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This might sound like heresy, but what about the Para Carry GAP or the Springfield EMP. I know the GAP is not a "real" .45, and the EMP is 9mm, but the guns are built even smaller than many standard micro-1911s.

.45 Glock is a horrible round. I carry 9x19 before I'd carry .45 Glock. .45 Glock should have been left for dead before it was marketed. The creators knew it wasn't going to do what they planned.
 

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I have to agree .45GAP should have stayed on the drawing board. It was a HUGE hit, for about 8 minutes and then it crashed and burned. Try finding that ammo at the local sporting goods store these days....

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I think you OWE it to yourself to at least check out a Para Ordnance C6LDA before buying anything. Sure the trigger does have a long reset, just like an DA revolver, but the pull is so smooth & light the very 1st time I felt 1-I thought the damn thing was broke it was so light. In that way, you have the "best of both worlds" if you want to carry an DAO but love 1911s. Seriously, they're fantastic and this is coming from an long time diehard 1911 "fan".
 

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Sti vip

Have you taken a look at the VIP from STI? I've got one on order for my carry piece. Double stack, 3.9" barrel, overall length 7.5", 30 oz. It's available in 9mm, .40 S&W, or .45acp. THey also have a single stack in similar size called the Guardian as well as several models with 3.4" and 3.0" barrels.
 

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OK, it's my turn!

Please take a look at the Colt Defender.



I use the Wilson Combat 47DOXB mag. This gives me 8+1 rounds of 45 ACP in a rig I can carry mexican!

If you can handle a 1911 in 45 ACP the Defender is not going to be a problem even in +P! End of argument!

This is a carry piece, not a target nail tacker! More than likely you are going to engage the BG within 4 meters (CQB), probably < 2 meters! Why the hell would I bother with adjustable sights and return to target time BS? Sight picture? Your sphincter will be so tight you won’t be able to blink much less focus.

Get a gun you are comfortable with, you trust, you're 'memory muscle' good with, is deadly, won't wear you out carrying all day and you know like the back of your hand, no...better than the back of your hand!

You will find all these and more in the Colt Defender!

I even found one for you:

NIB Series 90 Lightweight Defender - Auction: 9040803 (Ends 03/20/2009, 05:25:45 PST)

 

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As far as I'm concerned, the 1911 makes a super cc weapon. I personally carry a P12, but also have a Kimber Ultra Eclipse in the family. I'm really hoping to get my wife (who I bought it for) to let me carry it because she's more comfortable with her Combat Commander.
 

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I think you OWE it to yourself to at least check out a Para Ordnance C6LDA before buying anything. Sure the trigger does have a long reset, just like an DA revolver, but the pull is so smooth & light the very 1st time I felt 1-I thought the damn thing was broke it was so light. In that way, you have the "best of both worlds" if you want to carry an DAO but love 1911s. Seriously, they're fantastic and this is coming from an long time diehard 1911 "fan".
i've read that the smaller para 1911s tend to have a failure to feed problem. have you ever encountered this?
ill def check it out. im leaving myself plenty of time to shop
 

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I bought one for CCW -- Springfield Ultra Compact, Bomar night sights, Hogue wrap arounds, beavertail, skeltonized, Vidiki trigger, etc. etc.

I carried it for a while in a Galco "clip" holster -- basically little more than a fat band of leather across the trigger guard. And I worried about "cocked & locked." I've found the thumb safety "off" when carrying at the range. Could have happened inadvertently while reholstering.

So I got a Galco "pancake" style with a thumb-break. Nice, secure leather strap between the hammer and the striker. That works for me.

But mostly the gun is too big for day in, day out carry. I carry a Kahr MK9 or a Smith Mod. 60 w/ bobbed hammer. I don't get into a lot of fire-fights. Even the NAA Guardian in 32 ACP has never been "too little gun."

When I decide to go "full bore" -- open carry in the field -- it's a Springfield XD, Compact/Tactical 5" bbl. and 13 + 1 in the double-stack.
 

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Let me preface this post by saying....I have no issue with a person who spends the bucks on a "high end" custom built carry pistol. It is a personal choice. I recommend Colt:



On or near me everyday since I obtained my CCW. Not fancy, .45 ACP. And no, the recoil spring / plunger has never shot downrange, after thousands of rounds and ten years of service, the recoil spring plunger looks the same as it did when I pulled this pistol out of the factory box. I will not cut the slide on a Colt to install a recoil system that is supposedly more reliable. I will trust that if it was necessary, Colt would have changed it. In the Officers and the 1991A1 Compact, they did not.

You can still find these pistols. They are not cheap, nor the "best", but they do the job. You know, sort of a "joe six pack" working pistol. I am confident as a person can be in any piece of machinery that this weapon will save my life when it is needed.

For what it's worth,
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Steve
 

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Let me preface this post by saying....I have no issue with a person who spends the bucks on a "high end" custom built carry pistol. It is a personal choice. I recommend Colt:

On or near me everyday since I obtained my CCW. Not fancy, .45 ACP. And no, the recoil spring / plunger has never shot downrange, after thousands of rounds and ten years of service, the recoil spring plunger looks the same as it did when I pulled this pistol out of the factory box. I will not cut the slide on a Colt to install a recoil system that is supposedly more reliable. I will trust that if it was necessary, Colt would have changed it. In the Officers and the 1991A1 Compact, they did not.

You can still find these pistols. They are not cheap, nor the "best", but they do the job. You know, sort of a "joe six pack" working pistol. I am confident as a person can be in any piece of machinery that this weapon will save my life when it is needed.

For what it's worth,
regards,
Steve


Nuf said!
 

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My new CCW is a Kimber Compact Stainless II. Light, fast, rust resistant and shoots.
I was thinking about getting a Kimber Compact Stainless II, but I was worried whether my pinky would fit on the grip. Do you have any trouble with it?
 

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I was thinking about getting a Kimber Compact Stainless II, but I was worried whether my pinky would fit on the grip. Do you have any trouble with it?
Yes you will!

Just go with the 4.25" Commander size. You will regret the mouse gun if you have even medium size hands.

That or you will do what I did and add a mag-well and an 8 rnd mag to give your pinky purchase.

 

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I dont mean to hijack the thread, but dont think my question needs a separate one.

A few weeks ago I bought a Colt full size (5" barrel), and plan on getting my CHL sometime in the near future. Would that be to big to use as a ccw? What are my options for holsters to use?
 

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I'm pretty sure you'll need to get a smaller version for carrying concealed in the summer unless you're a big guy & dress accordingly to conceal such a large pistol. Doing so would severely limit your styles/modes of dress.
 

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Yes you will!

Just go with the 4.25" Commander size. You will regret the mouse gun if you have even medium size hands.

That or you will do what I did and add a mag-well and an 8 rnd mag to give your pinky purchase.

Thanks Cane, that's what I figured. The barrel is a 4" but the grip is the same length as the 3", I think it's 4.75" as opposed to the 5.25" on the regular 4". Thanks for the info.

-Fred
 

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If you all get an opportunity check out the 4" Springfield Champion Operator. Along with the excellent warranty, price wise it's not too bad. I haven't shot it yet, but it feels pretty balanced and might make a good CC gun in my opinion. I'll let you know how it shoots when I get mine.
 
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