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what do you think about a change from a 5" 45 to a 4"?

Discussion in 'Handgun Discussion' started by Kevatc, May 25, 2013.

  1. Kevatc

    Kevatc Oregon Well-Known Member

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    I have a Springfield XD 45 tactical (5") that I've put a nice 3.5# trigger and some TFO night sights on. I can shoot it pretty well even at 25 yards and with some gauging shots I can hit a milk jug at 100 yards. My only problem is its a large pistol which makes it harder to conceal but even harder to find a good holster for it.

    Would I be nuts for trading it for a 45 acp service model?
     
  2. Miravox

    Miravox Seal Rock, Oregon, United States Member

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  3. PuddleMonkey

    PuddleMonkey Vancouver, WA Well-Known Member

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    it might not be in the cards for you, but why not just get a inexpensive pocket pistol or compact carry gun and keep your Tactical?
     
  4. MarkAd

    MarkAd Port Orchard Well-Known Member

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    get a 3 inch compact 45, great carry gun.
     
  5. Jammer Six

    Jammer Six North Greenlake, Seattle New Member

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    I went the other direction.

    1911s smaller than a government model are not as reliable as a full sized weapon, and a full sized weapon is just as easy to carry as a 3 inch model. The magic isn't in the length, it's in the width, and that is the same.

    Good luck!
     
  6. RVTECH

    RVTECH LaPine Well-Known Member

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    I have owned both Commander and full size - and after finding the perfect holster (for me anyway) the Bianchi 77L - it's full size all the way. This holster carries my 1911 comfortably and conceals well.
     
  7. dallen1x

    dallen1x Wil_Val, OR Active Member

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    I had a 5" 1911 but now have a 3" version for several reasons.
    Probably the biggest issue for me was driving.
    I like how a high-ride holster keeps the pistol from binding when I'm in the car.
    I also like how the shorter barrel does not project lower than my jacket.
    If the 3" was not available for purchase then I would go with the commander size.
     
  8. SynapticSilence

    SynapticSilence Battle Ground, WA Well-Known Member

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    Get the XDm 3.8" .45. I am so, so sorry I sold mine. Amazing piece.

    Sent from my KFTT using Tapatalk HD
     
  9. Mezzovex

    Mezzovex Sherwood Active Member

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    I love my 4in. Shoots just as well as my 5in