What's with the bobtail craze as of late? [Archive] - Glock Talk

PDA

View Full Version : What's with the bobtail craze as of late?


Nakanokalronin
06-10-2011, 17:37
I know the bobtail has been around long enough but it seems like more and more custom and semi-custom 1911s are coming with them standard.

I've held a few at my LGS and it just seems like something is missing since there basically is. :dunno: I don't mind the lack of grip on my Officer/Defender size 1911s but when it comes to a Government model, the full grip should be there. I would say its for concealed carry but I'm seeing them on some pricey examples that I doubt people are shoving into holsters on a daily basis even though I know some carry $3000 1911s everyday.

So whats the advantage other than concealed carry? A CCO would be close but I'm wondering if an officer sized frame w/longer dust cover and a Government slide would be more feasible for CCW. I know a few where made this way but I can't think of them off the top of my head.

glock2740
06-10-2011, 17:47
I used to not be a fan of bobtail guns, but now I really like them alot. For CC it's a no brainer. Makes a huge difference IMO. A rounded butt is the next best thing, especially on a CCO or Officer sized gun. Unless I plan on putting a magwell on a fullsize, I prefer a rounded butt on them too.

Hokie1911
06-10-2011, 17:50
Call me crazy then. :rofl:

http://i880.photobucket.com/albums/ac6/HokiePS7/5-24KC002.jpg

faawrenchbndr
06-10-2011, 17:53
Did not know it was a recent craze.
Seems other manufacturers have just realized the market of them.

Ruggles
06-10-2011, 18:15
Not sure if they are such a plus for concealed carry but I do like the way they feel in my hand. If I order a 5" Kobra it will be bobtailed:)

bac1023
06-10-2011, 18:22
I don't think its a recent craze. However, the more companies that start producing them, the more will be available to the public. There used to be only a few choices, but now there are dozens.

Nakanokalronin
06-10-2011, 18:28
Did not know it was a recent craze.
Seems other manufacturers have just realized the market of them.

Well I'm calling it a craze because I've been seeing more and people with them as of late. It used to be an Ed Brown thing but people seem to be wanting them on their 1911s more and more and I'm not sure why. I grip the models at my LGS and feel the lack of backstrap that to me, should be there. The majority of people who get them say its so the shirt does not snag on the sharp corner of the frame. Although I've never had my shirt snag on a 1911 I was carrying I can understand why but when its on some expensive custom build I almost think it may be added so it makes it more unique like Canadian boarders and ball cuts.....:tongueout:

Nakanokalronin
06-10-2011, 18:29
I don't think its a recent craze. However, the more companies that start producing them, the more will be available to the public. There used to be only a few choices, but now there are dozens.

That could be it really. Maybe I'm just seeing more out there because more companies are making it an option to compete with the next guy.

faawrenchbndr
06-10-2011, 18:36
Well I'm calling it a craze because I've been seeing more and people with them as of late. It used to be an Ed Brown thing but people seem to be wanting them on their 1911s more and more and I'm not sure why. I grip the models at my LGS and feel the lack of backstrap that to me, should be there. The majority of people who get them say its so the shirt does not snag on the sharp corner of the frame. Although I've never had my shirt snag on a 1911 I was carrying I can understand why but when its on some expensive custom build I almost think it may be added so it makes it more unique like Canadian boarders and ball cuts.....:tongueout:

Everyone is built differently,.......I like the feel of the bob-tailed grip, I like the feel of the standard grip.

nolt
06-10-2011, 22:18
i dont care for the feel of it personally.

up1911fan
06-10-2011, 22:34
Call me crazy then. :rofl:

http://i880.photobucket.com/albums/ac6/HokiePS7/5-24KC002.jpg
Look's great with that solid trigger.

Hokie1911
06-10-2011, 22:35
Look's great with that solid trigger.

Thank you, sir. :thumbsup:

Sarge43
06-10-2011, 23:07
I think the demand has been there for quite some time. You're just seeing other manufacturers catching up to the "craze". Also, other manufacturers are coming up with their own rounded butts so they don't have to either pay Ed Brown, or rely on EB's supply of parts.
As for the feel, I can go with either a bobtail or a traditional frame. I have plenty of both and they get used without thought as to what they are.
Just my personal opinion based on my experiences, but a think a good holster/belt makes a much bigger difference in CC than the bob does.
Good luck!
Sarge

Three-Five-Seven
06-10-2011, 23:24
I don't think John Moses did it that a way. Just sayin'.

glock2740
06-11-2011, 00:14
I don't think John Moses did it that a way. Just sayin'.
I don't think he did the commander or officer models either. But I bet he wouldn't have had a problem with them. Jusy sayin'.

Cobra64
06-11-2011, 01:03
I don't think its a recent craze. However, the more companies that start producing them, the more will be available to the public. There used to be only a few choices, but now there are dozens.

Didn't the KC and CBOB generate more interest?

mrsurfboard
06-11-2011, 01:53
Count me in as a bobtail fan. Except I like the round off type, not the angle cut.

cowboywannabe
06-11-2011, 02:52
i like my 1911s with the arched MSH, the bobbed tail would defeat the purpose for me.

okie
06-11-2011, 03:59
I held a Bobtail for the first time last year, and it just didn't feel right to me. I can see where they would conceal very nicely though:thumbsup:

Shipwreck-The-Sequel
06-11-2011, 06:17
I tried to get into them - but I don't like the feeling of the shorter backstrap. That always bugged me about subcompact guns already for years.

When I saw the bobtailed Browns, I thought I wanted one... Until I held a couple. I prefer the regular grip. However - they do look really cool

CMG
06-11-2011, 06:25
Beware the ideas a pistol-smith has while drinking!

:supergrin:

I've always thought Ed Brown must have been well lubricated when he thought of that, but lots of folks (kool-aid drinkers, all :supergrin: ) like the concept, proving Ed Brown knows best! :cool:

Everytime I hold one, I keep wanting to shift my grip because it just doesn't feel right to me. I keep looking for that part that presses into the heel of my hand, and it's missing.

HexHead
06-11-2011, 06:25
I don't think John Moses did it that a way. Just sayin'.

He designed the 1911 to be carried in a cavalry holster with a flap.

I've got a bobtailed 1911 and not only does it print less under a shirt, I find it to be more comfortable in my hand when shooting. Win-win.

drc767
06-11-2011, 06:33
The Bobtail serves a very functional purpose and noticeable difference for carry, at least for me.

BuckyP
06-11-2011, 06:35
I actually prefer the feel of a bobtail to a standard grip without a mag well. I also feel that it does help reduce printing for CCW.

silversport
06-11-2011, 06:36
He designed the 1911 to be carried in a cavalry holster with a flap.

I've got a bobtailed 1911 and not only does it print less under a shirt, I find it to be more comfortable in my hand when shooting. Win-win.

I bet Three-Five-Seven just meant there are those who scream at anything they don't like that goes beyond JMB's originally accepted design (as long as you don't mention the "upgrades they like") is sacrilegious...;)...maybe not...

Bill

tango44
06-11-2011, 13:54
Don't know, but I don't like it, flat checkered MSH for me!

Phelptwan
06-11-2011, 18:42
It's just way more comfortable in a holster...

Quack
06-11-2011, 19:45
it's comfy. just spent another 12 hours in the car and didn't notice it was there.

71Commander
06-12-2011, 03:30
Not from the factory.

Colt LW 38 Super.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/tucker13/24c8f2b0.jpg

drc767
06-12-2011, 05:08
Staying with the Colt .38 Super, Bobtail theme.....


http://i251.photobucket.com/albums/gg290/drc767/Colt38Super002.jpg

Hokie1911
06-12-2011, 08:08
Staying with the Colt .38 Super, Bobtail theme.....


http://i251.photobucket.com/albums/gg290/drc767/Colt38Super002.jpg

Helton does nice work. :thumbsup:

akapennypincher
06-12-2011, 08:39
I think one company made bobtails, it sold well, and the game of follow a leader was started. I have tried once at the range, it felt funny, but in time I might have liked it?

armed
06-12-2011, 09:57
Not from the factory.

Colt LW 38 Super.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/tucker13/24c8f2b0.jpg


Looks great, who did it?

lsbbigdog
06-12-2011, 10:44
I think bobtailed 1911 make great CCW firearms.
http://www.businessendcustoms.com/images/albums/NewAlbum_66480/tn_1200_DSC00410.JPG.jpg
http://i291.photobucket.com/albums/ll287/lsbbigdog/DSC01259-1.jpg?t=1290475502

chakup
06-12-2011, 10:51
I really like the feel of the bobtail, it works. hell look what too much free time can lead to:
http://i496.photobucket.com/albums/rr324/2k5wrx/Guns/CIMG1366.jpg

drc767
06-12-2011, 13:21
I really like the feel of the bobtail, it works. hell look what too much free time can lead to:
http://i496.photobucket.com/albums/rr324/2k5wrx/Guns/CIMG1366.jpg

Amazing what a sawzall can do.......:)

chakup
06-12-2011, 13:26
Dremel and paper. Its actually super comfy, no more digging in my palm from the hump.

71Commander
06-12-2011, 14:59
Looks great, who did it?

Local gunsmith in Looavul, KY.:supergrin: