One More .45 Question

One More .45 Question

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    One More .45 Question

    Ok guys I am about to go out and buy a Dan Wesson Bobtail Commander.......but before I do.......

    Are there any other .45 platforms you all suggest? I dont like glocks and I want to carry IWB so I need a thin gun......and want it to be .45

    So what other polymer or metal guns in .45 that you guys carry IWB that are thin and maybe lighter than a 1911......

    Thanks Guys
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    If i were to go to .45 1911 i'd sure pick up a Wilson Combat - Expensive as hell.
    http://www.wilsoncombat.com/

    I think its Springfield that makes the EMP which is the smallest and lightest 45 out there.
    http://www.springfield-armory.com/armory.php?model=24

    The Smith and Wesson MP 45 full size is a cheaper alternative. They come in Black and Dark Brown 2 tone.
    http://www.smith-wesson.com/webapp/w...11&isFirearm=Y
    http://www.smith-wesson.com/webapp/w...11&isFirearm=Y

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    The EMP isn't a .45.
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    Oops, thought it was.

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    STI Escort would be smaller and lighter

    The Dan Wesson Commander Bobtail is an attractive 1911 that eliminates the sharp corner on the grip to help in concealment. It does have a steel frame and weighs 34 ounces empty, however, with a 4.25 inch barrel. So it will have a substantial "feel" on your belt when you are carrying it all day.

    Since you want a thin gun for IWB carry and seem to like the 1911 platform, the main way to reduce the gun's size and weight compared to the Dan Wesson Bobtail would be to go with an Officer's length grip and an aluminum frame, possibly combined with a shorter barrel length of 4.0, 3.5 or 3.0 inches.

    Since you are willing to spend close to $1000 (the Wesson price), you might want to consider an STI Escort, which is a 22.8 ounce 1911 with aluminum frame, Officer's grip and 3 inch barrel that costs about the same as the Wesson. STI is a 1911 "boutique" in Texas with an excellent reputation for producing quality firearms.

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    Sig P220 series is just a hair wider than single stack 1911s. Most are alloy framed (there have been stainless steel framed options available in the past) and the guns come ready to roll right out of the box. Sigs typically shoot very, very well right from the factory both in terms of reliablility and accuracy. There are single and double/single options and slide/barrel length options as well. Compared to higher end 1911s, they're a bargain.

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    You might want to look at a Kahr P45.
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    My preferred caliber is the .45ACP and my preferred pistol is one of the S&W 3rd Generations. Most often a S&W 4553TSW or a S&W 4556. The lighter weight of the 4553 is a nice plus, but I don't mind the steel frame of the 4556 when I'm shooting. I love my 4516 as well, but I prefer a DAO for day-to-day carry. I carry OWB, not IWB, but I think either would serve very well for that carry style also. A less expensive alternative is the S&W 457. I have carried a Sig P220; Sig P245; Para LDA; and, briefly, a Colt Commander. My Smiths are, by a long shot, my favorite. Just my humble opinion...
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    I'd check out the Baer, Wilson, and Brown's 1911 line. Over $1000, but well worth it.
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    I'm interested in the Sig P220 now and also the Kahr anyone have photos of them in a IWB holster or that can offer an opinion on how they carry compared to a 1911

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    Quote Originally Posted by JCook5003 View Post
    I'm interested in the Sig P220 now and also the Kahr anyone have photos of them in a IWB holster or that can offer an opinion on how they carry compared to a 1911
    I tried the 220 SAO and compared to an all steel 1911, it's not much different, it's a little lighter, but also a little wider than a 1911. I'm not sure about weight differences compared to an alloy 1911, but it might be closer.

    It's all about the holster and belt combo, I carried the 220 in a Milt Sparks VMII, I use the same style holster for my 1911s.

    The 220 carried well and shot well, I just liked my 1911s better, for me the grip was just more comfortable on the 1911.

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    I have a Dan Wesson Bobtail commander and carry it in a Brommeland MaxCon V...I dont particularly notice the weight at all, but I also carry a full size Springfield TRP. Best advice is to try the guns before you buy (not always possible, but if you can, it would be well worth the ammo).

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    Fine choice, go for it!

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    I looked at the DW Commander Bobtail, too, but because weight was a factor and I already had one of these...



    I had this done...



    Weighs less than 28 ounces.

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