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Thread: .45 acp concealed carry, are there any real CC .45s?

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    .45 acp concealed carry, are there any real CC .45s?

    I've been looking for a good .45 for CCW. My first effort resulted in a Sig 245, which I consider a nice gun, but not too concealable. I've decided that I like the 6 or 7 shot single stacks with as short a barrel as possible. A 45 needs some weight to slow down recoil so 22 to 28 ozs.. Kahr makes a nice pistol about like I described, anyone have any experience with this gun? Cobra arms makes what could be a clone of the Kahr (lower quaility I'd guess). Detonics, and AMT made some little .45s, but detonics are expensive, and too many owners ended up cussing their AMTs. If possible, I'd like to have a single/double action trigger, cocking the hammer really changes the grip strength of the little pistols. I don't like pumping a trigger. Colt Mustang maybe, if I could find one. Any ideas or advice is/are solicited, and will be appreciated.
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    Colt Officer's model. It don't get no better.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Finster101 View Post
    Colt Officer's model. It don't get no better.
    Yep, bought one in 95 in Stainless and have carried it ever since.

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    XDS 45 is one I'm really into. EAA also makes several carry version .45 acp's as well as the run of 1911 variants as stated:
    http://www.budsgunshop.com/catalog/p...P+3.3%22+Black

    http://www.budsgunshop.com/catalog/p...C+Matte+Finish

    http://www.budsgunshop.com/catalog/p....5%22+7%2B1+Wo

    Bond arms have several barrel configurations that can be added to their frames for about $150 if you buy one. They are rarely available as .45 ACP directly:
    http://www.budsgunshop.com/catalog/p...450+Bond+Super

    http://www.budsgunshop.com/catalog/p...wPolymer+Frame

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    Kimber CDP which is basically a Commander length Officers ACP(4" barrel & 1/2" shorter grip frame). LOVE mine...

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    I have a Springfield Armory Ultra Compact that I carry. Ii is a bit smaller than the officer's model and is comfortable in a Crossbreed IWB holster, but it is fairly heavy since it is an all steel gun. I am thinking about replacing it with a Springfield XD-S in .45 as it is even smaller and much lighter.


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    .45 acp concealed carry, are there any real CC .45s?

    STI Escort officers frame with a 3.25" barrel weighing in at just shy of 23oz.

    http://www.stiguns.com/the-sti-escort/

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    Yep- Kimber Ultra......
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    In the winter it's not a problem to carry a full size .45 acp handgun under a Carhart vest, but in warmer weather it's more difficult. I often carry my full size Springfield XD in the winter. It's comforting to have those 14 rounds of .45 acp available in a good concealment holster from Don Hume Leather Goods. I've also carried one of my full size 1911's the same way. A good holster will allow the carrying of many handguns, but a bad holster won't let you carry a good handgun, if that makes any sense.

    In the summer, I carry a Sig P238, .380 acp, in my back pocket, under a folded hankerchief and a square of heavy leather the same size as my pocket. It just looks like I'm carrying a wallet in that pocket.

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    Never shot one and could not afford one but those Kimber Ultras seem very nice. I have sold raffle tickets for them for our Friends of the NRA events and they always sell out.

    I would think any Compact or Officers model 1911 would not be bad heck I some times carry my full size tactical with no issues.
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    I carry a Kimber Ultra Carry in a Bianchi belt slide holster. Can carry all day and forget it's there. Aluminum frame 7 shot and 100% reliable and super accurate with Saeco #68 over 5.2 gr. 231.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Finster101 View Post
    Colt Officer's model. It don't get no better.
    I have to agree. I tried a Glock 27 and liked it ok but I really like 1911's (and especially the OACP, but any of the major makers are probably very good) so when I found one I jumped on it. I carry mine in a Winthrop IWB @ 2-3 o'clock with an Aker belt and while I know it's there it's still very comfortable. I've carried it in the summer with just a T-shirt on and felt it was concealed well. Perhaps a trained person might notice it but most people are too absorbed with their own lives to notice me. I'd say get what you like and then find a quality holster.

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    "In the winter it's not a problem to carry a full size .45 acp handgun"


    I live in Florida. My winter is warmer than some of you guys summer. With shorts and a Tshirt an in the waistband holster with a 1911 is not even noticable. You get used to the weight very quickly. As I once read somewhere, carrying a gun is not necassarily meant to be comfortable. It's meant to be comforting.

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    I have carried a Taurus pt145 for 5 years. It is a double stack 10+1 and comes in at 27 oz empty I think. It is thinner than the glock and just fits my hand better. The price is hard to beat too. They retail for 430 or so new. I also live in Florida and it conceals under a tshirt fine.
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    .45 acp concealed carry, are there any real CC .45s?

    I CC a full size 1911 TRP with rail in my waist band. I'm 6' and 170 lbs. I'm just careful how I bend over but that's the only time I would print. I just bend more at the knee to pick stuff up.

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    Another vote for the Colt Offericer's ACP.
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    I carry a 5" 1911, a Glock 22, or a Ruger Vaquero .45 Colt as my main, and then either a RIA Compact 3.5" 1911 or a Ruger SP-101 .357 as my BUGs and this is my all year, anywhere, anytime carry. They all conceal well. The trick is to wear a good stiff belt that will actually spread the weight of the guns and a good holster. I'm always amazed at the tiny guns people carry while claiming that they just couldn't conceal anything substantial. At least youve chosen a good caliber to start with so you're not handicapping yourself from the start. I would say choose whichever gun that you're willing to carry and then figure out which of those you can shoot best. Once that is settled to your satisfaction, then just figure out a way to conceal it. Most hide much easier than people would think. So carry what you like, not just what is tiny.
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    I'm 5', 2" and weigh 130 lbs. soakin' wet with both boots full of water. Not much there to hide a pistol on. I used to carry a full size .45 auto and never had a bit of problem hiding it. Now I carry a 3" .44 special double action revolver. You can't even see an outline.

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    A Kimber Ultra Carry, loaded with 200 grain SWC's over 4 grains of Red Dot has been my daily carry gun for 5 years now. Absolutely reliable and dead nuts accurate....
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    Have you tried a Glock 30? The ones that I have tried always work. That alone can make an ugly gun absolutely beautiful.

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