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I prefer a 1911 pattern...

all of them...just to see if it could be done - last night when I took the 114# German Shepard for a walk (a dangerous weapon in his own right) I carried 5 1911s: Left hip SIG full-sized GSR, right hip Taurus PT1911 full-sized, right hand draw shoulder holster Colt Combat Commander, left IWB ParaOrd C6.45 LDA, and right side IWB Colt New Agent...plus magazines for all of them...just to see if it could (and it could except I set off the metal detectors at Flint, Michigan's International Airport 80 miles away):)

I usually carry some iteration of a 1911; if dressed lightly as in the summertime I still have carried full-sized 1911s. I am 6'2" and weigh 280+ so I have a lot of hiding room...
 

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Sig P230 w/SXT talons.
 

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To provide a bit more info on Mr. Chaney's question about the Remington 51: it's a golden oldie designed by John Pedersen who brought you the Remington .22 pumps, the Remington 14 centerfire pump rifles, the Pedersen device for the 03 Springfield of World War I fame, the Remington Model 10 pump shotgun, etc. I forget when the 51 was discontinued: prior to 1930 I'm sure. Pedersen was a very active and successful designer and if I recall right, the US Navy was considering during World War I possibly adopting one of his designs in lieu of the Model 1911 Colt. Mostly because M1911 production was so backlogged. Remington was sort of late getting into the pocket pistol market which was actually strongest prior to the US entry into World War I and they never sold as many as Savage or Colt (the biggest player in the field using Browning's patents). But many more than the Smith and Wesson .35s or even rarer .32s which were a design licensed from the Belgian Clements company.
Another uncommon thing about the Remington 51 was that unlike the Colts or Savages, there were more .380 Remington .380s made than .32s.
Never have seen all that many of them. Neat guns. I'd imagine getting parts for them could be problematic should anything ever break.
 

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To provide a bit more info on Mr. Chaney's question about the Remington 51: it's a golden oldie designed by John Pedersen who brought you the Remington .22 pumps, the Remington 14 centerfire pump rifles, the Pedersen device for the 03 Springfield of World War I fame, the Remington Model 10 pump shotgun, etc. I forget when the 51 was discontinued: prior to 1930 I'm sure. Pedersen was a very active and successful designer and if I recall right, the US Navy was considering during World War I possibly adopting one of his designs in lieu of the Model 1911 Colt. Mostly because M1911 production was so backlogged. Remington was sort of late getting into the pocket pistol market which was actually strongest prior to the US entry into World War I and they never sold as many as Savage or Colt (the biggest player in the field using Browning's patents). But many more than the Smith and Wesson .35s or even rarer .32s which were a design licensed from the Belgian Clements company.
Another uncommon thing about the Remington 51 was that unlike the Colts or Savages, there were more .380 Remington .380s made than .32s.
Never have seen all that many of them. Neat guns. I'd imagine getting parts for them could be problematic should anything ever break.

Yeah, parts are a problem, but it is possible to find them. You wouldn't want to shoot it a whole lot, just enough to make sure it feeds the selected ammo and a reasonable amount of familiarization to keep your hand in. But mechanically good but worn finish examples are to be found in reasonable quantity and so - I carry mine when (small) size is important.


Beyond the other things mentioned in re Pedersen's design history, his semi-auto design (a toggle-locked design) was the competition for John C. Garand's design at Springfield for the new battle rifle for the US Army in the 1920s and for much of the period of competition was actually rated ahead of the Garand.
 
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