Readers will remember that I’m worried about my Ruger LCP’s reliability on the 2nd shot after sitting holstered for a couple weeks.
So I’m on the hunt for a new carry weapon. A slow, no hurry , hunt. Especially since my truck needs new tires (-:
So whilst I search I’m experimenting with carrying our Kimber Desert Warrior:
This morning I got dressed in my normal work attire of khaki shorts and a Columbia Titanium sports shirt. I got the spare 1911 magazine and stuck it in the pocket reserved for cell phones – fit well. Then I put on the Blackhawk Serpa holster we have for the Kimber:
Tonight I went over to Sportsman’s Warehouse. They graciously let me bring over a bunch of holsters for 1911’s and try them with my Wilderness belt and a Kimber 1911 for sale there.
First… a surprising number of holsters for “5 inch 1911” do not come close to fitting. Of the four that fit the one that offered the least printing and the most comfort was the $22 Uncle Mike’s #5:
It fit well and I could use on the outside or inside of the belt. I brought it home, cleared the Kimber (and stowed the ammo in the safe), then I practiced sitting, standing, walking, crouching to find the best spot on my belt. Then for about 1/2 an hour I practiced draws and re-holsterings. Tomorrow I’ll run through some actual live rounds at the range and do some Bill Drills and maybe an the first course of the IDPA classifier to see how it feels with live ammo.
Assuming that works out, I’ll be packing the Kimber until a) I decide it is too big, b) I forget it is there, or c) I think I can slip a Commander sized 1911 past the little lady (-: