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If I want to carry a 1911 cocked and locked should the OWB holster have something that covers the safety so its not accidentally disengaged or is that not really an issue? Looking at a lot of holsters and the IWB models seem to have the holster cover the safety the OWB models don't appear to do so.

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Unless you have one with an ambidextrious safety, it shouldn't matter. Your Ruger doesn't have ambi safety as far as I know.
 

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Unless you have one with an ambidextrious safety, it shouldn't matter. Your Ruger doesn't have ambi safety as far as I know.
Cool, I was kind of worried about the safety on the inside. And you are right about the SR1911. Thanks for the info.
 

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Remember, it cannot fire, unless:
a.) safety is off
b.) grip safety is compressed
c.) trigger is pulled.

All three have to happen at the same time.
Practice (with the firearm unloaded) drawing and disengaging the thumb safety. Not for speed, but for muscle memory. Do this until it becomes natural... but not all at the same time... :)
 

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Not an issue.
 

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Awesome. Need to get a holster for it and you guys have answered my questions.
 

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Remember, it cannot fire, unless:
a.) safety is off
b.) grip safety is compressed
c.) trigger is pulled.

All three have to happen at the same time.
Practice (with the firearm unloaded) drawing and disengaging the thumb safety. Not for speed, but for muscle memory. Do this until it becomes natural... but not all at the same time... :)
Good advice.

I was just looking at it and thinking, "What if my ample midsection somehow disengaged the safety by rubbing against it?"
 

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What do you guys think of kydex holsters? I was looking at a blackhawk holster with retention but just didn't think that would look right on a SS 1911. On my XD-9 sure, but I'm thinking the 1911 goes best with leather. I grabbed a De Santis thumb break style holster today but I'm going to take it back.
 

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What do you guys think of kydex holsters? I was looking at a blackhawk holster with retention but just didn't think that would look right on a SS 1911. On my XD-9 sure, but I'm thinking the 1911 goes best with leather. I grabbed a De Santis thumb break style holster today but I'm going to take it back.
I've had many holsters of all different materials. I just bought from alien gear and I love it! I even bought their steel reinforced carry belt. I promise you won't be disappointed! As far as leather I've liked galco and desantis.
 

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I've had many holsters of all different materials. I just bought from alien gear and I love it! I even bought their steel reinforced carry belt. I promise you won't be disappointed! As far as leather I've liked galco and desantis.
How do you like the belt? I have been thinking about one since they started asking previous customers what they would like to see in a belt!
 
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How do you like the belt? I have been thinking about one since they started asking previous customers what they would like to see in a belt!
Belt is great very stiff and made well, I think they make 1.5" and 1.75". Which I got the 1.5 and it's plenty big. Also they suggest a larger size when u put in your waist measurements and it was spot on! I wear this belt all the time carry or not
 

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What do you guys think of kydex holsters? I was looking at a blackhawk holster with retention but just didn't think that would look right on a SS 1911. On my XD-9 sure, but I'm thinking the 1911 goes best with leather. I grabbed a De Santis thumb break style holster today but I'm going to take it back.
The kydex evel 2 retention holsters are good
I like the belt loop style over the paddle
Also Something to consider when carrying a heavy gun like that is that you need a good quality belt
 

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Aaron, I use a milt sparks executive companion to carry with. It has a shield on the inside that keeps the safety from digging into you and is fitted well enough that it has a sizable indention that the safety rides in. My kimber does have an ambidextrous safety though and it does get switched off occasionally, especially in the woods, but not very easily. It is not something I am worried about with a 1911 though, for reasons stated above.

For hunting, I do carry the blackhawk serpa holster on a thigh rig. IT looks good that way, but I would not like it on my hip. One downside to kydex is that it is loud if if bangs on something and not the most friendly if it starts digging into you. That's why I like leather best, but I do like the retention and draw of the serpa for what it is.
 

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I found out that my Bianchi OWB holster that I use to carry my XDs-9 3.3" in actually fits the 1911 almost perfectly since the longer barrel just sticks out the bottom like on a lot of belt holsters. But the weight difference is noticeable. I usually wear a decent leather belt for my carry but this one is heavy and a real gun belt would be necessary I think. Well I ended up ordering an OWB holster from White Hat Holsters, who I got my IWB holster for my XDs from. So I got a leather and kydex holster for now, but I know I'll be buying more. You can never have too many holsters...or guns...
 
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I've had many holsters of all different materials. I just bought from alien gear and I love it! I even bought their steel reinforced carry belt. I promise you won't be disappointed! As far as leather I've liked galco and desantis.
I'll look into that belt, I'm going to need one.
 

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I had acquired two boxes of 1911 holsters that I gave away so you can have too many holsters. The trick is finding the one that works best for you. Comfort is the #1 factor for me. Ease of the draw and retention round out my requirements.
I use a Wilson Combat Lo-Profile holster ( made by Safariland) for my Colt Commander daily carry. For match or range use on my full sized 1911's, I use a holster from GunSite that isn't available anymore.
 

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IMHO: You cannot possibly go wrong with Galco belts and holsters. I've worn nothing but Galco gunleather belts for at least 15 years straight now, carry or not.
Although most of my holsters are Mernickle Custom Holsters, I also have a number of Galco holsters as well and feel they are without a doubt top-notch. Never had any problems with nor a complaint about any of my De Santis or Bianchi holsters either. In kydex, I do have a few Fobus models and a Blackhawk Serpa but, as handy as they can be... beautiful works of leather they definitely they aren't. (Granted, not at the same price-point either.)

PS: My everyday carry Kimber 1911 rides in Galco leather.
 

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What do you guys think of kydex holsters? I was looking at a blackhawk holster with retention but just didn't think that would look right on a SS 1911. On my XD-9 sure, but I'm thinking the 1911 goes best with leather. I grabbed a De Santis thumb break style holster today but I'm going to take it back.
Klaity-klak. Every time you stick a gun in one, and every time you draw a gun from one.
 

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I have a Milt Sparks Nexus IWB for my 1911. I like the 25 degree cant, but don't particularly care for the holster. I really like their VersaMax II that I have for my SIG 239. Was trying to save money, not necessarily a good idea when shopping holsters. I prefer leather over kydex. I also have a Kirkpatrick holster mounted on a Bianchi 13A shoulder harness. Both have leather shields that don't allow the safety to come in contact with your shirt (or flesh), discouraging the safety lever from moving.
 
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