April 3rd, 2008 06:04 PM
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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April 3rd, 2008 06:57 PM
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.
Originally Posted by BigEFan
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.
April 3rd, 2008 10:05 PM
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.
April 3rd, 2008 10:32 PM
No mention of the Glock 36 yet?
GLOCK 36 .45 AUTO
570 g / 20.11 oz.
765 g / 26.99 oz.
172 mm / 6.77 in.
121 mm / 4.76 in.
28.5 mm / 1.13 in.
32 mm / 1.26 in.
2.5 kg / 5.5 lbs.
12.5 mm / 0.5 in.
LINE OF SIGHT
157 mm / 6.18 in.
96 mm / 3.78 in.
right hand, octagonal
LENGTH OF TWIST
400 mm / 15.75 in.
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April 4th, 2008 09:18 AM
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.
April 4th, 2008 09:27 AM
+1 on the Glock 36 I love mine
April 4th, 2008 10:20 PM
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!
April 29th, 2008 08:53 AM
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.
Last edited by wireman; April 29th, 2008 at 08:54 AM.
April 29th, 2008 05:28 PM
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.
April 29th, 2008 07:37 PM
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.
May 2nd, 2008 10:16 PM
Try Kimbers 3" tactical Ultra. Alloy frame. Once broken is it seems reliable. As accurate as you can be with a short barrel.
May 2nd, 2008 10:51 PM
Another Kimber Ultra vote here...small...great CCW...accurate...gotta' love an Ultra!
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May 3rd, 2008 01:35 AM
Originally Posted by JCook5003
"The pistol, learn it well, carry it always ..." ~ Jeff Cooper
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May 3rd, 2008 09:59 AM
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May 4th, 2008 12:27 AM
what they said.
Originally Posted by QKShooter
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