I put mine on my hip belt. I have a 2" piece of webbing on my hipbelt pad my normal open carry holster clips to like a belt. When I take the pack off, I put the pistol on my pants. I do wish my bino harness could handle a holster though.
I don't know what 45's you've been shooting in the past. If you were having problems with anything other than ball ammo it would lead me to believe they were lower budget 45s. Neither one of my 45s nor my 10mm 1911s suffer from shooting any defensive style round. They shoot truncated cone, HP, ball, and wide flat nose bullets just fine. I do not have reliability issues of any kind with any of them.Big vote goes out to Black's Creek Guide Gear Raptor Chest Pack. USA made, high quality, family owned company. One of the very best $150 purchases I've made.
I'm quite puzzled on how people still carry 1911's these days. The gun is fundamentally designed to work with 230 gr FMJ pills and requires modification to use hollow-points or flat nose rounds. It was designed for a failure rate unacceptable with today's modern standards. They are finnicky with non-ball ammo, picky with magazines, need to be "broken in," and require tuning to get close to the same reliability. There are so many other options out there for guns that will eat up any kind of defensive ammo without tinkering and replacing OEM parts. If you're one of those guys who carries a "45 because there ain't a 46," then I might point out that there is still help for you in any number of lighter, more reliable, higher capacity designs. Glock, HK, Walther, even S&W or Springfield all make striker fired guns that will do more for less.
Personally, I'd rather have something built like a bic-lighter that's going to go off every time I touch the angry lever than carry around a piece of exaggerated history. Pick is Black's Creek Harness with G29 10 mm.
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