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Old 12-26-2002, 08:12 AM   #31
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My priorities are:

1 Reliability
2 Reliability
3 Reliability....ect, you get the idea.

4 Accuracy (my ability to hit the target with the gun)

Comfort of carry and cost are not a big issue. I'm not rich, but will drop extra $$ to get a gun that fulfills tha above criteria. Baer TRS has been my chioce. Clint Smith's famous quote: " a gun is supposed to be comforting, not comfortable" follows the advice already given in this thread.

Other personal rules of mine:

Spend at least as much on a formal training course as the gun costs. Take your pick, there are alot of good ones out there. I'm loyal to Thunder Ranch.

Be prepaired to spend ALOT of $$$ on ammo. You will never be able to pull off in a gunfight what you cant do in a practice session. Practice as much as possible. Try to find a range where you can shoot from behind cover, moving, backing up, ect. IDPA is also a good idea. Standing on a quiet line punching holes in paper with a perfect weaver stance is good for form, but if the SHTF you will not want to be standing still out in the open.

Good luck with your choice. If you find a gun you REALLY like dont worry if it is on the expensive side. Buy it. You will be glad you did.

All the best

chris k
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Old 02-21-2003, 06:26 PM   #32
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The best .45 I've found for concealed carry is my Glock model 30. I shoot 185+P JHP or 200+P JHP.

My favorite carry gun regardless of caliber is my Glock model 17 with the 19-round magazine full of 115 +P JHP.

Comfort is important, concealability is important, accuracy is important, reliability is VERY important, and for me, magazine capacity is also right at the top of the list. :lol:
Old 02-27-2003, 01:19 PM   #33
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Go with either a H&K USPc in 45. or Glock 30 Both are
extremely Reliable, inexpensive and ergonomic packages
that clean up rather nice as well!
Old 03-15-2003, 04:29 PM   #34
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I had a Smith 4516A, Springfield Champion .45, and recently purchased a Les Baer Thunder Ranch Special. Sold the other two guns and threw in some cash to buy it. Just buy the TRS right now and forget about buying cheaper guns that won't satisfy you. Avoid the hassle and wait. Get a Baer or a Wilson. You only need one .45 to bet your life on. Don't be cheap when your butt is on the line. Don't buy re-treads for your truck or selp protection weapons that are not top quality. You get what you pay for.........
Old 03-15-2003, 07:45 PM   #35
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My vote would be a 1911 of course, in full size. If you plan to
CCW, and are not comfortable carrying a 5", maybe try a
lightweight Commander, genuine Colt of course!
Old 04-20-2004, 07:30 PM   #36
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Originally Posted by Boricua322
As many have said and I will say it as well is " Whatever you pick don't forget the most important thing is to practice. Find one that fits your hand and almost becomes part of your arm. Then shoot until the cows come home and start all over again.

My choice after many, many, many tries is a CZ97B. To me it has all the stated above and I have shot many thousands of rounds with no problems at all. My number two priority is RELIABILITY, if my gun does not go bang bad things will happend.

As stated, with the proper gear you can carry just about anything. I carry my 97B under a polo shirt all year round here in Arizona and no one has noticed.

So find one you like, that fits, and go have a good time!!!!
Reliability should ALWAYS be the first priority . Period . No discussion ...Tom
Old 10-04-2004, 06:36 PM   #37
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Sig 245 for ccw

For a 45 cal sidearm I really like my Sig 245, At times when you can wear a long shirt or winter clothing it covers up pretty well, not quite qs well as the Kahr P9 or the P3at But then it is a 45 the firepower seems to help the comfort factor of carrying a bigger gun. Sparks77
Old 10-05-2004, 04:40 PM   #38
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Don't discount the Smith and Wesson (non-1911) 45's. I bought a 4586 with nite sights and a 4506 (made in 1999), both for under 400.00. They are solid pistols and are fine shooters. I am not a big 1911 fan, although the new Springfield Armory Loaded MC has caught my eye. I do like the 45 round though and have the 165gr+p in both of my Smith's. Both KY Imports, Gunbroker and AuctionArms have great deals of used Smith and Wesson pistols. Just something to think about as an alternative to 1911's.
Old 02-09-2005, 10:51 PM   #39
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It WAS mostly a Glock 30. Then, I landed a Sig P245. I love the Sig. It's THE 220 model for carry, IMHO, if you are .45 ACP inclined.
Old 06-11-2006, 10:59 AM   #40
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Originally Posted by Shootist
Sig P220. Best 45 on the market. Reliable and accurate right out of the box. Only the HK comes close andits too big.
I own a Sig P220 but my Ruger P97DC out shoots my Sig I am more accurate with my Ruger and I feal it soaks up the recoil better.

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