Carrying The 1911

And Other Large Pistols

As we continue to celebrate the centennial year of that quintessential American pistol, the 1911, there are probably more of us carrying them—legally concealed, and even in police duty holsters—than ever. It is said the legendary Texas Rangers picked up on the utility of the 1911 and began packing them as soon as they could get their hands on them, and it’s a popular gun with the Rangers to this day.

In the Roaring ’20s and in what historian John Toland called “the Dillinger Days” of the 1930s, Colt’s 1911 was popular on both sides of the law. John Dillinger was packing two Colt .45 Autos in twin shoulder holsters during the infamous Little Bohemia shootout. Pretty Boy Floyd was likewise armed with a brace of Colt .45 Autos on the day of his death. Baby Face Nelson had the identical gun in .38 Super in his shoulder holster when he was mortally wounded in a shootout with the Feds, and Dillinger accomplice Homer van Meter allegedly died with a 1911 Colt Super in his hand when St. Paul police shot him down.

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