I think it all depends on the gun. The Springfield Armory XD family of guns fit my hand very well, but a Beretta M9 feels a bit bulky, as do Glocks. It’s not that I can’t use them, they just don’t fit that well. And nothing fits like a single stack 1911.
Welcome to the community @MKilmer!
which ones? I always like to add to my collection. I do love my XDm! I have a couple 1911 style guns. The EMP and Springfield 1911 with the 5 inch barrel. (just got that one last year)
Laura I could find out for you. My brother has several that we’ve bought over the years.
Lemme give him a call.
For a fair price these two are OK:
- Remington R1 Limited
- Rock Island TAC Ultra FS HC (I own this one)
- Wilson Combat EDC x9 (L)
- Nighthawk (upgrade for their 1911)
- Dan Wesson Elite
I know we have two of the RI’s, I’m waiting on a call back on the others.
The NightHawk Customs are extremely high end but if you have the budget absolutely worth the money.
Rock Islands are ok. Nothing fancy, but they are classic. I heard Rock Island uses old Colt’s machinery.
We’ve got I think 4 of them now and while not “fancy” they are all flawless in performance.
If I wanted “fancy” I’d probably go with a Les Baer or if I won the lottery a couple of NightHawk Customs.
@Jerzy I should have mentioned im in cal. so whatever I get needs to be on roster unless its a PPT.
Have to be honest, I’m not sure how a double stack magazine works in a 1911. There’s no way one’s going to fit in my Kimber Ultra CDP.
Like I stated earlier, if I can’t successfully defend myself with 22 rounds (3 7-round mags + 1) then I’ve gotten much bigger problems!
So no 1911 double stack for you then…
Frame has to be manufactured for HC (High Capacity). No option to make standard 1911 to be double stack.
Thanks. I’ve owned three 1911s and I never thought that was possible, so that makes perfect sense.
The magwell width is increased to accommodate the DS mag’s.
Kalifornia limits mag size but not the number you can own/carry.
There is no limit to the number of guns you can carry as long as they are listed on your carry permit. Orange County used to limit the number of guns you could have on your permit to 5. They have now made it unlimited but you have to qualify with each gun every 2 years. Qualification used to be 72 rounds at 3 distances per each gun. Now it’s 72 for the first gun and 20 for each subsequent gun. That saves some money. I have 6 guns on my permit.
I am adding another gun soon in the middle of the 2 year process and will have to shoot 72 rounds at 3 distances for it. Next renewal I’ll drop at least one gun, maybe a couple. I mostly only carry the same 2 guns.
I’m a wimp. Unless I’m doing a high value escort or doing high value transports I stick to just one. I will carry at a minimum four high capacity mags when I’m working but generally just one or two spares the rest of the time.
One of the main reasons I chose the XD/XDM was for the max capacity they offer particularly in .40 cal.
That’s funny. I’ve just spoke with my Instructor about this.
We’ve done a simple test:
- I’ve been carrying 2 mags - 14 rounds each (total 28 rounds) - I’m against CA law
- He’s been carrying 3 mags - 10 rounds each (total 30 rounds) - he is OK with CA law
We’ve started shooting the target the same time (all carried rounds)… guess who finished first
(not me… )
What is the purpose of mag capacity limitation if you can still keep few hundred rounds on you?
You don’t even want to be caught in possession of high capacity mags in CA even if they are unloaded and not being carried.
So far I have performed better with double stacks because of the fit in my hand. I do have a couple single stacks for better concealment under some conditions.