.45 Help

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    If you shop right you should be able to find a SA Micro-Compact in that price range. As soon as I can sell my Para Slim-Hawg I will be buying one.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BigEFan View Post
    If you shop right you should be able to find a SA Micro-Compact in that price range. As soon as I can sell my Para Slim-Hawg I will be buying one.
    A loaded SA micro is a nice carry piece- alloy frame, thin grips and easy to carry. A few more features than you're likely to find on a Defender.

    The SA GI micro is also nice especially if you want an all steel gun. I have one and it has been highly modified- not necessarily out of need but want. Great gun- no problems. I remember just a few years ago you could get one for $400 I think they've gone up a bit since then though.

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    Although a Government size may seem more difficult to carry, I have not had any issues with the size except during the summer. I feel the Government size is more reliable but this is anecdotal. I have read debates that indicate the ballistics are better with the longer barrel, but I will defer to the experts.

    I borrowed a 3" barrel Kimber to shoot at the range for my own evaluation. I found the recoil a bit snappier than a Government size but acceptable. It was when I went to test with night sights that I reached a personal conclusion. I was able to turn off many of the lights and shoot in low light. The flash out of the barrel is noticeable brighter. In combination with the perceived recoil, I found it took much longer to place a second aimed shot. I ended up not buying a small 1911.

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    No mention of the Glock 36 yet?


    GLOCK 36 .45 AUTO
    CALIBER
    .45 AUTO
    SYSTEM
    Safe Action
    WEIGHT
    570 g / 20.11 oz.
    LOADED (~)
    765 g / 26.99 oz.

    LENGTH
    172 mm / 6.77 in.
    HEIGHT
    121 mm / 4.76 in.
    MAG. CAPACITY
    Standard: 6
    OPTIONAL
    -

    WIDTH
    28.5 mm / 1.13 in.
    BARREL HEIGHT
    32 mm / 1.26 in.
    TRIGGER PULL
    2.5 kg / 5.5 lbs.
    TRIGGER TRAVEL
    12.5 mm / 0.5 in.

    LINE OF SIGHT
    157 mm / 6.18 in.
    BARREL LENGTH
    96 mm / 3.78 in.
    BARREL RIFLING
    right hand, octagonal
    LENGTH OF TWIST
    400 mm / 15.75 in.
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    I love my smith 108285. With a good belt, I don't even know it's there. It's a full size 1911. I think the size of the grip is what determines whether something is concealable or not. I'd go for the full size.

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    +1 on the Glock 36 I love mine

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    I 'd suggest you go over to 1911 forum and check with the experts over there.
    I bet you get plenty of good ideas from them in a hurry!

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    I have a Kahr p45, and put about 150 rounds through it to break it in. Broke in alright, the polymer rails all cracked and broke off. Called Kahr and had to send it back, they replaced the entire pistol. Never offering a word about the the problem. Will be trying again. Before all that happened it was a fine shooting pistol, accurate and reliable.
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    I sometimes carry my Kimber CDP II, it conceals beautifully. It is a bit "snappy" but nothing that can't be controlled. You can sometimes find a used one for under $1,000. You might consider a G30, 45 caliber, which I sometimes carry also. It seems to have less recoil than the Kimber, 9 round magazine, and you can get a used one for under $500.

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    If you want a shorter than 4" Barrel I'd not go with a 1911.

    Sorry, but I don't trust the shorter 1911's. Sometimes you get a reliable one, and I have, but more often you end up with a "jamamatic".

    I much prefer the 5" Barrel myself and don't find it hard to hide. The hard to hide part is the Frame.

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    Try Kimbers 3" tactical Ultra. Alloy frame. Once broken is it seems reliable. As accurate as you can be with a short barrel.

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    Another Kimber Ultra vote here...small...great CCW...accurate...gotta' love an Ultra!

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    Quote Originally Posted by JCook5003 View Post
    Well after some good advice and some more research I have narrowed my search down to these three guns:

    Colt Defender
    Kahr CW45
    Springfield GI Micro 3" 1911

    Any further opinions?
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    Quote Originally Posted by QKShooter View Post
    Colt Defender
    what they said.
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