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Old 06-04-2011, 09:53   #1
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So now that I own a Ruger SR1911

...and seeing that I'm a total noob to this platform, I need some guidance. I noticed most manufacturers reference Colts (Commander, Gov't Model, officer) when it comes to components, holsters, etc. What would be my reference point for this weapon?

With regard to magazines, I've read that I should stick with seven rounders and avoid the eights. Is this true? What brand of magazine should I be looking at?

And finally, what is the general consensus for both IWB and OWB holsters for concealed carry of the 1911?

Thanks guys, I appreciate whatever advice I can get.
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Old 06-04-2011, 10:03   #2
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it's a 1911, so anything made for a 1911 will work.

Chip McCormick are the most popular around here. I love mine, for two reasons. One, they work. Two, they are very easy to disassemble for cleaning (I drop mine in the dirt during competition). They are 8 round magazines.

My contribution to the general consensus is that a 1911 is easy to conceal, but too damned heavy to carry.
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Old 06-04-2011, 10:09   #3
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Old 06-04-2011, 10:10   #4
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You'll want the government size equipment. As for mags I like Wilson, Tripp, and McCormick. Holsters just depends on what you like. Most seem to prefer leather and others kydex. Welcome to the club by the way.
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Yours would be like the Gov't Model or 5". For me (ref mags), Wilson is the best and I have total confidence in both the 7 and 8 round configurations. I keep the 7 round in the 1911 and the two spare are 8 rounds and on the gun belt. I have never carried the 1911 off duty, as its just a little too big for me to carry concealed comfortably. Lately the 1911 has become more of a house and range pistol and my Glock 30SF for daily use.
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Checkmate and KimPro Tac mags are my favorite mags. They are very well made, have removable base-plates and run great for me.
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KimPro Tac mags are my favorite mags.
Ditto. Mine work very well, and I like the base pad options that come with it, which, for the money, are the best deal going if you need an extended base pad. I added a mag well to my SA Loaded and they work great.

Glenn's Outdoors has them on sale now, and they have both 8 and 7 round mags in stock. Here's a link.
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Wilson 47D backups, Wilson 47DC in the tube. You could also get Wilson springs and followers for the mags (9 bucks) that came with your Ruger.

Never had a problem with the 8 rounders and don't think I will.

As far as holsters go... My pretty IWB is a Ritchie stakeout, and my IDPA setup is a Texas Gunleather.

I don't carry spare mags unless I'm playing some kind of game. Oh, I meant training.
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Glenn's Outdoors has them on sale now, and they have both 8 and 7 round mags in stock. Here's a link.
Wow that's a great price. I don't think I can pass that one up.

Thanks to all who've responded. I really appreciate the suggestions. Keep'em coming!

I forgot to mention, I have a bunch of holsters for my Glocks. I'm partial to the Cross Breed for IWB and a DeSantis speed scabbard for OWB. I also have Super Tuck, Raven, Blackhawk CQC, and Milt Sparks VM2 holsters. The Jury is still out on the Raven, but the others will probably find their way to the classified section sooner or later.
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Nice looking rig, okie.
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Very nice looking grips they look great on the Ruger Grats
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it's a 1911, so anything made for a 1911 will work.Chip McCormick are the most popular around here. I love mine, for two reasons. One, they work. Two, they are very easy to disassemble for cleaning (I drop mine in the dirt during competition). They are 8 round magazines.

My contribution to the general consensus is that a 1911 is easy to conceal, but too damned heavy to carry.
Not true. He needs to get Gov't model specific mags, grips, etc. Not just "anyting made for a 1911".

Mix in some whey protein shakes and/or hit the gym, Nancy.
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Congrats on the Ruger. Larry's Horned Lizards make just about any 1911 look better.

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I forgot to mention, I have a bunch of holsters for my Glocks. I'm partial to the Cross Breed for IWB and a DeSantis speed scabbard for OWB. I also have Super Tuck, Raven, Blackhawk CQC, and Milt Sparks VM2 holsters. The Jury is still out on the Raven, but the others will probably find their way to the classified section sooner or later.
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...and seeing that I'm a total noob to this platform, I need some guidance. I noticed most manufacturers reference Colts (Commander, Gov't Model, officer) when it comes to components, holsters, etc. What would be my reference point for this weapon?

With regard to magazines, I've read that I should stick with seven rounders and avoid the eights. Is this true? What brand of magazine should I be looking at?

And finally, what is the general consensus for both IWB and OWB holsters for concealed carry of the 1911?

Thanks guys, I appreciate whatever advice I can get.
In terms of parts compatibility, it is equivalent to a Colt Series 70 Government Model.

Many 8-round mags work just fine, I have particularly good luck with the Kim-Pro Tac mags.

I prefer Don Hume leather for an IWB holster.

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I have a set of those as well, but they are painted like Santa, so they only get out in December!
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To be honest, I'm not a fan of the VM2. I prefer the Supertuck, finding it much more comfortable. I'm leaning heavily towards a pancake style speed scabbard for OWB at the moment.
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Old 07-01-2011, 12:47   #22
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My contribution to the general consensus is that a 1911 is easy to conceal, but too damned heavy to carry.
One of the great attributes of the 1911 is it's flatness; it's works really well inside the waistband. I submit that a steel government model isn't too big to conceal or carry, but any of the lightweights are comfortable and not heavy at all.

I usually carry a Sig P239, but also often carry a DW CCO. The CCO isn't heavy at all, and it carries very comfortably. The 1911's are flat and thin, like the P239, such that they disappear easily in the waistband, and they tend to be a lot more comfortable for daily wear than some of the blockier designs out there.
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My contribution to the general consensus is that a 1911 is easy to conceal, but too damned heavy to carry.

It was never designed to be 'carried' but rather a military sidearm in an exposed hip holster. There are SO many better options to CCW!
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I prefer and use Wilson 47D mags in my 1911's exclusively. Colt factory mags were always good too for me. Chip McCormick mags always ran flawlessly too.

I just prefer the Wilson mags.

Now on to carry issues...
I carried the 1911 in a 5" all steel configuration for years now. A quality holster is absolutely essential. Now that being said. Not all holsters work for all people. What works great for me, might not work as well for you or at all for you. Body types are all different etc.

Now the biggest thing is the belt. The belt is the most important part of your carry gear. The best holster on earth is not going to support the gun comfortably without a top notch gun belt. Do not cheap out on the belt. I see many people with high end holsters, but cheap belts, or belts not even made for carry at all. I dont get it personally.

I have a rafters gunleather belt that is seven years old and look near new. I use it daily. I also have a Ken Null belt and a Ken Null UNS holster or two. Very good stuff. I like Milt Sparks Summer Special 2 IWB holsters as well. All are excellent.

I have had a Max Con V and it was extremely well made and beautiful and worth the wait, for me however on my body type it just wasnt comfortable for me, so I sold it.

Get the best belt you can afford. They will last a lifetime and pay for themselves every day when you carry in secure and complete comfort. You buy quality but one time.

I currently carry a Wilson CQB 4" all steel 1911 in comfort all day in nothing more than jeans, or shorts and a t-shirt. I have never been made and i forget its there at times. The belt and holster are everything.

Hope this helps you out.
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...and seeing that I'm a total noob to this platform, I need some guidance. I noticed most manufacturers reference Colts (Commander, Gov't Model, officer) when it comes to components, holsters, etc. What would be my reference point for this weapon?

With regard to magazines, I've read that I should stick with seven rounders and avoid the eights. Is this true? What brand of magazine should I be looking at?

And finally, what is the general consensus for both IWB and OWB holsters for concealed carry of the 1911?

Thanks guys, I appreciate whatever advice I can get.


Govt model is what you are looking for when shopping -

I personally use act mags and powermags both 8 rounders without issue.
Midway has a current deal on powermags right now.

You will get a huge variation of answers on the mag question. Some say 7 vs 8 rounders - some say wilson vs mec vs chips powermags etc. I like ACT because it came with the firearm and it works great so I picked up another one, but I also wanted to give another brand a try as well - went with powermags because his company is based in Texas (I try to support local business).

Concealed carry - a good gun belt is going to make a huge difference in comfort. I can not say this enough. It is just as important as the holster you choose. OWB vs IWB is going to subjective. I personally perfer to carry OWB because I find it more comfortable and I can conceal it that way.
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