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Handgun question relating compact version.

ok so I am about to purchase my first handgun, and It will be a USP in .45

The question that keeps bothering me is, Compact or regular size?

I will not be concealing it anytime soon, so as for portability, access and such what would the board recommend?

The difference I think is 1 inch smaller if im not mistaken, but it keeps bothering me what version to get.

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If it is for taking to the range and not mainly concealment, go with the full size.

They are better balanced, and provide less recoil due to the extra weight at the muzzle. They are also more accurate than the compacts due to longer sight radius, more weight, less recoil, more barrell to contact the round, etc...

If your main function is to conceal it and use it only in emergency (which will be a close distance shooting), then go compact. They are lighter weight, and easier to conceal.
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It also depends on your hand size. Get what feels best to you while holding and shooting.

It could look like ass to me, but as long as it feels good in my hand, accurate, and reliable its gtg in my book.

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Don't try to find a one-size-fits-all handgun. This won't be your last handgun so get the full size. When you're ready to carry, get a compact.

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Don't try to find a one-size-fits-all handgun. This won't be your last handgun so get the full size. When you're ready to carry, get a compact.
I agree I always get a laugh when I see a person that doesn't have much experiance with handguns buy a compact or even a subcompact for their first.
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As said above, full size.
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Go to the range and rent them both...decide from there. I've owned the USP in .40, both full and compact(still have the compact). The fullsize was an easier weapon to shoot consistently.

If you're not dead set on the .45, try out the new P30 also...nice ergo design to it.

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It also depends on your hand size. Get what feels best to you while holding and shooting.

It could look like ass to me, but as long as it feels good in my hand, accurate, and reliable its gtg in my book.
Doesn't the full size and compact basically have the same grip radius?

From what I can remember, the USP in .45 is a big gun (especially if you have small hands). Hope you tried one before buying. Definitely get the full size if you are not planning on carrying it concealed.




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Doesn't the full size and compact basically have the same grip radius?

From what I can remember, the USP in .45 is a big gun (especially if you have small hands). Hope you tried one before buying. Definitely get the full size if you are not planning on carrying it concealed.
I've got medium sized hands and the USP .45 teeters on almost "too big" for me.

Holding a double stacked .45 is a big grip.

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I've got medium sized hands and the USP .45 teeters on almost "too big" for me.

Holding a double stacked .45 is a big grip.
I want to say that the USP .45 was even bigger than the Glock 21 (.45) which is borderline comfortable for me as well




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I want to say that the USP .45 was even bigger than the Glock 21 (.45) which is borderline comfortable for me as well
I have big ass hands Also where does one rent handguns for shooting?

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I have big ass hands Also where does one rent handguns for shooting?
Almost all of the gun ranges I've been to rent guns. Now renting a gun you want to try may be another thing. Are you looking to rent the USP to try it out?




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I have a full size and it fits me well, but I have some big ass hands.
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I can't speak like an expert, but for grip purposes if you want...

You get a compact and get a grip extension for your magazine. Assuming they make them for that particular gun of course.

Really though, that's just a....weak option at best. Just if you want to have a compact gun for later but don't want to buy BOTH right away you can have at least a better grip. Won't really change the balance, weight and so forth so you're still shooting a compact gun.

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I have big ass hands Also where does one rent handguns for shooting?
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Almost all of the gun ranges I've been to rent guns. Now renting a gun you want to try may be another thing. Are you looking to rent the USP to try it out?
Yes.
Just call any range in your area and ask what they have to offer (on rentals).

I know "Shooters Club" on 28th street in FW has a nice selection of rental guns to offer. Winchester may have even more since it's a much larger range/store.


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