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My Glock 27 prints a little while wearing an untucked t-shirt, but not to the extent anyone but me and other CC'er might notice. I am now looking for a replacement that is thinner and when it comes to single stacks, 1911 wins hands down for me.

I have been looking at a Kimber Pro Carry but I just can't quite come up with that much cash. The second choice is a Smith & Wesson 1911r1 which fits my budget, but it is a full size.

How bad is a full side 1911 to conceal compared to doublestack's? I am 180 lbs, 5'9" and average military type build. I am thinking it might work with Comp-Tac or a minimalist IWB holster.
 

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if you are not stuck on .45, take a look at the Springfield EMP. It's not only my favorite carry gun, but onbe of my favorite and most accurate shooters as well. I think you can get a .40, but mines a 9mm
 

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guardguy said:
How bad is a full side 1911 to conceal compared to doublestack's?
I've recently started CC'in a 1911, ( .45 Kimber Pro CDP II, in a Milt Sparks VM2, I'm 6', 215 lbs ) and I have no problems concealing it under just an over shirt. With it's slimmer build and riding in a canted IWB holster, I've found it to conceal much better than most double stacks. :D
 

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It's all about the right holster and a good belt (a 1911 can be heavy). I CC my GI model RIA a lot in cooler weather and when I am not working. I have several IWB holsters including a tuckable IWB holster for it but I don't usually tuck my shirt in when carrying it though I still like the holster. I feel like it's noticeable when I try to tuck around it but it may just be because I am looking for it. When I have on a sweatshirt, sweater, flannel shirt untucked or a light jacket it pretty much disappears. I carry at about 4:00 w/ a forward cant. I almost never carry it in the summer time. If I need to deep conceal I carry something much smaller in my pocket (my BUG) or a smallish DA revolver IWB.
 

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A good IWB + proper gun belt can really suck a 1911 into your side, making it very concealable. Personally, I feel the need to carry an extra mag though. Had I the $$, I'd buy a 2nd 1911 in CBOB style (Commander Bobtail), as I think for me, it'd be the perfect CC 1911.
 

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guardguy said:
How bad is a full side 1911 to conceal compared to doublestack's? I am 180 lbs, 5'9" and average military type build. I am thinking it might work with Comp-Tac or a minimalist IWB holster.
I'm about your size and I can conceal a S&W 1006 (5inch brl) in a bianchi IWB with no problem as long as it is at 4oclock position. If you can get used to it you will be fine. Sometimes I'd rather be comforted than comfortable. :)
 

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Guardguy-

I've been concealing a 4" 1911 for close to 8 years now- and the key has been my Milt Sparks VM2 holster & belt. I'm about your size (but 5'11"), and it is really hard to see it/find it unless you're really looking for it. A buddy I work with a bunch has recently started carrying his Sig226 IWB, and his definitely prints easier than mine. When we compared, we think it absolutely has to be the double-stack magazine.

This year I upgraded from a 4" regular 1911 to a bobtail, and love it even more. :D I'd definitely encourage you to go the bobtail route- regardless of 5" or 4". The 5" is only going to add a little bit of weight, but since its extra length simply protrudes further down your pants, it doesn't really effect conceal-ability.

Good luck, and welcome to the 1911 club! It's addicting!!
 

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I cc and oc four full size gun (not same time), 1911 Government, 1911 Officer, Ruger P89 and CZ 75 B.

I use Fobus paddle holster. Concelment not a isssue unless you wear very tight shirt.

Our local gun shop Bulls Eye keeps Fobus holster for all sort of gun. If you need Fobus a holster and they don't have it in stock, they can order for that for you.
 

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A bobtail frame makes a surprising difference. Especially, in the car. No gouging into the car seat, allows you to slide around like a revolver's butt does.
 

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I carry my 5" 1911 in an uncle mikes IWB when I'm not OCing. I have no issues, and I'm 6'1 265lbs.
 

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Editingfx said:
A good IWB + proper gun belt can really suck a 1911 into your side, making it very concealable. Personally, I feel the need to carry an extra mag though. Had I the $$, I'd buy a 2nd 1911 in CBOB style (Commander Bobtail), as I think for me, it'd be the perfect CC 1911.
Yup, a 'bobbed' Commander is the shizzle. Melted, in black chrome, night sights with polished stainless hardware & parts. Oooo.


Now this is what I call a 'cute butt'.

:shattered:

Just say no to double stacks. Add a nice Minotaur MTAC and your set.
 

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I CC a full size 1911 with no printing issues, using a crappy $30 IWB holster and a flimsy belt. I'm 190 lbs, 5'9".
 

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I can CC my 5" Kimber TLE II in a[s:3bqv7g4o]n[/s:3bqv7g4o] [s:3bqv7g4o]MTAC Minotaur[/s:3bqv7g4o] VMII with tuckable clips without any issue at all. But why hide it?? She's just too pretty! :love:
'Nuff said.
 

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I can't help but wonder about what your using for equipment and dress. It takes no effort to conceal a subcompact glock OWB, let alone IWB. A 1911 is thinner but honestly, the grip length is so much longer that all things equal, I'm not sure it's going to immediately give you the disappearing gun trick that you seem to be seeking. If your dressing in tight clothing or wearing a pliable belt or have a holster that isn't designed for concealment then your results may not be much of an improvement.

Personally I conceal a G27 much, much easier than I do a 1911. It doesn't matter if its at three or four o'clock.
 
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