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"Pro" sized 1911

Discussion in 'Handgun Discussion' started by MarkSBG, Aug 2, 2009.

  1. MarkSBG

    MarkSBG Beaverton Oregon Well-Known Member

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    Hey all,

    I have noticed that there are quite a few 1911 owners out there with what I would call carry pistols that are between 5.25 and 5.5 inches tall. For example:



    The only pistol I have that is near this height seem too tall to carry concealed. It seems that the height (from top of slide to bottom of magazine) would be critical in determining the carryability of a pistol.

    So, do you carry a full sized framed 1911, or have you opted for the smaller (4.75") "compact" frame? Opinions?

    Thanks for your input...
  2. AndyH

    AndyH Keizer, Oregon Well-Known Member

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    I carry both a full size 5" and a commander 4.25" 1911.
    Both have the same height from the top of the slide to the bottom of the magazine.
    However I find personally that the 4.25" commander carrys better than a full size. Concealment is not an issue on either one for me and I consider my self average at 6
    ' and 200 lbs

    The officer sized 1911's have a shorter frame and a 3.5" barrel and carry one less round.
    And are a little easy to conceal and carry due to the shorter dimensions and reduced weight.
  3. colt1911

    colt1911 Kent, WA New Member

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    I carry the Kimber Compact Stainless II, which has a Commander length barrel, but an Officers size frame. I also have a regular Commander, a full size Government model and an Officers model. I like the Officers grip size and the longer barrel and sight radius of the Kimber, I think it is an ideal compromise if you could only own one and carry one.
  4. deadeye

    deadeye Albany,OR. Moderator Staff Member

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    It all depends on where you carry and what clothes you are wearing. If it's summer time and only have a T-shirt then I carry a Kimber ultra carry 2 in a IWB in SOB. If it gets cold enougfh for a coat or flannel then a full size works same style of carry or a Kydex paddle. Learn to accessarize depending on the weather and practice drawing from all used locations.
  5. wichaka

    wichaka Wa State Well-Known Member

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    Look at having the frame bobbed, which is where the concealment problem comes in.
  6. PeakResources

    PeakResources Portland (past) Colorado (now) Member

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    I used to carry my Kimber Stainless Pro Carry II inside the waistband, and even posted pictures on a separate thread. http://www.northwestfirearms.com/forum/showthread.php?t=10809

    I since have sold it and have a HK45, carrying IWB as well.

    No problems concealing either weapon, and the HK is both a bit fatter and a bit taller.
  7. MountainBear

    MountainBear Sweet Home, OR Well-Known Member

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    I still carry my full size 1911. It does okay, but like an above comment, I'm big enough to conceal damn near anything.
  8. krawl

    krawl Oregon Member

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    My current goal gun- SA LW Operator, bobtailed. Read around- holsters make a huge difference
  9. huntpotter

    huntpotter SW WA Negotiator Bronze Supporter

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    Kimber Pro Carry, Aluminum full size frame, 4" barrel.
    Colt lightweight Commander 4-1/4" bbl, again full size alum frame.
    Milt Sparks Summer Special 2. IWB holster. 24-7 carry. Works great for me.
  10. Doubletap

    Doubletap Newberg Well-Known Member

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    I carry what I shoot well..which.when it comes to 1911's..in my case..means the shorter barreled models..either full or Officer's sized frames.. In the colder months..I carry a full sized HK USP .45.. You don't want to carry what you dress for..you want to dress for what you carry..
  11. jcat

    jcat northwestwashington Member

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    ive been carrying a full size kimber for six months in the small of my back never had any problems, yesterday i tried the cross draw position and had 5 or 6 people notice. i dont know if this will help you