A flashlight is not a better defense option than a shotgun, and a .45 ACP is not a shotgun -- but I'm sure the questioner knows that. If you're actually buying a Colt, you'll have to look hard -- find a gun shop and have them locate one for you. If you just want a .45 of that style (model 1911-style), they can be had from Springfield Armory, Para-Ordinace, Kimber, Smith&Wesson, etc., but finding prices online is hard. Try <www.gunbroker.com> and <budsgunshop.com>, but I wouldn't buy from them -- I've heard bad things. For just a shooter, expect to pay $450-$650. They go way up from there. I would recommend Springfield. And don't try to hunt with a .45!!! Carry: yes. Shoot animals: not unless it's an emergency. It doesn't have enough power. .357mag is minimum for anything from feral hogs and up. Check your laws, and give the rest of us gun-owners a good name. Most important of all: LEARN YOUR WEAPON WELL!!