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coacho 10-25-2009 01:55 AM

Best carry 45 acp
What is the best concealed or carry 45 and why?

dunerunner 10-25-2009 02:10 AM

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This one ! Full size, professional upgrades, dehorned for carry.

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Besides, you didn't say anything about cost! :D

canebrake 10-25-2009 02:16 AM

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The Colt Model O486XSE Lightweight Commander

Colt Lightweight Commander XSE .45 ACP Auto Pistol Colt 1911 XSE Series Lightweight Commander Pistol, O486

SGT-MILLER 10-25-2009 02:16 AM

First choice: 1911 Pistol

This choice makes for a great carry .45 ACP because of the ergonomics and the "Condition 1" carry that enables a lightning quick single-action first shot. The pistol is very intuitive to use, and easy to aim. The only drawback on certain models is the 7-8 round capacity. That can be solved by purchasing a double-stack version with a higher capacity. You also have to put some thought into clothing and carry conceal holsters because the size and shape of the 1911 can print easily if you don't do your part.

Second choice: Glock Model 30

I'm not a fan of Glock personally, but I have to say that the compact Glock model 30 with the 10 round capacity of .45 ACP makes it a great choice for concealed carry. The recoil is fairly light for being a smaller pistol, and you almost can't get a pistol easier to use. Load the magazine, rack the slide and holster. If you need it, it's a simple point and click inerface. No manual safeties are on the Glock. You can also use the full size Model 21 magazines if you wish (keep one as your relaod magazine) which ups the capacity to 13 rounds.

Third choice: Kahr .45 sub-compact

Kahr has really set the standard lately with the quality of their compact/sub compact pistols. The capacity is about the same as a 1911, and the ergomonics are great also. These pistols are easy to operate just like the Glock with no manual safeties. The trigger pull is longer due to the DA only design, but good training will get you used to that.

I encourage you to google each pistol I listed and get more info straight from the manufacturers websites.

Good luck.

WDB 10-26-2009 04:41 AM

Much respect for the 1911 but for me I carry a S&W M&P 45. IMHO it takes the grip of the 1911 then lets you fit it more to your hand with the exchangable back straps and picks up where Glock left of when it comes to polly frame striker fired pistols. The trigger isn't as smooth as a quality 1911 but far better than any Glock.

Shoot your top five at a range that rents and find the one that fits you best.

Good luck and let us know what is choose and why.

spittinfire 10-26-2009 11:53 AM

My first choice for would be my Kimber, I'm currently waiting on the holster and some coatings. It's thin and disappears easily.

Second, XD45 Compact, 10+1 capacity but it's bulkier and a littler harder to hide but it can be done.

masterPsmith 10-26-2009 01:44 PM


Originally Posted by coacho (Post 177739)
What is the best concealed or carry 45 and why?

Coacho, I see this question posted a lot. All you will find in asking this question on an open forum is everyones own opinion. These opinions may be coming from very experienced shooters or very in-experienced teens who just want to spout off.. You really never know who you are talking to, unless you have been around the forum for a while.

My suggestion would be go to a few gun shops and ranges, handle everything you can when people will let you, shoot as many as you can and above all, talk to these people about what they like and why. You may also ask LE personel about their likes and dislikes and reasons why. Some may talk to you and some my not.

In the end, the choice you make for a carry pistol should be based on your own judgment based on the above and not just on a few forum opinions.
It is fine to start out here, as we have some great people here with some great info and strong opinions. But the info and opinions are just a starting point.

Good luck in your search for your ultimate carry gun....


Slawth 10-27-2009 04:10 AM

...because it rides just right, it is accurate as hell, it doesn't wimper about +p ammo, the more time I spend with it the more I love it like a child and I know I can trust my life to it.

...and a big X2 on the XD45c. Accurate, smooth action, high capacity, lower maintenance and comfortable and easy to conceal (for me) with the right holster.

TwistedMinded_1911 10-27-2009 01:47 PM

IMO I would stick with the 1911 commander 4.1/4, I have the colt & a S&W1911PD,If you want to save money go with the S&WPD I love it great shooter ,easy to conceal IWB,not one prob.IMO best semi auto SW put out.
Donít get me Wrong Iím a colt guy but find myself carrying the S&W more then my Colt commander or my Colt officer, just a great pistol. Iíll try to load some picís Oh and itís steel.

And MasterPsmith in above post has the best advice, I always letting Guys/Gals fire my pistols at the range to let them get a feel. Good luck and you next headache will be holster.

notdku 10-27-2009 02:40 PM

I really enjoy my Colt New Agent. Compact, no load issues and gutter sights to cut down on clothes snag.

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