5 thoughts on “The best 1911 for concealed carry”

  1. I think you’re wrong. Not far wrong though. The issue is sweat. Salt water. Aluminum on steel in a salt water bath produces galvanic corrosion. If a concealed carrier sweats, aluminum disolves (slowly, granted) into aluminum salts if the metal coatings wear through, as they will with any serious shooting.

    After carrying a personal Commander (those were all aluminum-framed back then) in lieu of the issue 1911A1 in the Marines, the aluminum started turning into white goop. That particular salt water was mostly sea water. The SIG CCO I used for a year of IDPA was also carried for that year and white goop grew first behind the slide stop, then around the safety. Same story with an Ultra Carry II that I packed as a spook.

    Sweat corrodes everything eventually, but it hits aluminum in contact with steel fast. I could also quibble with the .45/9mm issue, but won’t. 1911 frames in stainless steel (coated or not) corrode slowest and are most appropriate for a concealed carry gun. (Unless you never sweat.)

    DW is a fine brand, Commander is a fine size. I totally agree on those choices.

    1. Now, just back from hiking Black Elk (Harney) Peak with the V-Bob next to skin, I’ve got some cleaning to do.

  2. Caleb, totally agree with you on the lightweight cmdr in 9mm. Great work on the 1911 t&e. Any thought on one of the new Colt Defenders in 9mm? I would love to see that review. Also the new Ruger lightweight cmdr in 9mm.

  3. CZ 75D PCR . . . oh shoot (bang) it’s not a 1911; but they’re awesome, reliable, inexpensive and just darn right fabulous (14+1).

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