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    1911 as a primary pistol to carry for self defense.

    I'm interested in buying a 1911 because of my love of the guns themselves. So I've made this my choice of weapon to carry once I've attained my CWP. Though asking a few people I know they talk of how big the 1911 is, which is no doubt true. But I doubt that concealing the gun is much of a problem. My biggest question is a 1911 impractical for a self defense pistol? Should I be aiming for a smaller pistol? I'm not a fan of the concealed versions either.

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    Re: 1911 as a primary pistol to carry for self defense.

    Nothing wrong with a 1911 for concealed carry. I have an often carry a full sized 5" 1911. Mostly now I carry my Springfield EMP 1911 in .40 caliber though...

    I can carry either with an IWB holster and have no problem whatsoever. It's also a very practical self defense pistol.
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    Re: 1911 as a primary pistol to carry for self defense.

    I find it easier to conceal a full size 1911 than concealing a compact double stack gun. That being said, I carry an XD.
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    Re: 1911 as a primary pistol to carry for self defense.

    With the holsters available today, a 1911 can be concealed quite easily. Mine works great, but my only objection is the weight. I tire of wearing it quickly.
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    Re: 1911 as a primary pistol to carry for self defense.

    I have carried a full sized 1911A1 concealed for many years and never had any problems, although at the end of the day it is nice to be able to shed some weight easily.

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    Re: 1911 as a primary pistol to carry for self defense.

    As indicated here, the 1911 system is an outstanding concealed-carry pistol; if, repeat if REPEAT IF you take the time to master it.

    The very features that make the 1911 such a great fighting pistol (short, light trigger and manual safety) also make it risky unless you put in the time to become totally familiar and practiced with it.

    I used to carry a 1911-type pistol, but when I had to back off practice, I found myself almost making some deadly mistakes with it. I had to send it to the safe and go with a gun that had a longer, heavier trigger among other things. this isn't to scare you off, but to make you wary. Get good instruction, then practice, practice, PRACTICE!!!!
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    Re: 1911 as a primary pistol to carry for self defense.

    If you intend to CC a 1911, make sure you plan on a good holster and a good belt as part of your purchase. A good belt will go a long way in making carrying the weight of a 1911 easier.
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    Re: 1911 as a primary pistol to carry for self defense.

    I carry a full size .45 Kimber. Remember, we carry guns because they are comforting, not comfortable. I find a full size .45 very comforting. Get a good holster, and a good belt. The belt should cost nearly as much as the holster. I carry in a strong side pancake often with nothing but an untucked t shirt for concealment with no problems.

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    Re: 1911 as a primary pistol to carry for self defense.

    The 1911 is long but very flat. That makes it very comfortable to carry concealed. I'm hoping Taurus will bring out a Combat Commander size. I prefer those over the full size. I carried a lightweight commander on and off duty for years.


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    Re: 1911 as a primary pistol to carry for self defense.

    Quote Originally Posted by shep854
    As indicated here, the 1911 system is an outstanding concealed-carry pistol; if, repeat if REPEAT IF you take the time to master it.

    The very features that make the 1911 such a great fighting pistol (short, light trigger and manual safety) also make it risky unless you put in the time to become totally familiar and practiced with it.

    I used to carry a 1911-type pistol, but when I had to back off practice, I found myself almost making some deadly mistakes with it. I had to send it to the safe and go with a gun that had a longer, heavier trigger among other things. this isn't to scare you off, but to make you wary. Get good instruction, then practice, practice, PRACTICE!!!!
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