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Old 05-12-2011, 12:10 AM   #11
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Seems like everyone is giving a thumbs up for the 1911, the only problem is, can I get a good one for around $600?

This isn't gonna be a duty or carry gun, most likely range/home defense and maybe something I'll use for local competitions. I want to start training for 3 gun matches.

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Seems like everyone is giving a thumbs up for the 1911, the only problem is, can I get a good one for around $600?

This isn't gonna be a duty or carry gun, most likely range/home defense and maybe something I'll use for local competitions. I want to start training for 3 gun matches.
You can get a decent used one for that, but I do know I have seen some Para's for around 800, and some colts for around that as well.
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I have an XDm45 and sure do like it. I also used to have an XD45 compact. No complaints there either. And while I don't have any experience with M&P, I've been pretty impressed with the ones I've handled. If that's what you want, go for it. What I call the polymer "staples" (Glock, XD, M&P, and to a lesser extent FNP) are pretty great guns for the $400-700 you'll spend on them.

I would definitely say a nice ($600-1200) 1911 is a step above, as is a Sig P220. I don't own a 1911 and hope to fix that soon. My two favorite pistols are a CZ 75b and BHP, which by many accounts draw a ton of parallels (and owe a lot) to the 1911 platform. There's just a nice, pointable, sleek balance to them...which I've also noted in the 1911s I've handled and shot.

Polymer= Light weight, high capacity, utilitarian design.
1911= Outstanding balance/handling, a bit heavy, limited capacity, classic design.

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I may be crucified for this...but I actually prefer the polymer guns. I do like a good 1911 quite a bit. But I also prefer the 13 rounds my XD45 can hold to the 7 that my 1911 can hold. I'm thinking M&P .45 will be my next full size handgun.

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I am a fan of the 1911 platform and have 9 of them and I have the 4.5 inch barrel XDm-45. But I've got to tell ya I was always of the mind set that I would never own a tupperware gun, but was I wrong! The first thing I noticed shooting it was that is was surprisingly soft shooting, however the grip was small. I have odd bear-paw hands and I had to swap out the backstrap to the largest size at the range.

After the swap, the gun felt like my Colt Combat elite with the arched housing only thicker. I brought an assortment of Hollow Point ammo just in case it didn't like something. It shot Speer GD, Hornady XTP+P, and Corbon JHP+P just like it was FMJ ammo. And as for accuracy, well look at this target from 14 yards:






I had it loaded to 13+1 and I can only see 11, maybe 12 holes. Which means that 2 to 3 rounds went through the same holes. I shot a total of 310 rounds of which 60 were hollow points and the rest were Magtech FMJ and Winchester FMJ (the light ones that look like JSWCs). After all that I was amazed at how soft shooting it was, It makes my Defender seem like a torture device.

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I've been kickin around on what kind of full-size handgun to get. I decided on the M&P 45 but a friend told me if I was gonna go with a.45, that polymer wouldn't be the way to go.

Do polymer .45 acp handguns have more problems than the metal framed handguns?

Should I save some more and get a 1911?
I've been CC a M&P 45 for six years. I'm on my second one, not because I wore out the first but because my son wanted it. Now we both CC a M&P 45. The only difference between the two is I had a trigger job done on mine and like the trigger even more, my son like the trigger as is. I chose the M&P because I wanted something a bit lighter than the Kimber I had been carrying. It isn't a 1911, the trigger takes practice to break in and to get use to but I am 100% confidant if needed this firearm will serve me well. I haven't had a single issue with my M&P's that I wouldn't of had with a steel frame. The only valid complaint I have heard about this pistol is "it isn't a 1911". No it isn't but has the attributes I like in a 1911 and took away those that I didn't care for IMHO.
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not a fan of polymer in the .45
I'll take polymer any day of the week for a light weight concealable 9mm/380 but in a 45 that stays in my truck or is used for home defense I'll take a steel frame 1911.
I weigh 150lbs and live in a sub tropical climate so a 45 is out as far as cc goes for me but If I'm going to shoot a 45 I like something heavy and controllable.

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I own a Taurus PT145 .45acp. It's a Polymer frame .45 and I haven't had one problem with the gun. While I agree with the statement that everyone should own a 1911 .45acp, I don't because my PT145 fills my needs nicely!

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Have ever heard of Mr. Glock?

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Have ever heard of Mr. Glock?
I own a Glock already, I figure I'd give M&P a chance. It has a few more features than my 3rd gen and they're going for a great price right now.

I started this thread because I know 9mm and .40 work well in a polymer, but I've never fired a .45 ACP in polymer form. I was uncertain of its reliability until now, after reading all these replies, I'm pretty sure an M&P 45 will do me good.

As for people suggesting an XD or XDm, the sheriff's department I'm going to be working for later this year issues the XD40, so I figure I'll get my fill of XD then.
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