Compact .45?

Discussion in 'Semi-Auto Handguns' started by Franciscomv, May 4, 2010.

  1. Franciscomv

    Franciscomv New Member

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    My very generous father is getting his winter bonus in a couple of months, and he's decided to donate it to rebuilding my little arsenal. :D

    I've got three niches to fill: shotgun, .357 wheelgun and compact .45. I've got the first two sort of figured out, but I'm not sure about the .45.

    My first instinct is to go with a 1911 Commander. I'm not looking for a super small gun, just something slim and light. I loved my double stack Para but it wasn't easy to carry around. So I guess I want to focus on single stacks. The SIG 220 is another strong contender. I'm also considering an M&P since I've got it in 9mm and like it. Plus it's cheaper than a 1911 (my local gunshop has a pristine Colt Commander) and the SIG.

    I'm open to suggestions...
     
  2. NGIB

    NGIB New Member

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    Lots of options for you to consider for sure. While I love 1911s to shoot, I've never been a real fan of carrying them. I did carry my Commander at times during the winter but even the 4 inch guns get rather heavy by the end of the day. This being said - every collection NEEDs a 1911...
     

  3. Missileman

    Missileman New Member

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    M&P 45 compact is great--I like it with the manual safety, but that's just my personal opinion. If he wants to be really generous, the HK USP 45c or HK45c are tremendous--but pricey.
     
  4. c3shooter

    c3shooter Administrator Staff Member

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    Well, if you like the Paras, I just got a single stack shorty- a LDA C-7/45- and I like it.
     
  5. CA357

    CA357 New Member Supporter

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    The 220 is an excellent pistol. One of my friends, a long time LEO carries one and swears by it. He's also a Sig armorer, so he knows his stuff.

    That said, my recommendation would be a Dan Wesson Commander Bobtail or CBOB as they're called. I had one and it was awesome. Next choice would be the Colt Combat Commander.

    Of the three, either 1911 would be my choice depending on budget.
     
  6. NGIB

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    I was recently tempted to pick up a P220 Carry from a fella on the Sig forum. The price was right and the Carry model is much more compact than a full-sized P220 - which is a large gun. Turned out the fella lived on the other side of the state so I passed - but I was intrigued...
     
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    Colt Lightweight Commander model O4860XSE
     

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  8. CA357

    CA357 New Member Supporter

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    That's the one. Mine was stainless. I miss it terribly. :(
     
  9. Franciscomv

    Franciscomv New Member

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    I'm leaning towards a 1911 Commander. My choices might be a bit limited over here and I probably will have to go for a used one, since most of the 1911s imported into the country are full size models (our carry laws are so restrictive that gun shops don't stock many compact guns).

    Since they are hard to come by, I might start looking now and if I find one I'll try to put a down pament on it, or put it in layaway. When my dad get's his bonus in mid July I can get my money back.

    If I can't find a nice 1911, I'll go with the Sig. I've been itching to try out that brand for a while now. I handled it at a gun shop and it fit my hand like a glove.
     
  10. danf_fl

    danf_fl Retired Supporter

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    Ed Brown Kobra Karry. Love mine.
     
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    I carry a Kimber Pro Carry 2. It's 28oz unloaded with an aluminum frame and not too hard to deal with in the right holster.

    The XD45 compact is a good model too, but's pretty thick and bulky.
     
  13. big shrek

    big shrek Well-Known Member

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    You might be looking past one of the better compact .45's...the Para-Ord 6.45LDA
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    :D
     
  14. freefall

    freefall New Member

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    I just heard that S&W is making their 1911 in compact (4" bbl, officers frame) in scandium. I think that sounds like a dynowhomping carry piece.
     
  15. Viking

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    Do you have Stoeger Cougars available? I have one in 40 S&W and it's extremely high quality considering it's relatively low cost.
     
  16. Franciscomv

    Franciscomv New Member

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    XDs are not available here. My plastic options are limited to Glocks and M&Ps, and I don't care for Glocks.

    I'm not a big fan of DA 1911s. I've heard good things about Para's LDA, though (from Bear, who knows a thing or two). I might need to check that one out. Is there a single action version?

    Carry weight is not so much the issue for me, as much as bulk. I'm willing to deal with the weight of an all steel 1911. I did carry my fat double stack Para 14-45 but it wasn't the most comfortable gun ever.

    I think the Beretta dealer has some new old stock Cougars. I forgot about those. Thanks!
     
  17. scavijonez

    scavijonez New Member

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    hi :) have you looked at the s&w chiefs special 45. i just got one a few days ago and just love it.
     
  18. DrumJunkie

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    Para has the companion and carry 9 3" 1911-like weapons. Also the LTC (Commander length) in 9mm or 45 both have an alloy frame to easier carry (I been packing one around as couple/few years now). You can't go wrong with a Colt Commander.They are just really nice weapons.