This is, for the most part, very true. I love 1911′s and they are my very favorite handguns. However, anyone who tells you they carry one comfortably as if it was not there is simply full of it. It is just not a pistol most will be able to carry…period.
Until very recently all real gunfighters and all gun writers carried a government model 1911 (5″ barrel) when they went jogging, took a shower, worked in the garden… whatever.
Over the past few years many trainers and gun writers have finally admitted to carrying smaller guns like j-frame’s, any number of polymer pistols and one of the better know media personalities even admits to carrying a .380 Ruger LCP. Their reasons for carrying these smaller gun are as varied as their carry pistols and include weight, reliability, thickness, capacity, caliber, tactics, et cetera… but
- With a good belt and holster the weight of a pistol doesn’t bother me too much, but I can see how a 41oz all steel gun could become a drag.
- A cared for fighting 1911 should be as reliable as anything else.
- A 1911 is considered a thin gun, thinner than my Glock anyway.
- A 8 shot 1911 is a little low on capacity, but holds more BB’s than my PM9 or D-frame Colt
- A .45 is a good cartridge and I have a 1911 in my preferred 9mm (although in a commander length)
One of the primary reasons I don’t carry a government model 1911 is the length of the slide.
Many experienced CCW’ers are thinking…