If your like many 1911 fans who are also concealed carry license holders, selecting a comfortable way to carry your gun is priority number one! Check out this excellent article from Shooting Sports Illustrated that addresses this very subject.
Facts are facts. A full-size, steel frame 1911 with an eight-round magazine weighs about 2.75 pounds. That’s a lot of weight to carry around all day. Aluminum-framed 1911s are about a half-pound lighter, but are still as heavy as a quart of oil. 1911s are not just heavy, they’re long too.
Of course a 1911’s size is part of what makes it easy to shoot. The pistol’s length and sight radius helps with sight alignment and its weight helps dampen recoil. Just as importantly, the weight is distributed evenly between the frame and slide. This makes the 1911 one of the few balanced handguns. For these and other reasons, the 1911 is one of the best fighting pistols ever designed.
Truth is, it doesn’t matter how great a handgun is if you don’t have it with you when you need it. If you expect your 1911 to save your life you must carry it. To keep the toting of your 1911 from becoming a chore, you’ll need to find a carry method that best suits you, the activities you engage in and the way you dress.
Because of its size there are really only five ways to carry a 1911 concealed; inside the pants, on a belt holster, with a shoulder holster, in a specially designed garment or in an off/on-body tote of some sort. I’ve carried 1911s for almost 30 years and have learned a thing or two. Here’s my take on these carry options.
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