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    Smith & Wesson model 457S

    Smith & Wesson makes a model called the 457S (pictured below) that meets your specifications. It has a double action/single action trigger system with manual safety and decocker, and is compact enough for concealed carry. The gun holds 7 in the magazine and 1 in the chamber, has a 3.75 inch barrel and weighs 29 ounces empty.

    It will cost less than the H&K USP 45 compact, but has similar dimensions to that gun.


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    Thanks everyone. I asked the question here because I knew I would get a lot of good information... and I was right !

    After doing a bit of internet research on what y'all have posted, I think I'll take a trip to both Abilene and Lubbock this week and see if I can locate either a Smith & Wesson 457s (pictured above by pogo2), or if available, a Para PXT LDA CCO (pictured below)... I really like the looks and the writeup on that one !



    In answer to a question asked of me, no this is not my son's first CC gun, but it would be his first carry venture away from wheelguns. He currently carries a S&W 640 357 snubbie. On our range trips, he really likes my Kimber Tactical Ultra II and my Glocks - 23 and 26, and has gotten quite good with them so I feel the change will be a natural progression for him. LOL, he is AMAZED at how smooth the Kimber is compared to his snubby 357, I think that's what sold him.... that and his shot groups downrange !!

    That Para looks like a good addition to my stable also....... Ya listening, Santa ??

    Thanks again, everyone. Merry Christmas to each of you !
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    +1 on the Para LDA
    if you want a 1911 w/o Cocked and Locked carry.
    A LTTLE TRAINING IS A DANGEROUS THING ....

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    A Witness polymer compact in 45 meets all your criteria, also.

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    i would look at the glock 36 and/or the glock 30. both are great guns in the 45 acp round. the g36 is the smaller of the two.

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    S&W 625acp meets your requirements no safety, though none needed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Blackeagle View Post
    +1 on the HK USP and USP Compact. I've got one and love it. He can even switch from carrying DA/SA decocked to cocked and locked if he ever gets over his hammerphobia.

    While I don't actually have any experience with them like I do the USP, another option would be the Para-Ordinance LDA pistols. They look just like standard 1911s, but they're DA/SA with the safety acting as a decocker.
    Actually the Para LDA is a DA on every shot with the manual safety working just like a standard 1911.... not a decocker.

    I have a 3" Para Carry. It is a great carry .45 for those who are uncomfortable witha standard 1911 "cocked and locked" carry.

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    45

    CZ and the clones Baby Eagle, EAA.

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    Oh, and Ruger KP345PR. NRA gun of the year.

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    Carry

    I am sold on Paras and have eight of them. I am not a fan of the LDA trigger; but I am glad it is available for those who need its features. The 3" stainless LDA (or 1911) .45 is about as small as it gets in a concealable gun with significant power.

    To the left is a picture of the 1911-style 3" model.

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    Dave,

    Have your son look into the Cylinder & Slide 'Safety Fast Shooting System' which is available as a user installable kit for the 1911; http://www.cylinder-slide.com/sfs.shtml.
    Reviews of the product can be found at:

    * http://www.cylinder-slide.com/sfsarticle2.shtml
    * http://www.findarticles.com/p/articl...24/ai_64565407

    - Janq
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    "A license to carry a concealed weapon does not make you a free-lance policeman." - Florida Div. of Licensing

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    New M&P is supposed to have external safety. A pic is here:
    http://mp-pistol.com/boards/viewtopic.php?t=1231

    They are awesome guns and .45 is supposed to be released very soon.

    Good luck!
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    taurus 24/7, sig, hk usp, xd there are alot of choices does he want a DA I don't see the difference between C&L and say the xd or 24/7 other than a slightly harder trigger.

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    Personally, I think the SIG 220 Carry would prob good a good choice.

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