Small 45acp Pistol Recommendations

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  1. mavracer

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    I used a Desantis Nemesis for mine it worked OK I still use a Nemesis for my PPS and LCT but have since switched to a Vetter for my Hellcat and LCR max they're kydex and do a better job of protecting the mag button from getting pushed.
     
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    Helped a buddy get a bright stainless .45 Officers, and then wanted one for myself. They are, of course, out of production, so I settled for a Defender; already had a 9mm version that I liked.
    The .45 Deffy was really sweet to carry, but tiresome to shoot.
    Stumbled across a stainless Officers, and sold away the Defender. My recollection, the alloy and steel Colts were the same size.
    If you're serious about actually carrying a tiny .45, get a Defender.
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    My brother picked up a subcompact SIG P250 for his EDC after shooting one of my three P250's. It's surprisingly tame at the range but he pocket carries it in his Carhartts at work.
     
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    Had a CW40 ten or so years ago. Loved the grip shape and overall ergos but like you I found it to be rather heavy with the bark and hefty on the the muzzle flip. Definitely felt like Kahr was pushing the design envelope chambering it for the .40S&W. Had several other problems with the gun, even after the break-in period, so down the road it went.

    Don't have any experience with Kahr's .45s but would tend to think they would be a bit of a handful with that cartridge as well.

    I have been completely satisfied with the size and the performance of my CM9.
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  5. LeftyRed

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    Smallest 45 I can shoot and will carry is an Ultra/Defender size 1911. Kimber makes a great one IMHO. Slimmer and easier to carry than any other small 45 I messed with.

    ‘I have shot the XDS and Shield 45, and would choice the Shield over the XDS. I would take a G36 over either of them.
     
  6. Charlie98

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    You must have some BIG pockets! The CW45 is, basically, a full-sized pistol.

    FWIW, my PM9 came with a DeSantis Nemesis... it worked pretty well for what it was. I don't really consider the diminutive PM9 to be a pocket pistol, either, and so didn't use it much.
     
  7. Mosin Bubba

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    An uncle of mine carries a stainless Colt Defender with an extended pinky grip. Recoil wise it's not objectionable at all. The metal frame helps in those small guns.
     
  8. tercel89

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    The Glock 30 is great. It's a tad bit thick but is reportedly the most accurate of all the Glock pistols. Lots of people praise the Glock 30. i have had my Glock 30 for 15 years. Very reliable and accurate. Plus it will accept the bigger 13 rd magazines from the Glock 21.
     
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    I carried CW45 in Remora #3. But I agree that it requires a very large pocket. No jeans.
     
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  10. CapnMac

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    I'm biased in this. Had this one since 1985:
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    That teeny-tiny arch in the MSH matters as to how I shoot it, too.
    Have thought about getting a set of the Goncalvo Alves wood grips to replace the Hogue wraps, but, I'm used to the rubber wrap-arounds.
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    The Glock 30S has the thin slide of the Glock 36 and standard G30 frame. I had a Glock 30 SF for a long time, replaced it with a Gen4 and really like it. Like the Glock 29 10mm of the same size as well, but it's a true hand cannon.
     
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    Where I live I need to wear a jacket / heavier coat almost year-round, particularly in the evening. Hence, I do indeed have "big pockets" available to me most of the time. When I walk my dogs at night or make a run to the store I like to have something convenient to drop into my pocket....
     
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  13. mavracer

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    Yeah I've got a couple pairs of dress pants that a full size 1911 disappear in.
    A lot of people are too concerned about printing, nobody is looking to see if you're carrying and the few that are don't care.
     
  14. EMC45

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    Glock 36 for me.
     
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    I have hands on time with a couple officer sized 1911s, and I own a Glock 36. Both are bigger than the PM40.

    I've never fired the Kahr in .40, but I have fired the S.A. XD sub-compact in .40. The XD was snappier than the Glock 36, but recoil isn't light in either gun.
     
  16. 9mmepiphany

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    I can confirm the the G30 is likely the most accurate Glock other than the ones designed for competition...G34/35
    But I also found it a big thick to carry.

    I won't compromise shoot ability for size. The smallest .45ACP pistols I've regularly carried in the past was a Star PD and a tuned Colt lightweight OACP
     
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    I’ve carried a 45 shield for a few years now and have had zero problems with it. 100% reliable with any load I’ve tried
     
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    My Glock 30S is my new favorite CCW. Also have a G29. If hadn’t already had the G29 I would have gotten the G30 and then got a 29 barrel or slide assy
     
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    I had a CW45 but sold it. My smallest .45 is a Kimber Pro Carry.

    If I’m gonna carry a single stack .45 it’s gonna be a 1911.
     
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    If you can find one an amt 45 backup is about as small as you d want. DAO and no sight except the groove in the top of the slide.

    Mine was comfortable to carry and shoot
     
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    Glock 30s
     
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    Colt Defender Light Weight and a butcher knife
     
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  24. jeepnik

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    You want small.
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    It is dwarfed by the Glock 30.
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