1911 Holster OWB – Which One Should You Get?


The M1911 is a single action, magazine-fed gun and is a classic in any gun owner’s collection. It is also known as Colt 1911 or Colt Government and is a semi-automatic, recoil-operated pistol. The ownership of an M1911, however, comes with the obvious need to carry it. This is where the 1911 holster owb comes into use.

A brief history of the Colt 1911

The pistol was first invented over a century ago, in the late 1890s, when the need for a semi-automatic gun to replace the revolvers being used then arose. It was modelled off Hiram Maxim’s self-loading rifles.

The war between America and the Philippines made the need for new guns all the more clear. Six manufacturing companies submitted their designs to the military in 1906. Three of them were disqualified early on in the testing.

The guns then underwent trials between 1907 and 1910. Although Colt was finally declared the winner by the end of 1910, it was not adopted by the military until March 29, 1911. It was declared the ‘Model of 1911’, which is where it derives its name.

The United States Navy and Marine Corps adopted it in 1913. The pistols would go on to serve many lives in the First World War. On the basis of that experience, the pistol was modified and improved. It would also serve many United States soldiers in the Second World War. The Colt 1911 continued to be used by the United States military during the Korean and Vietnam wars.

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What holster should you get for a Colt 1911?

The Colt 1911 is a piece of American history and it should rest in no lesser comfort than a high quality 1911 Holster OWB. There are many 1911 Holster OWB available on the market and it is important for you to choose the right one that will serve you and your needs best.

The Under Cover

Traditionally, a pancake style holster features two layers of material sewn together in order to create a pouch that resembles a pancake, hence the name. They also tend to feature slots that allow you to run a belt through the holsters making carrying them extremely convenient. The Under Cover is a modification of the traditional pancake holster to suit the Colt 1911 and modern needs. The contoured side of the holster ensures that it lays flat against you and remains open while your gun is in use so that you can stow away your gun with ease, afterwards.

Texas Strong Side

This one is most popular with competitive shooters. The design adds a reinforced opening that aids in an easy one-hand draw and holster. Put your belt through the slot and watch how the holster moulds to your body. It is built for a light carry and easy concealment.

The Reserve

The Reserve is a holster that is meant to be easily equipped and unequipped throughout the day. It is built for convenience with two snaps instead of slots for the belt. It is a perfect holster for those who want to head to the range for a quick session.