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Old 06-27-2020, 01:00 PM
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I carry everywhere outside my home, every day, and have, for going on over 35 years now. 99.99% of the time, it's been a full-size 1911. No other gun I have ever held/fired, in my life, fits my hand better. A Browning HP comes close, but still not quite as good a fit.

I carried a variety of wheelguns as a LEO, before semi-autos were allowed by my department, and I was perfectly comfortable with all of them. Once semi's were allowed, however, I carried a 1911 until the day I was mandated to go to a Glock 22. But when the workday was over, and I was back in civies, the 1911 still went back on me in an IWB.

I don't mind the weight, and I've never had an issue concealing one.

The only place I don't wear one, is on a bicycle. Then it's two J-frames in a twin kydex horizontal shoulder rig.

I simply can't envision a time when a 1911 won't be my first choice. I simply love 'em.









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The HK45 has basically replaced the 1911. Well, not totally because there will always be retro shootist, but the real utility is polymer now.
As you can imagine, when I read this I ran to my gun room and opened the safe in a dither. Fearing the worst, I was prepared to exclaim, "Nein! Nein! Was ist loss? Wo sind miene 1911 pistolen?"

Fortunately, they were still there.
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Taj, There are 1911s and then there are Swenson 1911s, would love to see any photos you would share of ďRalphĒ, especially closeups up Armandís handwork.
So, we have someone who is familiar with and appreciates the work of Armand D. Swenson. Attached photos show a Swenson-Colt Government Model, frame dated to 1968, demonstrating just about all of A.D. Swenson's innovations. Forward and rear barrel positioning, slide top stippled and bordered, S&W revolver sight beautifully fitted into the slide, Swenson's outstanding ambi-safety (now an industry standard), satin hard chrome finish, checkered front strap and front of trigger guard squared & checkered, expanded ejection port.

This one came from the estate of an old Texas lawman, Clifford Louis Causey (and yes, his name is engraved inside the slide as Mr. Swenson did on custom order pistols). Complete with Mr. Causey's Lawrence scabbard holster, floral carved and suede lined.

Family legend is that Mr. Causey served as a Texas Ranger. My inquiries to the Ranger Hall of Fame cannot support this, but it remains possible as his career spanned the 1930's to 1960's during which time records are notoriously incomplete, and many "special ranger" commissions were issued to local law men and others assisting multi-jurisdictional investigations run by the Rangers.

Sold last week and ready for delivery to a Swenson collector.
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Some of those old guys built the best guns....... wish I'd taken the risk and gotten a Austin Behlert (sp) custom High-Power back in the 80s.
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This magazine started it all for me, about a year later I had my first Colt .45 auto, a new Gold Cup, 305 and change out the door, course I had to have my dad actually buy it ! Thanks dad!
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for years I carried some sort of 1911 only while a PO. I had full size, commander size and even officer sizes at some point. For the last several years I have been carrying a Glock 19, a Shield or my M&P 340 as well as some other striker fired, mid sized guns. I strapped on my full size custom 1911 while walking up on the Grand Mesa today and really noticed how heavy that old beast was. Still love the platform though.
Most days I carry a Shield 9mm, but every now and then I get the urge to take my officer size 1911 or Browning high power. Though heavier, the satisfaction outweighs the added ounces, and having a "proper gun belt and holster" makes it really no burden at all.
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I was out all afternoon with my Kimber Ultra Raptor strapped to my right hip and two extra mags on my left, I never noticed the weight because that is my typical everyday carry.
Our church is having its first service, since the Covid-19 shut down started, tomorrow morning. I am on the Security Team and will be carrying a full-size Colt 1911.
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I have carried a full-size 1911A1 since the early 1990s up until about nine months ago when I bought a Colt Defender. Even though I am older than dirt, (I was in school with Moses) I don't have a problem carrying the old heavy pistol. The key is carrying in the right leather that is comfortable for you.

This Defender is spoiling me a bit, but the truth of the matter is I just don't shoot it near as well as the full size piece, so that if I am hanging around the home place, I carry the pint sized piece and if I am going out I carry the full size A1. I never feel under-armed with 9 rounds of .45 ACP.

The first pistol shooting I did to amount to anything was in boot camp where an old pro taught us how to shoot the .45. It grew on me. It is probably like your first kiss, you will always hold a soft spot in your heart for that gal.
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I have found that the combination of a very good belt and a very good leather holster make all the difference when carrying a firearm of any type but especially big iron like the 1911 or the S & W Model 29 with 4" barrel.
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As mentioned elsewhere, weight was the prime factor in making me part of, as Clint Smith says, the polymer generation. In a perfect world, I'd EDC my 1911 Govt Model in 38 Super. Unfortunately, after 15-20 minutes, Mr. Sciatica says no you won't.
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A friend of mine(slightly built fellow) carries one everyday. He always has and likely always will as he is set in his ways. His choice.

They just donít make much sense to me when balancing size/weight/capacity/reliability and considering what else is now available. Plus, I imagine a lot folks stick with then because of familiarity or nostalgia.

I usually carry a wheel gun for my own reasons, but none are sentimental in nature and a lot of the videos Iíve seen popping up on various forums lately have me seriously considering making a switch. If I carried a 1911, I would be doing the same.
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1911 and extra mag always because I have seen the elephant and do not want to only have a five shot, if he decides to show up again.
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Most days I carry a Hi Power and two 21 rd mags, which weighs more than my alloy frame 1911 Commander and two 8 rd mags.

I have a good belt and holster, and I honestly don't even notice the weight. I don't really understand folks complaining about how much a gun weighs.
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... I don't really understand folks complaining about how much a gun weighs.
You must not have a bad back. Since mine went bad, itís either my Colt (Lightweight) Commander or my Officerís Model (both .45 ACP).
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What do you think the legendary gun carriers/writers back in the day would say about the plastics, the DA/SA and all the new fangled stuff it it was available to them back in the day? Remember that back when the legend of the 1911 was made it was the only game in town. Same thing with the N frame 357's. They were the only thing going until the 50's and the L frames only came about in the 80's. Much as I love a blue steel fixed sight N frame 357-the 681 is a MUCH more practical choice. Even Skeeter commented about the needless bulk of the 27-I suspect that if he had been around a few more years he would have gone with the L frame.
Beautiful polished blue steel was the only way to protect metal from rusting back in the day and it wasn't that durable. The new materials and finishes today do the job so much better. I LOVE my A5 Browning but if you tear up while looking at it, it will start to rust. The Benelli finish on the other hand is pretty much bulletproof. Guess which one goes to the marsh more??
I LOVE my Colt 1911. Beautiful to look at, hold and shoot but I sure as hell am not gonna cary it every day when I have so many better options.
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Not exactly the same thing, but for the past month or so I've been carrying my Govt Model around the house in a cheap Uncle Mike's IWB holster (I do use good belts). While I've only carried it for a few hours at a time, I have to say it does carry pretty easily. It'd probably be even better with a good holster. Even thinking about possibly getting another 1911 specifically for carrying, when funds and availability allow.
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The DW ECO, for when you want your cake and eat it too. 25oz of lightweight 1911 bliss! I also have my custom RIA and DW CCOs with alloy frames at 28oz. For better comfort and I usually carry my full-size 1911s (all of my guns) in a shoulder rig and it provides better accessibility when driving.
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I only carry one of my autos, .45acp Colt Officer's, Commander, DA 10mm or even one of my Walther PPKS in .380 on occasion, but I can't stand a striker fired gun, it feels like they didn't complete the trigger job or didn't care about it to me.
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YES! I am lefty, My LES BAER 1911 sits at 8 o'clock in Milt SPARKS IWB while driving , while riding horse , while shopping and in church.
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Iím old (64 yrs. of age) and remember friends of mine who were LRRP (Rangers) and Green Berets in Viet Nam who opted for the Browning Hi-Power over the 1911 in .45ACP because it carried more ammo in the magazines, and you could put more ammo down range faster than with the issued 1911. Add to it that you could use the same holsters for either and the choice was pretty easy to see. BTW, I used to hate to carry the 1911 - I was young, strong and skinny, but carrying the piece was no fun. A friend finally talked me into buying a good gun belt Bianchi Ranger pistol belt (leather) and holster Bianchi Adkins Avenger. What a difference! I carried the Colt until injuries to my wrist kept me from being able to competently shoot the pistol.

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As an LEO, I carried a cocked and locked stainless Commander. Tricked it out with Irv Stone installed BarSto barrel and a 400 Carbon barrel

Just started trying shoulder holster and find the weight virtually disappears. And it concealed very well.

So I ordered a Ross Shoulder holster for my other later duty gun, the Sig 220.

I'm really digging the shoulder carry: and my Commander is going to get a set of ivory grips to make it perfect

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Almost forgot the single loop western holster. And the other 45 with 3:10 to Yuma Russel Crow homemade loop holster copy.
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These days if Iím not carrying my 325ng, Iíll be strapping my Metro Arms 1911.
I have had some spendy custom 1911ís over the years, but this Philippine-made .45 comes damn close to any of them in fit and tolerances. Swapped out the grips and sights and itís good to go. Maybe I just got lucky and found a good one, but it is the proverbial tackdriver so Iíll take it .
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These days if Iím not carrying my 325ng, Iíll be strapping my Metro Arms 1911.
I have had some spendy custom 1911ís over the years, but this Philippine-made .45 comes damn close to any of them in fit and tolerances. Swapped out the grips and sights and itís good to go. Maybe I just got lucky and found a good one, but it is the proverbial tackdriver so Iíll take it .
I am still kicking myself for not buying one of the Metro Arms Commander models when they were new and plentiful years ago. They are a great value.
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It's winter. Light weight commander with 5 in barrel balanced by 2 spare mags offside in hybrid holster and suspenders. Warmer weather switch to officer size with one off side spare.
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It's winter. Light weight commander with 5 in barrel balanced by 2 spare mags offside in hybrid holster and suspenders. Warmer weather switch to officer size with one off side spare.

Errrrrrrm... Lightweight Commander with a 5 inch barrel? Surely the barrel length is a typo.
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I've always preferred Commander length 1911s and carry my Ruger lightweight a good bit. Recently got a Springfield Armory lightweight Officers Model and I'm REALLY liking that. Carried it yesterday in a Yaqui slide with shirttail out and it was barely noticeable. My edc is still my model 60, though.
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