.45 ACP for CCW use


November 2, 2006, 06:15 PM
Just wondering how many carry a .45 for a concealed carry piece. I usually carry a .38 snub but am toying around with carrying the .45 If you carry a .45, what holster have you found works the best for you??

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November 2, 2006, 06:24 PM
Kimber Ultra CDP with a Milt Sparks VM-II. :D

All my guns calibers start with a "4"... :rolleyes:

November 2, 2006, 06:25 PM
The 1911A1 is one of the most concealable pistols I have owned, when the holster matches the style of clothing I wear. Overall length is rarely the issue when CCW, but becasue it is so slim it has distinct advantages over some shorter revolvers.

I CCW a 5" 1911A1, a Springfield XD-45 or a Glock 29 10mm every day.

My S&W 442 .38 Centennial is still carried quite often as a pocket carry defense gun.

Black Majik
November 2, 2006, 06:29 PM
I carry a Kimber Classic Royal 5". For deep concealment, I can easily hide it under a t-shirt with a Milt Sparks #1 Heritage IWB holster. It's a great low riding IWB holster, and since the gun is thin it'll seriously just disappear quite easily.

November 2, 2006, 06:30 PM
i carry an h&k usp compact 45 in a iwb clip on.im also thinkin about a 686 with 2 1/2 barrel. i do have a 3 inch 44 mag i might pack this winter with 165g jhp specials(corbon)

November 2, 2006, 06:44 PM
5" 1911 in a tuckable IWB for me.

November 2, 2006, 06:46 PM
Ruger P97DC in a OWB belt-slide holster, myself.

Mark(psycho)Phipps( HAHAHA! )

November 2, 2006, 06:52 PM
i just picked up a kimber ultra carry for ccw but i need to get a holster before i start carrying.

November 2, 2006, 06:54 PM
Started out with a 5" 1911 in a Sparks Heritage IWB holster.

After health issues, I cannot tolerate an IWB holster. Now I carry a LW Commander in 9x23 (essentially no different) in a Sparks Road Runner OWB holster.

Handgun Midas
November 2, 2006, 07:10 PM
Ruger P345, but I'm fairly new to carrying.
It's cold now, so it'll be in a shoulder holster a lot, but I also have a kydex OWB that conceals pretty well.
I have a IWB for it on order.

November 2, 2006, 07:20 PM
Uncle Mike's makes an IWB holster that's usable with a full-size .45 (I think it's a #4 or 5, but I'm not sure)

November 2, 2006, 07:24 PM
Ruger P345 here also, with a IWB holster.

November 2, 2006, 07:31 PM
When I carry my full size M1911A1, it is in a Roy's Pancake belt holster. I've had and used the Roy's Pancake holster for nearly 30 years.


November 2, 2006, 07:44 PM
Ruger P97 in IWB holster.

November 2, 2006, 07:52 PM
To add another to the mix; I carry a Colt XSE LW Commander most of the time.


November 2, 2006, 07:54 PM
XD45 for winter in either a Crossbreed or FIST IWB holster

PT-745 for summer in the same holster, but may have to replace the Taurus with the new shortened grip XD45 which was just announced.

November 2, 2006, 07:58 PM
Glock 21 with 1 spare mag. Getting ready to order Comp-TAC's new Infidel holster for it.

I also like their definition of Infidel - One who will protect their women and children, not hide behind them.

God bless our troops and their families.

November 2, 2006, 07:58 PM
I carry a Firestar in 45ACP as my all the time CCW. Heavy but I like it!!!:)

November 2, 2006, 08:08 PM
EAA Witness in .45
everyday carry.

November 2, 2006, 08:11 PM
I beg of you, ditch the .38 unless you carry it as a backup piece

Do the .45 and don't look back

Charles Daly EFS in a Don Hume left hand version of the JIT belt slide

aside: Shooter973, I don't blame you for liking the Star, I have the M43 9mm and love it!

November 2, 2006, 08:34 PM
Dan Wesson CBOB in a Miltsparks Watch Six

November 2, 2006, 08:37 PM
I just purchased a Taurus Millennium Pro PT145 (.45 ACP) on Sunday, that will hopefully, soon replace my 9mm for everyday carry.

Of course it will keep my P3AT company. :D

November 2, 2006, 08:40 PM
oh darn, .020 inches undersize.:uhoh:

November 2, 2006, 08:56 PM
I have used a Glock 36 but prefer the S&W 642. The G 36 has more firepower but is a bit bulky.

November 2, 2006, 08:56 PM
I have on my Ca. CCW card: Colt Lt. weight Officer's model ,Colt Combat Commander and now a S&W Scandium PD Commander. I use a Mad Dog 'Taylor Thunderbolt' Kydex(hold all 1911 series) on a Liger 1.5 "Ligerthane ' belt. I am leaning toward the S&W commander lately, I put 2500 rounds thru it to trust it!:D

November 2, 2006, 08:58 PM
oh darn, .020 inches undersize..022... pansy caliber. :neener:

November 2, 2006, 09:06 PM
I have a Tucker Gunleather "The Answer" leather/Kydex hybrid IWB holster. I carry my Kimber 3" 1911 in it with a Liger gunbelt.

Comfort is the best I've owned. Wearing it fr 12-16 hours per day is no issue. I've even taken naps with it on.


November 2, 2006, 09:08 PM
Ruger P345 in a Don Hume JIT.

El Tejon
November 2, 2006, 09:10 PM
Les Baer 1911 Thunder Ranch Special in Milt Sparks Executive Companion.

November 2, 2006, 09:17 PM
Springfield Ultra Compact ,45 (PX9701L), it's a 10-round high capacity, with one spare magazine. Heavy, but it carries well in a HighNoon, Split Decision, tuck-able holster at the 2 o'clock position.

- Terry

November 2, 2006, 10:05 PM
I carry my Taurus PT145 in a Hume H715M clip-on IWB. On occasion, I can be found with a S&W 457 in the same brand and model holster, albeit fitted for that particular gun, of course. As always a good thick belt is essential for satisfactory carry.

What make and model are thinking of carrying? Does make a difference.

November 2, 2006, 10:29 PM
Since concealed carry is a 4-letter word in Ca, I'm talking in hyptheticals...
Hypothetically, I would carry my mod 60 most, but I have had occasion to carry other guns. As far as 45 acp goes, I recently picked up a commander sized 1911 that should work well for this (much more compact than my USPs and my gov't model 1911 :D ). As far as leather...I haven't decided yet, but my preference is IWB or even SOB

Chuck R.
November 2, 2006, 10:58 PM
When I cross the bridge into MO, Les Baer Stinger in a Sparks SSII.

Once our CCW is up and running, it will still be the Baer.


November 2, 2006, 11:43 PM
Kimber Ultra CDP.

I use a standard Bianchi OWB holster which should work fine 5 months out of the year... 7 if I don't mind cooking in the heat a bit with a bigger shirt I suppose.

I also have a cheapo Uncle Mikes that I originally bought for a compact S&W semi-auto probably 7 or 8 years ago. The Kimber fits in it well, it's comfy, holds it close and is OWB which is my own personal preference and with my frame I concealed it well this summer.

I also have a .38 snub (642) and I do carry it instead of the .45 probably 25% of the time. Certain situations and stupid carry laws dictate a totally concealable firearm sometimes. My .45, even the small Ultra, will print occasionally espec considering I only do OWB. Don't knock the .38spl... there are some good loads for snubbies. I don't feel undergunned with my 642 and the thing virtually disappears (appearance and weight) where my .45 simply will not.

Ala Dan
November 3, 2006, 07:14 AM
Like many other's, I tote a 1911 basically everyday of my life. I usually
can be found with the 3" Kimber Stainless Ultra Carry II; I sometimes
alternate, and throw a 5" 1911 into the mix~!:cool: :D

1911 guy
November 3, 2006, 07:56 AM
The holster is an open topped pancake style. Two reloads on my off side. Very slim package, even though I'm not.

Zach S
November 3, 2006, 08:07 AM
At the moment, I carry a 5" 1911 in a milt sparks summer special II. I want a VM2 someday, but the SSII works well enough at the moment.

November 3, 2006, 08:25 AM
I have carried the following .45s for CCW:

Colt XSE
Colt Series 70 reproduction
Colt WWI reproduction
Kimber 5"
Kimber 4"
Kimber 3"

Of all of these, 1 single pistol stood out as being physically the absolute most comfortable, fast to draw, solid grip in the hand and tack-driving accurate: the Kimber Ultra Eclipse. Unfortunately mine went defective. When it worked, it really worked.

I couldn't carry it for the first about 6 months due to multiple returns to the factory. Finally after 3 returns to the factory, they got it right. But, the trust damage was done. While it ultimately became 100% reliable, I just couldn't trust it anylonger. I persistently wondered when that external extractor was going to fly-off again. When I carried the U.E., I usually had either an additional .45 for a back-up, of a Glock 17 for back-up.

Come winter weather, heavy clothes, few cartridges can out-strip the .45 ACP.


November 3, 2006, 10:33 AM
Ruger P97 most days but sometimes according to where I'm going, dressed or just my mood, a Ruger P85 or S&W model 10 and for church,weddings, funerals or functions where having a gun might upset some of the more gentle people, a little Taurus 85.

November 3, 2006, 10:46 AM
Kimber 5", IWB Alessi holster designed by my instructor at Rangemaster here in Memphis. Great holster.

M2 Carbine
November 3, 2006, 01:23 PM
I don't carry the 45 as much as I'd like to because of what I wear but when I do it's the Kimber Tactical Ultra II in a Don Hume JIT belt holster.


Zeke Menuar
November 3, 2006, 01:57 PM
LW Commander in Galco Concealable
XD45 Service in Uncle Mikes Paddle



November 3, 2006, 03:02 PM
I carry a parkerized Colt 1991A1. Nuthin fancy. The only mods to the pistol are a trigger job, MMC adjustable sights, polished throat/feed ramp and Pachymar rubber wrap around grips. It'll eat anything I feed it, and is reasonably accurate.

In the summer I carry it IWB in a Milt Sparks Summer Special. In the winter,
IWB in a Milt Sparks Executive Companion.


November 3, 2006, 05:53 PM
Springfield V10 Ultra Compact in a Bianchi Minimalist holster, or a Fobus paddle holster.

Vern Humphrey
November 3, 2006, 06:25 PM
I carry a full-size Kimber Classic in an IWB of my own design.

November 3, 2006, 06:42 PM
1. DeSantis Nemesis pocket holster (made for the mini-Glock)
2. Miilt Sparks Watch Six (Poor man's VMII)

or, Kahr P45 in
1. DeSantis Nemesis (yup, same holster, also fits my PM-9 and my S&W j-frame)
2. High Noon IWB (made for a Glock but fits the Kahr like a glove)

November 4, 2006, 10:23 AM
I generally am carrying my Kimber CDP Pro Carry in a holster from my good friend Mark at Crossbreed Holsters (http://www.crossbreedholsters.com). I find that in his rigs I can carry about anything comfortably, including my TRP.



Detachment Charlie
November 4, 2006, 02:38 PM
14 rounds of .45, because if I need a firearm, I want to be sure I come out on the winning side. XD45 in a High Noon held by a 1-1/2" Aker gunbelt under a large Hawiian shirt or a "shoot-me-first" vest.

November 4, 2006, 04:53 PM
I don't carry it often. I prefer pocket carry and there are no pocket .45s I'd want to rely on. I carry it IWB on rare occasion.

November 4, 2006, 08:19 PM
My daily carry IW. Plus a spare mag in weak side pocket.

November 4, 2006, 08:29 PM
S&W Scadium Commander in Mitch Rosen Premier Express OWB holster.

November 4, 2006, 08:46 PM
Bobtailed S&W commander Sc in Crossbreed tucker or XD45 in Crossbreed or P45 in Crossbreed.

November 4, 2006, 10:34 PM
I went to a .38 snub-nose for a while, but we never really bonded. So I went back to my Taurus PT-745. The thing was I really wanted front pocket carry, so I just declared victory and started carrying the .45 in my pocket. Today I rearranged 1.25 ton of rocks in my back yard, helped 3 illegal aliens move a half-ton monster rock from my driveway to my backyard (those guys could build a pyramid), and went shopping with my wife, all with the .45 in my pocket (blue jeans). Not a problem. I have an Uncle Mike's Sidekick. I don't put the Taurus in there; the holster just sits in front of the gun to break up the print.

November 4, 2006, 11:14 PM
I carry a taurus pt-945 in a Don Hume IWB holster for my xd9 SC. It fits OK. Always carry with one in the tube and hammer down. When carried the handle is noticeable if you look closely.

November 4, 2006, 11:19 PM
Kimber TLE in a Bianchi Professional IWB holster.

November 4, 2006, 11:34 PM
All my carry guns start and end with 1911. :D

Springfield Armory Lightweight Champion, Lighweight Service (Government) or regular Service (Government) model in a CompTac C-T.A.C. or a Survival Sheath Systems Quad Magazine Shoulder Rig.

November 5, 2006, 12:06 AM
Glock 36!


November 5, 2006, 12:57 AM
Para Ordnance C7.45 Black Watch Companion, 3.5 inch barrel, in a Crossbreed IWB holster. This is a very comfortable combination and I wear it every day. The 1911, as has been noted by others, is so slim that concealment is very easy. Here in the humid, muggy South I carry this rig beneath an untucked t-shirt in the summertime with no problem. I also carry OWB, occasionally, in a Galco Matrix hidden under a jacket or long untucked shirt.

November 5, 2006, 08:26 AM
Highly modified Colt Gold Cup in a "Tucker Tuckable". Gold Cup has had all of the sharp edges removed ,mainspring housing smoothed ,rounded and blended to the frame. sights have been angled and then smoothed for comfort while carrying. Slide and frame have been bead blasted, Now it just needs to go to Virgil Tripp for his magic chrome job and it will be the perfect CCW weapon.
For the life of me I cannot understand why some of you guys make the statement " when I do carry" I have been of the opinion that if you can carry, please, do carry, just my .02

November 5, 2006, 10:23 AM
Caspian ti framed commander in a galco belt slide and a desantis belt. I have custon holsters from several of the big names, and non are as comfortable and as easy to hide then the galco belt slide I use. Rather put my $$$$ into the gun, then holsters and belts.

November 5, 2006, 03:18 PM
Springfield Loaded + Alessi Talon Plus IWB.

November 5, 2006, 03:22 PM
S&W 1911 Scandium Commander w/ Tucker Texas Heritage.

November 5, 2006, 07:53 PM
springfield trp,,tucker hf1,,2 spare mags.,, cocked and locked,,, everyday;)


November 6, 2006, 10:03 AM
At all times when I am dressed, there is a .45 ACP on my person, either a Bobtailed S&W Scandium Commander IWB or a Kimber Ultra Carry II in my pocket. At other times there is always one within a few feet of me.

November 6, 2006, 11:26 AM
Taurus PT745SS, either in a Smartcarry, small-of-back, concealed-carry scheduler, or Gap vintaged messenger bag.

November 6, 2006, 09:21 PM
Usually, it is a .357 revolver. But on those occasions when I choose a pistol, it's a S&W 4516 in an Alessi Talon.

The Real Hawkeye
November 6, 2006, 09:48 PM
Just wondering how many carry a .45 for a concealed carry piece. I usually carry a .38 snub but am toying around with carrying the .45 If you carry a .45, what holster have you found works the best for you??I carry a .45 Commander sized 1911 design. I have one in lightweight and one in all steel. If I am going to be very active, I carry the lightweight model. In either case, they are carried in a Milt Sparks VM II IWB. Been carrying concealed for over a quarter century, and this is so far the most comfortable holster I've tried. All day carry is no problem, and I usually don't even feel the gun there on my hip. Concealment is excellent with an untucked shirt or a light jacket and a tucked shirt.

November 6, 2006, 09:58 PM
Colt Defender in various holsters till my Alessi CQC/S comes in..

November 7, 2006, 12:13 AM
I carry a G30 in a Bianchi model 6 at 4:00.It's an IWB holster but I wear it OWB between my waistband and belt.It's a lot more comfortable like that and with a sturdy belt,very secure.To cover it I just wear regular button-down shirts,untucked.

The only problem I have concealing a gun is it's thickness,but my holster's made with thin suede so it doesn't add much to the bulk I'm trying to hide.

Switching to .45 ACP is a good choice;bigger bullets and more of 'em.


Chuck R.
November 7, 2006, 07:54 AM
For the life of me I cannot understand why some of you guys make the statement " when I do carry" I have been of the opinion that if you can carry, please, do carry, just my .02


A. KS CCW hasn’t kicked in yet
B. Even when it does in JAN, I still work on FT. Leavenworth. The Army retirement isn't enough to keep me in bullets, primers, and powder:D


November 7, 2006, 12:06 PM
Half the time a G21, the other a G26.
I like Glocks because they are simple to use.
The holster I have is a http://www.onesourcetactical.com/index.asp?PageAction=VIEWPROD&ProdID=484

November 7, 2006, 12:37 PM
Sig P-220 in a VMII -The only way to go.:D

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