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What size 1911 for CCW

Discussion in '1911 Forums' started by glock30user, Dec 21, 2011.

  1. glock30user


    May 31, 2007
    I am looking at picking up a 1911 for concealed carry. I have been looking at Kimber’s TLE II either Custom (full size grip and 5” barrel), Pro (full size grip and 4” barrel), or Ultra (compact grip and 3” barrel). I am 5’10” about 180 lbs. I have carried a G30 @ 7-8 o’clock (I am a lefty) with no problems, but am looking to start carrying on the hip. What size 1911 do you use for CC. What do you recommend for me? What kind of 1911 CC rig do you have? Pics?
  2. B.Reid


    Jun 20, 2005
    I have carried a full size, commander and an Officers. I still have the 5 inchers, 5 of them. If you have the full size grip you might as well have 5 inches of barrel. Take out a ruler and decide if an inch is going to make any difference in making it easier to carry.

  3. Vanman2004b


    Mar 7, 2009
    DW CCO. Works for me.
  4. Screaming .357G

    Screaming .357G 598ci big block

    Oct 16, 2001
    I always carry a full sized 1911. If you want it smaller get one with a bobbed tail and keep the 5 inch barrel.
  5. Three-Five-Seven

    Three-Five-Seven Señor Mombo Millennium Member

    Aug 8, 1999
    Great Southwest
    Any 1911 packs well. The problem is not with size, but with weight. Even an Officer's Model gets heavy in short order.

    So.... Get a full size as there are many games that require that configuration. But, continue to carry a glock.
  6. fnfalman

    fnfalman Chicks Dig It

    Oct 23, 2000
    California & New Mexico, US
    1" or 1.75" may not mean much for a tallish person, but it means a lot to a short/petite person.

    A 5ft10, 180-lbs person can pretty carry whatever he wants with relative comfort. I said relative comfort because the comfortability is based on holster choice, clothing choice, etc., as well.
  7. Rodman24


    Jul 6, 2011
    I have Kimber Tac Ultra II. I like it, but I wish I had gone for a 4" or 5".

    Attached Files:

  8. Giggity

    Giggity Holster Maker

    Feb 22, 2009
    NE Ohio
    I vote for a CCO configuration. Officers frame with Commander slide.
  9. SpringerTGO


    Jul 30, 2011
    If you can, try the various size 1911's on. Like others have posted, there isn't much a difference as far as carrying goes. For me, there is a difference in how they shoot. There also can be differences in how they work. My Kimber Ultra was not reliable and my Nighthawk T3 (officers size) has had more problems than any $3K 1911 should have. I haven't had any problems with any of the 5" 1911's I've owned. Also, I'm sure it's just my (lack of) ability, but I shoot a 5" 1911 much better than the smaller ones.
  10. fnfalman

    fnfalman Chicks Dig It

    Oct 23, 2000
    California & New Mexico, US
    Yep. Have to balance portability/concealability against shootability and reliability. That's a personal call, of course.

    As for me, I prefer full size grip over Officer's size grip. I have more confidence in hitting targets under stress with a full size grip than a shortened grip. So, my preference would be the Commander style. 4.25" barrel and full length grip.
  11. glock30user


    May 31, 2007
    Thanks, keep the input comin'
  12. up1911fan


    Mar 12, 2009
    Upper Michigan
  13. faawrenchbndr

    faawrenchbndr DirtyThirty fan CLM

    Nov 24, 2005
    Commander or a CCO would be ideal.
    My "dream carry 1911" is currently patiently sitting in Chuck Rogers' vault.
    It's getting a bit of a make over.
  14. jrs93accord


    Jul 10, 2005
    Pensacola, FL
    I carry a Kimber Stainless Pro Carry II in A Galco holster. I have been carrying this setup for almost seven years.

  15. BuckyP

    BuckyP Lifetime Member

    Feb 1, 2005
    I prefer commander length for CCW, no more / no less. I just picked up a new to me IWB holster on fleabay to try out, that I think will work out really well. Holster is for a 5" and it really needs to be 1/2" shorter. It just kisses the chair when sit, and it's just pokes a tiny bit at the bottom of the rear pocket. So that extra 1/2" is making a difference for me. I expect getting the proper commander holster of the same make and type will be the cats meow for me. Of course, it's leather so probably a 4-6 month wait. :sigh:
  16. barth

    barth six barrels

    Oct 7, 2011
    The Free Zone
    I've heard of folks having issues with 3" 45s.
    Might want to stay a 4 or 5 inch barrel...

    I'm just saying
  17. Lew-G17


    Feb 3, 2002
    Central, NC
    Kimber Custom CDP Compact. It is Kimber's version of the CCO
  18. Nakanokalronin

    Nakanokalronin JMB & MTK

    May 13, 2008
    I carry either an Officer/RIA Compact or Defender/Ultra Carry size 1911. The shorter grip prevents printing and the shorter barrel dosn't bang the seat of whatever chair I sit on.

    I've owned 2 Ultra Carry's (1 now) and a RIA Compact and I've never had an issue with any 230gr. ammo. Go to a lighter round thinking it's needed for the shorter barrel and the chance of a malfunction goes up. Not talking about anyone that uses lighter rounds but I use 230gr. in every 1911 I own and the only one I ever had problems with was a PT1911. That particular model fed 0% HP ammo and only 50% of ball no matter what mag I used or how much I tweaked the extractor so it was defiantly the gun.

    Shorter 1911s still have the curse that started when gunsmiths where chopping down full size 1911s years ago. Today's small 1911s are made to be small from the start. This dosn't mean nobody will have a problem with one which is the same case for any size pistol from any manufacture in any configuration.
    Last edited: Dec 21, 2011
  19. SpringerTGO


    Jul 30, 2011
    I've only had one Ultra Carry, and it wasn't reliable. I sent it back to Kimber, and it still wasn't reliable. I've heard of lots of people who have good ones, but I wouldn't take the chance again. Fooled me once...... just like Nighthawk.
    As to light loads, my favorite target load is 4.9gr of 231 and a 200gr SWC. I like running light loads in my 1911's for target shooting, and only use heavier loads for carry. A decent 1911 should be able to work well with a variety of loads.