January 23rd, 2013 08:33 PM
I second all of these suggestions! I would have to say the Glock and M&P's are the best in my opinion. Like someone else said 45 ammo is expensive so take that into consideration. If you decide that to be an issue because you would want to practice often I would suggest the S&W M&P 40 (15+1) or 40c (10+1) then you can get a factory 9mm barrel for $65 and a 17 round 9mm mag for $23 and practice with 9mm and carry 40 cal. That's what I do and works out great! I have the 40c and it can take full size mags for the range and home defense. So essentially you get 2 guns in 1! Range gun 9mm and 40 (full size mags), concealed carry gun, and home defense gun (full size 40 cal mags with weapon light)
Originally Posted by GH
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January 23rd, 2013 08:46 PM
Welcome from Western Kentucky.
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Carry Pistol. Glock 23, .40 Cal.
Carry Pistol. Glock 19, 9mm.
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January 23rd, 2013 08:48 PM
Small 45 for IWB concealment
I also like 45 caliber, and use two different guns that fit your criteria. The Glock 36 is probably the closest fit, and within your price constraints. It is the thinnest of the Glocks, especially in the grip area, and is easily concealable. It is also highly reliable, accurate and fun to shoot at the range.
I also use a Colt Defender 45 frequently. This is even thinner than the Glock 36 and a great choice for IWB carry. But it may cost more than your price constraint.
Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the Peoples' Liberty's Teeth." - George Washington
January 23rd, 2013 09:25 PM
Any opinions on the Kahr CW45?? I can get them for $350 brand new...
Kahr Recommends a 200 round break in period at minimum, and ive seen / heard that they can be finicky sometimes... I could pick one up along with 200 rounds of walmart WWB and go to town, as long as i know after the break in that it will be reliable.
I like the fact that it has zero safeties whatsoever other then your brain and a long trigger pull, seems identical in size to the Springfield XDS also except it has +1 capacity so the grip is a little longer - but seems very concealable
Im really liking the Springfield XDS though! But the price difference is significant
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