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Are 1911 Pistols Too Large for Concealed Carry?

1911 Pistol with .45 ACP Ammo

1911-style pistols, commonly called a “1911,” is one of the most popular types of handguns in the world. Usually loaded with the powerful and heavy .45 ACP cartridge, this handgun was created as a military sidearm (released as the M1911) but is now used for private target practice and personal protection.

This style of handgun has gone through numerous variation, and is now made by many different manufacturers, but they have a common appearance and usually share similar characteristics, features, and stats. In other words, you can generally tell a 1911 pistol when you see it.

But with size, power, and weight, are 1911-style handguns too large for concealed carry?

Common Dimensions for 1911

Before you make a decision on the 1911, it helps to understand the typical dimensions of a 1911 pistol.

As an example, let’s let’s look at the dimensions of Ruger’s SR1911:

  • Length: 8.67 inches
  • Height: 5.45 inches
  • Width: 1.34 inches
  • Weight: 39 ounces

Now let’s compare that to the Glock 19, a popular firearm for concealed carry:

  • Length: 7.36 inches
  • Height: 4.99 inches
  • Width: 1.18 inches
  • Weight: 30.18 ounces

Clearly the Glock 19, which is admittedly a light and small, can be easier to conceal. But does this mean the 1911 should be avoided? Not necessarily.

Dress and Holster Appropriately

The bottom line is that if you holster and dress appropriately, and maintain responsible proficiency with your weapon, a 1911 pistol can be a reliable option for concealed carry. After all, the purpose of concealed carry is to give yourself and others reliable protection, and few doubt the stopping power and accuracy of a 1911 loaded with .45 ACP ammunition.

If you dress with care, use a high-quality holster, and maintain consistent training, the 1911 can be a good option for concealed-carry purposes.

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