I was/am a big polymer pistol fan...but, After a couple months of owning and shooting one I'm begining to appreciate the genius of John Moses Browning's design. Along with my shotguns for my home defense...I found out a 1911 seats just fine and perfectly balanced in a belt..no holster required...even around town!...and with a Wilson Combat 47D, I've got 9 total rounds of .45 ACP in a full-sized, take aim, and knock their butt off pistol...if I can't get it done with that then I'm in trouble. Just pure genius, and yes I wear an overshirt...although the dog is as little apprehensive ...
I would be afraid of that falling out if I had to run down a flight of stairs.
The 1911 makes a fine carry pistol. However, holsterless carry has several problems:
1. From the photos, you clearly can't take a firing grip on the pistol while it is tucked in the belt. This will inhibit draw speed and promote fumbling.
2. If you get a hand-to-hand tussle, you stand a much greater chance of losing the gun than if it was in a proper holster.
3. You can't safely carry the pistol in Condition One, once again inhibiting speed of getting the gun into action and once again promoting fumbling.
A good IWB holster from any maker will solve all these problems while still maintaining good concealment. Galco also makes a holster (called the Jak Slide) that is specifically designed to replicate the carry you have pictured here - between the belt and pants.
Yes, JB was a firearms genius! I love to disassemble and reassemble the 1911.
It's just that my "plastic fantastic" Walther P99 is soooo much more practical for defensive carry, that my 1911's became second drawer...
Yup, it's all a matter of choice... And I choose, lighter, smaller, higher magazine capacity, DA/SA trigger, no external safeties to have to fumble with and a extremely high degree of reliability! It certainly won't kill you any deader!
I carried the 1911 for years, and felt very comfortable with it. I just choose the more modern designs now...
There is NOTHING wrong with the 1911!
I agree about the holster, I definately plan on getting a holster for it when I start leaving my house with it (my "even around town comment was more to illustrate how comfortable I feel about it, haven't had it out yet)....I was just marveling about the balance of it, I could wear it all day inside my belt like that, a feat I would not attempt with any of my polymer pistols, they just wouldn't "hang" right.
Buckeye, remember that many have learned to sing castrato after carrying a 1911 in a similar manner. Consider a Milt Sparks Mirage, I like mine so well I have three. Regards, Richard
....why oh why are you messin' with the finish on my SA Milspec?????
I'm still a bit utilitarian about my guns, don't have enough nice ones to be a collector yet...with that being said, I don't abuse them, just don't baby them either. I'll try to be a little nicer from now on
I need both. I use my XD45 Tactical as much as my 1911's. I cant pick the best one. It is like tools. Sometimes you need a open end wrench & sometimes you need a socket. It is a good idea to have both! (does that make any sence?) How about this....... sometimes you need a Corvette & sometimes you need a 4WD pick-up. OR how about............... AW never mind. There isn't a answer for the question.
I was never realy a fan of the 1911, but 4 days ago I went to a gunshow and held one..... the feeling of holding that gun was amazing, it didnt feel as good in my hand as the p99 by just a smidge but it was more of a feeling of power. Think there could b a 1911 in my future one day.. far away..
Hey Rection47.Wait till you start shooting one. Then if you are like me you be asking yourself. Why didn't I get one a long time ago? I still shoot all my revolvers, but I always put a 100rds through my .45 every time I go to the range. I now carry a .45 instead of my .357s that I carried for 40 some years.
Hello and I hope that you enjoy your 1911 as much as I have mine. If you like or enjoy it even half as much as I have mine, it will have been money well spent.
I am not "welded" to one particular handgun or the other, though I readily admit being somewhat nuts over 9mm Hi Powers, 1911-pattern pistols, and certain S&W Pre-lock revolvers.
Best and good shooting.