Smallest .45

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  1. DeepSouth
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    I was think about getting me a new CCW and I want to stick with a .45 so I was wanting to know what the smallest 45 out there is....apart from the Liberator of course. I have looked for some of the the Springfield GI Micro 1911's but they are "Out of Stock" every where I look. And I'm not sure how big it really is, being as I haven't found one to look at. I don't know of many other small framed .45's out there but I am sure they make them, I just don't know what to look for. Price matters but not much, if I find the right one I'll save up for it, being as I'm not in a huge hurry.

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  2. kragluver

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    I know Kimber makes a small CCW 1911, but as for "smallest", the Bersa Thunder 45 may be close to that (its not a 1911 though). I've read some negative comments regarding the Bersa 45 with regards to FTF (whereas the Thunder .380 is apparently a good little pistol).
     
  3. azranger

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    Not the smallist, but probably one of the most reliabile is the Colt Defender in .45 ACP at 22.5 ozs. You can't go wrong with a Colt!
     
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    Not the smallest, but at 22.5 ozs. one of the most reliable on the market is the Colt Defender in .45ACP.
     
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    The smallest .45 that I have is an AMT DAO Back-Up.

    Not exactly my favorite.
     
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    I think the cobra patriot is pretty small. I don't own one and haven't heard much feedback on how they hold up though.

    Actually after reading some reviews you should probably avoid this one.
     
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  8. bluetopper

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    A Para Stealth Carry maybe?

    See at the bottom.

    Or perhaps this Taurus 45acp revolving pistol I used to have.
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  9. SeanMTX

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    Taurus PT145 is the smallest I've ever seen.

    10+1 of 45 in a tiny package.

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    PT145, KeltecP11 (9mm subcompact) and P3AT
     
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    glock 30? they are really small for the punch.

    then there is the bersa...

    if you go up in price you might find more options.
     
  11. distra

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    I'd skip the Kahr P45, had one and sold it. The Springfield Micro Compact 1911 is a nice carry piece. I carry one in the summer and when I need the slimness to conceal. Mine has been extremely reliable and I carry an 8rd or 10rd mag as a reload. Plenty of capacity for self defense situations. The G36 is another option for a small 45 either 6+1 or 7+1 with the mag extension. You can't go wrong with a Glock either.
     
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    Don't wanna start a fight with Distra, but as soon I read the question -
    I was ready to post my opinion, he just happened to be the last previous
    entry.

    Over 2200 rounds thru my P45! No hiccups with any of the four Kahrs
    that I own... Absolutely the easist, and slimmest 45 to carry.
    Just pull, point, and shoot. And yes, I wish it would hold 12 rds.
    I can't have everything I want, but if (7) DPX don't put a hurt on' em.

    I'll use my truck!

    Take care ya"ll.
     
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    +1 i love mine
     
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    Kahr PM45, nothing smaller, nothing lighter, single stack also, very thin handgun, pocketable even.

    Not cheap but neither is life...

    PM45 kahr weight 17.3 ounces
    PM45 length 5.67"
    PM 45 height 4.49"
    PM45 width 1.01"

    smoothest DA trigger system on the market. Loooong but totally smooth. no safety, grip safety's to mess with The trigger pull of 3/8" is ur safety.
     
  15. ScareyH22A

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    Distra, tell us why you got rid of your pm45.
     
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    I think

    he said he owned a P45 and not the PM45.. both basicaly the same except the PM is smaller

    Have a fellow poster who owns a PM45 and has since retired his PM9 kahr for the 45. He loves, it, and it is his "pocket" carry. Sure not going to do that with the Micro 1911, whiich is still a big damn gun, nice but not even close in the liteweight and size category of the PM45..

    springfield compact 26 ounces 7.5" long , single action
    Kahr PM45 17.3 ounces, 5.6" long, double action

    both great guns, each in a different league to..
     
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    I like the little Taurus PT145. It's 24 ounces, double stack, 11 rounds capacity. It will fit a large pocket, but it's really too large to be a pocket gun. It'd melt away in an IWB, though. My son-in-law has one. I'd really prefer DAO. His is a single action 1911 style safety, striker fired with second strike capability. It is reliable and quite accurate.
     
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    MCgunner,look for a PT145 that says "Millenium Pro" on the left side of the slide,that's the DAO version.If the words "Millenium" and "Pro" are on opposite sides of the slide,that's the Taurus SA/DA trigger...If the word "Pro" is not on the slide,run away...Just FYI...
     
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    I see

    taurus is making the P145 in titanium slide even. liter yet, still to big for pocket carry but getting down their in weight for sure. Nice looking gun...
     
  21. jackstinson

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    The correct answer is: Downsizer WSP
    .45ACP, 1 shot, DAO, 3.25" x 2.25" x 0.90", and 11 oz.

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  22. TimM

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    On the movie poster for "Mr and Mrs Smith" Angeline Jolie has what I believe is the smallest 1911 style 45 I have ever seen tucked in her garter. At one time I knew what it was but right now the make slips my memory. Detonics Combat Master maybe? I know they make some smallish pistols.

    Detonics Combat Master

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    That thing is like a modern Liberator,LOL. Just gotta love that.

    Where in the world would you find one?
     
  24. benzuncle

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    I carry a Taurus PT-145 in the pocket of my cargo shorts/pants on a regular basis. The trick is finding a large enough opening. I use a DeSantis Nemesis pocket holster. I've been carrying it this way for months with no problems. It is rather nifty to be able to have your hand on your pistol while you appear to be moseyin' along. My 3rd Gen PT-145 has 1200+ trouble free rounds through it.

    So you'll know it's there:
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    Here's my PT-145 and NAA380 in the Nemesis holsters:
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    Works for me. YMMV. Good luck with your decision. I already made mine! :D
     
  25. Stirling XD

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    According to imfdb.org, the gun you are refering to is a "TJ's Custom Gunworks Stealth-1". They say it used to be the smallest 45 caliber 1911, but seem to be uncertain what the smallest actually is.
     
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