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Woaa he's back! Most of you may not remember me. I almost forgot who I was. Anyway, i still lurk here reading your babbling. FN Forums have always been entertaining. My PS90, SCAR17, and FN45t are all working flawlessly still! Just took the Scar/45t out this weekend! Made me think of you all :p

Now, I've got a question to ask, anyone who might be interested in giving their opinions.

I'm looking at getting a new carry firearm. I believe I've boiled it down to two, but feel free to chime in with more.

Currently the top contenders are the Kimber Ultra TLE II and the Para-Ordnance Executive Carry.

These are very similar, Para being full size frame with 3" barrel and Kimber being smaller frame with 3" barrel (Difference of 8+1 and 7+1 mags). I prefer to carry metal frame firearms, but own many poly (ie FN 45t)...

I chose these two because of reliability reviews, small size, 45cal, narrow, relatively lightweight (~25oz). I inside waistband carry, so width tends to be more noticeable.

One of these (unless you sway me another direction) will be replacing a Boberg XR9-S (19oz). I'm keeping the Boberg, its nice and relatively reliable with the right ammo, but after recent local events I've decided to go 100% (or perception of) reliability with 45cal. Was never really a fan of my 9mm's (hate 40) and don't want another caliber.

I'd really like an FN Five-seven compact/carry :p
 

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Welcome back, man.

I can't give my opinion on either of those, but I do have a Sig P245 that I'm partial to.
 

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No experience with any Para guns, although recent Liam Neeson related events, make me think I might be adding one to the collection, but that's neither here nor there. I do have a Kimber Ultra Carry II, the only modification being some tritium sights. I even use Kimber Ultra length mags.... Bought it about 2 years ago, used, and it has been my daily carry since. Up until about a month ago it has been completely flawless. No FTE, FTF, anything. I take it to the range at least once a month and fire about 2-3 boxes of whatever .45acp I can find through it. It always hits where I want it to and it is comfortable enough and conceals well, for me. The only problem I have had so far, has been a broken ejector, that happened last week and upon contacting Kimber, they sent me a new one, almost over night. Just waiting for some free time to put it back together, relying on my back up gun until then, but I feel pretty nekkid without it. For what it's worth.
 

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No experience with any Para guns, although recent Liam Neeson related events, make me think I might be adding one to the collection, but that's neither here nor there. I do have a Kimber Ultra Carry II, the only modification being some tritium sights. I even use Kimber Ultra length mags.... Bought it about 2 years ago, used, and it has been my daily carry since. Up until about a month ago it has been completely flawless. No FTE, FTF, anything. I take it to the range at least once a month and fire about 2-3 boxes of whatever .45acp I can find through it. It always hits where I want it to and it is comfortable enough and conceals well, for me. The only problem I have had so far, has been a broken ejector, that happened last week and upon contacting Kimber, they sent me a new one, almost over night. Just waiting for some free time to put it back together, relying on my back up gun until then, but I feel pretty nekkid without it. For what it's worth.
The more reviews I read/watch I'm noticing that the Kimber is worth the extra $100 or so over the Para. I'm going to keep digging, but I really appreciate the info.

F' Liam Neeson, I'm done with his movies. Stupid hypocritical elitist.
 

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I have a kimber custom II some times carry. Yes it is a little big. I don't bother with ounces, almost 3 pounds. I installed a steel mainspring housing and it still has the FLGR. It has been very reliable since 2004. I am kind of eyeballing a Ruger Commander though. At the end of the day, I think both would serve you we'll.
 

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Can't comment on Kimber or Para, but for a carry 45 I would go with the XD45.
I went and shot a XD45 Compact this weekend. Then ordered the XD45 Compact Mod.2 and a Mossberg 930 Blackwater (Currently being re-branded) for roughly the same price as the Kimber 1911 they were charging. Decided against Para because Remington is discontinuing the name. Odd move on Remington's part, but if they have no brand loyalty then neither will I.

Thanks for all the help... Eventually I'll pickup a Kimber, but couldn't pass-up the deal on the XD45/Mossberg!
 

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Having owned both Kimber & Para as well as it's predecessor Para-Ordnance I can tell you that Kimber is who is on my side as well as in the safes. Para's while fine weaponry just lacked in the fit & finish when compared..
 

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Can't comment on the XD45 Compact but I really like both the XDM40 and XDM45 full size.

If you hadn't already purchased that XD45 Compact then I would have recommended Sig P938. Runs great like a 1911 in a very small package. All metal and really nice quality. I am glad Sig release it in 9MM as I wanted a P238 but wanted to stay away from 380 for personal reasons.
 
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