Conceal carry .45

Discussion in 'Semi-Auto Handguns' started by Cas04, Feb 18, 2012.

  1. Cas04

    Cas04 New Member

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    I have a glock 19 that I like well enough, and I was all set to pick up a glock 30 for my first concealed carry gun (just mailed the packet away for my permit). On a whim I rented a .45 XD at the range the other day and now the trigger on the glock feels like garbage to me. The XD also had really good ergonomics, but the slide seemed so huge I wasn't crazy about it. Can anyone suggest some alternatives? I'm planning on trying to handle a s&w m&p and a s&w 99 also in .45. I'm open to other suggestions, including fixing up the glock's trigger.
     
  2. GunRunner

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  3. Cas04

    Cas04 New Member

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    Any compact 1911 recommendations? I know Kimber has a few, and para has the slim hawg? What do you guys like?
     
  4. JonM

    JonM Moderator

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    my favorite ccw compact 1911 is the colt new agent. extremely slim very lightweight 7+1 capacity and still can use any full size magazine.

    the colt defender is a little thicker in grip and a little heavier.

    either is hands down the best ccw compact 1911

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    colt also offers the new agent with laser in the grips now
     
    Last edited: Feb 19, 2012
  5. rugerjazzkohai

    rugerjazzkohai New Member

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    3 months ago I bought a Kimber Raptor Pro II, and use it as my carry. I shoot slot and in that time I shot 1200 rounds. After 800, the recoil spring became finicky where it would not reset 100%. I just replaced the springs and took it to my range. Factory shot no problem, but my reloads would not eject occasionally...almost the opposite where the spring needs to be utilized more. I hear the smaller 1911s have similar issues. I already decided that my next carry would be a full size. Not too much of a difference how I carry.
     
  6. Spad2137

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    as a 1911 guy and also a xdm 9 owner, you cant go wrong with a quality compact 1911, the thinness and feel is unmatched IMO, but if you dont wanna drop a crazy amount of cash... check out those new single stack 45 xds that Springfield either came out with or is releasing in the near future, while the thicker slide may not be the be much different if any than the regular sub xd 45 i have to say it looks like a winner its definitely slimmed down and looks very comfortable. i have fairly small hands so smaller grips dont bother me as much as some, plus you also get the grip angle of the 1911 with the xd which i really like, i have been nothing but impressed by the xd series and the full size xdm in 9mm that i have is a dream to shoot, if a compact "slimmer" .45 is what your lookin for id definitely check it out
     
  7. danf_fl

    danf_fl Retired Supporter

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    Ed Brown Kobra carry
     
  8. Cas04

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    Thank you guys for the suggestions, I have a lot of shooting to do, I'll let you guys know how my search goes
     
  9. Halfwatt

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    Springfield make a nice set of compact 1911's. Beautiful guns. ATI has one that is not to bad either. Much cheaper too.
     
  10. morrow12tech

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    Springfield is coming out with a slim 45 in march it's called the xds it's 5+1 it looks pretty sweet you can check it out on YouTube and at Springfield armory.com
     
  11. Cas04

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    The xds looks pretty awesome I was looking at it but I didn't see anything about when it was coming out. I'll look into ATI too, thanks
     
  12. morrow12tech

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    They said its suppose to release in march
     
  13. fickenmeimirish

    fickenmeimirish New Member

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    As a proud xd owner I can't wait to see the xds. I live in Illinois and we still do not have concealed carry of any kind but when we do my xdm 40 compact will be my carry choice
     
  14. Cas04

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    I live in Florida, they're pretty good about everything. No vehicle inspections, concealed carry. I read horror stories about California and some others.
     
  15. sierram37

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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.
     
  16. ScottA

    ScottA FAA licensed bugsmasher Lifetime Supporter

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    I'm waiting on the XDs as well.
     
  17. BlueTurf

    BlueTurf New Member

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    A 1911 in the front pocket of my jeans has always worked well for me.
     
  18. Cas04

    Cas04 New Member

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    How do you pull off concealing that?
     
  19. jamesb

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    ^Same question...How do you do that?!?

    If you want a 1911, I think a commander length bobtail is a great all around carry 1911. I just got my Dan Wesson and now have a few months wait for my exotic holster to be made. :)

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  20. Cas04

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    That is a gorgeous gun! I'm quickly falling for the 1911, I used to think they were just sort of a style thing, but I shoot so much better with one. I'll still carry my glock. I'm confident that I could put rounds on target with it in an emergency. Maybe I could justify a 1911 as a range/nightstand/car gun....