Lightest .45 made?

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    Lightest .45 made?

    My wife might be going to get her CHL but she says that my Kimber is to heavy (25 ounces).

    What is the lightest .45 you have ever seen or heard of?
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    Kahr then Glock 36. Both a bunch lighter than the Kimber. Both are very shootable as well.

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    STI International's 1911 VIP is pretty light, at 25oz. The Colt Defender, at 23oz. The Taurus PT-745 or Millenium Pro PT-145's, Glock 36 or 30, Springfield 1911 Micro-Compact.

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    Check the new Kahr PM45.

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    American Derringer - 15 ounces

    The lightest .45 I have seen is the American Derringer Model 1, which weighs 15 ounces:

    American Derringer web page



    I am not recommending this single action gun for defensive use, however, as I consider it more a novelty than a serious CCW gun.

    Of the commonly seen defensive guns from a well known manufacturer, I would say the Glock 36, which weighs 20 ounces empty, or the Kahr PM45, which weighs 19.3 ounces, are the two lightest weight.


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    I had the misfortune to shoot one of those 45 cal derringers. I will say it was not the most pleasurable experience of my shooting years
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    Quote Originally Posted by kpw View Post
    Kahr then Glock 36. Both a bunch lighter than the Kimber. Both are very shootable as well.
    My EDC is either a Kimber Ultra or the G-36. The G-36 is only a single stack, and therefore, much slimmer than the other Bricks...er...Glocks.

    The G-36 is 7 shots of .45 in a light and compact carry gun.

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    Keep in mind that the lighter you go, the more perceived recoil there will be. That may or may not bother your wife, I have no idea how recoil sensitive she is. If you get something that she doesn't want to shoot though, then she won't practice with it. That's my experience in my situation with my fiance.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mike_1 View Post
    I had the misfortune to shoot one of those 45 cal derringers. I will say it was not the most pleasurable experience of my shooting years
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    I've shot one in .357 and it is downright unpleasant. I've shot a .45 Colt/.410 single shot, not quite as bad but still burried the hammer in the web of my hand.
    To me, the G36 felt softer with standard pressure ammo than my G27. Surprisingly easy to shoot for such a light .45.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mike_1 View Post
    I had the misfortune to shoot one of those 45 cal derringers. I will say it was not the most pleasurable experience of my shooting years
    Recently, I shot an acquaintance's .44mag derringer-style pistol. It was about the most brutal thing I'd ever held in my hands. Take the stoutest .357mag you've shot in a 2" snubbie, then triple the recoil. That's about how harsh it was.
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    The already light Kahr P45 is very shootable and controllable. The PM45 is probably as controllable as its bigger (and older) sister.
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    A fully loaded Semmerling LM-4 (5 rounds of 45acp) weighed 24 oz. With a Thin Grip Kit (factory option) it brought the weight down to about 22 Oz.

    The Semmerling is only slightly higher than a stack of five .45s , coming in at 3.7" tall. With the Thin Grip Kit it's dimensions are 5.2" x 3.7" x .85".

    It's only one inch longer than a Seecamp LWS380.
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    I have the Kimber Ultra Carry SS @ about 25ozs unloaded, (Feels lighter) and the Glock 36 @ about 21ozs unloaded.They are both great carry .45s, but to me the Ultra is more carryable due to the thin profile. It's even better with the McCormic thin carry grips! No experience with the Kahr .45, but if it's not too thick it should work great as well.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ccw9mm View Post
    Recently, I shot an acquaintance's .44mag derringer-style pistol. It was about the most brutal thing I'd ever held in my hands. Take the stoutest .357mag you've shot in a 2" snubbie, then triple the recoil. That's about how harsh it was.
    Now------imagine the caliber being 45-70 in the same type of pistol.
    The gun is the American Derringer Alaskan Survivor. It kills on one end and wounds on the other!!!
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    Try the PT 145. 23 oz dry. I've found it to be very comfortable to shoot with 230 gr loads and very comfortable to carry concealed.

    Now------imagine the caliber being 45-70 in the same type of pistol.
    The gun is the American Derringer Alaskan Survivor. It kills on one end and wounds on the other!!!

    Shooter, which end is which???
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