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Input on carry .45

Discussion in 'Handgun Discussion' started by pietro beretta, Feb 11, 2016.

  1. pietro beretta

    pietro beretta Spokane, WA Active Member 2016 Volunteer

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    I want to carry a .45 for my conceal carry pistol.

    I am looking for something $600.00 or less with a factory trigger pull of 4.0-6.0 and short take up, I have a requirement of 9 round flush magazine for conceal purposes with a 3.75 inch barrel or shorter. I have small hands, for example a CZ75Compact had too far of a trigger reach for me to fire it accurately but I can shoot a 1911 like I have skill.

    What are your suggestions?

    I was looking at the XD Mod.2 3.3" .45, price is right but the trigger pull is terrible. The Glock 30 is looking like a better option, its slightly chunkier and longer than the XD but the trigger pull is reported at 5.5 with shorter take up than the XD.

    I have a feeling someone else has gone through this same dilemma before myself, I am curious to see if anyone has any suggestions for a .45 conceal carry pistol.
     
  2. B5Ben

    B5Ben Boise Well-Known Member

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    If you like the G30, try the G30S. Its a slimmer slide borrowed from the G36 on the G30SF frame for reduced weight. I haven't shot a G30 for a recoil comparison, but I can do pretty well with the 30S. Its a winner in my book. Needs some upgraded sights but that is all personal preference. Generally can be had around $500.
     
  3. CapnMidnight

    CapnMidnight Carson, WA. Member

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    I carry a Star PD, aluminum framed commander sized 1911 clone. Light weight, eats every thing I feed it and shots as good as any of my full sized 1911s. I paid $400 for mine. John Taffin and Gary Reeder both carry Star PDs. Seven round mag, 8 total with one in the pipe, cocked and locked.
     
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  4. B5Ben

    B5Ben Boise Well-Known Member

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    I have the star PD as well, just don't have the reliability my Glock does. I think I need new mag springs and mine only does 6+1. I do like it though, especially without the beaver tail safety.
     
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  5. Certaindeaf

    Certaindeaf SE Portland Well-Known Member

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    Do they still make those? I've always wanted a Star BKM 9mm but they stopped making those decades ago..
     
  6. coop44

    coop44 Tacoma ,WA Well-Known Member

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    A 1911 is a good way to go, I go with full size. Just find the length that suits you.
     
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  7. mjbskwim

    mjbskwim Salmon,Idaho Well-Known Member

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    Not exactly a 1911 clone. Parts won't interchange.
    Boy I would go to as many gun shops as possible to try out the 45s. There seems to be plenty of them around.I had a G36 that was a nice shooter. But I have big hands.
    It's hard for someone else to fit you for a gun.Washington is a big state,if you are more specific someone could refer you to a indoor rental range to try some
     
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  8. mjbskwim

    mjbskwim Salmon,Idaho Well-Known Member

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    I'm all for a full sized 1911 in 45.Best way to go for that caliber
     
  9. coop44

    coop44 Tacoma ,WA Well-Known Member

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    I carried a eaa witness in 45 for a while, nice 10 shot pistol, but heavy
     
  10. Stomper

    Stomper Oceania Rising White Is The New Brown Silver Supporter

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    This, all the way!

    I EDC a G30, if you change your mind and go 9mm a G19 is another great option.
     
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  11. coop44

    coop44 Tacoma ,WA Well-Known Member

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    Nothing says "I'm in charge" like a 45.pew,pew,pew or BAM BAM BAM!!! You pick.
     
  12. mjbskwim

    mjbskwim Salmon,Idaho Well-Known Member

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    Well.... maybe a G20 in 10mm with 16 rounds
    But the G21 does command respect with ,what 14 rounds? of 45
     
  13. coop44

    coop44 Tacoma ,WA Well-Known Member

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    Wish I had the dough to shoot a ten, considered building a 1911 in 10
     
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    mjbskwim Salmon,Idaho Well-Known Member

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    Me too. Sold all my 10s:(
     
  15. B5Ben

    B5Ben Boise Well-Known Member

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    I went though this not too long ago between the star PD and G30S and for me, the Glock was more comfortable to carry, resistant to sweat/finish wear, lighter when loaded, more capacity, and I could improve the sights. They are so close to the same size. See below. Though I admit I do like the star as it's still here ;)

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  16. Joe13

    Joe13 NW of Vancouver Opinionated & Blunt Bronze Supporter 2015 Volunteer 2016 Volunteer

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    Go to the gun show over the next few days and man handle all the .45's you can find; one will scream at you and if there isn't one, I'd keep an open mind about 9mm.
     
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    edison bulb Portland, OR Well-Known Member

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    Kimber 4" models
    Glock 30 and its variants
     
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    ron Vancouver, Washington Silver Supporter Silver Supporter

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  19. Pops1911

    Pops1911 Cinebar/Issaquah Well-Known Member

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    Hey OP.I would like to put in a nice word for Ruger's Lightweight Commander. It is in my carry rotation and it is a keeper. IWB or OWB it is comfortable and within your price point.
     
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  20. pietro beretta

    pietro beretta Spokane, WA Active Member 2016 Volunteer

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    I remember why I don't often use the forums, I do appreciate peoples input but alas people always seem to disregard details. ;)

    For my carry piece I want 9+1 rounds - Not 7+1, not 8+1. I love my full size Colt XSE, but its simply too big for my 5'7" 170 frame short and pudgy. Yes, I know other people this size that carry a full size 1911 - I am glad you found a way to carry this in a reasonable manner.

    TL;DR

    I currently carry a Ruger SR9C - a double stack but very slim grip in a Crossbreed Supertuck IWB. I use the flush 10 round magazine and carry the 17 round full SR9 magazine for spare.

    My first pistol purchase at 21 was the Springfield XDSC in .40 and I became proficient with it. However, after years of shooting I like how I handle 9X19 or .45ACP - I have much faster follow up shots and target acquisition.

    I lived in California my young adult life so never anticipated California would ever open up concealed carry under Bill Lockyer - that AG was horrible. I sold my springfield XD and my HK USPC 9 and picked up my Colt 1991 XSE. (Biggest mistake selling that HK USP Compact, I bought it from a LEO used for $500 - best deal ever and sold it, argh!)

    I like modifying and playing with my AR, it almost seems like that half the fun in buying one. Or making a 10/22 a target shooter hitting flys off paper at 50 yards.

    However, I don't feel this way about pistols I don't like to modify them unless its sights, refinish or an addition of a light to a rail. I can buy an XD Mod.2 3.3 45 and drop in a new trigger kit for 150 or get Springfield custom trigger job for about the same price. I am looking for a good trigger pull and reset out of the box.

    Springfield Mod2 3.3 .45: $465.00 (trigger is about 7lbs stock with about half an inch reset)
    Springfield Trigger Job 4.5-5.5 w/reduced reset: $150.00
    Total Cost: $615.00

    Glock 30 Gen4: $575 (trigger is about 5.5 stock with about a quarter inch reset)

    Full frame guns are out for my concealed carry piece.

    Compact 1911/1991 frames don't hold the capacity of .45 that I would like, 9+1, so lets move on from those.

    The M&P is a good line-up; however the round capacity is 8+1 on their flush magazine and their trigger pull is about 7lbs factory, so this is a pass.

    I want to make sure I am not leaving any good options out that fit within my criteria. :)