Smith & Wesson’s J-frame — what many consider the quintessential snub-nose revolver — is virtually unsnubbable. That is, you can’t fault it for much. Sure it’ll sting your hand a bit when you shoot it, but if that’s its only “problem,” then you’ve found a good thing. Buck up and fire five more rounds!
Successful concealed carry for civilians requires finding not only the right gun or the right means of carry but also the right combination of handgun and holster. Some handguns and holsters go well together; some, not so much. One of my favorite combinations for concealed carry is a Colt Defender in a Crossbreed SuperTuck Deluxe. The strengths of this setup offer 1911 action; 1911 width (or lack thereof); grooved, rubber stocks; easy combat grip and draw; comfortable, all-day carry; and rugged reliability.
It’s no surprise: Nighthawk Custom produces excellent 1911’s. That’s the company’s reputation. That’s what it does. So the company’s T4, a compact 1911, a 9mm, ought to be an outstanding concealed carry gun. Before testing and evaluation, I have great expectations for the T4…
A few Sundays ago after church, Caleb, a 19-year old college student, strode up to me in the parking lot and politely asked, “Hey Mr. Kakkuri, can I show you my latest knife?” He’s a smart kid, very responsible, and in the middle of a knife-collecting fetish. So, he has my instant approval. But since I’m something of an overgrown boy scout, I already know what Caleb’s got. His knife — a well-known, assisted-opening, tactical folder that could do double-duty as demolition pry bar — has been peering out of Caleb’s pocket all day. The knife’s enormous pocket clip and the end of its heavily textured handle (complete with pommel) has made my work of “tactical profiling” very easy.
Designed in the early 1900s by John Moses Browning, the 1911 pistol— named for the year it was adopted by the U.S. Army as its standard sidearm— still serves America today. Although the U.S. Army switched to the Italian Beretta M9 pistol in 1985 and the majority of U.S. police departments issue Austrian Glock pistols to their officers, the American born 1911—most well known as a .45 caliber automatic Colt pistol, or .45 ACP—continues to thrive in 2014 despite a few apparent shortcomings.
The 1911 is an old school design that has a lower ammunition capacity and higher price when compared with modern pistols. Still, its vast service record, especially iconic in World War II, has forever cemented its place in American history. And the legacy continues: The U.S. Marines (Special Operations Command) recently adopted a modern Colt 1911 to serve as its close quarters battle pistol.
Among firearms aficionados, the 1911 has a cult following and interested readers can find heated “1911 vs. [any other gun]” discussions abounding in online gun forums. Indeed, shooters new and old engage each other in friendly debates at gun stores and gun ranges everywhere. Regardless of the stance one takes toward the 1911 pistol and its efficacy as a fighting weapon, its history and legacy in America seem unparalleled.