Looking for advice on concealed carry in FL


Vic Ferrari
December 19, 2006, 05:41 PM

I'm really interested in the Para CTX1245N
Also known as the Para "Carry 12".

I currently own a S&W 686+ 6" in Stainless, great revolver for home and range, but I need a good gun to carry.

I considered (and may still consider) a J frame S&W .357 or the Ruger SP101 .357, but I think I want to be able to hold more rounds.

In either case, I want my carry weapon to be a .357 magnum or .45ACP, not bulky, double action, thumb and/or palm safety if pistol

Can anyone offer any advice, pointers, or have a Carry 12 for sale or have anything bad to say about their reliability?

From what I hear, the magazines have weak springs, but they can be upgraded.

Thanks again,

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December 19, 2006, 05:47 PM
Ever considered a Glock subcompact?

The factory is in GA and you can probably get it quicker.

December 19, 2006, 05:54 PM
Get a J frame airweight in 38 spl and use +P . 5 will do you well. Many many people think so. 38+P is a lot more controlable than a 357 in a lite weight gun . and a tad smaller overall.
I have a 3913 S&W 9mm I carry a lot lately and it carries well. 9 of 9mm.

Vic Ferrari
December 19, 2006, 06:02 PM

Thought about it.

I fired a 23 and liked it(not subcompact of course) and a 36.
It works, but I don't particularly like the ergonomics of it. I'd also prefer the palm/thumb safety of the Para.

Also, if I'm going to be limited to 6 rounds, I may as well carry a J frame revolver.....so I got some more homework/deciding to do.

December 19, 2006, 06:38 PM
OK. I'd just try out different guns in the subcompact size and go from there. Welcome to the boards.

December 19, 2006, 06:40 PM
Get a XD 45 Service, 4 inch barrel, grip and trigger safety, conceals well with 13 in the mag and 1 in the pipe. very dependable weapon.

Vic Ferrari
December 19, 2006, 10:25 PM

Intriguing.......I'll look into it.

The carry 12 is still at the top of my list, but this looks nice.

December 19, 2006, 11:19 PM
Thoughts to consider:

Make sure the weapon fits your hand. Carry guns tend to be smaller, so fit is important.
Rust is an ongoing issue. Look at polymer frames.
Make sure your holster can keep your body sweat from both your piece and spare mags.
Caliber wise, get the biggest one you can afford to Practice Practice Practice with.

December 20, 2006, 02:51 PM
Automatic? CCW Florida? Taurus Millenium series. Available in 9mm 40 and 45 cal. Inexpensive, plastic, lightweight, good ergos, and a good shooter to boot!

Vic Ferrari
December 20, 2006, 02:55 PM

Hmm, looks comfy. I'll look into that too.

December 20, 2006, 03:01 PM
I have carried a S&W 6906 for about 14 years. Corrosion resistant, compact, 12 shots, stone cold reliable. It is not the gun I shoot best, but it is the best compromise (most carry weapons are a compromise). Carry it in a $10 Miltech nylon holster. About every other year (around Thanksgiving) I take out the belt clip and throw it in the wash. I have replaced the holster once. Joe

Vic Ferrari
December 20, 2006, 03:07 PM
The more I look, the more I like the para Carry and Carry 12.

LDA, palm safety and thumb safety makes me feel warm and fuzzy, but only one needs to be manually messed with before firing since once you squeeze the gun, the palm safety is negated.
It's a glove in my hand, though Ive never fired one.
Can sit uncocked, but ready to fire. I dont think I want a cocked SA 1911 in my pants.
The palm safety should really never get in the way in a split second situation, but will keep me from shooting my leg (or worse) in the freak occurrence of the thumb safety sliding off (which I hear happens a lot) and my pants pulling the trigger, lol

...and to anyone who says "This can't happen", you don't know my luck, lol.

So far, the para Carry (6 or 12) is the leader (and the most expensive), but I guess you don't skimp when it comes to self and family defense.

July 19, 2010, 01:02 AM
I own the CTX645S Para Carry LDA, and I've found it to be my best carry option so far. I have tried just about every "worthy" semi-auto pistol out there in calibers ranging from .380 auto to .45acp. This pistol has the right weight, feel in the hand, and is fairly accurate. Other 3 inch compact 1911's I've owned (e.g. Kimber Ultra Carry II) have frames which are lighter, but are aluminum. The Carry 645S is all stainless steel and doesn't present with wear issues like steel slides on aluminum frames does. The other main issue I like about the "Light Double Action" (LDA) is that I don't have to carry the pistol "locked and cocked" like other 1911's. The oversized thumb safety is easy to engage and disengage (secure but not to tight to prevent an immediate response). That feeling of doing a Barney Fife and accidentally discharging my piece, has completely gone away.

It took me awhile to get used to this compact 45 and I've have given up on using the rear sight when trying to group shots on a target. I leave both eyes open and just use the front post and get 1 to 2 inch groups at 7 yards. I am in the process of ordering the Para Carry 12 CTX1245N just because of the higher round count and slightly longer barrel. My decision to purchase was based on a recent opportunity I had to shoot a friends Carry 12 and it was a sweet experience. The weight of the Carry 12 is a little more pronounced and profiles a bit more on the waist because of the thicker grip. That added weight might be noticeable if carried full time, so I prefer the smaller Carry 645. Mechanically, the Para Ordnance 1911's I now own or have owned have all been excellent. The extractor is particularly a notch above any other 1911 competitor on the market.

July 19, 2010, 08:06 AM

Sounds like you have a great gun, but the Original Poster you're replying to asked this question 3-1/2 years ago -- and hasn't logged in in over two years.

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