Elite Carry

Para makes several 3-inch models including the Elite Carry, which is available at a suggested price of $949. While not a full custom like the Executive Carry, the shorter-gripped Elite model offers a standard match-grade, ramped barrel, a skeletonized match-grade trigger, a two-dot rear and green fiber-optic front sights, a beavertail grip safety, cocobolo double-diamond grips, a stainless steel slide and aluminum frame (with Ionbond anodized finish), and two 6-round mags.

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LDA Carry

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Para has also been an innovator in 1911 designs, creating the LDA (Light Double Action), a 1911-style .45 ACP with a hammerless DAO action. There are two .45 ACP versions, the LDA Carry with a 3-inch barrel and the LDA Officer with a 3.5-inch barrel. Both offer the advantages of carrying with the confidence of a DAO trigger and a loaded chamber (in respect to SA and carrying cocked and locked). Both models have a manufacturer’s suggested retail priced of only $1,025.


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Lest we forget the second baddest Para concealed carry 1911 on the planet, the Warthog. The name says it all! This short and stout, 3-inch-barrelled .45 ACP has a double-stack magazine and capacity of 10+1. True to Para’s craftsmanship, the Warthog is hand-tuned on a bench and test fired for accuracy. Each features a match-grade barrel, a crisp trigger and extra firepower. The Warthog is available in a standard version for $884 and in stainless steel for $919. With both models priced under a grand, they are among the smallest high-capacity .45 ACP concealed carry pistols available.

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