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New .45 acp for CCW

Discussion in 'General Firearms Forum' started by JD_19x9, May 3, 2012.

  1. JD_19x9

    JD_19x9

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    I'm thinking about picking up a new CCW gun in .45 acp. I'm interested in a slim single stack striker that will be comfortable to carry for long periods of time. I did try the Glock 30 a while back, but would like something smaller.

    A few that I'm looking into:
    1. Kahr PM45
    2. Kahr CW45
    3. Glock 36
    4. Springfield XDS

    Any recommendations?
     
  2. Shark1007

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    Kahr CW 45 is a better buy ans PM45 a little easier to conceal
     

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    TSAX USAF Vet

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    Id go with the Glock 36 but I also want to give the XD-s sometime on the range.






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  4. bulletandgrunt

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    I'm in the same boat. I carry a 26. I can't make my mind up between a 36 and a 30/30sf


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  5. Bald Baron

    Bald Baron Hermit

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    I've got about 450 rounds thru my Kahr CW45 with no hick ups. I'm sure there are better choices but I can't think of anything bad to say about the CW45.:wavey:
     
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    My vote is for the G36!:supergrin:
     
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    I have been on the hunt for the perfect 45 for 3 years. I have been through one G36 and two G30's. I've heald a lot of others but bought a new Kahr CW45 because I found a great deal, it fits great but I haven't shot it yet. I have let my friends take it with them to shot and they said its as accurate as any polymer pistol they have ever shot and it performed 100 rds flawlessly.
     
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    I carried a G-36 for several years. It shoots well and has been very reliable. I finally opted for a Kahr PM-9 in a pocket holster. Currently the Kahr 45ACP pistols would be worthwhile investigating.
     
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    I agree the CW45 is a good choice.
     
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    My experience with kahr's is that they're finicky. The XDS is too new so i vote G36.
     
  11. BuckyP

    BuckyP Lifetime Member

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    Anyone even have an XDS yet? Some say it's out, but I'd think there'd be at least one GT'r with one if they were. :dunno:
     
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    I had the Kahr CW45 in my hands the night I purchased my CW9. I was going back and forth on which one I should purchase. It is a very nice feeling gun. I wish I could find the PM45 in stock somewhere. The PM9 and PM45 seem to be harder to find.

    I've also been keeping my eye on the XDS. I just do not like the grip safety and the XDs are all very chunky.

    Going to rent a 36 next time I'm at the range and see how it feels and shoots...
     
  13. mrsurfboard

    mrsurfboard The Anti-Glock

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    How about the M&P 45c or a small 1911?
     
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    XDs are chunky, but by all reports and measurements, the XDS should be slimmer than a G36. :dunno:
     
  15. glock2740

    glock2740 Gun lover.

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    I'd like to see and hold a XDS 45 in person. Wonder about a Shield in .45ACP coming out shortly, especially with all the hype on the Shield in 9mm and .40S&W...:whistling:
     
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    Jade Falcon WTF EREN?!

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    I've read threads on here in the past that have been against the G36 due to reliability issues. Can anyone tell me if they've been addressed?
     
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    The newer G36's are getting a lot less complaints. My G36 would not feed any HP ammo and will pinch you like a rabid lobster. They should have gave it a full grip like a compact Glock. I haven't given the M&P45c a fair chance but it is something I will at least rent one day.
     
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    Jade Falcon WTF EREN?!

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    Thanks man. I was thinking either a G36, or that new XDm 3.8 chopped .45, with 10+1 rounds. Seems thin enough to comfortably carry, and it has a rail for accessories on the front. But it's got a thinner grip than the G30, which is great for those of us with small hands.
     
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    The M&P45c I didn't consider.

    G36
    thickness: 1.10 in
    weight: 20.11 / 26.98 oz

    M&P45c
    thickness: 1.2 in
    weight: 28.9 / 35.6 oz ???
     
  20. FLglockdude

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    Honestly, I'm not too fond of anything on that list. The Kahrs in .45 seem to be problematic (the 9's are wonderful). I don't like the G36, the grip is even more uncomfortable than the double stack guns, and I can't comment on the XD-S as nobody has one, and I haven't seen or held one.

    When I think thin .45, I think 1911.