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    Concealed Carry

    I am looking for info, advice, opinions on a couple of different, smaller 45's that I have been looking at for carry. I have interest in the Para-Ord PXT LDA, Springfield Micro Compact and a Kimber carry. There may be others that I have overlooked.

    I currently have a Glock 36 but I don't feel all that comfortable with a round chambered and in my pants. I want a single stack with the least amount of snagging possibilites.

    Any suggestions or thoughts?

    Thank you

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    Hey VinceF...welcome to the forum. In my opinion you have you one of the best single stack .45s availiable in the Glock 36. If you carry it in a holster there is nothing any safer. You might also look at the Kahr CW series. But check out this recent thread from Bugdude on carry .45s. Good luck.

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    That G36 is a very good carry piece.

    Is your concern with one in the chamber, or one in the chamber WITHOUT an external safety?
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    I carry a G36 IWB with no fears. It will not go off unless you pull the trigger. There are 3 internal safeties on a Glock. It is safe to carry that way. I'm just passing some info, to each his own.
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    Welcome to the forum.

    You have in the G-36 a very good single stack no snag very reliable concealed carry .45 ACP. I have one and am extremely pleased with it. I carry IWB appendix posistion with a quality holster and no fear of having a round in the chamber.

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    The Glock-36 is a great gun...it's also my EDC (Every Day Carry)
    Unless you plan on carrying a revolver, you are probably going to be carrying with one in the chamber...which is what one should be doing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by VinceF View Post
    I am looking for info, advice, opinions on a couple of different, smaller 45's that I have been looking at for carry. I have interest in the Para-Ord PXT LDA, Springfield Micro Compact and a Kimber carry. There may be others that I have overlooked.
    Another small .45 that fits your spec is the Colt Defender, a 3 inch barrel 1911 that I like. I have over 1000 rounds through mine with no problem, and it is a thin gun with a thumb safety that conceals easy. It holds 7 + 1 rounds with the right magazine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by VinceF View Post
    I am looking for info, advice, opinions on a couple of different, smaller 45's that I have been looking at for carry. I have interest in the Para-Ord PXT LDA, Springfield Micro Compact and a Kimber carry. There may be others that I have overlooked.

    I currently have a Glock 36 but I don't feel all that comfortable with a round chambered and in my pants. I want a single stack with the least amount of snagging possibilites.

    Any suggestions or thoughts?

    Thank you
    Vince...it sounds like you don't have a gear problem, per se. It sounds like you have a problem with confidence in your gear. Guns were designed to be carried loaded. As long as the trigger isn't pulled, you won't have a problem--this can be directly attributed to a good holster (and finger discipline).

    Might I recommend you seek out additional training beyond what was required for you to get your permit? Take a course that trains you on the employment of your firearm, not just basic range rules or target shooting (but you must master those "basics" first before moving on).

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    Quote Originally Posted by SIGguy229 View Post
    Vince...it sounds like you don't have a gear problem, per se. It sounds like you have a problem with confidence in your gear. Guns were designed to be carried loaded. As long as the trigger isn't pulled, you won't have a problem--this can be directly attributed to a good holster (and finger discipline).

    Might I recommend you seek out additional training beyond what was required for you to get your permit? Take a course that trains you on the employment of your firearm, not just basic range rules or target shooting (but you must master those "basics" first before moving on).

    You have a good gun...
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    I've held a Glock36, never fired one though. I have a couple of the Kimber Ultra's one in 9mm and .45acp. I believe they get the edge feel and concealability over the G36. A pistol in this class doesn't need to be so accurate but the Ultra's I have are POA 10-12 yards for me. You will hear about reliability issues but it's not an issue if you use good mags and maintain the springs according to scheduled changing periods. I'm very confident with them and trust my life to em. I have carried my Aegis in shorts to take out the trash but I don't pocket carry it.


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    Walk around with the gun "cocked" but with nothing in the chamber while you wait for your permit. If at the end of the day you find the gun still "cocked" then you should know that the gun did not fire and it is perfectly safe to carry.

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    I'll echo what several others have said...you have one of the best .45 ACP carry guns.

    As long as you have a good holster, it is perfectly safe. If you are still not sold though, Sig has some nice options as does Kimber. IMHO though you are better off keeping your glock 36 and getting a good holster, more training, and/or more ammo.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RoadRunner71 View Post
    That G36 is a very good carry piece.

    Is your concern with one in the chamber, or one in the chamber WITHOUT an external safety?
    The concern is one in the chamber without an external safety. With an external holster no problems, it is the inside the pants that concerns me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SIGguy229 View Post
    Vince...it sounds like you don't have a gear problem, per se. It sounds like you have a problem with confidence in your gear. Guns were designed to be carried loaded. As long as the trigger isn't pulled, you won't have a problem--this can be directly attributed to a good holster (and finger discipline).

    Might I recommend you seek out additional training beyond what was required for you to get your permit? Take a course that trains you on the employment of your firearm, not just basic range rules or target shooting (but you must master those "basics" first before moving on).

    You have a good gun...
    I appreciate your response SIGguy229. It's not that I don't have the training. I am a vet, was with the Sheriffs Dept, worked for the BOP and DOC. I have carried on a regular basis for quite a few years but I have never carried a Glock. I guess it's not really any different then to have a revolver or a LCP in a pocket holster. Just have to get used to an auto without an external safety.

    I think I am also looking for an excuse to buy another 45. Thanks again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pogo2 View Post
    Another small .45 that fits your spec is the Colt Defender, a 3 inch barrel 1911 that I like. I have over 1000 rounds through mine with no problem, and it is a thin gun with a thumb safety that conceals easy. It holds 7 + 1 rounds with the right magazine.

    I going to the store today and check out what they have in regards to 3" 45's. Has anyone tried Colts New Agent? If so, what are your thoughts on that one?

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