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Question re: Carrying 1911 vs Full Size Glock

Discussion in '1911 Forums' started by bluelineman, Jun 12, 2010.

  1. bluelineman

    bluelineman Infidel كافر

    Apr 17, 2005
    How come is it lots of guys will readily carry a full size 1911, yet a full size Glock (much smaller than 1911) seems too big to carry? I know personal preference and all, but this seems to be the general consensus from what I've found.
  2. Tactical black

    Tactical black

    Jan 24, 2008
    The Glock is much wider I've carried a full size Glock before but the 1911 and BHP both conceal easier because they aren't as thick IMO

    Last edited: Jun 12, 2010

  3. Not sure I follow this.
    My 21, which I carry 99% of the time, is not noticably smaller than a 1911.
    Not any lighter either because of 14 rounds of 45 in her.
    Most people who carry a 1911 would not have a problem carrying a full size Glock.
    So who says they are too big to carry?
  4. bluelineman

    bluelineman Infidel كافر

    Apr 17, 2005
    It just seems to me that a lot of people carry a compact or sub-compact Glock but think the big Glocks are too big to carry. Yet on the other side of the fence, a lot of guys carry a full size 1911 with no problem (and for the most part, 1911s are bigger than most full sized Glocks). Maybe my post wasn't worded very clear.
  5. MD357


    Jul 13, 2008
    I do. :supergrin: Well, not TOO big but 1911s conceal much better IWB.

    Carrying a G21 IWB is way too cumbersome from my experiences but to each their own.
  6. glock2740

    glock2740 Gun lover.

    Jun 19, 2008
    NW Ark.
    It all comes down to the belt and holster being used.
  7. RonS

    RonS Millennium Member

    May 27, 1999
    Oh, USA
    Perception. If mini 1911s were as reliable as mini Glocks more people would find Government and Commanders too big. The smallest 1911 I would want would be a CCO sized gun though.
  8. There's really no comparison; IWB 1911 Gov't is thinner (slide) and more comfortable to carry than my G20s or G17. I've also noticed that during summer months, especially monsoon season, 1911s require less effort drawing from leather holsters than Glocks.

    Wearing layered, outer clothing OWB, carry choice depends on environment and also adds revolvers to the CCW list.

    I wear a 1 3/4" belt, which fills the slots of most holsters. This belt size also makes for a more comfortable carry, OWB/IWB, compared to narrow belts in wide holster slots.

    Bob :cowboy:
  9. Trey83


    Feb 28, 2010
    I think this is part of the equation.

    I also think it is because there is such a hardcore following for the 1911 and the smaller varients have received less than favorable reviews over the years.
  10. I can conceal my full size 1911 better and more comfortable than my Glock subcompact :). YMMV

    HAIL CAESAR Senior Member

    Mar 1, 2007
    In my shop
    I've carried both. A 1911 with a slimmer profile was easier to carry. Add a LW 1911 frame and it thoroughly whooped the Glock. Add a LW Officer frame and a Commander slide and the Glock never had a chance.
  12. bac1023


    Sep 26, 2004

    How is a G17 much smaller than a 1911? Its about the same size and a good deal wider. :headscratch:
  13. MD357


    Jul 13, 2008
    This is what I've found to be true aswell. I have Milt Sparts VM2s for full size, compact and sub-compact glocks aswell as 5", 4", and 3" 1911s. The 1911s beat the glocks hands down across the board in terms of concealability.
  14. GlocksterPaulie

    GlocksterPaulie Perfectionist

    Dec 16, 2003
    Damned if I know
    I carried 1911's until 1986 then switched to Glocks, The Glock is my pistol of choice but the 1911 conceals better being it is slimmer than the Glocks.

  15. Monte#2


    Nov 12, 2009

    Beat me to that question...

    I think the "blockier" grip and square profile of the Glock slide compared to the rounded profile of the slide itself and single stack slim grip of the 1911 is what lends to a more comfortable carry when comparing a 1911 to a full size least in the case where I carry an IWB set up. The grip area of the gun is the hardest to deal with for least for me...and the 1911 wins hands-down in that category with the single stack. And true as stated earlier...good leather (holster AND belt) are a necessity. And of course...everyone has their different levels of "comfort".
    Last edited: Jun 12, 2010
  16. keninnavarre

    keninnavarre bulletproof

    Jan 16, 2008
    to quote the title of a Stephen king novel.....Thinner.....
  17. I don't like full-size guns for CC regardless of the design.

    When I carried Glocks full-time it was a Compact or Sub-compact.

    When I carry 1911s full time it is either a Kimber Pro or Springfield EMP.
  18. bluelineman

    bluelineman Infidel كافر

    Apr 17, 2005
    Close to an inch I guess in length. Ok, maybe I shouldn't have said much smaller. Sorry, 1911 noob here. I'm asking stupid questions & soaking in all the wisdom. :wavey:
  19. John Brown

    John Brown

    Oct 23, 2006
    My Glock 20 feels like a 2x4 compared to a 1911.
  20. keninnavarre

    keninnavarre bulletproof

    Jan 16, 2008
    With a good IWB holster, any of my 1911s can be concealed easily. My glocks are uncomfortable to me IWB. It takes a different hole in my belt between the 2, the Glocks are that much thicker.