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Discussion in 'Semi-Auto Handguns' started by coacho, Oct 24, 2009.
What is the best concealed or carry 45 and why?
This one http://www.wilsoncombat.com/p_stealth.asp ! Full size, professional upgrades, dehorned for carry.
Besides, you didn't say anything about cost!
The Colt Model O486XSE Lightweight Commander
Colt Lightweight Commander XSE .45 ACP Auto Pistol
Colt45ACP.com: Colt 1911 XSE Series Lightweight Commander Pistol, O486
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.
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.
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.
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....
...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.
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.
Don’t get me Wrong I’m a colt guy but find myself carrying the S&W more then my Colt commander or my Colt officer, just a great pistol. I’ll try to load some pic’s Oh and it’s 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.
I really enjoy my Colt New Agent. Compact, no load issues and gutter sights to cut down on clothes snag.
Well, forgive my bias, but my Star PD does the trick - same dimensions as the original Colt Officer's, with aluminum frame. Unfortunately they're not made anymore, but can still be found from time to time.
I like the way my Ruger P345 carries and that is what I use mostly. Though with all this ringing endorsement of the 1911, I may need to switch over.
First choice, My SA Ultra Compact, well, because its a 1911
Next would be my Glock 36. Slim, trim and lightweight
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following is my personal opinion:
i carried for a very longtime back in texas before i moved to the people's republic of wisconsin. i own a Springfield Armory 1911-A1 in 45ACP and a Sig P220 in .45ACP. the only problem i had wit the 1911 was carrying it cocked and with the safety on i would from time to time find the weapon with the safety flicked off just from riding in the concealed holster tried a few different holsters and was never happy with that happening every great now and then. it just worried me. for external holster carry for me 1911 hands down. for concealed i switched to my P220. there is no safety on that gun and the DA pull is sufficient for it not to go off accidentally under a stress draw.
the glocks and other weapons like it have too light of a DA pull for me to be comfy with. decocking a 1911 with a round in the chamber never made me feel comfy having to thumb cock it to get it in firing condition. leaving a round out of the chamber left me with one less round than the 220.
so for me the perfect carry gun turned out to be the sig P220. my hands are too big for small frame guns to shoot well.
anyway there is nothing wrong at all with the 1911 as a carry gun its just a personal thing with me. i love the 1911 and shoot my springfield every chance i get. i wish there was open carry so i could carry it with me everywhere. in fact i just wish there was any form of carry in wisconsin...
Kimber Compact II:
On my hip in an IWB:
Where is it?
Is the New Agent based on the 1911 action?
Quick question on condition one carry on 1911. I understand that it is cocked and locked with one in the chamber. My question is, do most of you have a holster that "locks" the hammer with a strap or snap? Put another way, you have the manual safety and the grip safety, but does the holster provide another safety for most carries?
I prefer open top holsters. The trigger is shielded by the holster, but all other controls are accessible. It also allows you to grip the pistol in a shooting position, with no grip adjustment needed once you clear leather. To top it off, that extra half second to unsnap the holster could be life or death.
Underneath the big sleeve that is blocking the lens?
For now it is the XD45 Service. Looking forward to the day I can try my own 1911 though.