looking for a good carry .45

Discussion in 'Semi-Auto Handguns' started by jwalsh66, Nov 21, 2012.

  1. jwalsh66

    jwalsh66 New Member

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    Anyone have any good opinions on what would make a good carry .45? I like the 1911 style guns but it seems like the full frame guns might be pretty big for carry. Any input would be appreciated. Thanks
     
  2. magnumman

    magnumman New Member

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    Take a look at the m&p 45 compact.
     

  3. kytowboater

    kytowboater Active Member

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    Compact 1911. 3.5 or 3 inch.
     
  4. Rick1967

    Rick1967 Well-Known Member

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    I sometimes carry a full sized 1911. But another gun I have thant I like a lot is my Bersa Concealed Pro. It is a double stack compact 45. The mag holds 7. It has a decocker and is fully ambidextrous.
     
  5. jwalsh66

    jwalsh66 New Member

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    Colt makes a compact?
     
  6. Jpyle

    Jpyle New Member

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    The Commander and Agent sized frames are considered compact.
     
  7. 4sig

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    Kimber makes a number of conceal carry 1911 style .45s. Like the carry pro But the run over $1,000
     
  8. spot08

    spot08 New Member

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    XDS.. you should realy look into one i love mine
     
  9. canebrake

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    Colt makes the following:

    FS Government 5"

    Commander 4.25"

    Officers 3.5"

    Defender/NA 3"



    Best carry piece IMHO is the Light Weight Commander.

    And I carry one every day.

    [​IMG]
     
  10. Ricky61

    Ricky61 New Member

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    Don't own one yet .But Colt Defender is one nice 1911.
     
  11. BeyondTheBox

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    I'd first want to know where you plan on carrying it and how, as in holster situation. I really wouldn't suggest carrying any 45 cal. They're large and can be uncomfortable depending on your carry situation.

    For such a large handgun size I'd say carry on belt outside waistband with large shirt to cover. Otherwise get something smaller. Others have what they call no problems with concealing a 45, but I often wonder how true these claims are, or how much comfort they have to forego in order to do so. Up to you in the end man.

    I like my Start Firestar M45, and there are smaller barrel 1911 platform guns. Commander or officer sizes. Look for 4" or 3.75" barrel 45s. Plenty of Kimber carry size 1911 45acps.
     
  12. WeeMan9194

    WeeMan9194 New Member

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    I agree with spot08 look into an xds.
     
  13. 2ndfan

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    Kinda partial to the Kimber Ultra Carry II. I carry both OWB and IWB, a little big but worth the discomfort to have a big bullet coming out of the barrel.
     
    Last edited: Nov 22, 2012
  14. BeyondTheBox

    BeyondTheBox New Member

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    Size does matter, no lie, but nowhere near as much as placement and accuracy, not even in the same country.
     
  15. 2ndfan

    2ndfan New Member

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    Of course, but once you have accuracy, the weight of the lead makes a difference!
     
  16. jwalsh66

    jwalsh66 New Member

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    I'm going to carry 45acp. Bigger is always better. Thanks for all the input it will give me a good start
     
    Last edited: Nov 22, 2012
  17. BeyondTheBox

    BeyondTheBox New Member

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    Carry what makes you comfortable, confident and what you're good with and you can't go wrong. That's the true, one and only bottom line. Good luck and may you never need to use it.
     
  18. jwalsh66

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    I obviously don't plan on ever needing it but it never hurts to be prepared. I love the kimber's I think I'm going to go to the lgs tomorrow and try a few out.
     
  19. JTJ

    JTJ Well-Known Member Supporter

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    I have a Glock 36 single stack 45ACP. Corners are rounded and is slimmer than any of the other Glocks. Weighs 27 oz with 7 230 grain rounds.
     
  20. jwalsh66

    jwalsh66 New Member

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    No offense to any glock owners. I just hate how they feel in my hands. And to be honest I'm not as comfortable with a polymer framed gun. I like the all steel guns. I feel like I might break a glock because its lighter than I'm used to. Idk I just feel like to weight means better quality and feels better in my hand. I know the glocks are just fine I have a few buddies who swear by them