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how do I hide a full size 1911?

Discussion in 'Carry Issues' started by happy seal, Dec 22, 2012.

  1. happy seal

    happy seal

    Apr 12, 2007
    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?
    Last edited: Dec 22, 2012
  2. VinnieG


    Dec 18, 2012
    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 :)

  3. Blaster

    Blaster Hunc tu caveto

    Feb 2, 2000
    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)
    Last edited: Dec 22, 2012
  4. seanmac45

    seanmac45 CLM

    Apr 13, 2000
    Brooklyn, NY
    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.
  5. NEOH212

    NEOH212 Diesel Girl

    Mar 25, 2008
    North East Ohio
    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.
  6. ancient_serpent


    Jun 6, 2008
    I use a Milt Sparks VM II and it works great.
  7. janice6

    janice6 Silver Member

    Apr 4, 2006
    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.
  8. happy seal

    happy seal

    Apr 12, 2007
    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.
  9. 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.
  10. Lowjiber


    Jan 26, 2012
    Las Vegas
    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.
  11. Gary1911A1


    Jun 14, 2005
    Ohio for now
    What works best for me while still being reasonably comfortable and easy to draw is an IWB Keydex Holster. Blade tech makes good stuff.
  12. Glockdude1

    Glockdude1 Federal Member CLM

    May 24, 2000
  13. Spiffums

    Spiffums I.C.P.

    Sep 30, 2006
    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.
  14. CA Escapee

    CA Escapee Finally!

    Feb 15, 2012

    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.

    Last edited: Dec 23, 2012
  15. Bill Lumberg

    Bill Lumberg BTF Inventor

    Jun 14, 2002
    It's easy with a crossbreed or high ride owb like the galco fletch.
  16. happy seal

    happy seal

    Apr 12, 2007
    Thanks guys, I ordered up another Mtac!
  17. Glockgeezer


    Nov 24, 2012
    Central Florida
    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?
  18. Doubletaps'Rus


    Dec 10, 2007
    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.
  19. Glockdude1

    Glockdude1 Federal Member CLM

    May 24, 2000
  20. SCmasterblaster

    SCmasterblaster Millennium Member

    Sep 24, 1999
    Hartford, Vermont