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Concealability of Officer Grip vs. Government Grip

Discussion in '1911 Forums' started by Redstate, Sep 15, 2012.

  1. Redstate


    May 17, 2011
    I understand that the difference in grip lenght between the officer lenght and the governement lenght is about half an inch. Does that half an inch make any significant difference in concealing IWB?
  2. okie

    okie GT Mayor

    Oct 28, 2001
    Muskogee Ok.
    I CCW a full sized 1911 and I have had friends ask me why I ain't packin when I am, so I guess it don't make much difference:supergrin:

  3. fnfalman

    fnfalman Chicks Dig It

    Oct 23, 2000
    California & New Mexico, US
    Makes a significant difference in shooting and handling. Probably makes a big difference in concealing too.
  4. 257 roberts

    257 roberts

    Mar 18, 2012
    I have a series 80 Colt Officer 45acp and two Government 45acp's and useally carry one of the full sized I guess its not too much of a differance
  5. Ruble Noon

    Ruble Noon "Cracker"

    Feb 18, 2009
    For me, yes.
  6. I think it is a matter of body types. I can conceal both but the officers will print less than the gov. I carry with extreme forward cant so the point is probably moot.

    The real issue is steel frame -vs- aluminum frame. I like the full size recoil impulse of the full size but it is a drag to carry. I guess giving up one round is of no real consequence either.

    The best way to know is to try it out and see for yourself.
  7. faawrenchbndr

    faawrenchbndr DirtyThirty fan CLM

    Nov 24, 2005
    Holsters play a LARGE part in concealing the desired firearm, quite
    possibly more than the grip length of said firearm.
  8. prez1967


    Feb 4, 2011
    i can conceal both... i prefer my officer's frame guns for IWB... i carry full size in OWB.
  9. Redstate


    May 17, 2011
    Thanks for all the replies so far. I do have a Government size Springer that is very nice. I was just wondering if that little bit makes a significant difference on a 1911. I know it does on a Glock; but, I thought it might be a little different on a 1911 due to the obvious differences between the 2 platforms.

    I usually carry glocks. The difference in grip from a G19 to a G17 is about the same as the difference between the Officer and the Government sizes. I can conceal the G19 better than the G17.

    When I talk about concealment, I am talking about concealing the pistol, not just standing there, but with normal movements of the body, e.g leaning forward. Just standing there, I can easily conceal my G17 and my Government 1911. It should be noted however, that I do not have a good concealment holster for my 1911.
    Last edited: Sep 16, 2012
  10. Clutch Cargo

    Clutch Cargo Amsterdam Haze

    Nov 29, 2010
    I believe it does make a difference. The popularity of bobtail style full sized 1911s is proof.
  11. glock2740

    glock2740 Gun lover.

    Jun 19, 2008
    NW Ark.
    One word...YES! :cool:
  12. PlasticGuy


    Jul 10, 2000
    I can conceal a full sized 1911, and often do. An Officers sized grip frame does make it easier though. Is the increase in concealability worth losing a round of capacity, 3/4" of barrel, and a little shootability? It depends. I generally carry a full sized 1911 during the cold months, and a CCO (Officers grip frame) during the hot months.
  13. fnfalman

    fnfalman Chicks Dig It

    Oct 23, 2000
    California & New Mexico, US
    That's a question that the carrier must answer himself. For me, CCO and Officer's ACP are strictly for fun. I suppose I'd CCW them if I have nothing else available, however they wouldn't be my first choices. My ability to put rounds on target fast is dramatically degraded with the shortened grip. For me, it's not worth the trade off for compactness.
  14. faawrenchbndr

    faawrenchbndr DirtyThirty fan CLM

    Nov 24, 2005
    Government grip, Officer's grip & bobtailed Gov all work for me.
    Depends on mood & dress as to which works best at that time.
  15. FLSlim


    Apr 12, 2010
    FL W Coast
    I agree with several others, it depends on your carry rig, dress, and probably your build. I find the shorter frame a slight bit easier to conceal, but what I really like for carry is the LW model (for me it is the CCO).
  16. Bruce Foreman

    Bruce Foreman Millennium Member

    Jan 1, 1999
    San Angelo TX USA

    One of the best IWB holsters I've found is Don Hume's PCCH (stands for "Preferred Concealed Carry Holster"), not really pricey but well built. He uses slightly thinner but firm leather and these are very comfortable.

    I carry Glocks and Colt Commanders in appropriate models.