EDC: Why one man picks 1911s over striker-fired pistols

Michael Burch, an NRA certified instructor from Wimberley, Texas, figured out his carry preferences through trial and error. “That pistol is a Les Baer Stinger, .45 automatic, 7+1, and I use a Wright Leather Works Pancake model holster,” he said.

Burch explained he likes the compactness and reliability of the 1911 design, but he swapped out the aging night sights with combat sights. He said he tried a few striker-fired pistols over the years.

“They were fine pieces [but] I just don’t think that they have the reliability that the 1911 with a hammer has, so I’ve gotten rid of my striker-fired weapons and I’m concentrating on 1911s only now,” he said.

Michael Burch is an NRA certified instructor from Wimberley, Texas. (Photo: Don Summers/Guns.com)

Les Baer Stinger 1911 pistol

Burch carries his Les Baer Stinger 1911 pistol with the Wright Leather Works pancake holster. (Photo: Don Summers/Guns.com)

As for the holster, Burch said he tried an inside the waistband holster but found it uncomfortable, so he switched to the open-carry design. “As far as I’m concerned, it’s perfect for me,” he said.

“I would like to carry this weapon until it rusts before I have to use it in a defensive posture,” Burch said. “But if I do have to use it in a defensive posture, I definitely want it to operate when I pull the trigger.

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