Choices for .45 Carry
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May 16th, 2007 08:53 AM
Choices for .45 Carry
So many choices. I know all this has been hashed and rehashed, but help me out. I'm looking for my first .45 carry that I can carry and wife can use at the range. Here are my choices so far:
Sig 220 Carry
Springfield GI or Mil Spec
Springfield XD Compact
I'm a small framed guy who doesn't want a boat anchor on my right side all day long. I know 15 rounds would be nice to carry, but I have to look at the weight of all that ammo on my small body all day.
Any other suggestions would be welcomed.
May 16th, 2007 08:53 AM
May 16th, 2007 08:58 AM
The P220 Carry is a great .45 to be packing on a daily basis. I'm 5'8" and have no problem carrying and concealing it.
If you will carry a .40S&W, the P239 or XD40 are good carry pistols that will save a bit of size and weight. The 239SAS is a sweet pistol.
May 16th, 2007 09:29 AM
I'm curious as to the holster you have for that P220 Carry.
Also, does anyone have any idea the difference in width between the Springfield 1911's and the P220 Carry?
May 16th, 2007 12:01 PM
As you know, there are many types and sizes of 45s available on the market for carry, and the selection of one involves a lot of personal preference with respect to things like trigger action, reliability, mode of carry, gun dimensions and gun weight. Any one of the 4 candidates you mentioned could work for you, but it depends on what you feel comfortable with.
If small size and light weight are the most important to you, the Kahr P45 is very good, and a Glock 36 or 1911 with 3 inch barrel would be in a similar size range.
If you like more weight and size for easier shooting, the Sig P220 carry, the Springfields you mentioned, or any Commander size 1911 would be good choices. These are harder to conceal but more substantial for range use by your wife. You just have to experiment and try various alternatives to see what fits you best.
My personal preference in a .45 for CCW is a 1911 with aluminum frame and either a 3 or 4 inch barrel. These have the advantage of very thin profile and reasonable weight for concealment, especially IWB, and they can be very accurate with enough practice.
May 16th, 2007 12:04 PM
SW99 would be a nice pistol for cc.
May 16th, 2007 12:08 PM
I carry my 1911 primarily but living in the land of 120 degree heat sometimes I carry my pt-145.
May 16th, 2007 12:18 PM
I really like my Springfield Micro Compact Bi-tone in 45 ACP. Steve48
May 16th, 2007 03:24 PM
Kimber Ultra CDP II
May 16th, 2007 03:28 PM
I will second the PT145Pro! Mine has been 100% reliable, 0 malfunctions through approx. 7-800 rds. It embodies everything I would want in a CCW piece(for .45ACP)
May 16th, 2007 03:45 PM
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May 16th, 2007 03:49 PM
i carry a 1911 all day every day, for me its not a problem. but i would say the sig p220 is the best option for you. IMHO.
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May 16th, 2007 05:53 PM
To 1911Shooter: Why do you recommend the P220 for me? Personally, I love my Sigs. One big reason I like them has nothing to do with carrying them. I just love the way you can strip them for cleaning.
I just need you to elaborate a little.
Would you go with the P220 or the P220 Carry? And what about a P220 SAO
May 16th, 2007 06:49 PM
taurus 745, single stack so its thin and easy to conceal
May 16th, 2007 08:58 PM
Here is a similar post I made. My requirement were slightly different but I hope it helps.
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May 16th, 2007 09:05 PM
I carry a 1911 and have no big problems with the weight. I'm only 5' 7"" 140 lbs for reference. A good belt helps a lot, my preference is the Wilderness belt 1.75".
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