Back in 2007 I decided I needed a IWB holster for my 1911. Like most people I ended up with a enough holster to outfit a rifle squad while trying to find one I liked that worked for me. I was reading the book Living with the 1911 when I noticed a company in Texas that made some really nice handmade custom leather and decided to give them a try. the company is Kirkpatrick Leather and they do indeed make a truly awesome holster. They have something for everyone.
The model I choose has the snap loops for a belt and I got it in chocolate color. I have always liked this color over black or the lighter tan. The model I use is called the Commander Carry Model TCC. You can have it made for a commander or Gov model like I did. Looking closely at the holster reveals true craftsmanship that a off the shelf holster usually does not have. But, that is okay, they are for mass production and do their job just fine. They are not meant to be custom made just for you.
The CC TCC has a hand molded finish, a shirt guard and can come with kydex belt clips installed instead of the leather loops and snaps. Also it has the slight FBI style cant. One of the little touches I consider a must have feature is the reinforced opening. It allows you to reholster with one hand by keeping it open. It may not seem important to people that carry as a after thought, but this is essential to have in a situation where you need to keep your eyes on threats or on a door nob or dialing 911 etc etc.
As you can see, it has a small footprint. I have never had a problem keeping it well hidden with no printing, even with a fairly tight fitting Tshirt in the summer time. It does its job well when it comes to hidding the gun. The shape and fit of the holster makes carrying the full size 1911 all day and hidden, as easy as falling off a frog. I have worn it every day since Jan 07 and have worn out three belts will wearing the TCC yet I have not seen any wear on the holster.
Getting your hand on the grip and establishing a solid firing grip is easy as well. On some holster, the shirt guard will sometimes get in the way for me when grabbing a 1911 with the high thumb grip. Not so with the commander carry. It is just right. This is not a add for the company, but I really can not say enough good about the gear they make. I have spread the word on this little shop since I got the holster. Anyone that has been frustrated by IWB holster that come up short, or may just want a nice custom made holster just for them or their custom gun should try them out. Of course they make holsters for more then the 1911 so don’t let that stop ya.