Does the Weight of the Gun Really Matter for Concealed Carry?

This is a follow up to my previous post about the 1911 Commanders. Every gun writer who gives the weight of a gun does it unloaded, as do the manufacturers. I wonder why, since none of us carry an unloaded gun for personal protection. Anyway, I decided to do my own measurements in regard to my carry guns and I weighed them on a digital scale fully loaded. Here’s what I found:

Weight (oz.)        Gun
41.75                    Ruger 1911 Commander
44                         Remington R1 Carry Commander
34                         S&W 1911 SCE Commander
43.85                    Remington R1 Carry (full size)
44                         Springfield Loaded 1911
36                         S&W M&P 45
39.35                    Springfield XDm 45
34.6                      S&W M&P 9mm
40                         Colt SAA 45
34.55                    Glock 22

Based on the weights I recorded there really is a decided advantage in the Scandium/Aluminum frame of the S&W 1911 SCE Commander as compared to the Ruger or Remington Commanders, but I’ll tell you honestly that with my Crossbreed SuperTuck IWB holster, I don’t really feel it. Maybe my back does with an all day carry, but I’m not consciously aware of the weight when I put on the gun or go through the day. Bottom line for me is 1) a good holster and 2) a good, heavy duty gun belt. People don’t really pay attention to me when I stress the importance of a good gun belt, but if they carry for any length of time, they’ll figure it out.



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David Freeman

Professional dedicated to training and equipping people to live safely in a dangerous world.

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