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Reccomended a compact .45
« on: June 14, 2012, 10:53:53 AM »
Hello all,
I'm in search of a reasonably priced .45 for concealed carry. I am leaning towards a 1911 style pistol, but all suggestions are welcomed. I'm currently leaning towards a citadel compact 1911 in stainless. I know that price range pretty much confines me to armscor products if I want a compact 1911. The things I'm looking for are compact: no longer than 4 inch barrel, single stack magazine, preferable stainless, and .45 caliber.  I currently own a Ruger  lc9, and want An additional carry gun. I'm really looking to spend no more than around 650 before taxes and shipping if I have to order it online. Thanks for your help.

http://www.budsgunshop.com/catalog/product_info.php/products_id/68110/Citadel+CIT45CSPBN+Citadel+M-1911+Full+Size+45+ACP+3.5%22+6%2B1+

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Re: Reccomended a compact .45
« Reply #1 on: June 14, 2012, 11:20:18 AM »
Honestly - I'd stick either with a RIA or a Ruger P345 or a Stoeger Cougar in 45 (I previously owned one - less felt recoil than a fullsize, steel 1911)... In that particular price range.

Realize that sub 5" 1911s tend to have more "problems" than a fullsize. That seems to be the case among all 1911 brands. SOme brands do have more issues than others, however.

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« Reply #2 on: June 14, 2012, 11:54:36 AM »
Honestly - I'd stick either with a RIA or a Ruger P345 or a Stoeger Cougar in 45 (I previously owned one - less felt recoil than a fullsize, steel 1911)... In that particular price range.

Realize that sub 5" 1911s tend to have more "problems" than a fullsize. That seems to be the case among all 1911 brands. SOme brands do have more issues than others, however.

Doesn't armscor make both RIA, and Citadel?? And I realize compact 1911s have more problems than full size. Any suggestions for a compact 45 that's not a 1911?? I really ant a 1911, but am open to all suggestions.

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Re: Reccomended a compact .45
« Reply #3 on: June 14, 2012, 12:09:00 PM »
Honestly - I'd stick either with a RIA or a Ruger P345 or a Stoeger Cougar in 45 (I previously owned one - less felt recoil than a fullsize, steel 1911)... In that particular price range.

Realize that sub 5" 1911s tend to have more "problems" than a fullsize. That seems to be the case among all 1911 brands. SOme brands do have more issues than others, however.

Doesn't armscor make both RIA, and Citadel?? And I realize compact 1911s have more problems than full size. Any suggestions for a compact 45 that's not a 1911?? I really ant a 1911, but am open to all suggestions.

Yes, they make a lot of 1911s, over different brand names. Honestly - RIA fans always tout the brand. I've owned many 1911s over the years... Everything from a  Springfield Milspec (I bought in 97 for $425) to an Ed Brown and a Custom Shop Springfield. I personally would not buy a RIA or any armscor gun. I'd spring for a low end Springfield or Remington or Ruger 1911... (some of which are not sub 5" guns, though)

The lowest cost non 1911 45 caliber gun I'd get is a Stoeger Cougar. I owned one before. Only reason I sold it is that I have small hands... And, out of all the non 1911 45s I have owned over the years -- the grip always ends up being too big for my hands. Only a 1911 works for me in 45.

However, Beretta owns Stoeger, and they transferred the equipment to make Cougars to them. It's basically the same gun. I was very surprised to feel the recoil level... Especially since the frame is aluminum. I shot it back to back with a steel 1911, and the Cougar had less recoil with that rotating barrel). I wanna say that I paid around $425-$430 or so for it in early 2011

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Re: Reccomended a compact .45
« Reply #4 on: June 14, 2012, 12:18:26 PM »
Heckler & Koch makes some great compact .45 handguns, too.  USP45 Compact and the newer HK45 Compact.  Their manual safety levers are similar to 1911s, too (downward motion for fire-ready).

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Re: Reccomended a compact .45
« Reply #5 on: June 14, 2012, 12:19:51 PM »
Yes, I've owned an HK USPc45, HK45 and HK45c. But, he talked about the cost. All of those are high end (the USPc45 would be the cheapest of the 3)

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Re: Reccomended a compact .45
« Reply #6 on: June 14, 2012, 12:20:52 PM »
They are "reasonably priced".  For Germans.  LOL

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Re: Reccomended a compact .45
« Reply #7 on: June 14, 2012, 12:31:04 PM »
I'd go for an RIA over a Citadel as all I've heard of each leads me to believe that RIA's look and feel better than others from Armscor.
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« Reply #8 on: June 14, 2012, 02:31:19 PM »
How compact do you need it? Single stack only? Springfield is coming out with their XDs which should be nice.

If you can do double stack then you have plenty of options. Glock, XD, XDm, M&P, etc.
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« Reply #9 on: June 14, 2012, 02:41:26 PM »
I had settled on a 1911, but this Springfield is very interesting, and looks like a super solid pistol...

http://www.budsgunshop.com/catalog/product_info.php/cPath/24/products_id/77962/Handguns/Springfield+Armory/NEW%20Springfield%2045acp%203.8%20Compact%20Black/

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« Reply #10 on: June 14, 2012, 02:57:00 PM »
For 1911 go full size IMHO. I have an EMP which I like a lot but it's still not the same.
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Re: Reccomended a compact .45
« Reply #11 on: June 14, 2012, 02:58:04 PM »
That's a decent gun. Realize that recoil will be more in many of these polymer 45s over a 1911.

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« Reply #12 on: June 14, 2012, 05:01:29 PM »
Is it possible to change the sights on a compact one like this?? I know the citadel has Novak style sights, but these look built in...

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Re: Reccomended a compact .45
« Reply #13 on: June 14, 2012, 05:17:24 PM »
Is it possible to change the sights on a compact one like this?? I know the citadel has Novak style sights, but these look built in...

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« Reply #14 on: June 14, 2012, 06:06:18 PM »
Is it possible to change the sights on a compact one like this?? I know the citadel has Novak style sights, but these look built in...

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Sorry was expecting you guys to read my mind. I meant on the compact RIA.

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« Reply #15 on: June 14, 2012, 07:24:20 PM »
You can always have the slide recut to accept Novak style sights.
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Re: Reccomended a compact .45
« Reply #16 on: June 14, 2012, 08:32:01 PM »
Yea, but that's not really worth it for such a cheap 1911, IMHO

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Re: Reccomended a compact .45
« Reply #17 on: June 14, 2012, 09:00:46 PM »

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« Reply #18 on: June 14, 2012, 09:15:18 PM »
Yup, they are total crap.  Better getta Glock.  :th_thicon_lol: :th_thicon_lol: :th_thicon_lol: 

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Re: Reccomended a compact .45
« Reply #19 on: June 15, 2012, 06:25:46 AM »
Very interesting.  That was a Kimber right?