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20South
03-09-2011, 19:48
Just a question out of curiosity - How many of you use your 1911's as woods guns or move back to polymer for camping trips, overnight hikes, etc...

Nickpisp
03-09-2011, 19:51
1911 at all times for me.

Quack
03-09-2011, 19:53
1911 for me as well.

thecableguy
03-09-2011, 19:54
I am not much of a camper but I wouldn't have a problem taking a 1911 with me. I mean if it was good enough for our GIs to carry in the trenches a little camping should be a cake walk.

jmoln
03-09-2011, 19:54
in that application it is either my 1911 or a S&W in .357.

Mr. Gekko
03-09-2011, 19:55
Just a question out of curiosity - How many of you use your 1911's as woods guns or move back to polymer for camping trips, overnight hikes, etc...


To me, camping, hikes, etc. are trips to the woods. :dunno:If it's good enough in the city, it's good enough elsewhere. Better than nothing afterall. Maybe I'm missing something.....

20South
03-09-2011, 19:56
Its starting to look like a sweep!

20South
03-09-2011, 20:01
To me, camping, hikes, etc. are trips to the woods. :dunno:If it's good enough in the city, it's good enough elsewhere. Better than nothing afterall. Maybe I'm missing something.....

No - I dont think you are missing anything. There are lots of debates on "woods" guns on message boards and gun stores etc. My wife just got us a new tent big enough to hold all the little ones and setup a trip to the Ozarks in the spring and I wound up having the debate with a neighbor and some friends. There are all sorts of opinions as to appropriate caliber, handgun vs guide gun, Glock Perfection vs. et all. I was just curious as to where this board fell - and yes, I know its a 1911 board and the answer should have gone without saying, but this is an eclectic bunch at times.:whistling:

Cerebrus
03-09-2011, 20:04
Going to have to go with my Blackhawk, chambered in .45 Win. Mag... It's too big to conceal.. but what a punch...:supergrin:

glock2740
03-09-2011, 20:16
No - I dont think you are missing anything. There are lots of debates on "woods" guns on message boards and gun stores etc. My wife just got us a new tent big enough to hold all the little ones and setup a trip to the Ozarks in the spring and I wound up having the debate with a neighbor and some friends. There are all sorts of opinions as to appropriate caliber, handgun vs guide gun, Glock Perfection vs. et all. I was just curious as to where this board fell - and yes, I know its a 1911 board and the answer should have gone without saying, but this is an eclectic bunch at times.:whistling:
Well, I live up in the Ozarks, and there are black bear around here, quite a few actually, but I'd be more worried about running across some meth head, as apposed to a bear. Just bring that new GC NN that you got coming to you, and you'll be just fine. :cool:

knedrgr
03-09-2011, 20:17
1911 here.

glock2740
03-09-2011, 20:24
Personally, I usually carry a G20 with me in the woods. Or sometimes my G29. Used to carry my stainless 4" GP100, but prefer the higher capacity and faster reloading with the Glocks. Plus, I'd go swimming with my Glock on and wouldn't think twice about it. Not that a 1911 wouldn't be able to take a dip as well. But having 16 rounds of 10mm on the hip with another 15 rounds ready to go in the blink of an eye, makes one feel at ease. :cool:

Happy Hunting
03-09-2011, 20:29
As soon as I get my Lobo holster for my 327 NG (2 more weeks!) that will replace my 1911. I had some issues with my 1911 on my hip OWB when I was pulling a deer up the steepest hill in Alabama in the dark this season as the grip kept snagging and trying to pull away.

1911's are by and large going to be heavy and if you're used to hiking you know that an ounce of weight equals a pound of pain.

thecableguy
03-09-2011, 20:41
I wouldn't mind this one on my hip if I were going into some mountains.
http://www.wilsoncombat.com/handguns/460/large/1.jpg
.460 Rowland. WC Hunter.

20South
03-09-2011, 20:55
Well, I live up in the Ozarks, and there are black bear around here, quite a few actually, but I'd be more worried about running across some meth head, as apposed to a bear. Just bring that new GC NN that you got coming to you, and you'll be just fine. :cool:

Due for delivery Sat...:whistling:

R0CKETMAN
03-09-2011, 21:03
Glock 20 DT200gr fmj

TKR Reptiles
03-09-2011, 21:04
Whenever I am out "herping" (doing field research observing and collecting snakes), fishing, or camping I carry the Glock. I also prefer the higher capacity off ammo, and to be honest if it gets scuffed or scratched up I don't mind as much as I would a 1911...

glock2740
03-09-2011, 21:20
Due for delivery Sat...:whistling:
My brutha from a different mutha. :rofl:We gotta stay in touch and you remember the deal, don't ya? If one of us ever decides to sell, the other gets first shot. Like we're ever gonna sell either one. :cool: Congrats my man. If your's shoots as sweet as mine, you'll be VERY happy. :thumbsup:

20South
03-09-2011, 23:35
My brutha from a different mutha. :rofl:We gotta stay in touch and you remember the deal, don't ya? If one of us ever decides to sell, the other gets first shot. Like we're ever gonna sell either one. :cool: Congrats my man. If your's shoots as sweet as mine, you'll be VERY happy. :thumbsup:

Of course man. Worst case, Dave has my info if you cant get me out here. I dont see me selling out either, but you never know.

a45sArtwork
03-09-2011, 23:51
1911, wouldn't even give it a second thought!

duncan
03-10-2011, 00:31
Personally, I usually carry a G20 with me in the woods. Or sometimes my G29. Used to carry my stainless 4" GP100, but prefer the higher capacity and faster reloading with the Glocks. Plus, I'd go swimming with my Glock on and wouldn't think twice about it. Not that a 1911 wouldn't be able to take a dip as well. But having 16 rounds of 10mm on the hip with another 15 rounds ready to go in the blink of an eye, makes one feel at ease. :cool:

Amen brother. That is my hunting setup when I go into bear country. Of course, I prefer a 45-70 guide gun but in a handgun.

10mm flatpoints only. JHP will clog up on animal hair. Would love to carry my Redhawk in 44 mag but it is too heavy.

kyletx1911a1
03-10-2011, 06:57
1911 at all times for me.that all times

Nakanokalronin
03-10-2011, 07:06
I'd use a 1911 as a woods gun but only with FMJ bullets. If there is a risk of 4 legged critters as well I might opt for my Ruger Redhawk in 45LC with some nice high pressure rounds.

TSAX
03-10-2011, 07:22
How many of you use your 1911's as woods guns or move back to polymer


Gee, your asking this in the 1911 forum, I wonder which one will get more votes, :dunno:. I prefer a sling and my 870 but for non shotgun related answers my Star Trek phaser circa 1994 because it has a stun setting :supergrin:

Agent6-3/8
03-10-2011, 09:35
I carry a .45 Colt S&W 25-13 Mountain Gun in the woods. I'll occasionally carry my 5" SA in the woods, but I really don't feel comfortable carrying a service caliber pistol with the black bear population around here. Even though an encounter with a bear is very unlikely I still like knowing that I have enough gun to deal with one.

LASTRESORT20
03-10-2011, 09:50
Personally, I usually carry a G20 with me in the woods. Or sometimes my G29. Used to carry my stainless 4" GP100, but prefer the higher capacity and faster reloading with the Glocks. Plus, I'd go swimming with my Glock on and wouldn't think twice about it. Not that a 1911 wouldn't be able to take a dip as well. But having 16 rounds of 10mm on the hip with another 15 rounds ready to go in the blink of an eye, makes one feel at ease. :cool:

Yup! Fur..sure...

glock2740
03-10-2011, 09:57
Amen brother. That is my hunting setup when I go into bear country. Of course, I prefer a 45-70 guide gun but in a handgun.

10mm flatpoints only. JHP will clog up on animal hair. Would love to carry my Redhawk in 44 mag but it is too heavy.
I'm just waiting on an email from Bud's to let me know when they have a Marlin 45-70 Guide Gun in stock. :) I also have the 5.5" Redhawk and love it as a woods gun. The 7.5" RH I used to have, was just a tad too much of a chunk to tote. Haven't toted my 5" .460 S&W too much, but I sure can't wait to nail a hog with that baby. :cool: And would love to take a black bear with it someday too.

Bilbo Bagins
03-10-2011, 10:14
I'm not a 1911 yet, but I camp and hike alot. My next wood gun will be probably be a .45 and I have been eyeballing a Rock Island tactical compact. I'm in PA so my only concerns are Black Bear, feral dogs/coyotes and two legged creeps.

However I do like the light weight of polymer .45 like glock and kahr.

Cerebrus
03-10-2011, 10:47
I'm just waiting on an email from Bud's to let me know when they have a Marlin 45-70 Guide Gun in stock. :) I also have the 5.5" Redhawk and love it as a woods gun. The 7.5" RH I used to have, was just a tad too much of a chunk to tote. Haven't toted my 5" .460 S&W too much, but I sure can't wait to nail a hog with that baby. :cool: And would love to take a black bear with it someday too.

Love my Marlin guide gun!! http://i299.photobucket.com/albums/mm320/cerebrus2099/IMG_0898.jpghttp://i299.photobucket.com/albums/mm320/cerebrus2099/IMG_0206.jpg

glock2740
03-10-2011, 10:54
Love my Marlin guide gun!! http://i299.photobucket.com/albums/mm320/cerebrus2099/IMG_0898.jpghttp://i299.photobucket.com/albums/mm320/cerebrus2099/IMG_0206.jpg
Sweet gun. :thumbsup:

brisk21
03-10-2011, 11:14
If I were to go camping or hunting, which I don't, Id carry a Glock 10mm or .45 for sure. Less weight and higher capacity. Easy choice.

Glockin21
03-10-2011, 11:17
I dont go anywhere without my 1911.Ive known of moose being killed with .22s,so a .45 is good for me.

TxGun
03-10-2011, 12:04
I like the 1911 for carry around our ranch. (Between my 2 brothers and I, we have 1920 contiguous acres via inheritance from our grandfather, so there is plenty of opportunity to carry any gun we want). I carry one in a regular belt holster all the time. But when it's concealed carry, and in-and-out of vehicles all day, I get tired of a 1911's length and weight. Personally, I only like full-sized and Commander-sized, all-steel, 1911s. Both are great in belt holster, not so great in IWB holster when carried all day. When that's required, I go Glock 19 or 26.

Jr.
03-10-2011, 15:20
I like to carry my Beretta 96fs or 90-two in .40s&w. 200gr hardcast takes care of anything around here. I would only carry hard cast regardless of pistol caliber. 255gr out of a 1911 would be comforting too.

Nubbins
03-10-2011, 16:07
When camping in Alaska I carry my S&W 629 with Cor-bon 305 grain Flat Point Penetrator.
Here on the east coast I take my 1911
this sow came every day
http://i822.photobucket.com/albums/zz145/kirk22-250/scan0001.jpg?t=1299793520
http://i822.photobucket.com/albums/zz145/kirk22-250/scan0004.jpg?t=1299793520

nastytrigger
03-10-2011, 16:08
I must admit, I don't carry my 1911 when I'm in the forest. I have been carrying my 1911 more, but I have my Glock 21 tuned for .45 Super for 'field' use :supergrin:.

Texas Bulldog
03-10-2011, 17:06
My 10mm 1911 stays on my side when im out hunting.

FLIPPER 348
03-10-2011, 17:16
To me, camping, hikes, etc. are trips to the woods. :dunno:If it's good enough in the city, it's good enough elsewhere.


Better than nothing afterall. Maybe I'm missing something.....


a 1911 is not enough gun for bear defense
I pack a .357 mag at mininum


A local story from a few years back, there were two similar attacks in the area that Spring. The pistol was later ID'ed as a 1911. The link to that updated story is timed out/dead.

10:17 AM PDT on Thursday, June 12, 2008

Associated Press

GLIDE, Ore. - Aaron Wyckoff didn't start to panic until his .45-caliber pistol quit firing, and the bear kept chewing on his arm.

So, he recalls, he tried to pull the bear's jaws apart. Then he tried to roll down the ridge where he and the bear were wrestling. But the bear grabbed his calf, pulled him back and went for his groin.

Wyckoff said he countered by shoving his pistol and his hand into the bear's mouth. But by then, the struggle in the Cascade Range in Southern Oregon attracted the attention of Wyckoff's party, and other hunters rushed over.

Justin Norton fired a round from his .44-caliber pistol into the black bear's stomach, to no avail. He approached the bear, put the gun behind its ear and fired again. It finally rolled away.

"I walked right up to his head, and he didn't even look at me," said Norton, 26.

With the dying bear still struggling, a final round finished him off.

"He was dead. He just didn't know it," Wyckoff said. "It was just all adrenaline."

Wyckoff was helping friends track a wounded bear May 31 on the last day of the hunting season.

Fifteen-year-old Chris Moen of Glide, who had drawn the tag, hit the animal in the shoulder with a .338-caliber rifle round, but he and his father couldn't pick up a trail of blood.

They called on Wyckoff and friends to help track it. A few hours later, Wyckoff went up a hill for a view.

He heard a rustling in the bushes behind him, then a grunt. The bear had apparently circled around the group.

"We never even heard him," said Wyckoff.

Wyckoff said he fired a round into the bear's forehead, but the animal kept coming and climbed on top of him. From beneath, Wyckoff said, he got off three more rounds.

Then he tucked the gun beneath the bear's chin. But it quit. Wyckoff, left-handed, said he had accidentally released the ammunition clip.

xtreme99
03-10-2011, 17:31
I'm going for a hike this weekend. No bears around, but there is a possibility of coyote, javelina, and rattlesnake. My 1911 will be with me!

Nickpisp
03-10-2011, 18:22
I dont go anywhere without my 1911.Ive known of moose being killed with .22s,so a .45 is good for me.

:rofl::rofl:

Big_Grumpy
03-10-2011, 18:32
Depends what kind of outdoor thing I was doing. A hike or spending the day outdoors, I'd probably bring my 1911.

Overnight camping, I'd bring my M&P .45 with the "tacticool" TLR-2 attached. It ain't 10mm cool, but it's a dang comfy gun to shoot, and I'm sure it'd do any job asked of it.

Dew and what not's a beyatch some mornings up in northern WI, too. Less metal parts to worry about.

Shortimer
03-10-2011, 18:34
I usually take my GP100 with a six in barrel. I wouldn't have a problem caring a 1911 though. Either way if I don't stop a bear with either I can't believe any self respecting bear will eat anything that smells as bad as I will by then.

Kegs
03-10-2011, 18:52
I carry this:

http://www.healthsquare.com/common/images/p/PRG01740_53156_5.JPG


to give to the bears after you fools are out of bullets and they have eaten you - it makes the giant cannons digest easier for them.

:rofl:

20South
03-10-2011, 19:39
Personally, I usually carry a G20 with me in the woods. Or sometimes my G29. Used to carry my stainless 4" GP100, but prefer the higher capacity and faster reloading with the Glocks. Plus, I'd go swimming with my Glock on and wouldn't think twice about it. Not that a 1911 wouldn't be able to take a dip as well. But having 16 rounds of 10mm on the hip with another 15 rounds ready to go in the blink of an eye, makes one feel at ease. :cool:

Joe - you are so undergunned. You need to add those +2 extenders to the 15 rounders. Only way you will be safe.

glock2740
03-10-2011, 20:41
Joe - you are so undergunned. You need to add those +2 extenders to the 15 rounders. Only way you will be safe.
Very true. I may even need to get some 30 rounders for the G20 too.


:rofl:

bikewriter
03-10-2011, 22:40
I was all hot about having the ultimate super duper camping gun a few summers ago. Went back and forth between buying a Glock 20SF and a 357 with at least a 6" barrel. Then I remembered the woman of the house likes to drag me on hours and hours of steep trails so I narrowed it down to a polymer gun. We don't get high enough for grizzly but who says any colored bear won't take a trip to the lower elevation.

In camp I use a big bottle of UDAP. And there is a 12 gauge Beretta 390. Thinking of getting a 12g with short barrel and stock (maybe pistol grip) to stick in the backpack.

I'm rambling because when looking for an excuse to buy a new gun the mind wanders. I didn't even camp last year and the year before we went once. :upeyes:
But this summer we have two big trips into the wilderness and Glacier National Park. I may just take my cheapy but reliable STI Spartan 45 if the Sig 220 doesn't go along like it normally does. But that still leaves me with no reason to buy a 10mm!

glock2740
03-10-2011, 22:46
Everyone should own a 10mm. There. That's reason enough. :cool:

kgain673
03-12-2011, 08:14
I would not hesitate to use a RIA 1911 compact for woods carry, but if you have a choice I would go glock, they can take quite a bit of abuse, dirt, water, and hardly need lubrication. I would be afraid to carry an expensive 1911 into the woods. Glocks also have a higher capacity as well.

harrygunner
03-13-2011, 00:08
I use a 1911 for self defense, including a 1911 in 10mm. But when I'm camping or hiking in forests, it's one of these two. Either a Glock 29 or a Ruger Redhawk .44 Mag with a 5.5" barrel.

http://i35.photobucket.com/albums/d199/harrygunner/hiking/woodsguns.jpg