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Just rec'd my CCW permit, and am shopping for my first handgun. I'm not exactly a newbie with handguns, I've shot my dads, brothers, and friends before. Both brothers and dad carry .45ACP 1911s (two Officers size Kimbers, and one Commander size Kimber), and I'm leaning that route as well.

Looking at the "CCO" size guns, Officers frame w/ Commanders slide. I think that will be a good size for CCW, while still being decent for some target use. The Officer seems too small/short for any sort of extended target use, and the Commander seems to large for easy concealability.

I was leaning strongly toward the Springfield Range Officer Compact, but am now considering the Sig C3 as well, which can be had used for about the same price as the Springfield new. I've also considered the Kimbers, but they don't really turn me on.

Anything other guns I should consider?
 

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A CC gun should be #1, comfortable especially getting into and out of a car, # 2 capable of stopping a criminal or attacker with" one" good center massed body shot so your choice of the 45 ACP is good. #3 it should be easy to access when worn,

With the 45 high capacity isn't as important as if you chose a smaller caliber. My recommendation is get what fits good in your hand and is easy to carry. Don't expect Bullseye accuracy from a short barreled carry gun.

Equally as good at man stopping , very reliable and lower in cost is Charter Arms 44 Bull Dog


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- Actually, I think #1 for a concealed gun is 'reliability.' - that means easily and efficiently from holster to target, as well as reliability of function (and accuracy).

- I always tell people "a 22 in the pocket is better than a 45 left at home." - Weather (hot - cold) will often impact what you carry, as will your planned activity for the day (this will also impact holster choice/carry manner).

- That being said, carry the biggest round you can.

- You'll want a gun that can be drawn easily (i.e., all the rough edges smoothed out, sight that won't catch, etc.).

- PRACTICE, practice, practice
 

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Check out STI Escort written up in Feb. issue of Guns & Ammo Handguns magazine 3.25" 9mm. Can be ordered from Dawson Precision. For less money and loaded with extras, I have a Springfield Armory .45 Range Officer Champion - has 4" barrel on commander sized frame. Like the way it handles and shoots so well, I am picking up the same model tomorrow in 9mm. $699.99 off Gunbroker. Hope this helps....I like 1911s vs. striker fired. Best Regards, Ed
 

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Springfield Armory Champions are larger than the Officer/Compact models and slightly smaller than Commander models AND do NOT have Series 80 firing pin mechanism like SIG's.
Regards, Ed
 

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You need to look at the Dan Wessons. Very high quality for not much more money. 100% machined gun

Dan Wesson CCO, Valkyrie, ECO

You won't be dissapointed!
 

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You need to look at the Dan Wessons. Very high quality for not much more money. 100% machined gun

Dan Wesson CCO, Valkyrie, ECO

You won't be dissapointed!
Make sure you check out the new M&P in
.45 ACP. About the same size as the 9mm.
Also mine seems to have a better trigger than
the 9mm. Great gun! Selling for about $425.00
 

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Something that is a dependable caliber (.380 or above), reliable, easy to conceal and comfortable are my own criteria. I used to carry a J frame S&W in .38 Special but nowadays, it's a SIG P938 in 9mm (much like a mini 1911 in looks and function). There are many models to choose from in the P938, mine is the Blackwood. If I had to pack something as large as a 1911, it would spend more time at home than on me. A link is below.

P938
 

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Plus one for the Sig P938, great guns! My wife carry's the Sig P238, basically the same as the 938 but in 380 vs 9mm, the slide is 1/2 inch shorter. I purchased and fired several different loads for this gun before giving it my approval. Over 300 rounds fired and not one failure right out of the box. Very accurate for a small pistol as well.

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I looked in the safe at concealed carry guns...

Full sized - SIG 226/228/229 (9mm, 40 S&W, 357 SIG)
Odd ball - SIG 220 (45 ACP), Para Ordnance P-12 (car gun 45 ACP)
1911 - Jim Garthwaite custom (full sized frame with commander slide), EGW custom, S & W E-series (my current carry arm)
Med - KelTek - PF9 (9mm)
Small - KelTek P3AT (380), Beretta 21A (22) - thinking of the Walther P22 (22) - but I've never carried it.

I've others, but these cover the full range.

The SIG's have always been my 'go to' carry guns, but this S & W E-series 1911 really has my interest. I think it is the best 'out of the box' pistol I have ever handled/shot. I have better ones, but it took work to get them there - this one was perfect - right out of the box (it is the two-tone, rounded butt version).

IMHO Kimbers are NOT what they used to be. I grew up outside Philly - with Edelman's Sporting Goods. Leslie Edelman was the driving force behind this new line of pistols, and at the time they were stunning. That being said, I am less than impressed by their current production.

I think others are bringing better products to the table for less money. Food for thought.
 

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If you haven't already, take a serious look at the RO's. I have one in 9mm and one in.45. I feel they are one of the best deals out there for what you get for your money. Mine have been mechanically sound and accurate. Good luck on your search. I haven't found any ammo that the .45 won't digest.

Steve
 
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