There are those who claim the 1911 is a good carry gun, some even claim they carry then when they take a shower. Michael talks about carry the 1911 and shows you some of the options out there in terms of size and configurations.
The Best Defense
October 11, 2011 at 10:13 pm
Never owned a 1911 and have no plans to buy one. But I’ll take the word of Rob Pincus that the one gun he always sees break down during his classes is the 1911. I have nothing against the .45 ACP–there’s a Glock 21 in nightstand next to my bed. But it’s a boat anchor in terms of concealed carry. Even my Glock 33 will pull your pants down if your belt’s not tight enough.
October 12, 2011 at 5:00 am
The first thing you need to know about a 1911, is it is a gun for a well trained professional, not a novice. The reason I think many 1911s “break down” in Pincus’s classes, is that the new shooters that bring them to class, have not had enough training or experience with a 1911. Glocks are great, in that they are easy to shoot, and take care of, with very little effort. If you get a 1911, become dedicated in learning the platform, and become a professional with it, if you intend to carry it for self defense. With the right rig and holster, a 1911 can be carried all day, with no problem. Many do, and have for decades.
October 16, 2011 at 7:23 pm
I have shot a Para and a Kimber .45 extensively in competition over the last 9 years. I have puts tens of thousands of rounds through both of them. Both required a break in period of a few hundred rounds before they ceased having jamming issues. This is typical. Since breaking in I can recall maybe a couple malfunctions during competition. Those were likely user error and ammunition issues. It tickles me when I hear a (obviously) gun novice say, “Glocks don’t jam.” My eyewitness experience at many IPSC matches would indicate otherwise, although I would say that Glocks are high quality and very reliable, but not the magic wands some like to think. I don’t believe that the 1911 is the best choice for concealed carry. It was designed a century ago to be a combat handgun, and, as a result, it is not ideal for CC. However, if you are talking about open carry, which I am a proponent of, I can’t think of a better choice.
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