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Old 02-21-2012, 09:06 PM   #21
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My own 45acp preferences:

Full-framed: Gov 1911, Sig P220, SA XD/XDm

Compact: Commander 1911, SA XD/XDm compact

Subcomp (and lighter weight): Kahr CW45/PM45, and soon to be released SA XDs45

I'm in the market for a SC 45 right now. The CW45 impresses me a lot for under $400, and the XDs45 has tremendous potential.

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Old 02-22-2012, 01:31 AM   #22
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I carry either 3" or 5" Kimbers. I haven't felt there was a problem carrying either. The 3" is a SIS Ultra. I think the grip is just a little short, but not so much I've re-gripped. Both shot fantastic. The flat and slimmer dimensions help. For me, at least, the 1911 is a natural pointer. Might try a 4" and see how it fits/shoots.

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Kimbers are one of the best looking guns out there. Along with the beretta 92fs!

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XDM 45 compact is a nice carry weapon in my own opinion. The grip is just big enough for my hands and the recoil is very manageable.

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Never been a fan of the compacts. They just don't feel right in my hand.

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Conceals easily, shoots great. Less filling.

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I've recently switched from carrying an xd9sc to the .45acp Colt Defender. The colt is more comfortable for me (thinner) to carry and it's a Colt .45. I fell better with a .45.

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Ed Brown Kobra carry
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or a Nighthawk Custom T3.
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I have a couple of compact .45's,
Para Ordnance Warthog, model WHX1045R - 6.5" OAL, 4.5" high, 3"barrel, SAO (1911 type), 10+1 capacity. Pricey $1,000. Shoots straight, conceals easily. I like it and carry it frequently.
Taurus PT-145 - 6.1" OAL, 5" high, 3.25" barrel, about $400, 10+1 capacity. Not a 1911, though - striker fired. A little thick, harder to conceal. Shoots straight well enough that I used it to qualify for South Carolina CWP. My main home defense gun at night when house is dark, after my Mossberg 500 12-ga.

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I live in Kalifornia and am trying to figure out what to put down on my CCW request as the reason for the need. Minefield out her.
Whatever you use, don't let it be overly restrictive. Don't say you need it because you carry large sums of cash to the bank deposit box late at night. Because if you ever need to use the gun, or are stopped by police and have the gun on you, but you are not at that time carrying large sums of money to the bank, you can be arrested for violating the terms of your permit. Maybe something like explaining that you have arthritis, and are not strong enough to defend yourself without a weapon, or if you are old, your age may be the reason. Just make sure you express the need for personal protection without specifying a particular set of circumstances.
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