Options abound for carrying the 1911—Counterclockwise from upper left: Galco SkyOps, Bianchi Professional, Kramer IWB #3, Kramer Belt Scabbard, Gould & Goodrich IWB, and Galco Stow-N-Go.
Carrying a 1911—arguably the most proven pistol on the planet—presents two major problems. First, this gun is heavy. Typically weighing 38 ounces or more—not counting a magazine filled with .45 ACP ammo—a 1911 can quickly become tiresome if not properly supported.
Second, the 1911 is big, bulky and difficult to conceal. The typical approach is to carry the gun in a holster on your belt, then leave your shirt untucked to cover it. Another alternative is to wear a jacket that’s partially unbuttoned or unzipped. This works fine in winter or early spring, when jackets are needed to keep cold weather at bay. But when the temperature rises, coats come off.
If you’re wearing a guayabara or some other short-sleeved shirt designed to be worn untucked, it’s easy to conceal a gun worn in a high-rise belt holster. Loose T-shirts similarly serve to hide guns that would otherwise be exposed.
However comfortable they may be, conventional belt holsters sometimes protrude from beneath an untucked shirt. If you’re serious about concealing your 1911, you need an inside-the-waistband holster. This kind of rig keeps the bulk of the gun hidden inside your pants, with only the grip and hammer poking above your belt. A loose shirttail easily covers these exposed parts.