I have recently become aware that the state of Texas had amended the laws on concealed weapons, and as of September 2007 it is now legal to carry a concealed pistol in your vehicle WITHOUT having to have a CWP. So now I find I have been legal for the past year and a half. I had been keeping my throw-away pistol in my truck; it is a cheap Charter Arms 5-shot .38 that I bought many years ago. The logic was if I lost that gun due to having the truck stolen, or having it confiscated by the local LEOs then it was not a big loss.
I am going to get my CWP later this year anyway, but the new law has caused me to re-think my choice of the weapon. I do not see myself actually carrying the weapon, but do plan on keeping one in my vehicle. Now I am looking to upgrade the pistol I keep in my truck.
My current handgun inventory is pretty varied (.22s to a .44 Walker-Colt) , and I would never consider leaving my Colt .45 1911 stainless Gold Cup or my S&W 629 in my vehicle, and I want something with more knock-down power than my 9mm Browning Hi-Power. I am pretty sure I want another automatic in .45 ACP for this weapon. I dont really want a .40 as I already re-load for the 9mm and .45.
I also do not want to invest $1,000+ for this pistol. I have looked at the Taurus 24/7-45BP-12 model which seems to retail for less than $500, and it seems to fit my requirements (high capacity magazine, 4 barrel, low cost). However, I do not have any experience with the newer generation of polymer framed guns. I also have very big hands so a smaller pistol wouldnt fit me very well.
I am looking for advice here on the Taurus option, or any other recommendations for a pistol that meets my wants.