This is a discussion on Close to buying a 45 for carry, would like input within the Defensive Carry Guns forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; Originally Posted by zonker1986 I had a bit of a Phillipino 1911 lesson the other day at my local GS. Guy working behind the counter ...
I currently carry a Kimber Covert Carry (which is an Ultra Carry 3" with digital camo). It's a .45, so the recoil is certainly higher than with other guns that I own, but I don't notice it as being significant enough to diminish my accuracy at the range. My wife has also uses it, even during IDPA shoots and she LOVES it... She's small at 5'4" and 125 lbs.
I would agree with several of the statements indicating that "grip firmness" has a lot to do with misfires on a shorter barreled .45, although I would be foolish for not suggesting that it impacts any other gun and caliber similarly.
Rent a few different styles, models, and calibers. The .45 is a great choice, but perhaps not the right one for everyone. I have a multiple handguns, and love them all for different reasons and circumstances.
Kimber Ultra Covert II (LG) .45 ACP Sig Sauer P226 Elite .40 Smith & Wesson 686 Stainless .357 Magnum
Smith & Wesson Compact M&P 9mm Sig Sauer Mosquito .22
If you wanna stay with a single stack I would go with a springfield or kimber 3" 1911. For double stack I like the para warthog or new xdm 3.8 45 acp....
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How about looking at a M&P 45 compact?
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What non-shooter are YOU planning on taking to the range?
Checkout a Glock 36.Nice and easy to carry.I use an Mtac holster.Simple,neat, and easy to use.
I would go for a Sig P220 Carry. I love mine and I never notice the recoil on it. It is a little snappy shooting 230 grain +P but if you don't want that just don't shoot +P ammo!
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Glock 30, Glock 36, SA XD 45 compact, SA XDm 45 3.8, S&W M&P .45 compact, HK45c, HK USP .45 Compact, SigSauer P220 compact, P220 Carry... anything along those lines.
If carrying a 1911 is a must, I'd carry a full sized, at least a 4". I hear the short barrel 1911 can be very temperamental. 1911 are AWESOME because they're so thin. I don't carry mine because A: thumb safety, B: Heavy, C: Capacity....... in that order. Otherwise, all I'd carry would be 1911's.
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I chose the Kahr CW45 as my EDC after trying to carry a Glock and a Springfield both in .45 cal mainly due to comfort and concealability. When you wear it everyday, all day,to me this makes a big difference.
I have approx. 1000 rounds through it now with no issues. Shoots well and the recoil is no worse to me than that of any other short barreled .45 .
I've owned a G21, a G30 and a Springfield EMP .40 in the past. I currently own a PT1911 and an XDm .45. The Glocks were just too bulky and I never did get used to their grips. The XDm is a big gun and I never have gottent comfortable with cocked and locked on the 1911.
My EDC is a Sig P220 and that has become my favorite .45 for carry. It's single stack so it's narrow and it has the grip angle and feel of a 1911. I've carried it all day both IWB and OWB with no problems. It conceals well and it ism comfortable to carry.