Looking for small, lightweight, pocket .45

Looking for small, lightweight, pocket .45

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    Looking for small, lightweight, pocket .45

    I currently CC an AMT "Backup" stainless .45. Shortly after purchasing this gun, I did a "fluff and buff" and this little pistol works beautifully now. But it's a tad heavy (almost 2 pounds) for pocket carry, and I'd really like something lighter. Anything out there?

    I know, I know - the perfect answer (for some) is a 9MM. But there's something about that big bore on the .45 that makes me wanna stick with that caliber.

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    Kahr PM45

    That's about the smallest polymer .45 that I'm aware of.

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    Wow, almost 8 ounces lighter. Good find, thanks!

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    Kahr pm45 or cw45
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    Just call me a pessimistic optimist !

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    The Kahr is probably your best bet. Might also want to check out the Glock 36 (not exactly a pocket gun I think though) or a 3 inch 1911 in lightweight (still, I think the Kahr will trump them all on size/weight).
    Regards, T Bone.


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    Yeppers...I carry the Kahr PM45...It's the smallest, slimist, lightest .45 I could find. Very easy to conceal, and good quality. Has nice smooth edges and slick slide, so no snags, and pokes....no jams, no FTFs with 600+ rounds through it.

    I had the same opinion about CC but with a big bore....took me a few months and many a gun show..I saw it..... jaw dropped...slightly pushed a guy to the side while excuseing myself and snagged that 'lill whopper. MINE!!

    I love it.

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    G36... also cheaper than the Kahr
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    If you really need it, you will need it really fast. ALWAYS one in the chamber.
    Nuf said!

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    Got to second the recommendation on the Kahr 45CW,I am loving mine.

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    Chevy,

    In addition to the Kahr and Glock you owe it to yourself to look at the Taurus Millennium Pro PT 745. I believe that its measurements are slightly less then the other two. And, it won't dent the bank account nearly as deeply.

    Taurus International Manufacturing Inc

    I have mine in front on me on my electronic postage scale and the total weight with 6 Hydra-Shoks in the single stack clip and one it the pipe is 28 ounces.

    I used to own a .45 Cal. AMT Back-up and from my point of view there is no comparsion. This little PT 745 is actually fun to shoot, feels great in the hand and with about 300 rounds through it has never failed to feed or fire. So far, 100% reliable.

    I did make one mod to it ..... I installed a set of Williams FireSights with which I am very happy.

    Regards, Quiet1

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    +1 to the Taurus, I have the PT-145 and it fits in the front pocket of my cargo shorts. It looks like a VHS tape is in my pocket, but it still fits.

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    I have a PT745 as well... runs like a watch so far. My only criticism would be that the takedown procedure is a bit more convoluted than it needs to be...

    You might also look at its' big brother, the PT 145... 10 rounds of .45 doublestacked, and it is only slightly thicker...


    ::: Edited to add that the sights are a little weird... I seem to shoot a little low with this gun for some reason... takes some practice...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Quiet1 View Post
    ..... Taurus Millennium Pro PT 745. .... the total weight ... is 28 ounces.......

    Thanks, but my AMT is also 28 ounces and that's the main reason I want to switch. It's too heavy for my pocket, and it's often becoming a "left it" gun, lol.

    It's not much good to me if I "left it" at home............

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chevy-SS View Post
    Thanks, but my AMT is also 28 ounces and that's the main reason I want to switch. It's too heavy for my pocket, and it's often becoming a "left it" gun, lol.


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    Chevy,

    I know exactly where you're coming from. After all I live in southwest Florida where most days my standard uniform of the day is shorts and a t-shirt (or polo shirt if I'm dressed up).

    But, if you decide to go to the Kahr it's still 24+ ounces with only a total of 6 rounds. That's a lot of money for less than 4 oz. difference (and one less round) from what you've got (or the PT 745).

    This is the exact reason why I have ordered a Ruger LCP. That is truly an every day, everywhere, every occasion and dress option carry gun.

    Regards, Quiet1
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    J-Frame on left, Kahr PM45 on right.





    Kahr PM9 on left, Kahr PM45 on right.



    Kahr PM45 on left, Colt New Agent 3 inch 1911 on right.


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    Colt New Agent 3 inch 1911


    Drool.....very nice piece..I want!! I'm such a sucker for compact .45's

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