Looking for advice on a .45 ACP SA/DA CCW

Looking for advice on a .45 ACP SA/DA CCW

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    Looking for advice on a .45 ACP SA/DA CCW

    I'm a lefty looking to add .45 to my CCW rotation (I currently swap between a G26 and a SP101 3" in .357) and I've found that my comfort level for carry with a round chambered is better with a DA pistol. I know a 1911 has multiple safeties, but I'm not comfortable with the reliability of a compact 1911 out of the box within my price range with ambi-thumb safeties and I don't want to modify a carry pistol for legal reasons.

    I've been dismissing Sigs because their decocker is righty only, but as I think about it, I shouldn't need to actuate a decocker in the heat of the moment, so I'm leaning more towards looking at Sigs now. I've looked at their P220 Carry...but am concerned that the height may be tough to conceal. I've also heard good things about CZ and FNH.

    Let me list what I'm looking for and ask for recommendations from you guys about what pistol platforms to look at.

    I'd like:
    -Concealability (7-8" length / 1-1.5" width / 4-5" height / 20-30 oz weight)
    -Reliability with all ammo weights/types as best as is possible (as I said earlier I have a G26 and SP101...I know they will go bang everytime)
    -Safety (I want to carry it hammer-down DA so I'd like a striker block to prevent drop fires)
    -Decocker
    -Affordability Ideally less than $800-900
    -as Lefty friendly as possible would be nice but I think it's not paramount in a SA/DA pistol.

    I'm open to suggestions of variations from my list from those of you with experience and I appreciate your help in advance!

    Thanks.
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    I carry a sig P-220 in a Galco Royal Guard i really recommend that holster it's the most comfortable holster I own. I also carry a CZ-75 Pre b all steel version also in the same Royal Guard holster it fits perfectly

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    I noticed you were discussing .45's, I have no experience with CZ 45's only 9mm.
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    Extremely reliable guns. Great DA/SA trigger pulls. Weight, fully loaded, is less than an 1911 Officers Model, fully loaded. While it doesn't carry the "brand name" it also doesn't carry the brand name price. Uses the same holsters as the CZ 75 C so you don't have to search high and wide for a good holster.

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    Since you already seem to like Glocks, have you tried out the 30/SF/S and 36?
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    I think if you like the G26 you might very well love the G36. The G36 is a single stack .45 (6+1) so it easily falls under your size requirement.

    The P220 is also an excellent choice. I am also a lefty and the de-cocker is easily actuated with the trigger finger. It is a bit of work to carry the full-sized but the Carry is a good bit easier if you are concerned with that.
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    I have the G26 and have looked at the G30s as an alternative, but I carry the G26 with an empty chamber. Right now, that is my comfort level. I like everything I've heard about the G30s but would feel more comfortable with a DA/SA. I've looked at a S&W M&P 45c with a thumb safety, but I feel I'd be constantly checking to make sure the thumb safety hasn't been deactivated through normal carrying.

    For some reason I can carry the SP101 without a second thought about the loaded chamber, but a striker-fired pistol keeps me nervous. I think I'd be more comfortable with a DA/SA loaded on my hip and also knowing I have the option to cock the hammer for a SA first shot if time affords it. It must be a mental thing of being able to physically see the hammer down.
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    Quote Originally Posted by wondering View Post
    I've been dismissing Sigs because their decocker is righty only, but as I think about it, I shouldn't need to actuate a decocker in the heat of the moment.
    I thought a de-cocker is only employed when holstering the weapon...
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    Hard to beat a Sig. As for CZ, the only thing offered in .45 ACP is the 97B and 97BD. I looked at them when I was looking for a .45, but due to the 10 round double stack magazine, they are rather bulky and unless you have large hands, not very comfortable to hold.
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    a diamond in the rough.... Bersa Thunder 45 Ultra Compact Pro. 7+1, DA/SA (great trigger), safety-decocker, 3.8" polygonal rifled barrel, 27 oz unloaded......around $425. Shoots as accurately as my Glock 30SF.

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    Wonderneun- I looked at Sig's site earlier and couldn't find a 245. Do they still make them?

    Zonker- That Bersa looks like a nice solution! You say it shoots accurately...how is it for reliability and does it handle recoil well?

    Thanks in advance!
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    I second the betas .... Good guns good price and it meets your needs ..... As for carrying on an empty chamber , well leave that for another discussion


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    I was making the same search, and finally went with a Glock 30SF. the 30S is super-hard to find these days, and I found a very nice deal on the 30SF... the only difference being that the slide on the 30SF is a fraction of an inch wider than that of the 30S. Turned out to make a difference... the 30SF will not fit in the holsters I had for my 19 and the 22, which were wonderfully interchangeable. It does work in the Sticky pocket holster I occasionally use for my G19, but the G30 feels like I've got a brick in my pocket. Have tried the 30SF the last few excursions in a belly band, and that wears and conceals very well. But, it shoots very nicely, and that will let it earn its keep ;-)
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    Im a big believer in getting the best you can for your money. And to me, that says "GLOCK" hands down. Which model is your business, but they work, and compared to 1911s that you can maybe get to work "someday", after the proper mods, of course, they are pretty sweet.
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    Quote Originally Posted by wondering View Post
    Wonderneun- I looked at Sig's site earlier and couldn't find a 245. Do they still make them?
    I think it is out of production and has been replaced by the P220 'Carry' or P220 Compact. There are a lot still available on various gun selling sites.

    As an aside, you can get the H&K models in a lefty version, or buy a righty version and the parts to convert it.
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