Best .45 for carry?


May 2, 2011, 11:59 AM
I'm hunting around for a new carry piece. I'm not a big guy, 6' tall and about a buck sixty. I need something that'll tuck nicely without being too bulky. I know that's a lot to ask for a .45, but that's my question.

Thanks in advance.

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May 2, 2011, 12:31 PM
Kahr CW45

May 2, 2011, 12:53 PM
At 5'11"/180, I carry a S&W CS45, which conceals easily with an untucked shirt or light jacket. But it is a little heavier and bulkier than some others. The smalest and lightest are:

Kahr PM-45 (good gun, expensive)
AMT Back-up .45 (tiny, not always reliable)
Taurus PT 745 (7 shot) & PT 145 (10 shot)

I had a PT145, and it actually carried easier and held more rounds than my CS45. But the S&W is much higher quality.

May 2, 2011, 02:54 PM
Kimber Ultra

Steve 48
May 2, 2011, 03:53 PM
MY favorite CCW 45 is a Springfield Micro Compact Bi-tone.

May 2, 2011, 03:58 PM
Don't know if it's the best, but it's the best I have. Kimber BP Pro Ten II. But when it comes to .45's, I'm always looking. Just seems like there's a lot of good ones out there and I'm getting a bit indecisive in my old age. (plus I'm limited to $500 right now.) That makes it a lot more difficult.

May 2, 2011, 04:01 PM
Thanks for the great suggestions, all. This gives me a great start.

May 2, 2011, 04:02 PM
I'm 5'11", 185 pounds, and today I'm carrying a Kimber Ultra Crimson Carry II in a Galco OWB holster with my Polo shirt untucked.

If I have to tuck in my shirt, though, I'd have to go with something a bit smaller.

May 2, 2011, 07:34 PM
For a carry 45 I'm with those that favor the Kimber Ultra Carry.


May 2, 2011, 09:11 PM
Colt New Agent or Defender.

george d dennis
May 2, 2011, 09:19 PM
glock 36

WNC Seabee
May 2, 2011, 09:36 PM
S&W 4513 is my fav

Lucky Derby
May 2, 2011, 09:52 PM
I would think that just about any 1911 with an Officer's Model size grip would do the trick.

May 3, 2011, 06:03 AM
Glock - G30 or G36.

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May 3, 2011, 06:35 AM
I am a revolver fan and carry a 4" N frame chambered for the 45 ACP. No, it is not for everyone but it works for me (6'0" and about 200 lbs). I have pondered what I would carry if I were to go to a selfloading pistol and usually come to a Commander sized 1911 of some sort.

May 3, 2011, 07:51 AM
Performance Center .45 'Recon'. Second-hand they cost $1100+/-100 when in top shape with metal box and papers. It is professional grade firearm.

May 3, 2011, 08:20 AM
After dabbling with Detonics Combat Masters, Colt Commanders and an Officer's ACP in the 1980s that nearly ruined my faith any 1911's reliability, I returned to the 1911 in the mid-1990s with full-sized (Government Model-sized) 1911s which restored my faith, and also taught me that the full-sized 1911 is still eminently concealable, because slimness is what counts, at least on my tall slim frame. (6' tall, 31"-32" waist)

The SIG P220 I carried from 1991-1993 was reliable, and it's slimness made it very concealable, too.

My job requires me to tote a double-stack DA .40 on the clock, and because I prefer to carry and train for only one auto-pistol system at a time, my 1911 is mostly dormant these days. I am not worried about missing the thumb safety, but about trigger control. I am quite content with the SIG P229, even if it only has a .40 hole in the front end.

I do have a new-to-me "compact" .45, a Ruger Super Redhawk Alaskan in .454/.45, but I don't yet own a carry rig for it, so cannot say from experience how it is to conceal it. I really boughtit for future walkabouts in wilderness areas, not urban concealed carry, anyway.

May 3, 2011, 08:47 AM
Samurai.....Have you fired the Agent a lot? I've actually been considering using the money I'm (slowly) saving for another .45. Possibly a M&P or XD but I really like the look and feel of the agent. Just haven't been able to make up my mind. It may just be worth the extra time to save for it even though I was planning on spending around $500. Do you think it's worth the extra $?

Guns and more
May 3, 2011, 09:36 AM
MY favorite CCW 45 is a Springfield Micro Compact Bi-tone.
Bingo! Winner.
Lays nice and flat, doesn't weigh too much, reliable. Looks great.
Kimber ultra also, but I bought the Springfield based on customer service reputation.

The Bushmaster
May 3, 2011, 09:46 AM
5' 7" and 150 lbs. I carry , with ease, a Kimber UCC II .45 ACP.

May 3, 2011, 12:51 PM
My SIG 220 Carry model packs comfortably and well-concealed in an iwb holster.

May 3, 2011, 01:21 PM
6'1" and carry a 5" Colt govt. model. It's easier than you think. You get a good sight radius, the most reliable 1911 the way it was designed to work, and the best target re-acquisition due to it's weight/stability.

It's easier than you think.

May 3, 2011, 01:37 PM
I prefer 1911's and also pack a Kimber Ultra Carry, in stainless steel, with Eagle UltraIvory.

May 3, 2011, 03:21 PM
Springfield 5" Mil-Spec or Colt Commander.

May 3, 2011, 06:30 PM
I have carried my Glock 21 .45ACP concealed with the "proper" clothing/holster setup. My Glock 30 .45ACP conceals pretty well but is a little chunky. I can conceal a full size 1911 well under a T-shirt. Les Baer Concept III 1911 .45ACP. Colt Gold Cup Trophy. Colt 1991 Government. Colt Series 70 re-issue, Colt XS Government Model,TALO Armed Forces Colt 1911-A1, or GI Springfield 1911-A1s in black AND stainless ALL work well for ME as carry guns. My Colt XSE Commander, Colt 1991 Commander, and Colt MKIV Officer's ACP DO work a LITTLE better for carry but difference is minor really. I even used to carry my Smith & Wesson 4566 .45ACP concealed on occasion with proper holster / clothing. It really is NOT that hard to carry a .45 Auto with practice, a decent holster, and "dressing AROUND the weapon"....what pistol would you want to have if you NEED it and is it worth the effort to carry a bigger / more powerful pistol!!!???

May 3, 2011, 06:34 PM
Oh...and I guess I should add that I am 6 ft 200 lbs. I carry ALL the time often full size 1911s in ALL types of weather.

May 3, 2011, 06:44 PM
I concur. I'm 5'10", 180. Full-size 1911, all types of weather, year-round. T shirt, shorts, crossbreed supertuck.

May 3, 2011, 06:48 PM
Glock 36 +1

May 3, 2011, 06:55 PM
That Kimber Ultra Carry is lovely. That's what I've had my eye on. What are your thoughts between the Kimber UC II vs. the Colt Defender?

May 3, 2011, 07:48 PM
I carried a Glock-36 for several;years before finally opting for a Kahr PM-9 in a pocket holster. The Kahr 45's were not available when I purchased either the G-36 or PM-9.

May 3, 2011, 07:59 PM
I haven't done the comparisons yet but the M&P 45c sounds like a nice carry 45. I'd check it out ... it may be my next piece if I don't go with a single stack 9.

May 3, 2011, 10:54 PM
I'm going with a HK45c and a light LEM trigger.

May 4, 2011, 12:36 AM
Colt New Agent.

Jed Carter
May 4, 2011, 05:04 AM
Colt over Kimber but I carry a SIG RCS 1911 4.2" slide on a compact frame. 3" 1911s are easy to conceal, difficult to control under rapid fire, and limit a marginal velocity caliber to less than desireable performance. There are plenty of posts on cycling problems with 3" 1911s, most are bull barrel pistols vs bushing barrel, this adds weight, so they are heavy for their size. I am 5'10" 175, for me the grip width and length are the hardest to conceal, not the barrel length. I holster carry the SIG or a CZ PCR 9mm and only pocket carry a .380 SIG P238 when I cannot carry a real gun. Check out the SIG

May 4, 2011, 05:30 AM
How about a G-36 in a super tuck holster?
It works pretty well with shorts and a t shirt.

May 4, 2011, 06:27 AM
I'm 6'0" 225lbs and recently picked up a Kahr PM45 for summer carry. This pistol is very easy to carry, I picked a minimal holster a "Mister Softy" from High Noon, the setup is very comfortable. Fully loaded with 6 rounds of 230g in holster the whole carry setup weighs in at ~22oz. and you just can't find a more compact .45auto...
Like all the small Kahrs this PM is also a surprisingly good shooter.

here's a few pics: (vs. Glock30)

May 4, 2011, 07:07 AM
If I was carrying in .45 and not sure why I ever would there would be only one choice HK45c

May 4, 2011, 11:27 AM
-1 on the AMT .45 backup. If you've ever shot one, to say it is a handful is an understatement.

May 4, 2011, 11:32 AM
I carry a Sig 220 in a Galco Royal Guard Holster and find it to be very easy to conceal and carry. I stand 6'1" and 190.

May 4, 2011, 12:04 PM
-1 on the AMT .45 backup. If you've ever shot one, to say it is a handful is an understatement.

They are. But still the smallest, save for the single shot downsizer and derringers.

They're not as unpleasant as a 340 PD, though.

May 4, 2011, 12:16 PM
Dan Wesson Valor

May 4, 2011, 01:48 PM
I carry a Kahr CW45. It's my EDC.

I'm also a fan of the Sig P220 Carry SAS Gen 2 and Carry Elite. If I replace the Kahr, it will be with the Sig.

May 5, 2011, 12:24 AM
I've carried many types of 45ACP pistols including a few compact polymers, but my AMT Back Up 45 is by far my favorite.

It's the smallest 45ACP semi-automatic pistol ever built. It's not much bigger than a box of ammo.

Recoil is extremely manageable, accuracy is superb at CQB distances, and this tiny stainless steel cannon eats anything It's fed.

Ala Dan
May 5, 2011, 05:43 PM
Another vote for the Kimber Ultra

May 5, 2011, 10:10 PM
for me it's my SIG P220 Compact IWB.
when I'm in a suit or sport coat it's usually my full size p220.

May 6, 2011, 09:08 AM
Glock-36, next queston.

May 6, 2011, 10:05 AM
Either a Springfield Ultra Compact or a Kimber Ultra Compact... I carry a Springfield with night sights...

May 6, 2011, 11:17 AM
Being that I am 6'6" and go 330 lbs, I can carry just about anyting I want. However, I lean towards the Kimber Pro Carry though.

May 6, 2011, 05:55 PM
I did a lot of research, shooting and wearing trying to decide what the best 45 to carry for me was. The end result was this Glock 36. It's absolutely perfect, for me. This is the one and only single stack slimline Glock. In a Crossbreed holster you literally forget you have it on.

May 6, 2011, 07:32 PM
I have 10 1911's and and a couple of Glock 23 to choose from. I won't own a gun that I can't or won't carry. I am 5' 6"" and 170lbs. I can conceal any commander sized gun quite well in my Milt sparks VM-II. The Tac Pro II is an aluminum framed gun with a 4" barrell so the lighter weight makes it really nice. I also own a couple of Kimber Ultras and they truly are great little guns that you can almost forget you are wearing. Mine are very reliable. I can carry a full sized 1911 but I don't. I don't see the benefit of the extra inch or so of barrel being worth the extra weight and bulk.

May 6, 2011, 07:34 PM
I'm fond of my XD45 compact service (4" barrel). I carry using a Comptac MTAC on a Beltman belt. It's very doable, but obviously not light. Lighter than a full metal frame, but not an LCP or something. However, it's what I prefer.

I am comfortable with that setup. Conceals fairly well. I could stand to lose the growing spare tire around my waist, though... that would definitely make carrying more comfortable in my case.

May 6, 2011, 10:30 PM
Whatever is best for you is "best".
I am 5"9, about 155 and my current favorite is a Kimber Pro Eclipse (steel Commander size).

A year ago my favorite was my Kahr P45. It is lighter and easier to carry but I shoot a 1911 better...

May 7, 2011, 12:18 AM
Colt Defender or Agent your choice.

May 7, 2011, 01:20 AM
My vote goes to the Kimber Tactical Pro II... because I have one and I really like it. Lightweight, shoots very accurately, reliable after breakin period, 4inch bull barrel for adequate velocity and handling. But I'd still rather carry my Glock 32 or 22 or even the 19 because I know they will not jam ever. With 1911 you get a slight bend on the magazine lip,or a little gunk in the wrong place and who knows. IMHO

May 7, 2011, 01:03 PM
Bill Wilson Carry Pistol would be at the top of my list but it's expensive.

I haven't had good luck with really small 1911s being reliable.

Glock 30 is a great gun and with a crossbreed holster is easy to carry.

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