This is a discussion on The .45 ACP option. within the Defensive Carry Guns forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; The Beretta px4 is probably the best .45 you can buy regardless of price. It is not small however, it is a full size pistol. ...
The Beretta px4 is probably the best .45 you can buy regardless of price. It is not small however, it is a full size pistol. I wish they made one the same size as the 9mm compact.
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I have a Springfield Arms SS Ultra Compact that I have been very happy with. I have 1500 rounds through it and 2 FTE's in the first two mags I shot. After that, its been all good. Dont shy away from all the compacts, they are nice to carry.
I'd have to echo what several others have said and recommend a Glock 30 since you already have the 21. I love 1911s, but have always been leery of the 3" and 4" models. Something a little more pricey (but not more so than a 1911) would be either an HK USPc in .45 or an HK45c.
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HK45c, Kimber Pro CDP II, Gen3 G19, Gen4 G19, Colt LE6920, Benelli SuperNova
"In any moment of decision the best thing you can do is the right thing. The worst thing you can do is nothing." - Theodore Roosevelt
You can't go wrong with a Springfield TRP. Remove the magwell (or swap out the mainspring housing) and it's about the best self defense pistol you can find for the money. Sure, it's not cheap, but are you willing to trust your life to a pistol you paid $350 for? The TRP is, IMHO, what Kimber ought to strive for: hand-fitted, super accurate, front strap checkering (only really, really pricey Kimbers come with that), and a fantastic tactical trigger (ultra-crisp, but not so light that it encourages ADs or unintended double-taps, like most new Kimbers). I've owned six Kimbers in the past, and while they are very nice pistols, I personally feel Springfield has a much better product for the money, and certainly one that is more outfitted for "real world" use.
Springfield TRP Armory Kote, Springfield Trophy Match, Sig Sauer P220R SAO, Glock 35 with Heinie Slant Pro sights, Springfield Armory XDs 45, S&W Model 29 Mountain Gun, PTR-91F in 7.62mm NATO, Springfield M1A1, Sig 556 Patrol Rifle and Benelli M2 with 10-round magazine
All that said, you will do very well with the M&P line too. Hell, if you like the Kahr you have now, I think you can get a CW45.