If Your Were Gonna Carry a Lightweight 1911...What Would You Pick?

Discussion in '1911 Carry' started by Nalajr, Feb 3, 2019.

  1. Nalajr

    Nalajr Well-Known Member

    Feb 17, 2015
    Hey all,

    I don't know how popular the forged Aluminum or Scandium framed 1911's are with you guys and gals, but I don't think I'd mind a bit to carry one. I've never owned or shot one, so I am NOT speaking from knowledge. I would like to hear what you all think of them though. I've seen hardcore 1911 guys that own dozens of 'em that absolutely despise anything other than steel frames, no matter the size of the frame and slide. Other though, really like 'em.

    I'm just curious cause I saw one of the models I have thought about hoping to get one day, the Kimber CDP Compact. I think it's one beautiful 1911, but not a true CCO sized cause the barrel is only 4 inches instead of 4 1/4 inches.
    There's 2 others that I really like too, the Springfield EMP Conceal Carry Contour in 9mm and the S&W Model 1911SC E-Series in 45acp.

    If you all would like me to post pics....I'll be happy to look up the links to good pics and post them.

    Most of these lighter weight frames 1911's come in at right at 30 ounces or slightly above. I think if I were going to carry a 9mm plastic fantastic pistol with 15 rounds and weighs 26-27 ounces, I'd just as well rather carry something I'm very familiar with, a 1911 in CCO size.

    Now I don't know what all is out there that would be much better choices than the ones I've posted. I'm hoping you guys and gals can share some of them. I never get tired of seeing beautiful 1911...especially ones in carry rigs and with some holster and use wear on them.

    Please post your pick, if you don't mind participating. If you have pics....it would be great to see them. Heck, I might even change my mind in what I want. I know if a Carry Comp comes up from Wilson Combat....I'm gonna be in trouble cause I really like those pistols. I'd probably like them even more if I'd ever see one in person.

    Thanks all and have a great Super Bowl Sunday.
    Stay SAFE whatever you do.

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  2. 41 Charlie

    41 Charlie Get off my lawn...

    Feb 4, 2014
    I’ve been carrying my LW Colt Custom Carry (38 Super) worked over by Dave at Evolution Armory, for the last couple years.

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  3. 41 Charlie

    41 Charlie Get off my lawn...

    Feb 4, 2014
    Last October I picked up a Dan Wesson LW Government (45 ACP) and have been carrying her daily since. It’s hard to beat carrying a full size LW Government model (32 oz. unloaded).

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  4. Whiten

    Whiten Well-Known Member

    Jun 9, 2017
    In for the info, I'm looking for a LWT commander
  5. Babboonbobo

    Babboonbobo Avatar is back to my favorite things!

    Nov 18, 2014
    Only LW I own is an older Baer Comanche which I love! Would like to try a cco version of a lw 1911, maybe someday but right now I’ve got another goal in sight!
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  6. JDNY65

    JDNY65 Well-Known Member

    Oct 24, 2016
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    You can't go wrong with a Dan Wesson Guardian for EDC.
    28.5 ounces in .45ACP.
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  7. 1911 dawg

    1911 dawg Well-Known Member

    Jan 14, 2018
    I carry a Ruger sr LW it's been a great gun . I'm looking at a DW LW now if the stars line up. A good belt & holster makes all of them carry better . They're so many good ones to choose from .So what ever feels good to you they're like puppies I want to keep them all.
  8. Longbow

    Longbow Well-Known Member

    Aug 15, 2018
  9. Sneaky One

    Sneaky One Well-Known Member

    Aug 14, 2016
    A DW CCO and a Wilson ULC. Both 45's, both excellent carry guns
  10. WhoIsJohnGalt?

    WhoIsJohnGalt? We Are! Supporting Addict

    Feb 20, 2018
    I’ve owned a Dan Wesson CCO before - excellent pistol, I just prefer a Commander or, even more so, a Government.

    I’m interested in DW’s Vigil line of LWs.
  11. Lou1

    Lou1 Well-Known Member Supporting Addict

    Sep 1, 2018
    2E146E5B-6954-4A22-BBAE-F071C6E6F83B.jpeg Over the years I’ve owned so many 1911’s that I’ve lost track of them all. I have had at least one from almost every production manufacturer that exist from lowly ATI and RI GI’s through Dan Wesson Guardian, Colt Gold Cup, Springfield TRP and even a Colt Commercial built by Jim Clark Sr. I’ve also owned semi-customs by Baer, Brown and Nighthawk. Out of all the 1911’s that I’ve owned my favorite carry gun is still my S&W e-series 1911sc. For a factory pistol it is very well appointed, it is lightweight and it just runs. I will have to say though that I did like the Kimber Compact that I briefly carried.
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  12. WC145

    WC145 Every day is Saturday and every night's a party!

    Jan 1, 2013
    I like a lightweight 1911 for carry, particularly Commander sized, though I've had Gov't, CCO, and Officer sized lightweights, also. They are really comfortable to carry, it's really noticeable if you're used to a steel framed 1911. And, while lightweights have a bit more felt recoil and muzzle flip, you're talking tenths of a second differences in drill times so I don't consider that an issue when choosing a carry gun.

    My primary carry gun is a David Clevinger custom Colt LW Wiley Clapp Commander. The Wiley Clapp Commander is a solid "carry worthy" gun right out of the box but I bought this gun specifically for the build and the changes and upgrades David made, mechanically and cosmetically, turned it into the gun I wanted it to be. It is accurate, reliable, feels great in the hand, and is a terrific all around carrying/shooting piece. If you're looking at lightweights you definitely need to consider either the Wiley Clapp Commanders and CCOs when you're shopping around, though I prefer the way a Commander feels and balances over a CCO.
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  13. sigsauerstx

    sigsauerstx Live everyday as it is your last

    Nov 8, 2011
    I am moving to all lightweight frames for carry myself.
    I have back issues and the weight reduction is noticeable on a long day

    I am carrying a Alchemy HOD SA Champion mostly
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  14. WC145

    WC145 Every day is Saturday and every night's a party!

    Jan 1, 2013
    I thoroughly enjoyed carrying the HOD while I was waiting for David to finish my gun, it's a great carry piece.
  15. notshawn54

    notshawn54 Well-Known Member

    Jan 9, 2016
    In about 20 minutes from now, a DW Guardian will be going in my TT Gunleather holster.
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  16. deadguy

    deadguy Charlie Daniels Supporting Addict

    Sep 7, 2011
    Colt LW Commanders do carry well.


    Another option if you prefer 9mm.
  17. Capthobo

    Capthobo NRA Endowment member Supporting Addict

    Nov 9, 2016
    Colt Talo Commander in 38 superb. And a new DW Vigil Custom Government in 38 superb when it arrives.
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  18. azpoolguy

    azpoolguy Well-Known Member

    Jul 4, 2013
    My light weight carry. :o.o: 9CBDACC9-CB0F-4022-BB58-4BCB9241B550.jpeg
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  19. deadguy

    deadguy Charlie Daniels Supporting Addict

    Sep 7, 2011
    I'm looking HARD at these right now. Not necessarily for carry, but to have one instead of the EMP4.

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