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best concelable 45 auto on the market

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by sierramist, Jan 4, 2008.

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  1. sierramist

    sierramist Member

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    im looking into buying a 45. auto for personal protection, im planing on wearing it in a iwb holster and dont want it to be too big

    i've narrowed it down to either the HK USPc 45. or the Glock 36 ( didnt like the feel of the 30), i was wondering what you guys would choose

    also if there are any other guns u would recommend feel free to name them.
    thanks
     
  2. Dustinthewind

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    Welcome to THR!

    I don,t know how you feel about 1911's, but I would recommend the Colt Defender.
     
  3. Jimmie

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    Commander or 220 Carry
     
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    Check out the new Kahr PM45...
     
  5. sierramist

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    what makes these, or any further recommendations, better in your opinion than the glock 36 or USPc
     
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    I've had a couple of H&K's, they've been flawless but thick and heavy. I had a Glock 36 but got rid of it because of FTFs and FTEs. I have two Kimber's, a 3" and a 4". Both have been flawless, weigh approx. 24 oz, and are fairly thin.

    I recently picked up a S&W MP340, my first revolver. It fits nicely in a soft pocket holster and handles 38 special and 357 magnum. Because it has a steel cylinder it weighs a couple more ounces than most of the airlight/scandium revolvers, just enough to cut down on recoil but not enough to add too much weight to the pocket. So, depending on the situation and what I'm wearing it's either the Kimber Ultra CDP or the S&W. Both go bang every time the trigger is pulled, yet weigh very little, have significant stopping power, and are easy to carry.
     
  7. sierramist

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    u were getting ftf's and fte's with the glock 36?, wow that is defiantly something for me to consider

    what grain were u firing with it?
     
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    Taurus PT145 Mil Pro. Yes a Taurus. Only one I own.
     
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    Check out a Para Ord Warthog. Great little handgun. None of these guns are better than the other, as they all serve the same purpose and complete that purpose in the same way.
     
  10. Big Boomer

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    any 1911

    If you want the best concealable pistol, pick any 1911. It's not the length its how "fat" the gun is. a 1911 just blends away. Also consider this if you are packing an extra mag or 2 those double stack mags stick out there quite a bit.

    I have an XD-45 and 2 1911's The 1911's are by far less noticeable. Not that you can decipher one bulge from another, but the bulge is most definitely smaller. The slimmer mags actually are a big difference as well. This is the reason I just picked up my latest 1911 a new TRP ;)
     
  11. Alan Fud

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    The Para C6.45LDA is pretty small -- except mine will only chamber FMJ ammo ... just doesn't like HPs. The C7.45LDA is a bit bigger but will digest HPs.
     
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    I've also been trying to find a concealable .45 for some time now. I have no problem carrying a USP .45 Compact all day long in cold weather months. The USP .45 compact is a great gun, but I have trouble concealing it well enough under only a t-shirt.

    The smallest .45s are probably the Taurus PT-145, Kahr .45, or a lightweight commander 1911.
     
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    Commander sized M1911. Get one with a bobtail cut if you can afford it.
     
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    I went through this a couple months ago, and was looking for a more-concealable 9mm than my Taurus Millennium Pro or my Glock 19.

    Surprisingly, the answer was a Colt New Agent 1911 in .45

    It's about the same length, but the grips are thinner being single stack, so it doesn't print as much as either my Taurus, Sig or Glock. I had never really considered a 1911 before, but now I'm sold. And the trigger is better than any gun I've ever owned, except maybe my old S&W 686 - that might be a tie.
     
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    Just for the Heck of it

    and to get a different perspective, take a look at some of the .40 caliber specifications. See if you could live with the ballistic performance and round cost differential.
    You will see higher capacity and some size difference that might work to your conceal advantage.
    Maybe a S&W M&P .40, HK P2000SK etc.
    The Colt New Agent does handle nicely, but I haven't gotten to the point of carrying cocked and locked.
     
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    I REALLY like my Colt Defender.
     
  17. Claude Clay

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    +1 on the defender.
    except----my Ct lawyer friend told me that to represent me if i shot BG with a pure SA his fee goes from 30K to 50K. so i now carry (mostly) a 642 BUG & p239 in 40 IWB or pt145 ( winter).
     
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    +1 Para Ord Warthog... lots of diffrent models to choose from
     
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    You need a new lawyer, and for it to be a "good" shoot.
     
  20. dirty dave

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    Para C6.All the same saftys of a 1911,mine eats eveything.
     
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    why 45???????????????
     
  22. sierramist

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    because it makes bigger holes :D

    i figure that if i ever use the gun to take down a BG i might only have time for 1 maybe 2 shots, i want the have the most power i can in those shots.


    ADD: the glock 36 is single stack , so for everyone who is saying thickness is what really counts, its thinner than allot of the 1911's
     
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    I have a G36...never had a problem with it, but I dont like it for carry. Too fat. Its virtually the same size as my G19...granted only 9mm ...but with a mag capacity of 17 it makes up for it. So if Im in the mood to carry a Glock...its usually my 19

    My everyday carry is a Kimber Ulta Carry. Slim, lightweight, and 100% reliable. Cant ask for more than that.

    If you go to the 1911, make sure you're OK carrying in Condition One....ie. cocked and locked. Some folks dont feel comfortable with that...so its wise to decide before you buy.

    Just my 2 cents.
     
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    Not knowing how tall (or small) thin (or wide) you are and it might be germaine (then again might not), but me, being 5'-10" tall and weighing 185 lbs, have CCW'd (IWB) the following .45's: Taurus 945, S&W 457, Colt Commander, Defender & Glock 30. The Glock and the 457 are the widest slide/barrel. The Glock the thickest grip of the lot. The Colt Defender being easiest to carry (small, lightwgt and thin), the Taurus my favorite (DA/SA & C&L, SA) due to versatility and price point.

    All concealed well under western style vest, overshirt or untucked golf/polo shirt.
     
  25. fencer1960

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    You might want to double check that. I've owned 2 Glocks, a 17 and a 19, neither of which was thinner than a 1911. The dimension to check is the slide width. Every 1911 I've handled has been thinner in the slide. It doesn't look like much, but it makes a very noticeable difference when you carry inside the waistband. I gave up carrying Glocks and P99s over this issue.

    I think the Kahrs may be as slim as a 1911, maybe even slimmer. I would recommend that you test drive the gun/holster combo you are considering if at all possible.

    True story. I had a P99, loved it. Bought a Milt Sparks IWB holster for it, fairly high dollar. Good holster, as all of that company's are. Hated the combination. Just hated it. The combined width of the holster and pistol on a good belt felt as if it was sticking out a yard. It wasn't, really, but I was never confident that my pistol was properly concealed. So I sold the P99 and got a Para 1911 and a Crossbreed holster. The difference was night and day. Now I'm not pushing the 1911 particularly here... there's other skinny guns out there... just the notion that a slim pistol can make or break IWB carry.
     
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