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Old 05-07-2012, 08:50 PM
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Is there a reason to buy a fullsize 1911?




I carry a LWT Commander (several LWT Commanders) but I have been looking at buying a full size 1911 and just have trouble justifying the purchase.
Ideas ?
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Old 05-07-2012, 08:59 PM
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I enjoy a full size for range/hunting/IDPA so if you have the extra money, go for it IMO.
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Old 05-07-2012, 08:59 PM
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Depends on what your using it for. But I bought mine to be a good SD gun and I liked the 5 in because that's what it was designed to be.
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Old 05-07-2012, 09:06 PM
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Let me ask you this?

Can you think of any reason not to?
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Old 05-07-2012, 09:09 PM
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Sure there is a reason, it's my CCW.
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Old 05-07-2012, 09:18 PM
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Only reason I could think of was possible lack of use. I carry and use my lwt commanders all the time.
I enjoy the look and feel of a full size, but I know it will not be a ccw pistol due to its size and weight. (two separate deployment injuries). I carry ccw with a great iwb holster by TT Gunleather with my lwt commanders.
But I really like the traditional looks of the full size.

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Can you think of any reason not to?
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Old 05-07-2012, 09:19 PM
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Only reason I could think of was possible lack of use. I carry and use my lwt commanders all the time.
I enjoy the look and feel of a full size, but I know it will not be a ccw pistol due to its size and weight. (two separate deployment injuries). I carry ccw with a great iwb holster by TT Gunleather with my lwt commanders.
But I really like the traditional looks of the full size.
So buy one to look at. You wouldn't be the first person to do that.
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Old 05-07-2012, 09:34 PM
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Only reason I could think of was possible lack of use. I carry and use my lwt commanders all the time.
I enjoy the look and feel of a full size, but I know it will not be a ccw pistol due to its size and weight. (two separate deployment injuries). I carry ccw with a great iwb holster by TT Gunleather with my lwt commanders.
But I really like the traditional looks of the full size.
My latest carry 1911 is a LW Govt. I have a LW commander-size 1911 too;just appreciate the extra 3/4" with very little extra weight(negligible if you bob-tail it).

I like a 5' gun for shooting fast/getting back on target. Seems a better balance in the hand,for me.
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Old 05-10-2012, 07:18 PM
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I like a 5' gun for shooting fast/getting back on target. Seems a better balance in the hand,for me.
A 5-foot 1911? Now there's a big gun

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5. price (while crappy 1911s cost a grand or a little less) to get a quality IE one you want to own you have to spend 2-3 grand
Where have you been shopping? My Taurus was ~$700, my girlfriend has a Remington 1911 R1 that was less than $600. A rock Island can be had for $400.

A grand for crappy? I find I must disagree.

As to it going off when dropped, that's what firing pin safeties (or heavy firing pins for the Series 70 ones) are for.
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Old 05-17-2012, 09:22 AM
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Can you think of any reason not to?
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Old 05-07-2012, 09:23 PM
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I carry a full size all the time, my Combat Commander, stays in the safe.

I just perfer the heft, feel and handling of a full size.
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Old 05-07-2012, 09:36 PM
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Well I just bought one and I just need a one thing, someones number my wife can call when I tell her its not my fault its the forums, lol.

It should be here sometime this week. I purchased a Smith and Wesson 1911 E Series, full size, Stainless/Crimson Trace.

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Old 05-07-2012, 09:42 PM
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If you're frugal or if the expense is a concern, then no there's no real good reason.
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Old 05-17-2012, 01:02 PM
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Well I just bought one and I just need a one thing, someones number my wife can call when I tell her its not my fault its the forums, lol.

It should be here sometime this week. I purchased a Smith and Wesson 1911 E Series, full size, Stainless/Crimson Trace.

I know this is 10 days late, but I'll take one for the team.
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Old 05-08-2012, 05:57 AM
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I carry a full size all the time, my Combat Commander, stays in the safe.

I just perfer the heft, feel and handling of a full size.
I also carry a full size 1911. I'm 5 foot 10, 170 pounds. I'm not a big guy.

I always wonder where this myth that the full size 1911 is too big to CCW originated. The gun is so thin. I carry it with a T shirt and shorts all summer long.
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Old 05-08-2012, 06:49 AM
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I had a Ed Brown Kobra Carry (commander), but I found that I carried my 5" Ed Brown all the time. 3/4 of an inch isn't the issue of CCW with a 1911. A proper holster with a forward cant and clothing will fix this problem. Bobtail vs non-Bobtail. I can't tell a difference in shooting them, but when holstered IWB I would lean to a Bobtail. Just My Opinion.
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Old 05-08-2012, 07:03 AM
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I also carry a full size 1911. I'm 5 foot 10, 170 pounds. I'm not a big guy.

I always wonder where this myth that the full size 1911 is too big to CCW originated. The gun is so thin. I carry it with a T shirt and shorts all summer long.
I get asked all the time how do I conceal my full size 1911 with me being 5'6 145lbs. My IWB holster has a 25 cant and it work's perfect with less printing when I bend over than my 15 canted IWB holster.
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Old 05-08-2012, 09:33 AM
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I also carry a full size 1911. I'm 5 foot 10, 170 pounds. I'm not a big guy.

I always wonder where this myth that the full size 1911 is too big to CCW originated. The gun is so thin. I carry it with a T shirt and shorts all summer long.
+1. 6' and 170 lbs. No problem concealing under a t-shirt either IWB or OWB.
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Old 05-08-2012, 07:19 PM
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I also carry a full size 1911. I'm 5 foot 10, 170 pounds. I'm not a big guy.

I always wonder where this myth that the full size 1911 is too big to CCW originated. The gun is so thin. I carry it with a T shirt and shorts all summer long.
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Old 05-07-2012, 09:39 PM
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I have all 4 sizes. A Long Slide, 2 5" guns, 2 Commander sized and an Officer sized gun. All have their charms, I don't carry the long slide and only carry the full sized OWB in a Galco Concealment made for a Commander at 4 O'clock. The Commanders and the Officers also work in the same holster but I tend to carry them in a Galco IWB with nearly the same feel and gun position. The little and medium guns disappear, the larger guns are a bit more in terms of weight and bulk but handle with no problems.

I have about 6 other holsters from a hybrid duty to a Blackhawk Serpa and a Bianchi for OWB and another Bianchi for IWB. All have served at one point or another and I actually prefer the Serpa when I don't have to hide the guns. So much depends on the holster in terms of comfort and ease of carry that the gun becomes more or less meaningless. None of my guns are light weight, all have either blued steel or stainless frames.

I'm not a big guy nor am I particularly strong anymore after 70 years on this earth. My stature helps me with concealment as I'm 5'10" and 175 lbs with a 32" waist so I can tuck the guns in close to the body and have to worry about belt or pants sagging.

As to why a full sized gun? Why not? A bit less recoil, a bit less muzzle flip, a bit faster follow up shot. My Long Slide excels at that, BTW. I'm still tunin' and workin' on it with an eye towards the death or serious injury of some bowling pins and steel plates. For now it has to settle for clay pigeons at 25 yards who are a bit ambivalent about their fate but are looking a bit worried as I and the gun improve.

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Old 05-07-2012, 09:40 PM
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For me it's to match my other 5'' models..haha. IMO the 5'' just looks better as a 1911. I love the size, weight and balance it provides me.
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Old 05-07-2012, 09:46 PM
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ACtually,there's not much difference between a Commander and a full size for carry if you get a LW full size.The slide is easier to conceal than the grip frame,if you're already carrying a Commander all the time,you'll probably see very little real difference in the 5"..
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Old 05-07-2012, 09:42 PM
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yeah full size 1911s are pointless really for concealed carry, much too big
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Old 05-07-2012, 09:49 PM
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Too Big?

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yeah full size 1911s are pointless really for concealed carry, much too big
Yeah. Get your ruler out and look at 3/4 of an inch(diff. between full-size and commander).
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Old 05-08-2012, 07:13 AM
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yeah full size 1911s are pointless really for concealed carry, much too big
That is far from truth. In fact, its ridiculous.
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