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What would be your reccomendation for a reliable .45auto under $500 for concealed carry?
 

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Taurus MIL PRO PT-145. I got one have over 1000 rds through it no issues. 10+1 rounds very concealable. Pretty accurate I shoot it 3-7-10-15-20yrds good groups. Here is a link to the taurus forum http://www.taurusarmed.net/forums/index.php

I paid 340.00 for it about 9mths ago. With any of the compact/subcompact 45s do some research you will find good and bad on everyone. But its what you feel best with and are confident in using. Try to go to a range see what they that you can rent / try a .40 too.
 

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Well, as you know the .45 ACP is a powerful round;

This means you will undoubtedly need some sort of recoil buffer like the HK45 or USP, or a heavy gun like the 1911 with enough weight to counteract the propellant of the bullet, or an extremely snappy action, like the 1911 or Sig.

However when it comes to concealed carry, you'll probably want a light polymer frame; a short 3.25" barrel 1911 is still fairly bulky and with that polymer frame you lose the advantage of the 1911 weight. The only options left in my mind are HK or Sig (as second choice for this role).

Don’t settle for some other line, or a revolver. If you want a good gun, buy the best, even if you have to save a little while.
 

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Used (1 owner, under 1 year old) M&P .45. Got mine for $400. Great deal!

Although the .45 ACP is more commonly thought of as more powerful, the fact is the .40 can produce as much and sometimes even more power than a .45 ACP. The factor here is the specific brand and type of round. So don't rule out the .40 as an option, especially since you get more ammo in a gun for the switch.

I also agree with Mr. Smartguy when he says, don't settle and save your money if you have to.

Get what you are most comfortable and most proficient with. The rest is all personal preference.
 

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A lot of people were getting high points at the gun show today. Dam that is one big ugly clunkygun! I felt like saying to them no!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! But at $169 for a .45 they were moving quite a few.
 

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A lot of people were getting high points at the gun show today. Dam that is one big ugly clunkygun! I felt like saying to them no!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! But at $169 for a .45 they were moving quite a few.
They were probably also moving a few because people realize that they may only have 63 days before they can no longer buy guns ... ESPECIALLY at gun shows.
 

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Have you looked into getting a Cobra 45? they usually run at about 200 bucks and they feel great. very reliable. Ive used the 380 version and I was thoroughly impressed with it for a CCW also they can use the same mags as a 1911
 

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By all means go what suites you best and works for you. I shoot a full size 1911. At 15-20 yards it does what I want it to do.

Also keep in mind in a SHTF scenario it's main use is to keep you alive til you get your long gun. So if a 45 is too much gun, go down to a 40 or 357 magnum. I wouldn't go any lower myself, though. :)
 
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A .45 is definitely not too much to handle. A friend of mine has a kimber. It's sweet. I love to shoot it. He is a pharmacist and is loaded so he always gets the best. I am a poor man.
 

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Springfield XD40. I prefer the .40 for reasons discrbed above.
I own one. Excellent gun. My only issue with this, is in case SHTF is that it's not a NATO round. If didn't stock up and end up running out, it's not likely to be as easily found as a .45.

Outside of that, it's an amazing firearm.
 

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I own a Kimber Ultra Carry II .45 1911.. This thing is compact and accurate, not to mention frigging beautiful.

If you can find one in the used section, personally, I'd choose one over every gun mentioned so far..

The benefit of having a 1911 style is the single stacked mag makes this gun able to be thin enough to almost not notice.. I carry it every day inside my waistband and there are VERY few times when it becomes even slightly uncomfortable..

Granted, with the single stack 1911 style, you have limited round capacity..
 

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I agree with ForVols, the Taurus PRO PT-145 is a great subcompact for everyday carry. I have several carry guns and this is usually the one I pick up and go with... Got mine for $299.00 but those days are over I would say $350.00- $400.00 is a good price range now.
 

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I LOVED my Springfield XD .45ACP service model. Only complaint was the grip was so dang long...simple fix though, buy the compact model. i think you can pick one up in new used condition for around $450. The .40 model is going for 350-400 used in new condition.
 

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Don't buy a Hi Point or a Cobra...It's a sin to carry one of those. Check out the Bersa 45 Ultra Compact. I have the 9mm and it's a great gun and unlike glocks it's made of this strange stuff they called metal.....and not the pot metal you will get from other less expensive pistols.

http://bersatalk.com/photos/bersa_thunder_guns/picture87366.aspx

Go visit the guys at bersatalk, good fokes...some are a little strange though :rolleyes: .
 

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Checkout the Rock Island 1911A1. Just about stock G.I., works like it's suppose to, and probably the best bang for the buck.
 
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