This is a discussion on Been thinking about a 45 lately within the Defensive Carry Guns forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; Originally Posted by Tangle Man! I'm glad I'm not having to make a decision about which .45 to buy - with all the great suggestions, ...
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The G36 is light and holds either 6+1 or 7+1 with an extension. The G30 holds 10+1, I believe. The 1911 with a Commander slide on an Officer's frame is also fairly light and holds 7+1. That makes a great carry package. I have the first and third guns described and personally shoot the 1911 version much better. The trigger, which aids in accuracy, is much better on the 1911. Both carry and conceal very easily OWB. I don't carry my Commander where I think it will get scratched or dirty, if I can help it. That is what the G36 is for. I carry they G36 when I hog hunt in the brush or when it might rain. If it gets dirty, you can literally wash it out and go.
As has been suggested, try both guns and see which one works best for you. That is the real test. If it came down to the last shot and I had to make it count, I would go with the 1911 every time. I trust it that much.
Ugh... I've been struggling with the same choice, 1911 clone or HK45 or USP (had two in 40) or M&P/Grock/FNP/XDm .
BUT I think the end result is the same-rounds down range. My concern is training and trigger time after I get my .45.
Not so much my concern as dealing with my unobsessive better half (unless I am obsessing then she gets obsessed with my time)
One more vote for the 1911, I carry a CBOB daily which is a commander size 1911 with a 4.25" barrel made by Dan Wesson. I also carry full size 1911's all ride in Milt Sparks VM II's and are very comfortable and easy to conceal. Like someone else said the 1911 is in a class by them selves.
As someone told me on these forums, "I won't own a gun I wouldn't carry". That stuck on me, I thought it was a pretty good slogan. I mean every gun is made to shoot. I've also been very practical in what I purchase, meaning I don't have a huge collection. Every gun I purchase fills a niche for me.
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Carrying a weapon for defense - it's such a purpose driven action, why would you choose a weapon based on "liking" an option? The option is to carry the weapon with which you're most proficient, that will fire reliably the highest percent of the time, and that's of a caliber that will penetrate through at least 12 inches of soft tissue. Presumably, you're already proficient with your Glock, Glocks are notoriously reliable, and the 9mm will penetrate deep enough perform it's stated mission. If you feel a need to change, stay with the action you know, so you can enhance your skills, as opposed to needing to learn them all over again. A 1911 will take a lot of training to master - external controls, different grip angle, different trigger - and the skills needed to carry a concealed weapon cocked and locked shouldn't be underestimated. On top of all that, the terminal ballistics of a .45 aren't significantly more impressive than a 9mm. If you must spend some money, a Glock 23 .40 or a Glock 32 .357 Sig will bring a lot more pain to the party than your current weapon or your current dream gun, and it's an action you've already begun to master.
As for my .45 ACP, I still use the economical and compact S&W Model 457, even though they ceased its production last year. I can still get parts and accessories for it though.
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A Glock 30 would be perfect since you're familiar with Glock's. A 1911 certainly isn't a bad choice. They're thinner and much more comfortable to conceal IWB. But then there is the Glock 36, but it's only 6+1. Either choice is great. A Glock will probably be cheaper.
Also, Kahr makes the PM45 which is very tinny, though I hear it's a handful! Pretty expensive (new) as well.
Checkout the Rock Island line of 1911, and the price is right.
I like G19s and 1911s both but carry most of the time a P3AT for its deep concealment ability.
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XD .45 Compact is about the same size as the 19 or 23.
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