Looking for a small carry .45, need suggestions

Looking for a small carry .45, need suggestions

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    Looking for a small carry .45, need suggestions

    Hello -

    I am pretty new to this board and guns in general. I need some advice from the wise sages in this community. I currently have a Springfield XD sc9, Ruger LCR 357, Walther PPK (SW) 380 and Sig p238. I am looking for my next purchase to be a small carry .45 (6-8 rounds preferable). What do you guys think of the Sig 220 Compact (hard to find and expensive)? I am also looking at the Springfield XD45 Compact and Glock 36. I am open to any suggestions.

    Thanks,


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    I have the Glock 36... for about 2 weeks, lol, and like it a lot. I prefer single stack for CC, so for me, it was between the Kahr PM45 and the G36. If you do a search, the G36 is pretty popular for a small .45. Very accurate and hardly kicks....more of a push. It is fun to shoot.
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    I am a fan of both the 220 and the G36. Both are fantastic guns. Personal preference will be the deciding factor here.

    The Sig is DA/SA and the Glock is ... well, a Glock Safe Action. The Sig will be heavier and tend to a bit more muzzle flip than the G36. Both are more than accurate enough for most tasks.

    Good luck!
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    I have a glock 30, because it just fits my hands well. However the 36 is smaller still.

    If you dont need a .45, I would go with a Ruger LCP. That thing fits in my pocket and is very fun to shoot.

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    G36 is hard to beat

    The G36 is hard to beat (if you like Glocks). I've found that people either love or hate Glocks. If you like Glocks, you'll find the G36 not just a great concealable .45, but a great .45 in general. When I first shot a G36, I rented one at my local range. As it turns out, the Kimber rep was there offering free rentals on a number of Kimbers. In my hands, the G36 had less recoil and better grouping than all the Kimbers they had to offer. Strange results for such a small .45, but that's what happened. I bought a G36 the next day. If you want more than 6 rounds, the G30 holds 10 (double-stack instead of a single stack) with the trade off being a little thicker. If you have large hands, you'll like the original G30. If you have smaller hands, you'll probably prefer the G30 SF. The nice thing about the G30 is it will also take the G21 13rd mags (so you can have 10 concealed and a 13-rd backup). Good luck in your search!
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    Just went through this my self and the khar came out on top after shooting them all, fit and finish were superb, and the trigger has a smooth consistent pull the whole way through. This was big for me since I have large hands I feel the nice trigger lends it self to better accuracy IMO. The pm45 handles recoil well also more pushy than snappy, if that makes sense

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    I have a Kahr CW40 and it has been real good. I have only shot about 200-250 rounds thru it. It is small enough to easily carry and conceal, but enough fire power to get the job done.

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    Check out the M&P 45c, I love mine. I'd say it's roughly equivalent to the Glock 36, though a tad thicker in the grip area
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    I use the Glock 36. I have big hands so I added a +1 magazine extender. With one in the chamber I have 8 rounds and 7 in my second mag. My $.02 is it is an easy to operate, accurate weapon with easily controlled recoil--at least for me.

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    I edc the 220 Carry and it isn't that hard to conceal with some thought. Put that is a good MTAC, which is a new procurement for me, and you hardly notice it's there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by detindebt View Post
    Hello -

    I am pretty new to this board and guns in general. I need some advice from the wise sages in this community. I currently have a Springfield XD sc9, Ruger LCR 357, Walther PPK (SW) 380 and Sig p238. I am looking for my next purchase to be a small carry .45 (6-8 rounds preferable). What do you guys think of the Sig 220 Compact (hard to find and expensive)? I am also looking at the Springfield XD45 Compact and Glock 36. I am open to any suggestions.

    Thanks,
    CDNN has SAO SIG P220 Compacts for $579, you should check it out.

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    Cool

    I went with the G-36 after carrying a G-21 on duty for 5 years.

    I love it ! 100% reliable with any ammo I have put through it. Carry ammo is 230 gr. Golden Saber. Fits my hand well.

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    +1 for the Kahr PM45. It's very small, light, and its a great shooter

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    Nobody has mentioned the Colt Defender, so I will. Very easy to conceal, very easy to shoot, and very accurate! I conceal mine owb in a Galco holster at the 9:00 position
    (left handed) It's Phoenix, so a t-shirt/golf shirt are all I ever wear. no issues. They are on the pricey side, and are hard to find, but the advantages are: Easy to shoot, easy
    to hide, Colt reliability, and it's a 1911. You can make it even easier to conceal by changing the grips to slim officer style grips, but I haven't done that.

    hope this helps...

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    I have several of the Para- Ordinance small .45s in the LDA [lite-double action]. They are easy to carry, very accurate, reliable, and have both a double action trigger and a safety. Not for everyone, but I love them!

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