I really like the .45ACP round, but have been having trouble finding a carry gun that I really like chambered in it. I first bought a 1911. I like it, but not crazy about it in a carry gun. The size wasn't an issue, but for the size it was 8+1 capacity. This one was a GI model, so the sights left a lot to be desired. For a range gun, I'd rather have something chambered in a cheaper round. For a carry gun, I'd rather have something DA/SA. I have given serious consideration to a 1911-22 just for fun.
I bought a Glock 30, and there were a lot of things I liked about the gun but ultimately I could not get used to it and could not shoot it well enough for me to feel comfortable carrying it. I didn't like the trigger nor the rear sight, and those were easily fixable but it was just too wide to carry. So why fix the other stuff and spend time and money getting used to shooting it if it was just not carriable for me?
So at this point I have sold both the RIA 1911 and Glock 30. BUT, I'm not giving up on the .45ACP quite yet. I ran across a good deal on a gun I've been reading quite a bit about and has peaked my interest:
It's the Taurus PT845 stainless slide. 12+1 capacity,3 dot sights, has a hammer, is DA/SA with de-cocker, and can also be carried cocked and locked like a 1911. It has full ambi controls and is similar in size to a 1911. It also has a .22lr conversion kit available. That would make for perfect inexpensive plinking time (since I was looking for a semi-auto in .22lr also). It seems to have everything I like in a handgun, so why not. It should be here in a few weeks. I'm anxious to get it and check it out thoroughly and run it through its paces. As soon as it arrives, I'll post some pics and a range report.
As for the Taurus bashers, I've heard it all before and I'm not concerned about it. I have plenty of carry guns, so I have time to test it thoroughly. If it doesn't work out for carry I still have a plinker and I believe I can get my money back out of it. My 709 has been perfect through 1800 rounds so why not give this one a close look since it has everything I like. We'll see soon.