Why the 1911 is NOT My Concealed Carry Gun

Why the 1911 is NOT my concealed carry gun

Right now, I’m reading Patrick Sweeney’s book, “1911 – The First 100 Hundred Years.” So far the book is a good, entertaining read, and if you’re a 1911 fan, I highly recommend it. However, if you read this book, be warned that you’ll end up with a long list of 1911’s that you’ll want to buy… and in my opinion… this is not a good thing.

You see, I’ve been able to avoid the 1911 temptation to date. I only own one 1911 and it’s aSpringfield. Although I have a long list of others I want to buy, I haven’t done so yet because the 1911 is not a solid concealed carry gun and is not as reliable as many other guns are today.

I realize there are many people who will call what I’m saying blasphemous and the only reason is because they grew up with the 1911, and don’t like change. But what people often forget is that the reason we carry concealed is not to look cool, or because we think a certain gun is cool. The only reason to carry concealed is to preserve one’s life, therefore, it makes sense to find the best gun to do that job.

And, I don’t believe the 1911 fits the bill.

First off, as I already mentioned, it’s not as reliable. It’s more prone to jams than other guns on the market today. Also, since scum bags travel in packs, why limit yourself to 8 rounds or so, when you could have double that amount?

Of course, another problem with the 1911 is the thumb safety. Most shooters are not experienced enough to properly manipulate the safety, which is why I’ll be at gun classes and I see new shooters who can’t figure out why they’re unable to pull the trigger. (In case you’re wondering, I gently tap them on the shoulder and remind them to take off their safety.)

If people don’t remember to take off the safety during a timed shooting drill at training, just imagine if someone is running at you with a knife about to take your life. Will you remember to take off the thumb safety then?

So, if I don’t like the 1911 for concealed carry, what do I like?

Well, you know what’s coming. My concealed carry gun of choice is a Glock 19 because I know it’s reliable and dependable. And I’m willing to bet if someone told you the stuff was really about to hit the fan and there was only one gun you could have to survive the chaos, that you’d probably choose a Glock too. If not, you still might go Springfield XD or Sig, but I doubt you’d choose a 1911.

Unfortunately, I know this will fall on deaf ears for most folks, but you have to leave emotion at the door when it comes to preserving your life. Don’t choose a gun for nostalgic purposes, don’t choose it because your father carried one, choose a gun that will do the best job to keep you on this earth as long as possible.

Jason R. Hanson is a former CIA officer. He’s also an NRA Certified Instructor and the author of The Covert Guide to Concealed Carry: Confessions of a Former CIA Officer. Jason believes there are few things in life as important as being able to protect yourself and your loved ones. That’s why he’s giving away a free report titled, “Insider Secrets of Buying Your First Concealed Carry Firearm” at www.ConcealedCarryAcademy.com.

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2 Responses to Why the 1911 is NOT My Concealed Carry Gun

  1. A lot of good points about the 1911. Would agree for the inexperienced shooter, the 1911 will present issues. For someone that has shot USPSA, has thier 1911 tuned, and shoots ammo that feeds well, there is not a better pistol on the planet!!!!!!!!!!

    I have shot 1911′s that have never jammed!!! Usually has to do more with the magazine

  2. The 1911 is an outstanding carry gun. I currently carry a Taurus PT 1911 and before that it was a Colt Series 70. I had a single stovepipe jam with the Taurus at the range and it was immediately cleared with a single tug on the slide. The Colt has been flawless. Evan Marshall’s statistics attest to the effectiveness of the 230 gr. hollowpoint round. I trust my life to the effectiveness of this gun/cartridge combination daily and wouldn’t consider carrying anything else. Additionally, it’s easy to learn and shoot as both my wife and my daughter (at the age of 12) have mastered it.

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