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Recommend a new .45 ACP double stack for CC ...

Discussion in 'General Firearms Forum' started by MediaMan, Feb 24, 2012.

  1. MediaMan


    Dec 18, 2009
    Been carrying a Taurus PT145 for several years, alternating with a Glock26. Looking for a different .45, same size and round capacity. Love the Taurus, shoots great and straight, just looking for something new.

    Ideas? < $500, please.
    Last edited: Feb 24, 2012
  2. Wetrudgeon


    Feb 10, 2001
    Beyond the beyond
    Were it not for your requirement of "double stack," we would heartily recommend the Glock G36. Ours hides and shoots very well. We recognize that with the G36 one is "limited" to 6 round mags, but this hardly keeps us up nights.

    To your Question: Have you considered the compact M&P? Is it not a "double stack?" Think so, but have not shot or closely examined one (don't get out much). We know that the reviews on them have been mostly very good.

    As an aside, we owned one of the first PT145's and found it very well suited for carry. Inexpensive, shot reasonably well (the triggers on the first models were longer and harder than the latest), low recoil, and light and smooth to hide. Alas, the frame on our PT145 cracked twice within the first 1K rounds and we felt it had to go.

    Sorry for the ramble. Our $.02.

    We trudge on.

  3. stumpjumper


    Feb 5, 2007
    Another vote for the M&P45c-liked it much better than my G30.
  4. Bilbo Bagins

    Bilbo Bagins Slacked jawed

    Sep 16, 2008
    I have been around and around with a .45acp pocket gun, and I will tell you it will be hard to match your PT145.

    Everything double stack will be bigger. Only the Kahr PM45 is smaller but its a single stack and only carries 5+1 rounds.

    The only thing close is the glock 30, but it will be about an inch longer. I really like to see someone come out with a 10+1 .45 pocket gun that is just a slightly thicker version of the G26, like Taurus did with the PT145.
    Last edited: Feb 24, 2012
  5. HKLovingIT

    HKLovingIT Resident Evil

    Aug 20, 2010
    Out On The Tiles

    Yep. On this model Taurus really trumped a lot of others on size versus capacity etc. Seems people who own them like them a lot from a little searching I did.

    The double stack competitors to it that I can think of would be:

    G30 (10 round)
    M&P 45C - own one - bigger. (8 round)
    XDM 3.8 .45 - (I compared one in the shop last week next to a G30 and the XDM is noticeably bigger in person than the G30 to my eye) (9 round)
    H&K USP Compact .45 - own one - bigger. (8 round)
    Last edited: Feb 24, 2012
  6. Jameson4all


    May 31, 2011
    I think a glock 30 sf in a crossbreed holster is pretty good.
  7. Bugler


    Feb 21, 2012
    I have a G21sf and depending on wardrobe carry it often. Very accurate, 100 percent reliable and good capacity.
  8. Bruce M

    Bruce M

    Jan 3, 2010
    S FL
    Hmm that could be a clue...
  9. crazymoose

    crazymoose Nonentity

    Feb 9, 2005
    Glock 30 would be my choice, although many seem to like the M&P.
  10. How about the XD(m) Compact next will probably be what you have the Taurus PT145 :) its just smaller than the XD(m) and I cant find a Glock 36 at a reasonable price.
  11. NEOH212

    NEOH212 Diesel Girl

    Mar 25, 2008
    North East Ohio
    While not a true double stack but not a single stack either, check out the HK 45 or the HK 45 compact.

    You won't be disappointed. Trust me!

  12. GOOFA


    Feb 26, 2007
    My vote goes to the G30sf
  13. KarlThomas


    Nov 29, 2010
    I'd go with the M&P 45C.
  14. Glock27NY


    Dec 1, 2008
    Upstate NY
    +1. I like my M&P 45c alot.
  15. MinnesnowtaWild


    Dec 26, 2011
    Sure is hard to beat the Taurus PT145. It's a really nice shooter, too. Great price as well.
  16. CDR_Glock


    Apr 1, 2010
    Less than $500? I don't know of any that fit that criteria unless you go used.

    I have a G30. The advantage of that is my ability to carry 11 plus a spare G21 mag for 13 more. Alternatively you can go g30SF. Cost of magazines are pretty affordable. The Gock is most logical since younhave a 26. Trigger action will be identical. tennifer is more durable than melonite on an xd.

    Honestly, though, for concealed carry, THIN IS IN, and you can get an XDS 45, G36 or a Kahr 45.

    As someone else suggested, with the right holster, anything can be concealed.
    Last edited: Feb 28, 2012
  17. GOOFA


    Feb 26, 2007
    CDR_Glock... Now I am not picking on you, but tennifer is no longer allowed in the USA. Glock now uses NITRATION. NITRATION is the treatment given to the inside/outside of the slide and barrel. This was just informational.
  18. Bilbo Bagins

    Bilbo Bagins Slacked jawed

    Sep 16, 2008
    But with the exception of the kahr, the difference between the thickness of a Taurus and a the other single stack .45 is almost meaningless. Size truely matters


    I really wished the Xds was shorter in length. Wow, its 1" thick, but its still 6.3" long so its the same dimension and weight as a Kahr cw45 and just a hair shorter than the G36. Also the Taurus PT145 is the same weight and shorter in length so I rather deal with 1/4 of an inch in thickness to get 10 rounds instead of 5 or 6 with the XDS or the Kahr CW45. I really wished the XDS was a hair under 6" in length and a hair lighter, like the expensive Kahr PM45. Now you are talking about something worth while.

    I'm going to hope that Kahr makes a CM45 or maybe someone like Ruger or S&W will pick up the ball. If you look at the Mousegun pocket pistol chart, at first there was an explosion of .380 pocket guns, then 9mm. Yet the PM45 and the ATM Backup .45 still sits alone for years in the .45acp column waiting for a friend.
  19. Gary1911A1


    Jun 14, 2005
    Ohio for now
    Another vote for the HK45 Compact. It only holds 8 rounds in the magazine, but that and a reload of a 10 round magazine should be enough in the real world. I'd also get the M&P over the Glock. S&W may be having problems with the M&P in 9MM, but the 45s' are running great. The FN is to big.
  20. SGT_Calle


    Nov 27, 2011
    I've liked my XD45c for a while but decided to get the HK45c... I like it more.
    Big-ish but I can conceal both fairly easily (tall, thin build).
    Last edited: Feb 28, 2012