Have you considered the Glock 36?
This is a discussion on Small Carry 45acp within the Defensive Carry Guns forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; There really seems to be only one option in the small carry .45acp dept and that is the Kahr PM45. I like Kahr and think ...
There really seems to be only one option in the small carry .45acp dept and that is the Kahr PM45. I like Kahr and think they make a solid gun but I wanted to know if there are or will be any newcomers in the making that will compete for this under 6inch 45 market?
Have you considered the Glock 36?
"It's a big gun when I carry it, it is also a big gun when I take it out” – Clint Smith
my EDC is a colt defender 1911 3" barrel .45 acp, beats the hell out of the kahr crap
EDC's Colt Defender 45 acp and S&W 442 .38
Springfield XD 45 acp
Ruger Super RedHawk .44 mag
mossberg 590 12 gauge tactical
If you want REALLY small for a common pistol in .45, look at the AMT Backup DAO. It's not for everyone, and the trigger needs work, but mine stays on a pie plate at 15 yards, which is plenty far for that application. Yes, it will not make hostage rescue shots at 30 yards, but that is not its mission.
I gots a PM45, has eaten everything I've fed it. Not one issue with it as of yet. It was the smallest, slimmest, and lightest compact .45acp I've seen.
Love how it conceals so easy IWB. Summer attire friendly.
Now with a bit over a thousand rounds through it (500 HP and 500+FMJ).... don't shoot it much. Just carry it with up most confidence it will do the task I have it for...effeciently.
It's little whopper.
I have a new recoil spring assembly on the way also with an extra mag.
I have it full of HST and it's the only gun that eats it like candy. My other guns (1911's 5"and 3") didn't care for the HST (have Win. silver tips in those)
Either my Glock-36, or my Kimber Ultra CDP II are certainly both options in that department...
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+1 with IVAN 4x4(Ivan, nice grips by the way)
I have a Kimber Ultra 45ACP
Taurus PT745. Don't know anything about them, don't even own one, but I do think they are small in size.
An ounce of lead is worth 200lbs of cop.
I just bought a Taurus 24/7 pro in .45acp and it is very compact and easily concealed. Plus i havent seen another .45 its size that hsa 12+1 on tap! I love it!
"Anyone worth shooting, is probably worth shooting several times."
I've been doing some research for the same type of weapon and came across these little beauties. Colt Defender, Kimber UltraCarry, Para Hawg, or Glock 36 are my finalists.
Para : Hawg Pistols - Warthog, Nite Hawg, Hawg 9
I will also add that the 3" Kimber I have is also a great small .45 for carry.
the PM45 and the Kimber UCII (with the CT grips) are my only carry peices. Both have been very reliable to me and proven to be good carry pieces.
Personally, I prefer the compact S&W 3rd Generation .45's for carry. My first choice is my Shorty .45, which I love dearly. However, when I need to go smaller, I carry my S&W CS45. Small, comfortable, dependable, and accurate. Nobody will ever call it a "hi-capacity" pistol, but I'm comfortable with 7 in the gun and 2 spare mags.
Other S&W compact .45 options would be:
As well as the DAO variants.
"Skin that smokewagon!".
For me it's the Colt New Agent. I KNOW i can't handle the recoil of a PM45. It took some getting used to but I love the Colt now. The trench sights are actually easier to line up quickly than any 3 dot set I've ever used but it too me the longest to get over not having traditional sights. The weight and recoil is good on the Colt and being a 1911 it's very thin and has a great trigger.
Carried in an HBE COMIII holster, it's perfect. I plan on buying a true officers .45 someday as a companion piece. I like to always have at least two pistols in the same caliber.