After reviewing the Springfield 45ACP Compact Pistol, this might be the perfect option for those who want to find the best concealed carry option. It is affordably priced leaving plenty left over for training and ammunition and may be a great option for shooters with smaller hands despite its caliber and high capacity. It is one of the best self-defense options on the market.
Grip: The pistol’s grip is about 0.75” shorter than that of a full-size pistol making it adhere to the compact label. This shortening drastically improves the concealability of the firearm as height tends to impact printing much more than length. However, even with the shorter grip it is still easy for most shooters to get a solid two-handed grip and draw out without fumbles.
Magazine: The Springfield pistol comes with a 10-round magazine but is also capable of carrying an extended 13-round one as well. For aesthetic and grip purposes, there is also a slip for the extended magazine that helps increase the grip length and conceal it from the outside to look like the rest of the pistol. The magazine release button is ambidextrous and easy to engage from a firing grip on either side.
Safety: In terms of safety, the trigger safety on the compact pistol functions very similarly to that of the Glock. It is easy to disengage while drawing out of a holster or concealment. Additionally, there is an internal firing striker block, as this pistol is striker action, that prevents the pistol from misfiring if the trigger has not been pulled. The final safety measure of compact pistol is the loaded chamber indicator. There is one at the top of the slide and one that protrudes from the back of the slide, both of which can be felt if in a dark environment where most of self-defense situations occur.
Trigger: The trigger on the compact pistol is known to be a little stiff. However, it loosens up as your finger builds up strength from pressing it. Additionally, the recoil on this pistol is more of a push rather than a whip making it ideal for shorter or younger shooters. The gun comes back to target easily and has a short slide cycle making transition drills easy without over swinging.
Durability and Reliability: In terms of durability, the pistol is clearly made to last. The high-strength polymer frame is meant to be used in any environment. The slide and barrel are made of forged steel and finished with a Melonite process meant to combat extreme corrosion and resistance, and they hold up to that. Reliability wise the pistol is extremely reliable and accurate. It feeds, shoots, and ejects just as expected and even when trying to break it, holds up to the bad form. On top of all this Springfield offers a warranty for the pistol, so any manufacturer malfunctions can be fixed without worry.
The Springfield 45ACP Compact Pistol is a great option for concealed carry self-defense, and great for those shooters looking for a smaller pistol to fit their hands. We highly recommend looking into this one on the market.