Brief History of the 1911
The 1911 gun designed by John Browning is seemingly one of the most iconic semi-automatic handguns. The firearm is many people’s favorite across the world, but does that mean it is a good concealed carry gun? My answer would be an emphatic YES, for a couple of reasons.
In this piece, I highlight key features of the 1911 that make it a great everyday carry gun and a few options that could be great to carry around.
Features of the 1911 Carry Gun
It is no doubt that a slimmer gun is more comfortable to carry inside or outside a waistband. The 1911’s narrow frame is one of the most significant aspects that has made it a popular firearm since it was first used. Additionally, the thin grip and single-stack magazine offer more concealability and an easy grip even for users with small hands.
The utter reliability of the 1911 keeps it on top of most other carry guns. One of the reasons it stood the reliability test is that the initial model successfully fired more than 6,000 rounds in two days. The military used it until the 1980s, and what’s more, it won two world wars. Interesting, right?
Variety of Styles and Accessories
In the 100+ years since its invention, manufacturers have made many pieces of the 1911 without diverging from Browning’s core design. Because of its rich history, sights, holsters, lights, and other accessories are always readily available. You can never go wrong with a 1911 when it comes to designs and accessories.
Another critical aspect of the 1911 is its trigger. If you have shot a handgun with a crisp, finely-tuned, clean break, you understand how satisfying it feels. That is precisely what you get with a 1911 handgun. With less force and minimal movement, you can have an invincible shooting even in aggressive situations.
Just Enough Rounds
Most 1911-style pistols hold 8 or fewer rounds. While this could be way lesser than the latest concealed carry guns, you can always get your job done in 8 rounds. If you need more, maybe you should hit the range.
For many decades, the 1911 has been praised as a gun that you can easily fire with little practice. Most 1911s are well balanced, which is a critical aspect of a self-defense concealed carry pistol. This gun is a little heavier than other options, which reduces recoil and makes it easily manipulated.
If you’re looking for a concealable 1911, you could explore the following options:
The pistol is housed in a 45ACP with a button-twitched ruffle covered with a guide rod. Its unique smooth-angled style reduces snags, allowing quick and consistent draws.
Rock Ultra TCM Lightweight
This option gives you Rock Ultra’s power but with standard sights and an aluminum frame. The Armscor 22TCM9R cartridge inspires its build. This firearm’s low recoil and high velocity make it an excellent choice for self-defense and plinking.
If you’re looking for a 1911 with no frills, you’ll never go wrong with the GI Standard. Its simple aesthetic consists of fundamental wood grips with rear sights and an inconspicuous front. You will still enjoy the benefits of a 45 ACP cartridge in a concise package.
This tiny 1911 can’t be compared to its name. It has restrained, angled sights that avert snugging to give you a clean sight. The Baby Rock is chambered in a 380, making it easy to control, shoot and conceal.
The TAC Ultra features a complete tactical rail. It is built with a 4140 Ordnance and is an excellent choice for a home-defense pistol.