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Old 08-04-2012, 04:06 PM   #11
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I have an H&K45c and love it, though it is a recent purchase (~ a month and 300 rounds or so). It's accurate, it's comfortable, and recoil seems softer than the 1911 or Sig 220 (with a reminder that this is the compact version). The variant I have is DA first shot, SA subsequent OR SA cocked & locked first shot. The frame safety is also a de-cocking lever. There are also DA-only flavors.

I also have a few .45 1911s, from Kimber and Colt (also 10mm from both). I like the 1911s but they too have some drawbacks.

I had (traded it off) a Sig 220. I will get another one, it was a fabulous shooter, easy to maintain, and extremely reliable.

The last time I was at the gun shop, the sales person showed me the new(er?) FN; higher capacity (double stack mag ~15 rounds IIRC), DA/SA, frame safety that doubles as a de-cocker (like the H&K 45 of similar variant), and grip inserts to tailor the feel and comfort level to the shooter.
All-in-all it looks pretty slick. I'm waiting for them to send one to the range rental rack so I can try it out. Price-wise, it's pretty reasonable.

When I was looking for a new .45, I was waiting to see / try the S&W M&P, but the shop(s) I went to only had the DA-only version.

I'm not a Glock fan, I had one years ago(9mm) and swapped it off. I'm not comfortable with the trigger safety. I'm not saying they're bad, it's just not a style that I'm comfortable with.

Between the two you mentioned, I favor the H&K (obviously, since I bought one). I haven't seen the accuracy or reliability of the FN, but it might be worth checking out ... same for the S&W, it feels like a really nice piece.

Sorry about the waffle, but it's all so subjective ... what's good for me isn't necessarily good for you. Go with what feels best to you and has a good reputation; chances are in your favor you'll end up with a winner.

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Can we mention price? I think it's a 2:1 ratio. I believe tou can buy 2 Glocks for the price of the one HK. Having said that, there is a reason for that as well. And that the HK is awesome to shoot.

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All I can say is what feels comfortable to you is what you carry!! $hit I carry my Glock 35 as my weapon of choice!

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Not too fond of either here but comparing a HK to a Glock is like comparing a Kia to a Mercedes. If money is no object go with the HK for sure. If you want to keep in a Glock budget get the XD.

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Here's my HK Elite.
It will easily outshoot any other Auto I own, except my Kimber Classic Gold Match, and even then it's a tie.
I like the fact that you can carry them either DA/SA, or cocked and locked such as a 1911 style.

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I was going to get a HK but they don't make a 10mm

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Old 08-05-2012, 02:43 AM   #17
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I own an hk. You want a downside? Here it is: PRICE. Yep. Price. That is all. Price is the one and only downside. Ive heard their customer service sucks and isnt very friendly. But then again, if you have an hk, you probably wont be needing it so i dont consider that a downside. You can be the biggest @sshole on the planet but if i never need to talk to you, it wont bother me one bit. So yeah, price. Ohh wait, you said price is no object??? Well then, enjoy!

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I have owned both and also XDM in .45. The HK was the best looking gun and ran very well. It broke a leaf spring which left the hammer unable to cock (always rested on the back of the firing pin under tension). I sent it to HK and they fixed it in two weeks with nothing more than a RMA number (no proof of ownership, receipt of purchase) I got after making a quick phone call.
With mags costing $45 or more and used HK's fetching $1k prices at the LGS, I cashed it out I'm a private sale.
The high end SOCOM and elite models might be worth it to a pro shooter but I could get a Glock and an XDM for one HK.
I do love the P7's though. The mags for them are even more expensive!

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I have owned both and also XDM in .45. The HK was the best looking gun and ran very well. It broke a leaf spring which left the hammer unable to cock (always rested on the back of the firing pin under tension). I sent it to HK and they fixed it in two weeks with nothing more than a RMA number (no proof of ownership, receipt of purchase) I got after making a quick phone call.
With mags costing $45 or more and used HK's fetching $1k prices at the LGS, I cashed it out I'm a private sale.
The high end SOCOM and elite models might be worth it to a pro shooter but I could get a Glock and an XDM for one HK.
I do love the P7's though. The mags for them are even more expensive!
That was what I was trying to say as well. Great but pricey.

And the P7 is one of my favorite guns of all time. I'd love a P7M8 but; to find one is tough and the. Be willing to drop $1200-$1500 for it?? Well...
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I own a Glock 21, 1911A1 converted to match grade, and a SIG P220.

All 3 are fun to shoot. The Glock has high Capacity, the custom 1911 has incredible accuracy, (at the expense of reliability, unfortunately) and when I carry one for personal protection, it's ALWAYS, without exception, the SIG P220.

If I could keep only one of them, it would be the SIG.

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