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Old 04-07-2019, 07:47 AM
CDMCKY CDMCKY is offline
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I've stopped carrying a 1911

I've been carrying (.45 acp/10mm/.45 super) concealed 1911's
for decades, and I thought I would never change, but I have.

I shot a friend's Springfield XDM compact 9mm, and found that
I shoot it better, faster and more consistently than my 1911's,
and with HST 147 gr +P JHP's there's plenty of SD power, and
it carries better too, (and 13+1).

I feel a little like a "traitor", but I still own 14 nice 1911's which
I have no intention of parting with, but man, what the hell.
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Old 04-07-2019, 07:57 AM
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To each their own.

I'm old enough to remember all the fru-ha-ha back in '86 (I think it was ) when the FBI had
two agents killed in one shoot-out after the initial purp was hit with a 9mm.

YMMV
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Old 04-07-2019, 08:03 AM
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Went the other way. Just started carrying a 1911 again after a Glock and Sig 226 several year hiatus.

Lightweight 9mm CCO carries so nice and shoots as good as a full size 1911 in my hands.
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Old 04-07-2019, 08:07 AM
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Whatever works good for it is OK with me. I carry a Springfield XD Mod.2 subcompact .45. 10 rounds of .45's and it fits in my pocket.
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Old 04-07-2019, 08:12 AM
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Went the other way. Just started carrying a 1911 again after a Glock and Sig 226 several year hiatus.

Lightweight 9mm CCO carries so nice and shoots as good as a full size 1911 in my hands.
Me too. Started with a 1911, 35 years ago, but carried very rarely. Then I actually carried, in order, a 642, a 3913, a Para Carry 9, a Glock 19, and then a Shield 9mm. About a year ago I decided to start carrying one of my 1911s, I have 20. So now, it's either a Colt Wiley Clapp LW Commander 45, a Talo Colt LW CCO 45, or just recently, an EB Kobra Carry LW 45.
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Old 04-07-2019, 08:13 AM
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I guess it depends on your perception of possible confrontations for you personally. I have carried a 1911 45 ACP nearly every day when it's not illegal where I'm going or impractical because of clothing, but I recently acquired a 9 mm Shield and I find that it's much easier to carry concealed and still feel like I'm adequately armed with two spare mags. I also found that I am capable of bringing the front site back into focus quickly for follow up shots. I do not feel like running to the store, or any errands I do, I'm going to run into gangbangers either,❇😣 just liberals
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Old 04-07-2019, 08:24 AM
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A lot of us have a carry rotation that includes guns other than a 1911. It is a personal choice influenced by body type/size, climate and wardrobe.
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Old 04-07-2019, 08:24 AM
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Carry what works for you. I only own 5 handguns having recently sold 2 & bought one. Only one of those is a SR 1911. Of what I own I consider my SR 1911 & my old Dan Wesson model 15 to be the nicest guns. I carry a S&W 2.0 40 compact. I like mid sized pistols for carry although I do have a Kahr CM-9 for when I want deeper concealment.
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Old 04-07-2019, 08:31 AM
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At least stick with a .45.

Plenty of compact .45 guns out there that get the job done! I carry a Shield in .45 most days. The short barrel Gold Dots and regular HST rounds do the job out of the gun. And the Shield does an amazing job with recoil.
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Old 04-07-2019, 08:45 AM
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I'm betting it has a lot more to do with the caliber change than the platform change. Try a lw 9mm 1911 and I bet you would like it even more.
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Old 04-07-2019, 08:48 AM
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Your carry preference is certainly a matter of choice. It's whatever makes sense to you and what you're comfortable with.
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Old 04-07-2019, 09:20 AM
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I have also quit carrying 1911’s, in fact for the first time in years I don’t even own one. “Back in the day” 1911’s were the only pistols with a good action, light trigger, short reset. But today there are so many pistols to choose from that have triggers as good as, and in some cases better then, 1911’s.

Another factor that influenced me was I had two major malfunctions with a high end, semi custom 1911, and a major magazine malfunction with another semi custom. Flukes maybe, but still major.

Still love 1911’s, just found other pistols I shoot better and are easy to carry.
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Old 04-07-2019, 09:47 AM
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Ok. whatever you shoot better, go nuts. I personally shoot 1911s better than anything else I've tried. If that changes, I will too.

That said there's an LCP in my pocket while I'm sitting around in pajamas all day (like right now) since the risk of crazy armed invasion is pretty damn low. there's a 1911 handy though...
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Old 04-07-2019, 09:51 AM
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Carry whatever you have the most confidence in ... all relevant factors considered (including safety and obviously SD efficacy)..

For me, it's always been a 1911, and I doubt that that will ever change.

But some will find something else that works better for them.

All o.k.
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Old 04-07-2019, 10:02 AM
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I've been carrying (.45 acp/10mm/.45 super) concealed 1911's
for decades, and I thought I would never change, but I have.

I shot a friend's Springfield XDM compact 9mm, and found that
I shoot it better, faster and more consistently than my 1911's,
and with HST 147 gr +P JHP's there's plenty of SD power, and
it carries better too, (and 13+1).

I feel a little like a "traitor", but I still own 14 nice 1911's which
I have no intention of parting with, but man, what the hell.
Don't get me wrong, I don't care what anyone else carries, I don't care what caliber they use (we all know 45 is best ;-)), but you are changing two variables here (caliber and gun-platform), so I wouldn't conclude that you shoot an XDM better than a 1911 if both were in the same caliber. (Either both 9mm or both 45). It is quite unlikely that an XDM will out-shoot a good 1911 when both are using the same loads. It isn't magic, the 1911 is just heavier, has a better trigger, and that awesome SS-grip.

For example, I have an XDM-Competition in 45 with a 5.3" (or maybe it is 5.2" can't remember) barrel. It is fine shooting plastic, but not as fine as my 1911's in 45, not at all.
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Old 04-07-2019, 10:12 AM
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Not trying to hi-jack thread but.....

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To each their own.

I'm old enough to remember all the fru-ha-ha back in '86 (I think it was ) when the FBI had
two agents killed in one shoot-out after the initial purp was hit with a 9mm.

YMMV
You'll want to read the entire Miami-Dade shoot out "after action report". Your head will explode. The FBI was woefully under gunned and underprepared for engaging fully trained aggressors with "long guns"!

Yes, the shootout prompted the shift away from the 9mm by the Feds and LEO's in general but technology has them re-evaluating the 9mm.

Smiles,

P.S. Now if we could get every LEO to practice and train to improve their "hit factor"!
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Old 04-07-2019, 10:13 AM
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I’m the opposite, I tried to make “modern” guns work but they would all print or have ergo issues or not enough ammo or speed. The 1911 is unequaled for me interms of overal size and firepower/speed provided in a carry gun.
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Old 04-07-2019, 10:47 AM
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I am frankly stunned by all the pro-1911 responses to daily carry choices here on this solely 1911 based forum...……. lol

Personally I opt for lighter and higher capacity. My current daily carry is a Taurus PT111 G2 with 12+1 of 9mm. My son just bought what may well be the prefect compromise in concealed carry - the Sig P365. Hi capacity, thin, light, small and comfy to shoot. Mighty accurate too.

IMHO there is 'almost' no wrong answer to the "What to carry" question other than not carrying anything.
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Old 04-07-2019, 10:58 AM
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I opt for a lighter and higher capacity option as well but I stay true to my 1911 roots. I shoot STI 2011’s.

The evolution of the 1911; fine made weapons, 1911 ergonomics, 1911 trigger, high capacity.

You don’t have to give up your 1911 to have a more modern gun.
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Old 04-07-2019, 10:58 AM
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I carry a few different depending on what I am wearing, season ect. Hot in Fl most of the time so shorts and a T shirt are what I wear a lot. Sig 938 is easy to hide. Some times it is a pocket Tarus TCP, sometimes a SA XDS in 45 or a EMP in 9m. For off carry in a back pack I have a Glock 22 in 40 cal. 15 reds of 40 plus a couple extra mags provides a certain level of comfort.
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Old 04-07-2019, 11:01 AM
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Apart from the caliber, one should carry only what is more confident with, and it's to keep up a serious training with it, otherwise one gun is as good as another.
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Old 04-07-2019, 11:06 AM
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I rarely ever carry a 1911 these days, or any large or compact-sized pistol for that matter. Even my Glock 19 stays in the safe most of the time. Back when they were the only options for a compact yet powerful carry gun the Commander and G19 were frequently carried, but when you can carry something like the options Timbo3 just mentioned there's little reason to go bigger and heavier. Either a Taurus PT-111/G2C or a SIG P365 will give you 12+1 9mm +P firepower in a very small and light package, and aside from being slightly easier to operate under stress there's really nothing a bigger gun can do that these can't.
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Old 04-07-2019, 11:38 AM
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I’ve been carrying Commanders of one make of the other for many years.
My first carry gun over thirty years ago was a Colt Delta Elite in a Miami Vice shoulder rig.
Didn’t care how heavy it was because man I was cool. Then I moved to a Beretta Centurion for several years. Then the Glock craze took over and I started with a GL17, to a 19. After that I fell in love with Sig pistols and carried a nickel .40 229 for several years. And about ten years ago I switched back to the 1911 platform and Commander size guns.
But now I’m considering switching to a Sig M11 I have which is basically a 228 w/15+1 capacity. But before I do I’ll have to go shoot it a bunch as well as use it in one of my upcoming classes to refamiliarize myself once again with a ‘no safety DA/SA’ platform. I know right now if I just simply switched that my first round would probably be quite low due to the initial long DA draw. So for now I’m sticking with my lmtd capacity ole fashioned 1911.
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Old 04-07-2019, 11:41 AM
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I rarely ever carry a 1911 these days, or any large or compact-sized pistol for that matter. Even my Glock 19 stays in the safe most of the time. Back when they were the only options for a compact yet powerful carry gun the Commander and G19 were frequently carried, but when you can carry something like the options Timbo3 just mentioned there's little reason to go bigger and heavier. Either a Taurus PT-111/G2C or a SIG P365 will give you 12+1 9mm +P firepower in a very small and light package, and aside from being slightly easier to operate under stress there's really nothing a bigger gun can do that these can't.
How about shoot accurately at moderate distances? I realize stats say the majority of SD events happen up close. But ‘what if’ you have to make a shot a little further out?
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Old 04-07-2019, 11:52 AM
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I shoot handguns to include the PT111 and the P365 out to about 40-50 feet or so without significant accuracy issues (MOPP = Minute of Paper Plate). That is likely 3 or 4 times the 'typical' SD shooting distance? Non-LEO, non-military use.

Shooting a potential threat much farther away than that could call into question how serious the immediate danger to one's self was?
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