Editor, The Armory Life
That is your opinion and you are welcome to it! The Commander's barrel length is four inches and that is in fact is about the best for most when it comes to "sight radius" and "balance". With proper grip & practice "muzzle flip" is greatly diminished... You are right about the length of the butt being progressively more difficult to conceal BUT too short causes grip & "control" problems. I'll skip the rest of what I am thinking... Trade your "Ruger Officer model"(?) and buy a Springfield EMP. In general if a weapon feels too heavy to you it is because you are not using the right support system. Many of my students are much older now and they DO IN FACT have a problem with "weight" and "muzzle flip". I show my students and allow use of many options. As people age their guns do tend to get smaller. Most of my students, after much trial & consideration, pick either an EMP in 9MM or a S&W SHIELD in 9MM.The 5" is just too big and heavy for me. And I could never understand the Commander with the shorter barrel (We need longer barrels for sight radius, accuracy, weight out front to combat muzzle flip, and velocity.) and long grip which is harder to conceal. So I settled on an Officer model from (ugh!) Ruger with an aluminum frame in 9MM. I works well, is much lighter, and SMALLER IN LENGTH AND HEIGHT. I wish I could get a set of thin grips, which I can't find. I'll save the three 5 inchers for competition. Nice to read somebody with creds standing up for the 1911 platform.
Very good sir! Try MICH ROSEN holsters & belts. I much prefer leather next to my body rather than any form of polymer. OWB polymer works well for me BUT IWB I stick to leather- a very personal choice for sure. Your comfort level is proportional to the appropriateness of your holster and belt combination.I work my Springfield 1911 RO into my EDC on a reg basis, the only thing I find is it’s uncomfortable sometimes because of its weight.
Great article Mike!!!