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Compact .45 help

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by JPipes, Nov 17, 2006.

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  1. JPipes

    JPipes Member

    May 24, 2006
    Ok guys, I am 6'3", 235 lbs, and looking for a compact .45 for CCW. I am a newlywed, and on a budget (who isn't?), so any suggestions would be great. I was looking at a Llama Mini-max on Auction Arms:

    http://www.auctionarms.com/search/d...Max Sub Compact, .45 ACP, Hard Chrome Finish

    Any tips for something in or around that price range?

    By the way, I 'm an insurance broker, and I wear slacks, a dress shirt and a tie everyday. So I wanted an IWB holster that is tuckable.
  2. Lou22

    Lou22 Member

    May 21, 2005
    Oakland County, Michigan
    Taurus PT145 and PT745 Millennium Pros are among the most concealable .45 autos. Do a search here on either (I own the PT145) and I bet you'll find a lot of mostly positive comments. I understand Llama is out of business, so repairs down the road may be a problem. Also Llama isn't known for it's reliability. I think Taurus has a better reputation.

    If you go for either Taurus, make sure it is the Pro model. The earlier non-Pros had frame cracking problems.

  3. modifiedbrowning

    modifiedbrowning Member

    Dec 25, 2002
    Bozeman, MT
    Check out the Bersa Thunder Ultracompact.
    I have two of the 9mm UCs and both have been excellent. I paid $350 OTD when my dealer ordered from Davidsons.
    Here's a Bersa Forum. www.bersatalk.com
  4. JoeK

    JoeK Member

    May 17, 2006
    Llama....YIKES! I reluctantly shoot a buddies 9mm Llama regularily (read: 1000+ rounds through it) and have been coercing him to get something different. We both agree that it is a POS. Are all Llamas garbage? Beats me, but the thing does not exude quality in both appearance and shooting. Other's experience may differ....

    I would look at a XD Compact or similar.
  5. .357 magnum

    .357 magnum Member

    Jul 20, 2006
    Omaha, NE
    Go Taurus!

    The Taurus Millennnium Pro PT145 .45 ACP is the way to go. I am sure you can get one at a dealer for around 300-325 new. Lou22 is right. This is an excellent gun. Very reliable and you get a lifetime Warranty. The weight and ease of concealment are great. If this gun would ever need repairs, it is easy to get parts etc. [Taurus makes a great gun it should function great right out of the box] I have thounsands of rounds through my 24/7 Pro's and have never had a jam or problem of any kind. Get the PT145 you will really enjoy it and it is a gun you can depend on.


    The best to you and yours!
    Last edited: Nov 18, 2006
  6. wally

    wally Member

    Jan 2, 2004
    Houston, Tx
    I don't think you can get a better sub-compact .45 than the Taurus PT-145 Millenium-PRO until you are ready to spend at least 2X more money.

  7. GunNut

    GunNut Member

    Dec 25, 2002
    Washington State
    Keep your eye out for a used Glock 30, I've bought them for $300 in the past. Realistically, you'll be looking at around $400 for a really good deal on a 30.

  8. jlh26oo

    jlh26oo Member

    Jun 1, 2005
    PT145 is a good suggestion, that's not too much more than the LLAMA(!?), but is good quality.

    Not too much more you could go G36. Slightly more barrel (3 3/4" vs 3"), but smaller in other dimensions, sacrificing 3 rounds to the pt145.

    B/t those two, depends on if you want a da/sa with manual safety and internal lock (taurus), or consistent "safe-action" of the glock with no manual safeties or internal lokc. G30, G36, pt145 all good moves. I personally can't recommend a Kahr (after pm9), but if you don't want to shoot it alot, you don't get any smaller/lighter than the P45; 6+1 .45acp ~1" thin. consistent trigger, no safeties.
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