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RyanMann 02-28-2009 12:52 AM

Looking at a .45
I am looking to buy and carry an HK .45c. Does anyone have one or share anything they have heard about how well they shoot, performance, maintenance, anything really. I am new to HKs, I know they are really well made. I'll also listen to any other suggestions in the .45 market.

Dillinger 02-28-2009 02:16 AM

Ryan - Welcome to the Forum

I have the H & K USP Tactical in .45ACP. It's a good gun, but it isn't a 1911.

The pluses are that I have never had a problem with it and it's always gone bang with whatever I put through it. It's extractor spits shells WELL out of range of the shooter and clear of the weapon. The safety is a positive on/off and there is no middle ground, so you can safely carry it and feel comfortable. It features many of the 1911's key features that I like. H&K uses a polygonal barrel that is proprietary to them and it's quite accurate.

The Minuses are: It's expensive. H&K Customer Service is VERY BAD. The thing is bulky, and the grip is wide, VERY WIDE. I have large hands, I wear XL gloves in most sizes, and I can't access the slide release or the mag release with the standard address the weapon grip. H&K uses a polygonal barrel that is proprietary to them and if you shoot someone, they are going to know IMMEDIATELY what weapon it came from. :rolleyes:

Personally, I would opt for several other choices that would run you less money and still be just as reliable.


Mark F 02-28-2009 11:58 AM

I have a Ruger P345, which is a 45 ACP caliber. It too isn't a 1911 but it goes bang every time and it's extremely accurate. This is an affordable pistol and it's very reliable. You will find it to be one of the lighter weight 45's available and it will conceal carry fairly well. I don't conceal carry my 45 often, but when I do it's my P345. You really can't go wrong with any Ruger. H&K is a fine weapon, but it wouldn't be my first choice...

wally1120 02-28-2009 04:08 PM

concealed carry weapon
my open carry weapon is a springfield armoury xd .45 compact with night sights. It cost me about 750.00 but you cant put a price on your life so it was worth it. I haven`t had a problem with it yet and I have had it for 2 years now.

jaygibson 02-28-2009 07:11 PM

John Farnam told me that we carry handguns not because they are effective, but because they are convinient.
True, HK is a huge gun. The longer you tote it, the bigger and heavier it gets. Then we tend to look for reasons not to put it on.
Hope this helps a little.

JohnnyBlk45 03-03-2009 04:31 PM

I personal own a XD45-ACP 13 +1, this is a great firearm.

rjgnwdc 03-03-2009 07:40 PM

it's no 1911 but...
Funny I just shot my buddy's H&K USP Expert .45 Sunday and gotta say that it's a hellava weapon I like all the functions both ease and locations it was deadly accurate and really fun to shoot, he also had a CZ 97B-D .45 now that was a great gun the recoil was perfect it seem to just raise and fall right back on target double taping was the best I've ever done, a real tack driver of course then I have the Beretta PX4 Storm in .45cal that I would recommend to anyone that's interested in a 4" barrel polymer weapon cause I have learned to shoot it very well... but it's got a punchy recoil and a very light trigger so I can't double tap as well with it.

matt g 03-03-2009 07:51 PM

I had a German built USP years ago. It was built like a brick ****house, but it was bulky and clunky and had a less than stellar trigger on it.

I was at a gun shop/range picking up some ammo one weekend on the way out to the woods. I had read an article on the Kimbers and started looking at them. After running a box of ammo through a rental Custom II, I was hooked. I traded my USP for $400 of the $700 price of the Kimber Compact II, on the spot.

Since that day, nothing less than a well made 1911 has or will grace my hip.

Jo da Plumbr 03-03-2009 08:16 PM

The other day you guys were talking about the S&W M&P in 45. Is that 45 as good as a 1911?

Dillinger 03-03-2009 08:25 PM


Originally Posted by Jo da Plumbr (Post 77719)
Is that 45 as good as a 1911?


Have this man flogged and keel hauled IMMEDIATELY!!

NOTHING is as good as a properly built 1911. NOTHING!!


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