Anyone conceal carry a Government-sized 1911?

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  1. OldManBryson

    OldManBryson Active Member

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    Just curious if you carry IWB or OWB. Not interested in shoulder holsters at this time.
    Watched a G2 video and can't really see how that would be comfortable, unless I'm missing something.
     
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    I've done all three, but only on occasion when I felt like carrying my old Series 70 that Heinie put his sights on and did a little work on back in the 80's. It actually is comfortable, but for me, the weight eventually becomes an issue. IWB, it is actually more comfortable - size wise - then a double stack which is lighter. So far I haven't bought a proper concealed carry holster for mine. You really need one to tuck that butt in to reduce printing and a good belt to help with the weight. Because of that, I usually carry it either at home or when the jackets come out.
     
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    sharps4590 Well-Known Member

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    I have in the past, I do not often carry one these day though there's no doubt that on occasion in the future, I will do so again. I use a belt slide OWB. I cannot tolerate IWB, it's simply extremely uncomfortable. I have and do occasionally use a Bianchi shoulder holster, mostly in the winter, and I think it's "comfortable enough". I'll use it before I ever own an IWB holster.
     
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    OWB with loose shirt. Then I moved to my XDS3.3 in .40 due to the weight.
     
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    howlnmad Old Guy Doing Things Moderator Supporting Member

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    I carry one all the time using an OWB.
     
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    at last years Tenn get together it was hardly noticeable. i am a OOL [observer of life]. i was a little surprised at how well it blended in, if you looked for it you saw it, other wise it blended in well. good job howlnmad. Ms mad dresses you well.

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    I did it on occasion in the winter. With a coat on you can carry any handgun you want. Now I just carry my Colt Defender in 45acp.
     
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  9. Wild Turkey Cogburn

    Wild Turkey Cogburn Well-Known Member

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    99% of the time, I carry a Government Model in OWB .

    I forget it is there, unless I get into a place where situational awareness ramps up.
     
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    Yup, carried an M1911A1 for the better part of three decades: IWB under a loose polo shirt, OWB under a sports or suit jacket using a DeSantis high ride thumbreak. Being 6'3" and 200ish lbs. helped.
     
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    I have tried it a couple of times, around the house. I usually carry a small Sig 9mm so I can't seem to get used to the weight difference. I am big enough (around, not tall) to conceal it with the Hawaiian shirts I wear, I guess I could carry one without a problem if I got used to the weight.
     
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    I tried but my slim frame made it hard. I was able to carry a Commander size in a Yaqui Slide. While it would work with the full size, I never felt right with it. Body size makes a big difference and it might work for you. Good luck.
     
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    I'd love to carry my full sized 1911 all year. IWB is not all that comfortable for me, regardless of what weapon it is. It would help if I lost some weight too. When cooler weather gets here a belt slide under a longer jacket works best in my case. Got more faith in my 1911 than any other I own as far as an SD gun. Pretty sure that somewhere out there is a IWB holster that's comfortable, jut never found it yet.
     
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    Just for kicks, I concealed my full lug 5” GP100 for a day during the summer IWB. Was a bit uncomfortable and heavy, but wouldn’t be too hard to get used to. A keen eye may have been able to detect it, but most never would.

    A Sig P938 is what I carry everywhere, everyday, with extended mag. Federal HST LE P+ 124 gr.
     
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  15. OldManBryson

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    If I wanted to go smaller, I have A Sig P229 in 40 S&W. If I wanted to go smaller than that I have a Sig P239 w/a 9mm, 40 S&W, and 357 Sig barrels.
    May I assume that if I can comfortably carry a double stack (P229), that I could comfortably carry my 1911?
     
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