When it comes to the 1911 handgun, one of the most common topics of conversation is “two world wars!” After all, it was the armed forces’ duty handgun for a long time. The M1911, as it was originally known, was formally accepted in 1910, given a refresher in 1927, and renamed the M1911-A1, and lasted until 1986, when the Beretta M9 replaced it as the principal sidearm of the US armed services. During that time, many people served, and many of them had the opportunity to shoot and carry the M1911 or M1911-A1. A large number of individuals purchased them as well, for target shooting, self-defense, or as a sidearm in the course of duty as a law enforcement official.
On the other hand, holsters are recognised for being one of the most difficult accessory items you’ll ever buy for your handgun and intended usage. A major chunk of the handgun accessories market would not exist if holsters were just a one-size-fits-all item. The sheer number of options available may make selecting the right holster a difficult process, leading to entire bags full of holsters in a closet that are rarely used, save as a doorstop.
You most likely spent a significant amount of time researching your 1911 before purchasing it. Though it may not appear that your holster requires the same amount of thought, it is vital to remember that how you carry your gun is just as significant as whatever weapons you choose to carry.
The variety of materials and designs available for 1911 holsters might be daunting, especially if you are a beginning shooter.
Kydex, leather, and nylon are the most popular holster materials. Each has its own set of strengths and limitations, and some are more suited to certain occupations than others. Continue reading for some pointers from Michael Nelson, an author on Peak Firearms on how to get the best 1911 holster that is well-suited to your needs.
1. Choosing the right material
Remember that your pistol must be comfortable to wear; otherwise, you will either be unhappy or not carry your gun on a regular basis. This is why selecting the appropriate material is critical for the ultimate comfort.
Leather and Kydex are two of the most common materials. Leather has the advantage of being both strong and comfortable, since it moulds to the contour of your rifle and your body. However, because it will stretch out with time, you’ll need to do some maintenance on a leather holster on a regular basis to ensure good retention.
Kydex is a thermoplastic, which means it is extremely durable and will not expand or lose retention when your weapon is pulled, nor will its form alter.
As for picking a material, keep in mind that softer materials, such as leather or fabrics, will change form when your weapon is pulled, making reholstering considerably more difficult. For rapid, seamless reholstering, hard materials like Kydex will keep their open structure.
2. Take your lifestyle into consideration
The whole idea of a concealed carry firearm is to keep it hidden and unseen until you need it. This implies that you should think about not just your comfort but also your lifestyle.
A basic open-top holster with friction retention is sufficient for most individuals. If you live a very active lifestyle or will be carrying in unexpected settings, you should try out holsters with a retention system to keep your firearm safe at all times.
3. Testing different positions
Most holsters designed to be worn within the waistline may be worn in a variety of positions. You should almost always choose an inside the waistband, or IWB, holster that is suitable with your strong side when purchasing one.
Left-handed and right-handed holsters are available. Right-handed individuals should carry at 3 o’clock or 5 o’clock, whereas left-handed people should carry at 7 o’clock or 9 o’clock. Your weapon’s location should be determined by your natural draw stroke and accessibility. This is absolutely important so you get to access your weapon immediately during an emergency situation.
Keep in mind that an IWB holster will require you to go up a trouser size in order to carry comfortably.
Will the holster be properly concealed in the intended place with the apparel you wear on a regular basis if you’re seeking to hide your firearm?
Put on the garment in issue, stand in front of a mirror, and go through different actions like twisting, stretching your arms or legs in various directions, sitting, standing, and all the while looking in the mirror where your planned carry place is. Enlisting the assistance of a friend or family member for a second set of eyes and a highly viable second opinion may be useful to ensure maximum concealment.