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Old 03-13-2011, 03:50 PM   #1
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ok guys so i need some help, i have been shooting etc for quite some time, usually however it has been my father and other friends guns, its finally time for me to get one of my own. I am looking for a handgun, im about 6'5 300lbs and can handle most any kick back, but what im looking for here is some advice on some .45 caliber handguns that i might like, i understand i have to get out and shoot them but if i can narrow it a bit it would save me some time and money. Im looking for something that could possibly be concealed but i have a pretty large hand so nothing too small. I was looking at a glock 21 but like i said im open to any suggestion and would greatly appreciate some advice thank you

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Old 03-13-2011, 04:01 PM   #2
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Welcome to the forum!

Around here, if you say .45, we say 1911. That's probably the most famous and most trusted .45 cal pistol ever designed.

However, there are other, more modern guns that are lighter weight with higher ammo capacity, such as the Glock 21, or Springfield XD 45 that are also very good quality guns.

It all comes down to what you prefer and what you intend to do with the gun.

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I like the Beretta 96, 40 S&W. Large-ish gun. Looks cool. Not sure how concealable it is......they also make it in a 9MM version, Models 92, higher capacity mags.

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ok so im looking at all these now just tryin to do some reasearch before my trip to tanners, im seeing that there are many different 1911s? or is there one true 1911 and others are just trying to copy it? also i was looking at the S&W m&p 45? any thoughts? once again this is my first actual firearm purchase so much apologies for sounding like such a noob!

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If you have large meathooks, you might want to try out a G21, or one of the widebody 1911s. STI has a couple of nice ones.

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From experience I would recommend an XD(m). I am a 1911 guy and I prefer all metal guns but my XD(m) 45 has corrupted me when it infiltrated my collection. I too have the bear paw problem (see the last pic in first link), and the interchangable back-straps of the XD(m) are perfect. I put the largest one on and haven't looked back.

However, the 1911 is my absolute favorite pistol platform. They are accurate, reliable, point naturally, and are just plain sexy.
I have two XDms and nine 1911s and always looking for more, nuff said...

Here's my range report of the XD(m): http://www.firearmstalk.com/forums/f59/range-report-45-acp-springfield-xdm-45-a-28825/

And here is a 1911 one: http://www.firearmstalk.com/forums/f66/45-acp-kimber-stainless-tle-ii-range-report-39700/




Edited: Reason: changed eight 1911s to nine, I forgot one, HA

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ok so im looking at all these now just tryin to do some reasearch before my trip to tanners, im seeing that there are many different 1911s? or is there one true 1911 and others are just trying to copy it? also i was looking at the S&W m&p 45? any thoughts? once again this is my first actual firearm purchase so much apologies for sounding like such a noob!
Some would say that Colt's are true 1911's and all other are clones. Colt was the 1st manufacturer however, due to War Time production demands they were quickly augmented by other makers under contract w/the US Govt. Also, it was not designed by Colt, it's the brain child of legendary gun designer John Moses Browning and served the US Military from 1911 until 1985 making it the longest serving handgun ever issued.

Today, there are more companies building 1911's than any other gun ever designed so the list of choices is endless and ranges from Asian & S American imports starting under 500 to full blown custom shop guns costing several thousands.

Some of the favored manufacturers you'll read about here would include:
Kimber & Springfield Armory because they both build quality guns w/good fit and finish but there are dozens of builders that fit this bill.

Check out the 1911 forum here for good info on this design. Those of us who love it, do so because we have a wide range of experience shooting just about every handgun ever built, and find the 1911 to be the BEST shooting gun available.

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Some would say that Colt's are true 1911's and all other are clones. Colt was the 1st manufacturer however, due to War Time production demands they were quickly augmented by other makers under contract w/the US Govt. Also, it was not designed by Colt, it's the brain child of legendary gun designer John Moses Browning and served the US Military from 1911 until 1985 making it the longest serving handgun ever issued.

Today, there are more companies building 1911's than any other gun ever designed so the list of choices is endless and ranges from Asian & S American imports starting under 500 to full blown custom shop guns costing several thousands.

Some of the favored manufacturers you'll read about here would include:
Kimber & Springfield Armory because they both build quality guns w/good fit and finish but there are dozens of builders that fit this bill.

Check out the 1911 forum here for good info on this design. Those of us who love it, do so because we have a wide range of experience shooting just about every handgun ever built, and find the 1911 to be the BEST shooting gun available.

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hey guys first i wanted to say thanks for all the great information and the search has begun, im not too sure of my price range but i know i dont wana be outragious aka over 800-100 dollars, those guns will be coming when im a bit older. That being said, a friend of mine recommended a p90 ruger .45 cal? ive never shot this gun before but figured someone here has, and also the s&w m&p 45? im definitely not trying to beat a dead horse here, and appreciate your advice and suggestions, im just coming across so much information im a bit overwhelmed it would seem. Also how hard is it to get find an FFL if i decide to order something online? Im reading what im writing as i go and i truly feel like a noob! but please be patient with me! Also i know this is the wrong thread/post to put it in but if any of you guys have anything laying around that you might be willing to part with im definitely interested, better to buy from people that know their stuff so that you dont get BSed.

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S&W M&P45, that is my suggestion. With your size, the interchangeable back strap will give you the flexibility to get the best grip fit for your hand. It is also one heck of a pistol.
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