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SquidBilly
09-22-2016, 10:00 AM
Looking for something smaller in .45 and need it to fit my smaller hands.

Usually don't have trouble with the width side to side of a grip frame, but if the front to backstrap is wide then it's tougher for me to get a good handle.

I've done a little research and I keep coming back to the Glock 36. But I am unsure if the recoil would be much on a small pistol like that. Would like to spend around $600.

Zombie13
09-22-2016, 10:02 AM
I have and carry a Glock 36. Recoil is not bad at all.

inkdaddy66
09-22-2016, 10:02 AM
Looking for something smaller in .45 and need it to fit my smaller hands.

Usually don't have trouble with the width side to side of a grip frame, but if the front to backstrap is wide then it's tougher for me to get a good handle.

I've done a little research and I keep coming back to the Glock 36. But I am unsure if the recoil would be much on a small pistol like that. Would like to spend around $600.
Look into a RIA1911CS, I just bought one for my concealed carry. Recoil is comparable to my full size XD9

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dwalker
09-22-2016, 10:12 AM
I had an XD-s in 45GAP, awesome carry gun, regret letting it go. Ammo can be hard to find but its an easy round to reload for.

Plunger9
09-22-2016, 1:58 PM
http://www.kahr.com/Pistols/Kahr-P45.asp

Maybe one of these.

Lead Waster
09-22-2016, 2:02 PM
If we weren't in CA, I'd say a PPQ in .45 with the small backstrap...but we are, so maybe a Glock 30SF

Carcassonne
09-22-2016, 2:25 PM
The Glock or something like a Colt Officers ACP (if it is on the roster).



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Gregchico
09-22-2016, 2:45 PM
I have owned the G30, G36, XDs 45 and now Shield 45. The G30 was the softest shooting, but felt like a brick for IWB carry. The G36 was good, but pinched my pinky with hotter rounds. The XDs was not that accurate for me. The G30, G36 and XDs all passed my 1000 round CCW testing with no malfunctions. The Shield 45 is the most comfortable of the 4 and currently is my favorite of the 4. I do not yet have a high enough round count through the Shield to call it reliable (but so far, no issues). I owned a 3.5inch Kimber Stainless II but never liked it and never carried it.

Out of the four pistols I have listed, the only one I would not recommend based on my personal experience is the XDs due to its snappiness and limited magazine capacity (with the flush fit magazine).

Bragging shot of my Shield family....
http://i275.photobucket.com/albums/jj310/gregchico/Mobile%20Uploads/20160915_154439.jpg (http://s275.photobucket.com/user/gregchico/media/Mobile%20Uploads/20160915_154439.jpg.html)

Zulu1
09-22-2016, 3:04 PM
I have owned the G30, G36, XDs 45 and now Shield 45. The G30 was the softest shooting, but felt like a brick for IWB carry. The G36 was good, but pinched my pinky with hotter rounds. The XDs was not that accurate for me. The G30, G36 and XDs all passed my 1000 round CCW testing with no malfunctions. The Shield 45 is the most comfortable of the 4 and currently is my favorite of the 4. I do not yet have a high enough round count through the Shield to call it reliable (but so far, no issues). I owned a 3.5inch Kimber Stainless II but never liked it and never carried it.

Out of the four pistols I have listed, the only one I would not recommend based on my personal experience is the XDs due to its snappiness and limited magazine capacity (with the flush fit magazine).

Bragging shot of my Shield family....
http://i275.photobucket.com/albums/jj310/gregchico/Mobile%20Uploads/20160915_154439.jpg (http://s275.photobucket.com/user/gregchico/media/Mobile%20Uploads/20160915_154439.jpg.html)

You are obviously experienced with firearms which makes me even more surprised that you are a "shield" fan. I own teh 9mm and it has one of the worst triggers I have experienced on a firearm. I appreciate it's weight and size but compared to my Kimber 45 Pro Carry it is a junker.

longrifle1
09-22-2016, 3:15 PM
I have a G36, did a grip reduction on it. Shoots very nice.

Also have a Kahr CM45 very small and not bad to shot either

crufflers
09-22-2016, 3:40 PM
I'd say you figured it out with the G36 already unless you want more capacity.

I have a 29/30S and I still want a G36.

BallistiK
09-22-2016, 3:46 PM
GLOCK 30

SquidBilly
09-22-2016, 3:52 PM
I need to go hold a 30. Or a 30sf. I would like like to have more rounds if the grip fits good. But i'm okay with 6 or 7 if need be.

vospertw
09-22-2016, 3:55 PM
I have a G30 and 36. Definitely a different feel; shoot both to see what you like. I like the feel of the 36 but actually shoot better with the 30; I think the extra girth allows a little better purchase on the gun for me. Both are nice guns for the size, however.

Garandimal
09-22-2016, 4:03 PM
Absolutely the GLOCK G36.

It is big enough to be easy on the recoil, even w/ 230 gr. +P ammo, and thin/light enough to carry IWB comfortably.

(don''t forget the Rhinoplasty)

http://s32.postimg.org/wkv2bzs0l/Rhinoplasty.jpg




GR

tcop143
09-22-2016, 4:08 PM
I've owned a 36 in the past, and it was a great shooter. I currently have a 30S and would highly recommend it. 11 rounds of 45 in a package that's a touch smaller than my 19 (if memory serves, I'd have to double check to confirm) is tough to beat. If my duty weapon wasn't a 21, there's a good chance I'd still have and be carrying that 36, even though the size vs capacity issue is a bit of a minus. The width of the slide on the 30 is a deal breaker for me.

PoorMan
09-22-2016, 4:12 PM
XD45

bk23103
09-22-2016, 4:16 PM
I was fortunate enough to procure a Glock 30S. It is absolutely worth the wait/difference in price/effort to find over the SF, for what its worth.

1911cat
09-22-2016, 4:17 PM
XDs -45

redrex
09-22-2016, 4:41 PM
I highly recommend you take a look at the Kahr P45 or PM45.

Offset barrel lug puts the barrel lower and gives you a lower pivot point. In other words less barrel flip and more of a shove.

Slim single stack design, I'm fairly certain that the P45 is the slimmest 45 on roster in CA right now.

I carry the cw380, a pm9 and the p45. This gives me a small, medium and large style solution. All with the exact same trigger and manual of arms.
https://s3.amazonaws.com/mgm-content/sites/armslist/uploads/posts/2011/11/20/233404_02_kahr_p45_45acp_with_nightsight_640.jpg

Title1guy
09-22-2016, 5:46 PM
Just bought an XDs 3.3 .45. About the same size on the slide and overall as my G43. Great for IWB carry for a .45.

SLO1911Fan
09-22-2016, 7:18 PM
I had an XD-s in 45GAP, awesome carry gun, regret letting it go. Ammo can be hard to find but its an easy round to reload for.



Where did you find an XDs in 45GAP? As far as I know it was only ever made in 9mm and .45 acp.

dwalker
09-22-2016, 7:28 PM
Hmm I was sure it was an S but looking at the pics maybe it was just an XD. The XDs must have been 9mm..

ap3572001
09-22-2016, 7:39 PM
Just picked up an M&P 45C for off duty . Cant wait to shoot it! Feels great in my hands. Have to find a good holster now.

crufflers
09-23-2016, 8:09 AM
I've owned a 36 in the past, and it was a great shooter. I currently have a 30S and would highly recommend it. 11 rounds of 45 in a package that's a touch smaller than my 19 (if memory serves, I'd have to double check to confirm) is tough to beat. If my duty weapon wasn't a 21, there's a good chance I'd still have and be carrying that 36, even though the size vs capacity issue is a bit of a minus. The width of the slide on the 30 is a deal breaker for me.

All that is true, but the grip is a bit fat (the same as a 30SF, and 29SF)... the 36 is definitely thinner. I do love my 30S though and it is similar sized to a 19 with the standard ten round mags that have the stock floorplate extension where some people's pinky can rest. I wear XL gloves. Single stack is always going to be thinner for smaller hands.

deadcoyote
09-23-2016, 9:11 AM
Regarding the rock island 1911cs: I owned one, it shot lights out and ran well. Be warned they are heavy!!! Like full size 1911 heavy in a small tank package.

machrono
09-23-2016, 10:55 AM
Nice! that new Shield .45 looks like a winner.

keith1911
09-23-2016, 12:16 PM
I have a Kimber Ultra Carry II that is light and shoots great. After about 200 break in rounds it hasn't bobbled again.

Jldc0312
09-23-2016, 12:29 PM
Off roster but HK45c

Rogue187
09-23-2016, 12:34 PM
Are you looking for a striker fired type pistol or a 1911 style?

cockedandglocked
09-23-2016, 12:48 PM
I have and carry a Glock 36. Recoil is not bad at all.

+1, exactly the same thing I was going to say

Fish On
09-23-2016, 2:40 PM
I have a Glock 30 SF and love it. Its very comfortable to shoot. Give it a shot.

Oldmandan
09-23-2016, 3:39 PM
Kahr P45, an 7-round 1911 officers mag will fit flush

REDdawn6
09-23-2016, 5:58 PM
You are obviously experienced with firearms which makes me even more surprised that you are a "shield" fan. I own teh 9mm and it has one of the worst triggers I have experienced on a firearm. I appreciate it's weight and size but compared to my Kimber 45 Pro Carry it is a junker.

Apex trigger man.

Title1guy
09-23-2016, 6:25 PM
Find someone selling an XDs 3.3 .45, buy it, get a Sticky Holster for it; and you will have no regrets.

smle-man
09-23-2016, 7:22 PM
I'm happy with my Colt Officer's model.

http://i238.photobucket.com/albums/ff237/smle-man/IMG_0004%20a_zpsujd4qj5p.jpg

SquidBilly
09-24-2016, 12:42 AM
Are you looking for a striker fired type pistol or a 1911 style?

I like the 1911 style and they fit my hand well. But i'm thinking striker fired and plastic for ease of carry.

Pally
09-24-2016, 7:30 AM
Glock 30sf! Solid gun; very accurate and very little recoil. 10 rds, too!

cantdance
09-24-2016, 8:07 AM
Off roster but HK45c
On roster, USP 45c. Same thing, only different.

HYPURR
09-24-2016, 8:08 AM
Smith and Wesson 4513TSW - Just Sold my # 3 pistol last week...I'll keep my other 2.

There's also a S&W CS45 and 457 FOR SALE in the Marketplace. Shame everyone is so enamored with plastic. Guess since it's Fall they will not melt in the car until next summer?

(Keep Calm just poking fun)

Best, Dave

Gregchico
09-24-2016, 8:44 AM
On roster, USP 45c. Same thing, only different.

I would agree The USP 45c is a great choice, but it is much thicker. I do like mine, it shoots much better than I do. With that said, I would still lean towards the G36 or G30...

9mm Shield vs 45acp
http://i275.photobucket.com/albums/jj310/gregchico/Mobile%20Uploads/20160915_154557.jpg (http://s275.photobucket.com/user/gregchico/media/Mobile%20Uploads/20160915_154557.jpg.html)


http://i275.photobucket.com/albums/jj310/gregchico/Mobile%20Uploads/20160924_093418.jpg (http://s275.photobucket.com/user/gregchico/media/Mobile%20Uploads/20160924_093418.jpg.html)


Shield stacked on the HK. I was not able to stack them properly and take a picture due to their controls, but the H&K is bigger even though it does not look as muck in the picture. The second picture shows the size difference better.

http://i275.photobucket.com/albums/jj310/gregchico/Mobile%20Uploads/20160924_093432.jpg (http://s275.photobucket.com/user/gregchico/media/Mobile%20Uploads/20160924_093432.jpg.html)


Shield vs USPc
http://i275.photobucket.com/albums/jj310/gregchico/Mobile%20Uploads/20160924_093457.jpg (http://s275.photobucket.com/user/gregchico/media/Mobile%20Uploads/20160924_093457.jpg.html)

racemedic
09-24-2016, 10:05 AM
Another vote for the G36, I love mine.

Bronco4me
09-24-2016, 2:42 PM
I have two Shields and love them -- *after* an APEX action trigger and FPB kits. I haven't shot the .45 yet, but I'd assume an APEX job for it too. If you like strikers that might just be the way to go.

I also love my Kimber Ultra CDP II for carry. Lightweight, slim and easy to hide, 8 shots and wickedly accurate. You just have to like 1911s...

dwalker
09-24-2016, 3:12 PM
I found the bore height to be a real issue for me in the Shield and the Beretta Nano. I really do like the XDs and small glocks though

ElvenSoul
09-24-2016, 3:23 PM
I used to like my Para Ordance Executive Carry! Let the woman shoot it :(

Now it is her gun!

KillZone45
09-24-2016, 5:20 PM
Off roster but HK45c

HK 45c is not really a conceal carry gun, I had one. You could possibly do it during the cold/cooler months with a jacket/hoody or if you are a big dude.

cantdance
09-24-2016, 10:46 PM
I would agree The USP 45c is a great choice, but it is much thicker. I do like mine, it shoots much better than I do. With that said, I would still lean towards the G36 or G30...

9mm Shield vs 45acp

Shield stacked on the HK. I was not able to stack them properly and take a picture due to their controls, but the H&K is bigger even though it does not look as muck in the picture. The second picture shows the size difference better.


Shield vs USPc
]I don't have an HK45C, which was the subject of my reply, to compare to my usp45c. I do have a full size HK45. Thickness looks exactly the same. A spec sheet may show a slight difference.

cantdance
09-24-2016, 10:54 PM
How about a Glock 29? Magazine is shorter. Every little bit counts in concealment.