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    Default Recommendations for a compact .45?

    I'm soon to be in the market for a small and handy .45 acp pistol, probably single stack. And .45 acp only, please, okay?

    Now I'm okay with either SA like the 1911 or DA-style (including striker fired) such as a Glock or other striker fired pistols. Thing is, I'm a lefty although I'm fairly ambi (lots of practice) shooting, but IF I choose a pistol w. external safety, it needs to be ambi so I can use it left handed, and sometimes ambi safety pistols which are very compact can get the safety on the other side accidentally swiped off -- I hope this makes sense -- in other words, if I holster the gun on my left side, the safety on the outside of the pistol frame can sometimes get swiped off-safe.

    I'm perfectly okay with no external safety, just pull the trigger and it fires. I'm not looking for precision or ultimate firearm stuff, too pricey even though maybe a Les Baer would be keen. A mid priced and reliable pistol is fine with me. Of course I want 100% reliability and therefore a reasonably well made gun. Capacity isn't that important -- 5-7 rounds is fine.

    Maybe something smaller than a Glock 36? How about Kahr? Who's got opinions on them? Price is of course a factor, as I don't want to overspend on gee-whiz stuff -- no tac light or other stuff, essentially iron sights are fine. Good, decent manufacture and decent accuracy of course, but I also don't need a weapon "for the ages" that I can pass down to the grandkids, ha ha.

    What I'm looking for most is PERSONAL recommendations. I can surf the net just fine, thanks, and find lotsa .45s, but if someone tells me "I've got a Model 529 Bronto and it works great!" that's the sort of stuff I am hoping for as feedback. Thanks in advance.

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    The only Kimber pistol I own is a Kimber Ultra CDP. It may fit your requirements. It seems to be a very nice little pistol. I say 'seems' because Leedi took it and uses it as her daily concealed carry pistol. I don't get to shoot it much.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Popeye View Post
    The only Kimber pistol I own is a Kimber Ultra CDP. It may fit your requirements. It seems to be a very nice little pistol. I say 'seems' because Leedi took it and uses it as her daily concealed carry pistol. I don't get to shoot it much.
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    You might ask experience around the web with one of these.
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    Definitely interesting.

    EDIT: Just to add. You want 100% reliability. Sounds more like a revolver? If you'd consider changing calibers. I'm 100% behind a Ruger LCR. People ain't kidding when they say it's a shooter. Have to shoot one before you really know for yourself. 357 ain't no wimp round. If you work it right. It can be as concealable as an LCP. With quick draw. ....and Yes.... I do love 45 acp ... my number one choice of caliber. The LCR is special.
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    Oh, those Kimbers are great, I agree. Just maybe a bit too pricey for me. But hey, if my book sales take off, that's a game changer for next spring.

    I bought a nice Kimber full size once, and 1 week later a buddy offered me $150 more than I'd paid. Goodbye Kimber.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PrairieHunt View Post
    You want 100% reliability. Sounds more like a revolver? If you'd consider changing calibers. I'm 100% behind a Ruger LCR. People ain't kidding when they say it's a shooter. Have to shoot one before you really know for yourself. 357 ain't no wimp round. If you work it right. It can be as concealable as an LCP. With quick draw. ....and Yes.... I do love 45 acp ... my number one choice of caliber. The LCR is special.
    I can strongly recommend Ruger's LCR. One in .38 Special (+P) is my daily carry piece.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PrairieHunt View Post
    You might ask experience around the web with one of these.
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    Definitely interesting.

    EDIT: Just to add. You want 100% reliability. Sounds more like a revolver? If you'd consider changing calibers. I'm 100% behind a Ruger LCR. People ain't kidding when they say it's a shooter. Have to shoot one before you really know for yourself. 357 ain't no wimp round. If you work it right. It can be as concealable as an LCP. With quick draw. ....and Yes.... I do love 45 acp ... my number one choice of caliber. The LCR is special.
    I already have a nice little snubby .357 but I'm partial to the .45acp round, just out of loyalty's sake -- that's what my Dad carried.

    Ruger LCR is definitely a possible IF I wanted other than a .45 -- I already own a KelTec .380 but I want more zip, so .45acp ONLY, okay? I'm kinda skeered of odd-ball brands like Boberg without any personal feedback from those who own them.

    But thanks for the suggestions...
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    There's no such thing as a "compact" .45 ACP automatic pistol - they're all huge, and very, very heavy - often around 25 ounces! And that's empty! Fully loaded, and with a holster, you're looking at the weight of 3 Burger King Whoppers plus a super-sized order of fries - literally lunch for 3 hanging on your belt. No thanks.

    But if you must, the most reasonable package in your caliber of choice would probably be a Kahr PM 5 - at 19.3 ounces (empty), they are halfway portable and borderline concealable. They're also ridiculously overpriced for a polymer pistol that costs less than $50 to build - MSRP is $880, yours from Gunbroker for around the mid $600's.
    The next closest option is probably something like a Springfield Armory XDs - starting at 21.5 ounces empty. At least with that you get a grip safety.

    Good luck!

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    Just get a 1911 Commander size. Rock Island makes a good one that doesn't break the bank. So does American Tactical Imports. Basically, any of the Armscor pistols are good quality 1911's. I have a Citadel full size 1911. Great pistol. Eats any .45 ACP I feed it including semi wad cutters and hollow points. Feeds from it's original factory 8 round mags and also the two old military surplus 7 round mags I have.

    the Springfield 1911 Commander size runs just a bit over $700. An Armscor Precision is just over $575. The Citadel is $513, You can get one of the Rock Islands for around $475

    It all has to do with how much you want to spend. A Sig 1911 Commander size runs over a grand.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Popeye View Post
    The only Kimber pistol I own is a Kimber Ultra CDP. It may fit your requirements. It seems to be a very nice little pistol. I say 'seems' because Leedi took it and uses it as her daily concealed carry pistol. I don't get to shoot it much.
    Those definitely look good

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