Looking to buy a .45 caliber handgun

Discussion in 'Glock Forum' started by 06ranger, Feb 15, 2012.

  1. 06ranger

    06ranger New Member

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    Im looking to buy a .45 for concealed carry, and home protection purposes. I have always wanted a 1911, however they do have the drawback of limited ammo in the mag. A local gun shop owner showed me a couple different options the other day, but they just didnt peak my interest of carrying, as I do mot like glocks that much and the springfield xd was a little out of my pricerange at 800 so my question to all of you is what would you reccomend for concealed carry in a .45 that possibly carries more than 8 rounds +1 but isnt mostly made of polymer?
     
  2. Overkill0084

    Overkill0084 Active Member

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    First, $800 for an XD or XDm seems a bit excessive. You might wish to look elsewhere.
    I carry a Dan Wesson CCO (7+1 capacity.) Previously, I've carried a 5 shot snubbie & a XD40SC. If you like 1911s and feel you will be comfortable defending yourself with one, I say go for it. Just go in knowing all the variables. Capacity is a wonderful thing, but it ain't the only thing.
     
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  3. trip286

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    You might could pick one up for $650 or so, that's what I paid for this one yesterday. I say get it, I don't think you will be disappointed in a 1911. Sorry about the back lighting, I thought it would be cool to take the pic with your thread in the background.

    It hasn't left my hip except for when I went to bed last night, and school today. I strapped it back on as soon as I got home.

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  4. fender93

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    A few guys I've talked to are reluctant to carry a 1911 with a round in the chamber because of the exposed hammer. They're worried about accidental discharge. I have no experience with the 1911, though, so I'm just going off what I've been told
     
  5. c3shooter

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    ParaOrdnance makes some hi capacity 45s- some are double action, some single, They ARE large guns, and concealment takes some work, I carry one of their smaller versions, the C7/45. 7 rounds, double action, not much bigger than my S&W Mdl 36.
     
  6. trip286

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    You see mine is cocked. I assure you, it has a round in the chamber. It also has two manual safeties that must be activated for this gun to fire, along with a very good track record of NOT going off when you bend over to tie your shoe.

    Does it make me slightly nervous? Maybe just a little. This is my first 1911, so yeah, it's different than I'm used to. My last carry gun was a revolver though, and it had no more safety than a GLOCK, yet I carried it fully loaded all the time.
     
  7. rifleman1

    rifleman1 New Member

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    glock 30 or 30 sf 9 +1 45acp light and reliable you can get one for under $650 in most gun stores.
     
  8. Matthew161

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    I just got a 38 45cal gap and I love it I'm waiting for my ccp to come the ammo is a little more but it's a good gun and I paid 445 for it
     
  9. JTJ

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  10. Durangokid

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    The FBI stats on gun fights do not bear out the need for High Cap handguns. I don't know the exact numbers. It seems the average shots fired is around 1 or 2 shots at under 7 yards. Maybe some one can correct my numbers. The FBI HRT Teams carry single stack 1911s.:)
     
  11. Ranger-6

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    I have conceal-carried them all from the .22lr, .380, .40. to .45 for 20 years and never encountered a need to draw. I settled on the Phoenix HP22 as my primary CCW. My social circle is only 25 miles diameter and never find reason to enter high crime areas where a higher caliber may be needed. I chose the .22lr after reading the following news report:

    http://www.wistv.com/story/15140008/female-motel-clerk-kills-robber
     
  12. losack

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    One of the most overlooked big bore pistols, Ruger P345. .45 ACP, 8 shot magazine, slim grip and frame easy to carry with a decocker 9 shots. Ruger reliability! Well balanced and I think I paid $ 459.00

    Give them a look and a feel!
     
  13. JTJ

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    I carried a 22lr for a while but stopped after one incident. Once a month I took a fresh box of ammo (40 grn solids) to the range. I set aside 17 rounds. I then shot the 17 rounds in the pistol and extra mag along with the rest of the new box. On the day I stopped carrying the 22lr, I aimed the pistol and pulled the trigger. Nothing happened. It was a dead round. I have fired many thousands of rounds of 22lr and have had quite a few duds. I have also fired many thousands of center fire pistol ammo and only had 1 dud. I know the odds and I choose to stick with a center fire caliber. At least get a 32 or 380. The mouse guns were not available when I was carrying the 22.
     
  14. g17frantz

    g17frantz New Member

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    Wait....you got a 1911!??? Way to go trip! What is it?
     
  15. g17frantz

    g17frantz New Member

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    That's about right. The 9mm, 40, and 45 is on avg 2-2.5 shots fired to incapacitate a person. Surprisingly from the report I read.....the .22 was under 2 shots
     
  16. Brennan16

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    I would say look at a Para for a 1911 with a high capacity EXCEPT for the fact that it is out of your price range. And if you are looking for a high cap 1911 and also a smaller frame, GOOD LUCK.
    The Glock 36 is small and narrow but is a 6 +1.
    The new XDs is a really nice CCW with a 5 +1 capacity.
    Your basic 1911 is usually 7 or 8 +1.
    Can you tell me why you want a 45?
    I usually carry my XD40 service model at 12 +1 or my SIG P250 sub-compact with a 15 +1 extended magazine. With the new ammo technology these days, the 9mm will do the trick.

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  17. trip286

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    Springfield mil spec. I'm loving it and haven't even got to fire it yet.
     
  18. DrumJunkie

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    The drawback of any hi-cap weapon is it's harder to conceal. I have a couple and will carry them at times but really if the truth was told if I ever need that kind of capacity I have a real big problem on my hands. I mostly carry a Para LTC and an extra mag. And that has never not been enough. I mean, a 1911 with 8+1 and I'm out gunned I must have took a wrong turn and ended up in the middle of a Mexican drug war or something. I'm not a LEO so I don't find myself in situations where I'm going to need a lot of ammo. I do like the higher cap mags weapons for range time though. I'm old, fat, and lazy. But I do like to shoot a lot.:eek:

    But there's a reason they make so many different handguns. There's a lot of different people out there.:) I love my Para P16 But I don't carry it a lot because the grip is a lot wider than a single stack 1911. And its harder to hide...
     
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  19. Engine5truck

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    G 30 with 10 and 13 round mag. If I conceal carry I take the ten and use 13 as back up and at home visa versa. And those are the same guns below. I like it cause I can have the full size feel in a sub compact
     

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  20. Engine5truck

    Engine5truck New Member

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    I bought mine for 500 brand new. And with the glock public safety discount it was 475 ish