View Full Version : .45 sub compacts besides glock

September 12, 2005, 08:46 PM
what are some other options besides the glock?

September 12, 2005, 08:58 PM
kahr, taurus, etc

September 12, 2005, 09:25 PM
Springfield and Kimber, and Para make 3" 1911's which seem to be pretty small.

Dave R
September 12, 2005, 10:49 PM
I'm happy with my Taurus PT-145.

September 12, 2005, 10:50 PM
i've been looking at the taurus 145 and 745, i some on the internet that have the acc. rail and some that don't? :confused:

September 12, 2005, 10:52 PM
I'm happy with my Taurus PT-145

I just bought one on saturday and havent gotten a chance to shoot it yet but I am excited. What is the best ammo to break it in with? Also I plan on using this as my carry piece becasue I have heard good things about the PRO series.

Bo Hunter
September 13, 2005, 07:19 AM
I've got a real thing for the Para Carry. It seems to be the perfect size. It feels great in the hand, but is a little heavier than average. I'd love to have one, but due to the price, my first carry gun will be a Glock...

September 13, 2005, 09:54 AM
Beretta 8045 Mini Cougar.

September 13, 2005, 03:02 PM
Sig 245. or I think Taurus makes snubby revolvers in .45ACP and .45 Colt.

September 13, 2005, 03:21 PM
i went to a local shop today. $349 for the taurus 145 new, with 2 mags and he has a used glock 30 with 1 mag for $440.

September 13, 2005, 06:27 PM
Cobra Patriot 45 auto. 20 ounces empty. 6+1 capacity. Smallest 45 auto currently manufactured I'm aware of. It'll fit my larger pockets. I like the grip and trigger (DAO). After about 400 rounds mine handles 230gr Gold Dots and Hydra-Shoks with no failures. I got it new for $249 including shipping.


September 13, 2005, 07:24 PM
I love my Taurus PT-145, and wouldn't trade it for a Glock. Everything about it is great; ergonomics, sights, trigger, reliability, price, etc. Make sure you get a "Millenium Pro" and not the older "Millenium". Also, I believe the latest Pros are the ones with the accessory rails.

I've owned a number of .45's of all different sizes, and the 1911 is my favorite. But for carry, I opt for a .357 snubby when it's really warm (because it conceals a tad better), and the PT-145 the rest of the time. With 10+1 rounds, in a reliable DAO package, the PT-145 has even replaced my 1911 as my bedside gun.

Anyone who is considering the slim 7-round model should handle both of them first. I have medium size hands and the double stack fits me like a glove. People don't even believe it holds 10 rounds in the mag until I show it to them.

September 13, 2005, 07:29 PM
I've owned the Patriot, actually two. I currently prefer the Taurus Mil Pro PT-145. 10+1 is better than 6+1 and I like a slide lock on my pistol. Paid $290 for the Taurus.

September 13, 2005, 08:10 PM
$349 for the taurus 145 new, with 2 mags

That is a lot more than i paid for mine on saturday, which is just blued not SS so maybe thats why it costs more if you got the SS slide.
Paid $290 for the Taurus.
Yeah that is about what i paid for mine, if it's more than that you might acctually look into another shop or get a different gun. :cool:

September 13, 2005, 10:32 PM
It's not officially a subbie (it's a 4" service model), but Springfield makes a .45 GAP which should still be easy to conceal. Check it out here: http://www.springfield-armory.com/prod-xdpstl-45gap.shtml

September 14, 2005, 10:25 AM
Can't give it a better compliment than to say its my everyday CCW. :cool:

Yes. Newer Mill Pro models have the rail. Mine is a year old already - so they've been out.


September 14, 2005, 11:09 AM
The only thing I dislike about my Para C6.45 is the weight. It's heavy for such a small gun. It functions fine with six types of factory ammo and it really shoots my 200 gr SWC very well.

I also like the LDA action. I just wish Para would come out with a lighter frame,


September 14, 2005, 01:47 PM
Sorry for turning this into a taurus thread but i just got back from shooting 200 rds through my PT145 Mill Pro, not a single problem with Win. whitebox from Wallyworld, FMJ. it was smooth and fairly accurate to boot. i set up 10 clays about 15 yards from my truck and got them all in 2 mags so not bad at all really. when my permit comes through i will for sure be carrying the pt145. :cool:

September 14, 2005, 01:50 PM
I've got a PT-145 and really enjoy it. The Beretta 8045 Mini Cougar is pretty nice as well.

Te Anau
September 14, 2005, 01:56 PM
The Patriot .45acp is pretty nice.

September 14, 2005, 05:19 PM
so is $345 for the pt145/745 taurus about normal?

September 14, 2005, 05:23 PM
so is $345 for the pt145/745 taurus about normal?
It seems a touch high compared to what i paid for mine but i find that guns are much cheaper in Idaho then anywhere else. so if you think it is worth it then go for it but it seems about $50 too high. most sellers will go for a 10-15% margin on firearms so you may be able to get some slack if the shop haggles at all. :cool:

September 14, 2005, 05:38 PM
man, the other shop i was in wanted $399 :eek:

September 14, 2005, 06:01 PM
yeah check out gunsamerica.com (http://www.gunsamerica.com/2540/2540-random-1.htm) for pricing, since it deals with guns nationally you dont have to worry about regional prices but i would use it just for pricing purposes. and let them know at the shop how mch you see new ones for online they might work with you or throw in extra mags, ammo etc. :cool:

September 14, 2005, 09:45 PM
Para Warthog!

September 15, 2005, 12:11 AM
baby eagle

September 15, 2005, 12:29 AM


September 15, 2005, 06:32 PM
Colt OM

September 16, 2005, 07:12 AM
I've had quite a few compact.45's:
SIG 245
Springfield Ultra Compact
Para Ordnance Carry 12 LDA
Taurus PT-145

The Taurus it the last compact .45acp I will own and best I have ever owned. I am wearing it on my hip as I type this reply. It is almost invisible under my shirt, light (even with 11 rounds or 230gr. HydraShoks), accurate and reliable. I have over 2000 rounds through it and not a single hiccup. The trigger pull gets smoother the more I shoot it and it's like silk already.

This gun was purchased originally to back up my full size 1911's, but I find myself wearing it more than any other. It stays on my hip or in my front pocket everywhere I go. I carry it so much that it has started to show wear of the blueing of the slide.

michael t
September 16, 2005, 01:27 PM
Para Wart Hog ,Llama mini max subcompact(clone of Wart Hog mine is relieable over a 1000 rounds.and less than 300 bucks) Used Para p-10, Colt Defender .