This is a discussion on EDC suggestions, no dinky guns or glocks. within the Defensive Carry Guns forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; Originally Posted by flh Mrs Santa got me a Springfield 1911 for Christmas last year, it's run perfect, I have shelved my Glock. btw Mrs ...
I'll second the Springfield XDE. It's slide is super easy to rack, different that any other Springfield. It is like the S&W EZ .380.
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Keep in mind that it's really not the barrel length (within reason) that hurts your concealment; it's the size and shape of the grip. I'll bet a bobtail Commander would suit you fine.
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Iím a bit flummoxed...
A revolver is too heavy, but a 1911 (even a smaller one) isnít?
How do you plan to carry it?
You need an easy to rack slide, which usually means less recoil...yet you want fireballs, which usually means more recoil?
Short and fat, but you want to get your full hand on it?
You sure donít want much, do you?
You two need to come back over here...and shoot my Glock 30. Yeah itís ugly, but it works and does everything youíre looking for. Well, maybe except the fireballs...
Carry a sidearm always. Be able to put shots into the torso and then head, if needed. The rest is much less important.
For a 45 carry gun, a Shield 45 seems like a no-brainer.
I carried a German Sig P220 (.45acp) for decades, til about five years ago, when I finally switched to a P229 (.357sig). I really like the P229 in .357sig. It basically doubled my mag capacity since I got the +2 mags.
If you're set on .45acp, I would go P220.
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Can't go wrong with an Extremely easy shooting Shield 45.
Mine is an early issue (2016) that has o, nadda, zilch, zero, niola malfunctions of any kind whatsoever through Thousands of rounds.
I love my Shield .45. You should shoot one and decide if you like it as much as I like mine!
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I'll add some thoughts:
Officer sized 1911s are known to have reliability issues, and also wear out recoil springs at a greatly accelerated rate. If reliability is your prime concern, get a Commander (or even better a Gov't if you don't mind the long slide).
A all steel 1911 is as heavy as any revolver. Be sure you shop for an alloy frame.
One nice thing about .45 is expansion isn't really required. I personally would run the Defender with some flat-nosed FMJ. If it's reliable with that, I'd just carry it with the FMJ ammo. Freedom Munitions makes a non-expanding hollow point that I have found to be a very reliable feeder and I'm confident it would make appropriate sized holes in bad guys.
Just to add, had mentioned about a week ago shooting with another finger, this worked beautifully! Used the middle finger (getting itis pain in index finger) and this worked better too - had a straighter pull too!
Weíll have to get together so I can teach you some of these new things about the gun world
(ps: forgot, I carry 10:30 cross - this makes a difference too in the shape of the gun, anything longer than a 4Ē is really poking me in the leg when I sit. Large handle is no problem with a 10:30 cross carry, women have curves that can hide stuff like that.)
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