I am looking for a conceal weapon that only has to be used for that, I got plenty of range guns. It has to be compact, no DA only (so no Glock), .45, no 9mm or .40. Also the price has to be right (so no Sigs).
Taurus Millennium Pro .45: Unique DA/SA, very good price, decent quality, great size
Magnum Research Baby Eagle .45: True DA/SA, decent price, good quality, but larger
At the moment I'm leaning towards the Taurus because of its size and my good experience with Taurus. The Tanfoglio is a great alternative but holds 2 less rounds and it's a bit bigger. The Baby Eagle is the best built but it is larger and much heavier.
I went out looking for a Millennium Pro when I was looking for my latest pistol. I ended up with a PT 24/7...it just fit my hand better, and it ended up being my purchase. I say check them both out, you'll be surprised. Its not much larger than the Millennium Pro except in grip size.
Well... in the budget compact .45 market there are not many options. 1911s are out due to price, as are customs, an most other nice name-brand offerings. From what I have seen the PT145 or smaller PT745 will be about what you are looking for.
In the end, get what fits your hand best and then test it thoroughly to establish it's reliability.
I have a PT145 got about 700rounds of various ammo through it. Only issues have occurred becuase it is the 1st semiauto I have own(yeah I did it limpwrist). But the last 350-400 rounds have been without error. Love the gun and it will be my carry weapon after I get my CCW permit. Stopping power, rounds available, size, reliable....price....PT145 best bang for your buck.
I'd recommend the Pro for another reason beyond whats mentioned above. The size will make it easier to conceal/carry every day. It's a nice size to be an "always gun". As in, its always with you. This is what I consider my subcompact XD to be.
NickNitro hopefully you have found a firearm that works for you by now.
The PT145 is a good price point and a great place to start. If you have more money, then a Springfield Compact XD45 would work. Only problem, as you mentioned, is this is DOA in the XD. Side by side comparison.....