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Old 01-04-2002, 10:06 PM   #11
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Thanks lennyjoe. I happen to have a taurus pt 111 9 mm that is just great. With a two handed grip, I can do head shots at 25 yards all day. No problems in 150 rounds so far.
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Old 01-04-2002, 11:03 PM   #12
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If you go to The Firing Line and do a search on the polymer cracking and various defects on the Taurus line you will find alot of usefull info and pictures to show you what to look for. Alot of guys have sent theirs back. I was bummed out cause I wanted a PT145 real bad. Keep an eye out on the rivets on the frame. A few guys had them break. The cracks arn't as much a problem in the 9MM and .40 guns but the .45's are cracking around 500 or so rounds. I own 2 other Taurus handguns and they are great. I carry a PT100AFS full time and want a .45 compact for summer. Its hotter than all hell down here and Im worried about printing.
Old 01-04-2002, 11:47 PM   #13
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The Glock 30 and 36 are both good choices. The 36 seems to have a snappier recoil than the 30, but also conceals better. A compact 1911 from one of the major manufacturers would do you well, too. You just need to decide what operating system you like best.

If you like the 1911 and have the cash to spend, an Ed Brown commander-sized model would be a very good choice. It's been my experience that you definitely get what you pay for in the 1911 world, and you'd be better off paying some more money up front and getting a better product.

If you don't care for 1911's, the Glock 45's will give you good service.
Old 01-05-2002, 08:53 PM   #14
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...As far as choice...up to you. Try a LOT of them, of every kind, just don't limit yourself to a "compact" until you've ruled out EVERYTHING ELSE... As far as what is possible...I'm 5'11" and can carry a 4 or 5" 1911 in any season. I don't carry a lot of baggage either.
At 147 lbs, if I can carry one, most everyone can. The trick is good holsters and belts. Aside from that...I cannot think of any good reason to carry -only- a "compact" and nothing else...If you have to(carry a compact), then get a smith that builds carry guns to make sure yours is reliable.
Old 01-13-2002, 12:31 AM   #15
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Well, have you found one yet?
For the most part, I like what Jake said.
I really appreciate anyone who can make "Damn skippy" sound o.k.

I've got a 1911 Commander slide/Officer's frame, and it's not because I shot a bunch of different guns and decided on it.

I believe in .45, for one thing. (Not to mention many of my relaitives who kick my arse if I got anything but! - Vets.)
And the 1911 pattern is slim and tried.

The grip angle points very well for me, and it's easy to modify for one's preferences.

I bought it because I wanted that first single-action shot.

I bought it because most of the top competition guys shoot 1911's.

I bought it because it is beautiful.

I bought it because it was on sale.

THEN, I went out and shot a SIG P-series, an H&K, a Glock and a Barretta.
Cannot deal with double action unless it's a super-sweet S&W (circa '80's), not to mention that I couldn't hit a damn thing with the SIG.

The Glock is a worthy choice, could really follow up, what with the low bore line.
Bbut that trigger makes me giggle, and I'd hate to start giggling in a self-defense situation.
- wouldn't be right.

As for "jam-o-matics," well, I jammed a buddies Glock .40 within a dozen rounds, and this is his carry piece.

With my Kimber mags (Wilson's won't lock the slide), I've had about three failures to go into battery in the last 500 rounds, and that's always at the end of a session, hot and dirty (both of us.)
So, you might say it fails .6% of the time, if you ignore the dirt and heat.

Considering any action I'll see will only involve 15 of my rounds at most, I feel pretty good.
Even skippy.
Old 01-13-2002, 04:05 PM   #16
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Read all the posts, these guys are on the money. I cannot carry in Jersey (it takes an act of God to get a permit in the rep. of Jersey) , but have often carried a sig 229 in .40 or the new sig 245 when on vacation in Vermont.
The point about the belt and holster is Key. I have used a Fobus or Safariland pancake and a "gunbelt" from Dillan. Another good idea is a concealed carry fanny pack You can get from a couple of vendors. Mine came from Brigade Quartermaster's, can't even tell there is a gun in it.
Everybody and his brother can reccomend a certain pistol, If your'e gonna carry it you have to be comfortable and COMPETENT with your choice... Chris
Old 01-26-2002, 08:58 PM   #17
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rolamd / Lennyjoe - I have been wanting to check out a Taurus PT145 also primarliy because of the true DOA capability. I have often wandered how any of PT series guns would hold up compared to a Glock.

Where is the Firing Line--I would like to see some of these cracks...
Old 03-08-2002, 02:18 PM   #18
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Either the Glock 30 or the SIG 220. Both go boom everytime the trigger is squeezed.
Old 03-25-2002, 06:38 PM   #19
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When I am wearing clothes that allow it, I carry a Colt Commander in .45acp. Most of the time I carry a Sig P232 in .380acp. The P232 is a fine pistol, holds 7+1, and has a pretty slim profile. It resembles a Walther PPK in more ways than one. When it's shorts weather, I carry a Kel-Tec P-32 or a Beretta 3032 Tomcat, which are both .32acp. Some people will tell you that .32acp is worthless, and I will tell you that .32acp is a whole lot better than nothing, which is what a lot of guys carry in the summer time when full size large calibre pistols are not convenient or comfortable to carry. The P-232 in stainless can be had for less than $500 and the Kel-Tec and Beretta can be had for less than $300 if you look hard enough.
Old 04-03-2002, 06:07 PM   #20
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Sig P220. Best 45 on the market. Reliable and accurate right out of the box. Only the HK comes close andits too big.

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