weight of the old warhorse is distributed better and seems smoother also. One day I'm going to try a version of the Crossbreed but for now the Versa is perfect.

    To me a major thing needed on a 1911 IWB holster the sweat guard. That little piece of leather makes it way more comfortable by keeping the hammer and sight from digging in to your side.
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  • airheadairhead Member Posts: 424 Member
    I'm currently carrying in a bladetech IWB holster. I got it because I liked their OWB holster and noticed a lot of the IDPA guys using them.

    I've also got a nice leather tuckable IWB from a guy that is now out of business - sad because he did such pretty work.

    Avoid the nylon / swede cheap holsters. You get what you pay for there.
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  • NomadacNomadac Senior Member Posts: 892 Senior Member
    I use a Milt Sparks Exec. Comp. for my Colt Ofc. Lt Wt carry and a Summer Special for my Govt. Mdl. 1911, both work fine for me. http://www.miltsparks.com/ A good belt is advised.

    I also have several Bianchi holsters for my Colt Mdl. 1911's, Commander and Ofc.Lt. Wt. I have used.
    http://www.bianchi-intl.com/product/Prod.php?TxtModelID=3S

    I also have carried my Govt model in a Bianchi Shoulder holster http://www.bianchi-intl.com/product/Prod.php?TxtModelID=X15 when proper outer garment permitted. This also permits a good OWB holster if wearing a jacket, shirt worn outside belt, light jacket, etc.

    Choice of proper clothing both size and type is important for concealment without printing, etc.
  • SlanteyedshootistSlanteyedshootist Senior Member Posts: 3,947 Senior Member
    I like my Crossbreed Supertuck. It's super comfortable, secure and easy to draw from. I have a cheap nylon shoulder rig from Barsony Leather because I wanted to try shoulder carry without spending beaucoup bucks. Surprisingly, it works great. Comfortable, good retention and easy to draw as well. Great deal for $30.00. I do want one of those Bianchi vertical rigs though.
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  • LMLarsenLMLarsen Senior Member Posts: 8,337 Senior Member
    I like Galco and El Paso Saddlery for leather; for kydex I like Comp-Tac.

    BTW, glockman, why do you always !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! or ??????????? when you post something?
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  • DoctorWhoDoctorWho Senior Member Posts: 9,496 Senior Member
    Thanks for the quick responses!!!!


    Does anyone use a shoulder holster??. just asking, i prefer the IWB but its always nice to have options.

    I used a Bianchi shoulder rig for a 1911 back when we were restricted to revolvers .38 special for on and off duty carry,.
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  • JayhawkerJayhawker Moderator Posts: 15,374 Senior Member
    DoctorWho wrote: »
    I used a Bianchi shoulder rig for a 1911 back when we were restricted to revolvers .38 special for on and off duty carry,.

    My best friend had the same rig...his 1911 was equipped with on of those stupid trigger shoes that stick out on both sides of the trigger guard. Follow me now...the pistol is in Condition One...friend places pistol in the holster (which wipes the thumb safety into the "off" position, then friend goes to seat the pistol in the holster, depressing the grip safety as he does so, friend the shoves pistol into the holster...trigger shoe snags and sends a 230 grain hard ball zipping down his leg....cuts his jeans open but only leaves a red mark on the skin....however, I'm pretty sure he beshat himself...

    Lesson learned: Be very careful about modifying your pistol with add-ons...they may impact the safety of an otherwise very safe handgun....
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  • DoctorWhoDoctorWho Senior Member Posts: 9,496 Senior Member
    Jayhawker wrote: »
    My best friend had the same rig...his 1911 was equipped with on of those stupid trigger shoes that stick out on both sides of the trigger guard. Follow me now...the pistol is in Condition One...friend places pistol in the holster (which wipes the thumb safety into the "off" position, then friend goes to seat the pistol in the holster, depressing the grip safety as he does so, friend the shoves pistol into the holster...trigger shoe snags and sends a 230 grain hard ball zipping down his leg....cuts his jeans open but only leaves a red mark on the skin....however, I'm pretty sure he beshat himself...

    Lesson learned: Be very careful about modifying your pistol with add-ons...they may impact the safety of an otherwise very safe handgun....


    Words of wisdom !!!!!!
    He got off really cheap, I had the safety detent hole deepened on that particular gun, I really did not like finding My 1911 off safe, after the fix it would not go off safe with a rub, also got rid of the enlarged safety lever.


    "however, I'm pretty sure he beshat himself..."

    As a LEO there is a high probability factor of beshating oneself, hence you carry soap, clean underpants and trousers and other nice smelling stuff.
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  • ADRidgeADRidge Member Posts: 173 Member
    Carrying anything concealed is much easier if you leave the "!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!" at home. They tend to print way too much.
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  • DoctorWhoDoctorWho Senior Member Posts: 9,496 Senior Member
    ADRidge wrote: »
    Carrying anything concealed is much easier if you leave the "!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!" at home. They tend to print way too much.

    But if you leave your sidearm at home, it will not do you much of any good.
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  • ghostsniper1ghostsniper1 Banned Posts: 2,645 Senior Member
    Im just curious how you boys use the IWB holsters. I got a galco IWB holster for my Ruger LCR and hate it. talk about uncomfortable and digs into your waist. It is now a very comfortable, in the pocket holster. And yes I have tried with and without a belt, etc.
  • JayhawkerJayhawker Moderator Posts: 15,374 Senior Member
    Dude...buy your pants a size larger...
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  • ghostsniper1ghostsniper1 Banned Posts: 2,645 Senior Member
    I like my baggy britches. Im a step ahead of you. Think about it, Im 28 years old. I grew up in the times of baggy, loose fitting jeans lol. Just feels awkward with the IWB. Looks kinda silly too, although I realize a revolver isn't quite as "flat as some autos.
  • knitepoetknitepoet Senior Member Posts: 19,447 Senior Member
    Im just curious how you boys use the IWB holsters.
    1) Put belt through loops
    2) Position empty holster inside waistband with hooks in position over belt
    3) Put pants on, button, ZIP & fasten belt
    4) Place "Condition 1" 1911 in holster
    5) Either tuck shirt shirt between gun/holster and pants OR tuck tee shirt behind and put on cover garment

    See, they're not that hard to use :jester:
    :rotflmao:
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  • rbsivleyrbsivley Senior Member Posts: 1,094 Senior Member
    I carry my SA 1911A1 in a Don Hume leather IWB and it rides good. The holster is only about $30
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  • ghostsniper1ghostsniper1 Banned Posts: 2,645 Senior Member
    knitepoet wrote: »
    1) Put belt through loops
    2) Position empty holster inside waistband with hooks in position over belt
    3) Put pants on, button, ZIP & fasten belt
    4) Place "Condition 1" 1911 in holster
    5) Either tuck shirt shirt between gun/holster and pants OR tuck tee shirt behind and put on cover garment

    See, they're not that hard to use :jester:
    :rotflmao:
    Gee willigers Paul, Im gonna run home, tell Wally, then give that a try... :rotflmao: Lol, just messin. I guess some things work better for others since the method you stated isn't working for me. Anywho, I like the IWB in my pocket. Doesn't press against my side fat, and I cant tell its there.
  • breamfisherbreamfisher Senior Member Posts: 13,379 Senior Member
    IWB in the pocket? That might explain why you don't like to use a holster in the pocket. Pocket holsters are for pockets. IWB holsters, and OWB, are for the belt.
    Overkill is underrated.
  • DanChamberlainDanChamberlain Senior Member Posts: 3,395 Senior Member
    It's really hard to beat the tried and true "Askins Avenger" design which is about 40 years old. It was designed for concealed carry at a time when there were only two guns being carried concealed and one of them was the 1911.

    Dan
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  • DoctorWhoDoctorWho Senior Member Posts: 9,496 Senior Member
    "when there were only two guns being carried concealed and one of them was the 1911."

    What was the other one ?? :jester:
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  • JeeperJeeper Senior Member Posts: 2,952 Senior Member
    If you want an OWB model I recommend Mernickle Holsters. I have one of theirs for my Smith and Wesson model 29 and it is extremely comfortable and conceals amaingly well for a full size revolver.

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  • ChuckXXChuckXX Banned Posts: 103 Member
    Just my nickels worth. I don't like a 1911 for concealed carry mainly because of its low mag capacity. Thats why I went with 9mm. I carry 16 rounds in my pistol with another 16 round mag on my belt. If I run into a firefight with 3 bad guys I'll take the extra mag capacity that the 9mm offers over the extra power you have in a 1911. When you run out of firepower with those 3 bad guys at the local Kwik Shop I'll still be firing my 9mm. Like I said, just my nickels worth. Plus I hate the hassle the way a 1911 comes apart and goes back togethor. I can strip my 4 9mm's in seconds. Clean them in less than 10 minutes (very thoroughly) and keep on going. Had a 1911 once. Hated the take apart and put back togethor hassle of it.
  • NCFUBARNCFUBAR Senior Member Posts: 4,324 Senior Member
    ChuckXX wrote: »
    Just my nickels worth. I don't like a 1911 for concealed carry mainly because of its low mag capacity. Thats why I went with 9mm. I carry 16 rounds in my pistol with another 16 round mag on my belt. If I run into a firefight with 3 bad guys I'll take the extra mag capacity that the 9mm offers over the extra power you have in a 1911. When you run out of firepower with those 3 bad guys at the local Kwik Shop I'll still be firing my 9mm. Like I said, just my nickels worth. Plus I hate the hassle the way a 1911 comes apart and goes back togethor. I can strip my 4 9mm's in seconds. Clean them in less than 10 minutes (very thoroughly) and keep on going. Had a 1911 once. Hated the take apart and put back togethor hassle of it.

    I will give you the fact that you carry more rounds but where are you going that you need 32 rounds? With my 1911 I have 8+1 and don't feel under gunned because I ain't going lookin' for a gun fight!

    I will also give you I can break down my Glocks a little faster that my 1911s but I won't say easier. I also don't see a reason to rush ... it is kinda therapeutic.
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  • LMLarsenLMLarsen Senior Member Posts: 8,337 Senior Member
    Agreed, why the rush to strip and clean a pistol? As for the "limited" capacity of a 1911, I don't see that as an issue; that's why we practice marksmanship and situational awareness. Seven 230gr HP rounds will handle three bad guys nicely.

    And if I have to run to the local convenience store in the middle of the night - which is an extremely rare occurrence - it will be with my .45 and a backup.
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