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A good carry .45

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by tackleberry45, Apr 3, 2007.

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  1. tackleberry45

    tackleberry45 Member

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    I would like some feedback on a good carry .45. I am not concerned about round count as much as I am concealability/ dimensions/ weight. I played with a Glock 30 but it was a little bulky. I also tried the Kimber CDP Ultra Carry - fantastic....but pricey. Thanks in advance.
     
  2. loplop

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    I personally won't carry a 3" 1911 anymore, after having problems with a few over the years. So in 45 I'd be looking to the Commander sized 1911's (I'd choose a Colt) or perhaps one of these (SIG P220 Compact):
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    Reliability (paramount for any carry gun) is yet to be determined for this P220 variant, but I suspect it will be quite good. If it shoots as well as my P220 Carry does, it will be a great carry gun. I see they will be offering a SAS version; I may indeed look into that one.

    The P220 Carry is a good option, too but it sounds like you want something a little smaller.

    HK is bringing out the HK45 in a Compact size soon, that should be a fantastic pistol. There is also the HK USP 45 Compact to look at.

    Those would be my choices.
     
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    My Taurus Millenium Pro PT145 was a great gun. Light, short, easily concealable, 10+1 rounds of .45.

    What more could you ask for you say? A recoil spring that doesn't get jammed through the front of the slide.

    It has been at Taurus for a week now and they haven't even checked it in to the system. The rep told me that it would take some 5-6 weeks to get it back.

    I'd hate to call it a dud at this point. My S&W also had a defect that revealed itself very early on. It was fixed by S&W and has had no problems since.
     
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  6. The Law

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    I have a SIG P220 Carry. Beautiful gun!! :D
     
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  8. HKPRO

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    You can never go wrong with an HK compact. Alway's reliable and very comfortable. Check it out before you make your decision. You will not regret it if you get one. :)
     
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    Ultra Compact SA. 3.5" 1911.
     
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    I really liked my Bersa Mini Thunder other than the first shot DA trigger pull. If you're comfortable with that it's a very good gun. The recoil wasn't as obnoxious as I'd have figured on such a small gun.

    Just something a little different to consider.
     
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    Does the Bersa have an alloy frame? Or steel?
     
  13. 10-Ring

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    Primarily for carry? I'd go w/ the Kahr...nice ergos, nice size & seemingly well made...IMO, the right choice!
     
  14. CPshooter

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    The Kahr P45 gets my vote too. small, 6+1 shots, thin as hell, *nice* DAO trigger, good ergos, simple design.

    Some people don't trust the polymer frames, including me after owning an older pm9, but from all the reviews i've been reading lately id say you have a better chance of success these days with Kahr. If your criteria is "carry" and ".45" then i'd definitely give one of these little P45s a look.
     
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    One more vote for the Taurus PT145 ;)
     
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    I carry my S&W 1911PD Gunsite Edition instead of my Colt Lightweight Officers (3.5") these days. The Scandium Frame and the smooth exterior combined with wonderful reliability is hard to beat! The real secret for CCW is the Holster. I carry it in a no longer made Mad Dog Taylor Thunderbolt on a Liger belt. Close to that rig is a Comp-Tac Pro Under Cover :
    http://www.gunnersalley.com/product/COMPTACPROUC
    on a belt of your choice (hint: use a Liger belt and you are hooked for life!)
    If you want a leather holster the Sparks IWB are hard to beat , I like the Summer Special for a 1911 - for 30 years!
     
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    IMO the Taurus PT145 is exactly what you are looking for.
     
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    Seconded.

    My carry rig is a SW1911PD Gunsite in a Milt Sparks VMII with Wilderness Instructor belt.
     
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    Glock 36... but maybe too blocky still in the barrel/slide width.

    S&W 457... blue or stainless. Not quite as chunky as the G30/36 slide, but close. In my hands, mine points low due to the straight backstrap design (I think... could be the grip angle).

    LW Commander? Not cheap, but pretty close to heaven.

    I'd like to try a SIG 220 Compact... again, not cheap (what's your life worth anyway?)

    I'd also like to try out the little Taurus PT145MilPro, 'cause it is quite compact. Same with a Kahr 45, very slim.

    I do like my Taurus PT945 (pre-lock and decock). It's about the same size and weight as a LW Commander and has never failed to go bang. I used to carry it daily.

    Having said all that, I do carry a Springfield GI Champion or a Colt Combat Commander (neither are lightweights) that I trust and know to shoot well. Good belt and holster required since they're quite the little tank on the hip... reassuring in a way. As I age, I'll probably be wanting less weight to lug around.
     
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    good breakdown

    but just fyi those slides are not the same width- the 30 is as wide as the 21; while the 36 is actually slightly slimmer than a 26.
     
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    Kahr P45. Despite thier spotty reputation with quite a few having to go back for fixing, and much too high a price for what it is, I wanted one for carry because it just "felt right" in my hand. Bought one recently and so far have put about 500 rounds, mostly reloads, thru it with no failures other than a couple of primers that didn't ignite, or when I downloaded too much for the round to fully blow the slide back. It shoots straight and accurate, but a bit too low which can be fixed with a higher sight. I filed down the sharp ?serations? on the front and rear of the grips to suit me and I've now begun to carry it instead of my Mak.

    http://www.thehighroad.org/showthread.php?t=264603
     
  24. MJZZZ

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    I carry the Kimber Ultra CDP and you are right about it being pricey. It has proven to be very reliable after some fine tuning, and it's the gun that travels with me. The reason I carry is to protect my family, and they are worth the extra cost of buying the Kimber. Mike
     
  25. dust_101

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    Second or Third for the Kimber Ultra CDP (or CDP II)

    Picked one of those up at Gander Mtn and oh dear Lord I found the next gun for purchase. All kinds of sweetness on that one. :D
     
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