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What's with the bobtail craze as of late?

Discussion in '1911 Forums' started by Nakanokalronin, Jun 10, 2011.

  1. Nakanokalronin

    Nakanokalronin JMB & MTK

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    I know the bobtail has been around long enough but it seems like more and more custom and semi-custom 1911s are coming with them standard.

    I've held a few at my LGS and it just seems like something is missing since there basically is. :dunno: I don't mind the lack of grip on my Officer/Defender size 1911s but when it comes to a Government model, the full grip should be there. I would say its for concealed carry but I'm seeing them on some pricey examples that I doubt people are shoving into holsters on a daily basis even though I know some carry $3000 1911s everyday.

    So whats the advantage other than concealed carry? A CCO would be close but I'm wondering if an officer sized frame w/longer dust cover and a Government slide would be more feasible for CCW. I know a few where made this way but I can't think of them off the top of my head.
     
  2. glock2740

    glock2740 Gun lover.

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    I used to not be a fan of bobtail guns, but now I really like them alot. For CC it's a no brainer. Makes a huge difference IMO. A rounded butt is the next best thing, especially on a CCO or Officer sized gun. Unless I plan on putting a magwell on a fullsize, I prefer a rounded butt on them too.
     

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  3. faawrenchbndr

    faawrenchbndr DirtyThirty fan CLM

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    Did not know it was a recent craze.
    Seems other manufacturers have just realized the market of them.
     
  4. Ruggles

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    Not sure if they are such a plus for concealed carry but I do like the way they feel in my hand. If I order a 5" Kobra it will be bobtailed:)
     
  5. bac1023

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    I don't think its a recent craze. However, the more companies that start producing them, the more will be available to the public. There used to be only a few choices, but now there are dozens.
     
  6. Nakanokalronin

    Nakanokalronin JMB & MTK

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    Well I'm calling it a craze because I've been seeing more and people with them as of late. It used to be an Ed Brown thing but people seem to be wanting them on their 1911s more and more and I'm not sure why. I grip the models at my LGS and feel the lack of backstrap that to me, should be there. The majority of people who get them say its so the shirt does not snag on the sharp corner of the frame. Although I've never had my shirt snag on a 1911 I was carrying I can understand why but when its on some expensive custom build I almost think it may be added so it makes it more unique like Canadian boarders and ball cuts.....:tongueout:
     
  7. Nakanokalronin

    Nakanokalronin JMB & MTK

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    That could be it really. Maybe I'm just seeing more out there because more companies are making it an option to compete with the next guy.
     
  8. faawrenchbndr

    faawrenchbndr DirtyThirty fan CLM

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    Everyone is built differently,.......I like the feel of the bob-tailed grip, I like the feel of the standard grip.
     
  9. nolt

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    i dont care for the feel of it personally.
     
  10. up1911fan

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    Look's great with that solid trigger.
     
  11. Hokie1911

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    Thank you, sir. :thumbsup:
     
  12. Sarge43

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    I think the demand has been there for quite some time. You're just seeing other manufacturers catching up to the "craze". Also, other manufacturers are coming up with their own rounded butts so they don't have to either pay Ed Brown, or rely on EB's supply of parts.
    As for the feel, I can go with either a bobtail or a traditional frame. I have plenty of both and they get used without thought as to what they are.
    Just my personal opinion based on my experiences, but a think a good holster/belt makes a much bigger difference in CC than the bob does.
    Good luck!
    Sarge
     
  13. Three-Five-Seven

    Three-Five-Seven Señor Mombo Millennium Member

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    I don't think John Moses did it that a way. Just sayin'.
     
  14. glock2740

    glock2740 Gun lover.

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    I don't think he did the commander or officer models either. But I bet he wouldn't have had a problem with them. Jusy sayin'.
     
  15. Cobra64

    Cobra64 Deals in Facts

    Didn't the KC and CBOB generate more interest?
     
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  16. mrsurfboard

    mrsurfboard The Anti-Glock

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    Count me in as a bobtail fan. Except I like the round off type, not the angle cut.
     
  17. cowboywannabe

    cowboywannabe you savvy?

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    i like my 1911s with the arched MSH, the bobbed tail would defeat the purpose for me.
     
  18. okie

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    I held a Bobtail for the first time last year, and it just didn't feel right to me. I can see where they would conceal very nicely though:thumbsup:
     
  19. Shipwreck-The-Sequel

    Shipwreck-The-Sequel Beretta 92 Nut!

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    I tried to get into them - but I don't like the feeling of the shorter backstrap. That always bugged me about subcompact guns already for years.

    When I saw the bobtailed Browns, I thought I wanted one... Until I held a couple. I prefer the regular grip. However - they do look really cool
     
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