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happy seal
12-22-2012, 21:08
I bought a Springfield Armory TRP Operator 5". I was never planning to carry it but the desire to is there. I have the OWB holster that came with it but I would need a long coat or sweater to cover the barrel.

What do you wear for OWB?
What do you do when it becomes warm inside and you want to shed the coat?

VinnieG
12-22-2012, 21:18
I carry owb durin the winter months and just wear one of my huntin coats that cover. When it warms up I carry iwb in the small of my back or a smaller gun. IMO no sweaters, they can make you look homosexual :)

Blaster
12-22-2012, 21:30
Comp-Tac belt holster for OWB. Hugs my side tight enough that a fleece vest makes it imperceptible.

Andrews Custom Leather MacDaniel II for IWB. T-shirts, sweatshirts and even a light form fitting sweater (merino wool) hides the heater completely.

I find that carrying a full size 1911 is easier than any Glock I have carried. (G23, G21 or G30)

seanmac45
12-22-2012, 21:33
Once I started carrying my 5" 1911's in a Milt Sparks VM II with MS belt I never had the need to carry OWB again. Carry it concealed all day every day and never get made.

NEOH212
12-22-2012, 21:33
As with any full size gun, if you want to totally and truly conceal it, you will need to carry in the waistband.

I can come very close to fully concealing a full size gun on the waistband but I'm yet to find a holster and wardrobe combination that totally conceals it without printing.

IWB is the way to go for total concealment IMHO.

ancient_serpent
12-22-2012, 21:34
I use a Milt Sparks VM II and it works great.

janice6
12-22-2012, 21:38
I carry a 4" barrel .357 Magnum Revolver IWB with no printing.

Good holster, and never discount the need for a good gunbelt. The best gunbelts will hold the pistol tight to your ribs and eliminate it tipping out and printing, and not streach or roll for an extremely long time. Mine is going on 10+ years.

You will have to experiment with cant and height to get comfort and maximum concealment.

Having found the right combination for me, I can carry almost any gun.

happy seal
12-22-2012, 21:43
I have always either pocket carried or IWB carried. My G27 sits in a Ctac- Mtac and that is how I will go if I decide to IWB the TRP but I wanted to give OWB a try just for the shear comfort of it.

ScottieG59
12-23-2012, 04:47
Many years ago, I carried a full sized 1911A1 concealed, but I wore suits back then. I could still do it today, but probably only with an IWB holster, shoulder holster or something like Thunderwear.

Lowjiber
12-23-2012, 08:55
I've carried for well over thirty years and went through a lot of firearms & holsters in an attempt to match the gun with how I was dressing on a particular day. Now, with a safe full of guns (including five 1911's), I decided to go with one gun that I could carry all the time. I settled on the G26.

Gary1911A1
12-23-2012, 09:00
What works best for me while still being reasonably comfortable and easy to draw is an IWB Keydex Holster. Blade tech makes good stuff.

Glockdude1
12-23-2012, 09:09
OWB. I use a Galco Cop 3 slot 212B. (213B left hand)

http://www.thegunholsterstore.com/galco-hip-cop3slot

:cool:

Spiffums
12-23-2012, 09:25
Dang it! Did you all vet him out before exposing all these secret squirrel carry techniques?

Honestly just watch a few Steven Segal movies and you will know all you need to know about hiding a full size 1911.

CA Escapee
12-23-2012, 10:33
As with any full size gun, if you want to totally and truly conceal it, you will need to carry in the waistband.

I can come very close to fully concealing a full size gun on the waistband but I'm yet to find a holster and wardrobe combination that totally conceals it without printing.

IWB is the way to go for total concealment IMHO.

+1

This time of the year in CO I wear a t-shirt tucked in with an untucked cover shirt, then a jacket/coat as required. If I go inside and have to remove my jacket I can still keep stuff concealed.

A 5" barreled 1911 OWB would be an issue for me with any cover garmet with a curved "shirt" hem at the bottom, (I like 4:00-4:30 carry) so I'd go with an IWB, it covers all the bases that way.

A canted holster versus a vertical holster will buy you a little room when it comes to keeping the muzzle from poking out from under your concealment, but not much.

It's always a compromise; you have to dress around the gun.

Bill

Bill Lumberg
12-23-2012, 11:04
It's easy with a crossbreed or high ride owb like the galco fletch. I bought a Springfield Armory TRP Operator 5". I was never planning to carry it but the desire to is there. I have the OWB holster that came with it but I would need a long coat or sweater to cover the barrel.

What do you wear for OWB?
What do you do when it becomes warm inside and you want to shed the coat?

happy seal
12-23-2012, 11:27
Thanks guys, I ordered up another Mtac!

Glockgeezer
12-23-2012, 12:47
Here in Florida a full sized 1911 is called a safe queen. Hiding one in shorts and a tee-shirt only works if you are 5'-9" and 450#'s or posed for the women of Walmart photo's. Can you say pocket carry?

Doubletaps'Rus
12-23-2012, 12:58
While a 5" 1911 might pose a problem in Florida, Idaho is different.

I have CCed as a Leo and private citizen since 1984. I think that we give the average joe far too much credit that they will see us "print" and know what they are looking at. Most folks are in Condition White. I could carry a chainsaw and they wouldn't notice. The watchful make up about 5% of the general population.

We have become prone to stereotyping ourselves in our carry efforts. A 511 vest or one of those fanny packs might well come with a label on it that says, "gun". The guys who dress like operators right back from the sandbox are asking to get shot first if the poo hits the fan. For me a huge part of CCW is looking so plain that I don't warrant a second look.

Glockdude1
12-23-2012, 13:02
http://www.thunderwear.com/images/_twlogo.jpg

:outtahere:

SCmasterblaster
12-23-2012, 13:55
I carry owb durin the winter months and just wear one of my huntin coats that cover. When it warms up I carry iwb in the small of my back or a smaller gun. IMO no sweaters, they can make you look homosexual :)

HaHaHaHaHa!!!!

JuneyBooney
12-24-2012, 10:23
I bought a Springfield Armory TRP Operator 5". I was never planning to carry it but the desire to is there. I have the OWB holster that came with it but I would need a long coat or sweater to cover the barrel.

What do you wear for OWB?
What do you do when it becomes warm inside and you want to shed the coat?

I have not found the long barrels to be a problem. Unless you have a six inch or longer 44 mag in a shoulder holster the little five inch should be a breeze. The grip will always be the hardest problem i coverage. I have found the 1911 platform to be the most natural firearm to pull and point at a target. If you like your 1911 either go with an owb or iwb that holds the firearm flat to the leg at about three o'clock. I find that to be good for carry but sitting in the car is best with an owb holster.

Tank44
12-28-2012, 09:56
I have always carried a full size 1911. I use a Galco Concealable owb and have never had a problem concealing. I just wear a loose fitting shirt and don't tuck it in. Long barrels have never been a problem. I think wide guns are more of a problem. Since the 1911 is a single stack I have never had a problem concealing.

Stvan1
12-28-2012, 11:40
Milt Sparks IWB Summer Comfort 2. No waiting if you get it from Brownells, usually.

G26AZ
12-28-2012, 12:53
I carry a Colt Commander (same size grip as 5" version) all day in either a Galco "Double Time" or "King Tuck" holster. These are both IWB kydex and leather/kydex. Even in the summer here in the Phoenix area, it conceals just fine under an un-tucked T-shirt. If you go with an IWB style, barrel length doesn't matter - just the grip size and angle is all you need to worry about.

ZO6Vettever
12-28-2012, 16:14
Not trying to be a wise guy but easy to hide in a safe. Beautiful and a joy to shoot but hard to conceal unless you got the body for it.

Short Cut
12-28-2012, 16:20
imo 1911s and Versa Max 2 holsters go together like peanut butter and jelly.

http://i253.photobucket.com/albums/hh67/JMB1911/Guns/CustCDPVM2.jpg

SCmasterblaster
12-29-2012, 10:10
I will soon carry my SA M1911A1 .45 in a OWB Bianchi holster.

NEOH212
12-29-2012, 18:04
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OPANfMlPLtw

SCmasterblaster
12-29-2012, 19:16
I will soon carry my SA M1911A1 .45 in a OWB Bianchi holster.

NAAAH. I have changed my mind. I am sticking with my G17.

A6Gator
12-29-2012, 21:45
Once I started carrying my 5" 1911's in a Milt Sparks VM II with MS belt I never had the need to carry OWB again. Carry it concealed all day every day and never get made.

+1

For me, a single stack 1911 w/a VMII is easier to conceal for me, than a double stack USP or Glock.

Steel Head
12-30-2012, 11:34
imo 1911s and Versa Max 2 holsters go together like peanut butter and jelly.

http://i253.photobucket.com/albums/hh67/JMB1911/Guns/CustCDPVM2.jpg

That's a really nice looking set up:wow:

I've been carrying my new 1911 in a cheap Gote IWB.
It's surprisingly comfy and hides well.

SCmasterblaster
12-30-2012, 14:00
I'd carry it IWB with a Bianchi holster. http://www.bianchi-intl.com/

Stvan1
12-30-2012, 14:02
Very nice looking rig. I especially like the two tone treatment

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G26AZ
12-30-2012, 14:41
Very nice looking rig. I especially like the two tone treatment

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The bad part about that is that since it's an IWB, nobody gets to see it!:headscratch:

SCmasterblaster
12-30-2012, 15:09
The bad part about that is that since it's an IWB, nobody gets to see it!:headscratch:

Why is it a bad part? You don't want to scare people with an OC pistol.

Glockdude1
12-30-2012, 15:20
The bad part about that is that since it's an IWB, nobody gets to see it!:headscratch:

Walk around with it in your hand and show to everybody........




I'm kidding!!!!!!!

:tongueout:

SCmasterblaster
12-30-2012, 15:22
Walk around with it in your hand and show to everybody........




I'm kidding!!!!!!!

:tongueout:

I am glad that you are just kidding.