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    Holster for 1911?

    Can anyone recommend a good concealed-carry holster for a 1911? I've been carrying my Sig P238 for the summer but now that it's getting colder I want to carry my R1. I know this isn't going to be an easy task. I also have to take into consideration that women's clothing is not forgiving to concealment, especially a full-size 1911. I don't mind buying bigger clothes but I'm just looking for a holster that would conceal the best and provide comfort at the same time. Any ideas would be appreciated.

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    There are a number of good manufacturers. Galco, Safariland, Blade Tech, and Bianchi just to name a few.
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    Here's one possibility. Click on: LADYFIST HOLSTERS

    It's a temptation to carry your defensive weapon "off-the-body," for instance in a specially-made purse.
    I suggest strongly against this practice.
    For instance, if your special carry purse gets snatched, your assailant now has a really nice pistol...and you don't.
    For instance, if you put your special carry purse down, at a friend's house maybe, and forgetfully walk away from it, the friend's inquisitive child may investigate your bag, and the next thing you hear is "BANG!"
    For instance, you are making the bed at home when you hear someone enter your kitchen uninvited and unannounced...but your pistol is in your special carry bag...in the kitchen.

    I hope that you get the point I'm trying to make: Carry your defensive pistol on your body, well concealed.
    I carry mine "24/7." I've needed it once, so far. Once was enough!

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    comp-tac minotaur holster or similar hybrid leather/kydex iwb holster

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    I've always carried it on me. I've had friends ask why I don't in my bag and I give them the same explanations. I would NEVER feel comfortable carrying a firearm not on my person.

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    This is a very tricky topic. How do you carry now? how do you want to carry? Will it work for you? without knowing these things and several more things, all I can say is find a store that carries a wide as possible styles of holsters and see how they fit. Find a good gun belt first to have a good foundation for your holster. Your holster will be very personal fit to you. I have learned a long time ago not to try to tell a lady what she "should" wear and the same with how to carry.

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    Rather than buying bigger clothes, how about a compact 1911? Much easier to conceal. I carry a Kimber Ultra Carry II.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alycat View Post
    Rather than buying bigger clothes, how about a compact 1911? Much easier to conceal. I carry a Kimber Ultra Carry II.
    Generally speaking, one almost always has to modify one's wardrobe to accommodate a concealed weapon.
    If the pistol is carried inside one's waistband, pants or skirt, a larger waist size is required to accept it. If it's carried outside the waistband, then a covering garment must be worn, even when the air around one is quite warm. The same is true for a shoulder-holster rig.

    Carrying a smaller gun still requires wardrobe changes, and this includes carrying a pocket-size weapon as well.

    Ask me how I know.

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    Steve M1911A1:
    I hope that you get the point I'm trying to make: Carry your defensive pistol on your body, well concealed.
    That's about the best advise you can ever give to someone who plans on carrying a weapon for self defense, besides knowing how to use it properly.

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    I will weigh in with my usual, negativity on waist band holsters.. For me, I find it insane to have to decide whether or not to unbutton or unzip a heavy winter coat... The idea of carrying in a purse is a Big No No in my book.. Some people wear layers of clothes, which makes this idea of a waist band carry, in-effective. A mugging or robbery comes in an instant.. you don't have time to find your EDC under layers of clothing..
    OK on to my pitch.. I've been licensed to carry for 40 years as a civilian, prior to that I was in the Military...

    I pocket carry my 1911 45ACP Ultra carry in the pocket of my cargo shorts... in the summer
    IN the winter, I pocket carry in the other most layer of my coat... in a pocket large enough to carry my 1911. Its in a Modified Mikes Pocket holster so the trigger is covered. I can walk down the street with my hands in my pockets, and on my EDC without anyone knowing it... never have to consider unbuttoning or unzipping to gain access to a weapon concealed deeply in layers of clothing.
    With 40 years of conceal carry experience, and 15 years of pocket carry, I would never go back to a waist high holster. Defense means getting to your weapon before the BG thinks you can...If you look like a victim, and carry yourself like a victim.. then you are a potential victim... I don't know how anyone would feel confident in getting to their weapon in one second, if its burried in your clothing under outer layers that need to be unzipped or unbuttoned. I can draw my weapon from my pocket in less than one second.
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    My 45 ACP Kimber is no bigger than my .380 Thunder.. so why not carry the bigger bang.. there is only 5 oz. difference in weight.

    Both of these weapons fit nicely in my modified Uncle Mikes. Both have Crimson Laser sights


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    I also like the pocket carry.
    Pocket carry has it's positives , but there are the negatives that go along with the pocket carry.
    My own experience of pocket carrying for over 30 years.
    In my opinion without your hand already on the gun in your pocket,,,the draw is much slower then a waistband ,open carry draw.

    Also ,, in the sitting position the pocket carry is very slow.

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    With practice, the presentation from pocket carry is about as quick as from an OWB holster that's hidden under a loose covering garment.
    The operative words here are: "with practice." Lots and lots of practice.
    But you already knew that. Right?


    You're correct about presenting from a sitting position, though.
    Unless you do it ET's way, and present from a coat pocket.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve M1911A1 View Post
    With practice, the presentation from pocket carry is about as quick as from an OWB holster that's hidden under a loose covering garment.
    The operative words here are: "with practice." Lots and lots of practice.
    But you already knew that. Right?


    You're correct about presenting from a sitting position, though.
    Unless you do it ET's way, and present from a coat pocket.
    I can not say that's an untrue possibility.
    My own skill set ...I am much quicker from a pancake or IWB.
    I don't practice much quick drawing from the pocket.
    I own way to many pants with different size pockets ,,deeper pockets are my preference.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pic View Post
    I can not say that's an untrue possibility.
    My own skill set ...I am much quicker from a pancake or IWB.
    I don't practice much quick drawing from the pocket.
    I own way to many pants with different size pockets ,,deeper pockets are my preference.
    when I was a young man, I would choose a weapon based on what I was wearing that day. I was a slave to fashion. Once I grew out of that mind set. I started to dress around my choice of weapons. IN 15 years of pocket carry, its the absolute best stealth carry without ever having to telegraph a go for the weapon from a waist high position in concealed carry... in wast carry concealed its very obvious when someone goes for it.. under a shirt or jacket.. so when possible threat presents itself.. you have to tell everyone around you including the [potential threat ] , that you are going to grab your weapon from your holster. which creates a panic for civilians, plain clothed cops, and other CCW civilians... with my method no one knows what IM doing.. I just look like an old guy with his hands in his pockets. but in reality, hand is around the grip with finger on the safety. 1/2 second from a draw position. this works in the summer or winter.

    When I feel or see a potential threat I can always just go and put my hands in my pocket nonchalantly, and be ready...

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    Quote Originally Posted by eviltwin View Post
    when i was a young man, i would choose a weapon based on what i was wearing that day. I was a slave to fashion. Once i grew out of that mind set. I started to dress around my choice of weapons. In 15 years of pocket carry, its the absolute best stealth carry without ever having to telegraph a go for the weapon from a waist high position in concealed carry... In wast carry concealed its very obvious when someone goes for it.. Under a shirt or jacket.. So when possible threat presents itself.. You have to tell everyone around you including the [potential threat ] , that you are going to grab your weapon from your holster. Which creates a panic for civilians, plain clothed cops, and other ccw civilians... With my method no one knows what im doing.. I just look like an old guy with his hands in his pockets. But in reality, hand is around the grip with finger on the safety. 1/2 second from a draw position. This works in the summer or winter.

    When i feel or see a potential threat i can always just go and put my hands in my pocket nonchalantly, and be ready...
    hey, thats my move,lol.

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    Remember ,some of the old movies the bad guy had or pretended to have a firearm pointed with his hand in his coat pocket,lol. Maybe it was Cagney or Bogart even the three stooges participated in that move. I stand to be corrected,lol.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pic View Post
    hey, thats my move,lol.
    THat " Move " is the absolute best possible means to prepare yourself for a possible threat... That " Move " that you stumbled on to, gave you the " WOW " factor of being ready in the event your gut feeling come true, and you can do it without scaring anyone around you.. the benefits of a nonchalant pocket carry is unbelievable.. Ive turned many people on to this method of carry at my gun club.. once you are comfortable with this method.. you will never go back to the iffy " should I go for it " or should I ignore my gut feeling and not upset anyone around me, because I have to lift my shirt and expose my conceal carry for all to see..... If I were to see a civilian, going for a weapon in his waist band, he would immediately go on my radar as a potential threat. I don't know who he is or what his intentions are.
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    How I feel onto this method was, 15 years ago, after using all types of carry holsters prior, in 40 years of conceal carry. One day I threw my Beretta .25 cal Jet fire, on half cock, into my pocket. "No Holster" after some time, I had a few gut feelings of a potential threat, and found that putting my hand into my pocket and on the grip of the Beretta, that any anxiety was immediately dismissed, because I felt as though I had an equalizer in my pocket. That mind set changed my carry style forever. One of the biggest aspects of conceal carry is the confidence it gives you in having a chance to save your life in the event of a threat. I don't want to shoot anyone, and I don't want to show off,, I just want to be as ready as humanly possible without scaring anyone around me or drawing attention to my self. I know when I was carrying at the waist, there was no way to be as ready as I am with a pocket carry without drawing attention to my self, so I was reluctant to " go for it " at the waist, when my gut is telling me " danger. " Now when mu gut says danger, I can address that threat, without telegraphing it to any one. I would " Never " go Back to a waist band Holster. And how about the winter with a heavy coat and a sweater???? I would never want to have to unzip or un button anytime my gut said danger. Seems silly to me to not react to your gut and have to decide whether to unzip or unbutton.

    For me, IN the winter, my EDC is in the pocket of my outer most layer, my coat pocket , in my modified Uncle Mikes holster. I simple walk around with my hands in my pockets like 99% of the people around me. How would you prefer to go for it, put your hands in your pocket, or Unbutton your coat, and lift your sweater and reach in and grab the grip of your carry, so everyone can see you as a threat to them. No one ever knows what I am, doing.. no telegraphing or giving a potential threat the knowledge that I am carrying and already have the weapon in my hand.

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