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Slim profile with maximum possible capacity 45 for carry- advise?

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by el Godfather, Dec 3, 2012.

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  1. el Godfather

    el Godfather Member

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    Dear THR:
    Any ideas or recommendations on the combination of slim profile and with maximum possible capacity .45 pistol for carrying?

    I would like to know what you think.
    Thank you
     
  2. mljdeckard

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    Not too many out there. I do have a Para double-stack .45, which I do carry on occasion, but it is a compromise, the slide is slim, the grip is a bit thicker than a stock 1911. And it has a rail, which pretty much narrows it down to a Blackhawk Serpa holster when I'm wearing a coat I don't plan on removing. If I wanted to have Crossbreed make me another Supertuck to accomodate the rail, I could carry it that way too I suppose.
     
  3. David E

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    I'm sure you realize you're asking for opposing virtues: a hicap .45 that's slim.

    First, we should define "hicap," which I'll do by stating more than 8 rds in the mag. If 8+1 would do it, then there are many 1911's and others available. So I'll stipulate 10 rds in the magazine as minimum.

    "slim" is harder to define, so I'm not going to try here.

    The usual candidates are the Glock 21 SF, the XD/XDM or the M&P

    Of these, the M&P would be the slimmest to carry, once you sanded the palm swells flat.

    Second would be the Glock, since the XD has a longer grip frame. (if that matters)
     
  4. Skribs

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    Which is more important? High capacity, and then as slim as possible with that capacity? Or as slim as possible, with the highest capacity for that slim size?

    The FNP-45 has more capacity than any other .45 handgun I've looked at. After that is the double-stack 1911s, followed by some of the higher-cap striker pistols (like Glock, XDm for example). I know less people complain about the size of the XDm than do the Glock. However, the Glock has more aftermarket support for those ridiculously large extended magazines.

    If you want slim, then .45, I believe the XDs would probably be your best bet.
     
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    I carry the Glock 36 and have shot the XDs. I love both pistols... the XDs is easier to conceal and is more accurate in my hands than my Glock is, if I take my time. Recoil is easier to control on my Glock which makes quicker shots easier. Glock holds 6 rounds in the magaznie, XDs holds 5. XDs magazines are slimmer, though, so carrying an extra mag or two will be easier with the XDs.

    Toe-may-toe, toe-mah-toe.
     
  6. 3twelves

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    XDs



    inb4 3" 1911's...
     
  7. MachIVshooter

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    The Taurus PT145 is a 10+1 subcompact that's pretty slender. I had one and liked it, but when the opportunity came to trade it straight across for a commercial grade 80 gallon compressor, the math was simple.

    I never replaced it, instead opting for a lower capacity and heavier but much higher quality and more durable S&W CS45.
     
  8. SharpsDressedMan

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    Try handling a Glock 30, with Glock 21 mags for back up. A G30 on the hip, and a G21 mag or two hidden elsewhere is a lot of firepower in comparatively small packages.
     
  9. 3twelves

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    ^

    He said slim, as in not having the ergonimics of a 2X4.
     
  10. el Godfather

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    Slim and then maximum possible capacity.

    I do not like G21 or 30. They are by no means slim. Like said above- they feel like a 2x4.
     
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    Alright, then there is no such animal. If you can't hide a Glock 30, forget about .45, high capacity, and slim. For most people, they CAN hide a Glock 30; they might not LIKE to, but they CAN hide it. I've seen guys packing 5-6 shot .38 snubnoses with thick grips that were as bulky as a Glock 30 is slim. I'm beginning to think it is all in the MIND, and more subject to attitude than the minor differences in the size of a gun.
     
  12. David E

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    Seems like the OP needs to define "slim" for us and him.
     
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    Slim and high capacity don't go hand in hand no matter how you slice it.

    May I ask why you sre set on large capacity? Is a 3" 1911 (Kimber is my choice) with 8 rounds not enough? Extra mags are super slim, so carrying a spare is simple.
     
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    el Godfather, have you looked at an XDm 3.8 Compact in .45 ACP. Not exactly slim, but slimmer and less block-like than the G30. A good number of shooters at XD Talk CC theirs. ;)
     
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    XD series of pistols. They're not much thicker than a 1911 and have a 13 round mag capacity.
     
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    Shanxi Type 17 pistol. :neener:
     
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    To me the slimmest .45 pistol would be the Kahr P45. The max capacity in that gun would be 7. It's pretty easy to carry a spare mag or two.

    If you want higher capacity in a .45, then you give up slim.
     
  18. David E

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    Ok, it seems that thin is the key here.

    If the OP is competent with cocked and locked, then a 4" Kimber lightweight Compact with McCormick thin grips and 7 rd Wilson magazine gives you 8 rds of .45 ACP goodness ready to go.
     
  19. el Godfather

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    Slim is important.
    How about 10 shots?
     
  20. el Godfather

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    What about P14-14 by para?
     
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    For slim+capacity, my first thought would be the Kahr TP45. Single-stack, 7-round magazine. While "slim" these are service pistol sized guns.
     
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    I don't know how it compares empirically with other .45 semi-autos (having never actually measured any of them), my single-stack SIG Model 220 seems to have a pretty slim grip. However, nine shots is probably not considered "high-capacity" in the context of today's double-stack offerings.
     
  23. Steve H

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    On my Kimber Ultra CDP II I changed the ambi safety to one sided and changed the grips to "slims". Now overall width at the grips is 1" and the slide and frame is less. 6 + 1 capacity with one of the smallest 45's on the market.
     
  24. el Godfather

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    9 is good , but my 220 takes 8 by really pushing last one in.
     
  25. Jim Watson

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    A Smith & Wesson M&P .45 is not truly slim, but its 10 round (vs 13-15) magazine and rounded grip make it the next step after the various single stack 6-8 round guns.
     
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