Looking at 45 acp

Discussion in 'Semi-Auto Handguns' started by coacho, Oct 12, 2009.

  1. coacho

    coacho New Member

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    Thanks for all your imput about the question I had about the safety on the M&P. I love the M&Ps. I have a question, what is another good 45 acp that I should be looking at. What is your imput on the top 5 45 acps. Thanks
     
  2. Gojubrian

    Gojubrian New Member

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    Polymer or steel framed? Full size or compact? Price range? Used for..?? :)
     

  3. orangello

    orangello New Member

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    I like my full-sized, largely polymer XD45 for plinking fun & home defense. I don't carry, so i can't evaluate its comfort/fit from experience, but it seems a bit large for some people to conceal well.
     
  4. matt g

    matt g New Member Supporter

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    1.) 1911
    2.) 1911
    3.) 1911
    4.) 1911
    5.) 1911

    Take your pick of brand from the price range that your budget fits into.
     
  5. Franciscomv

    Franciscomv New Member

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    Well, mate, my first choice would be a 1911. You've got loads of different models to choose from. My favourites are ParaOrdnance double stacks and simple, no frills, Colts (basically, give me a 1911A1 with better sights and I'll be a happy camper). What I love about Paras is that they fit my large hands very well, and you get twice the magazine capacity of traditional 1911s. Do you need 15 rounds of .45? Probably not, but it can't hurt. :) They are fantastic house guns, a bit big for concealed carry (that's where slim, single stack 1911 shine).

    The design is as time proven as it gets, there are lots of parts to customize it or replace anything that breaks. Once you get used to a nice 1911 trigger, everything else seems crude. My Para P14-45 is far from being a race gun, I haven't changed anything on it yet, and I still feel more comfortable with it for long range shooting than with my S&W M&P.

    Another platform I would consider is the Sig 220. I tried one out and loved it, it was quick to point, really accurate and comfortable. The only thing I didn't like was the double action trigger pull, if the SAO (single action only) model were available in my country, I'd get one in a heartbeat.

    There's also the CZ97, like all CZs it's very well made, tough and accurate. I love its looks and how it shoots. It's big and heavy, though.
     
  6. ktmboyz

    ktmboyz New Member

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    Your best bet is to go to a gun show or multiple gun shops and pick up and feel as many as you can and see what is comfortable to you.
    I would say

    1911
    m&p 45
    xd 45
    h&k 45
    glock 45
     
  7. Gojubrian

    Gojubrian New Member

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    They should call this place 1911firearmstalkforums, lol

    Try any 1911, yes....also try

    XD's
    FN's
    HK's
    Sig's
    CZ's
    etc....
     
  8. Shihan

    Shihan Active Member Lifetime Supporter

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    You can always get a Hi-Point.









    Now to be somewhat serious take a look at the Ruger P345. Even with the overload of safety features.
    You can do like me and get a 1911 and another .45 just for S***'s and Grins.
     
  9. matt g

    matt g New Member Supporter

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    1911s are a dream to shoot, especially if you're used to a double action or a DA/SA. They have zero trigger creep or take up and a good trigger will have zero over travel.

    Holding them right does take some practice, though, as they can be finicky when limp wristed. Proper hold also makes them much more accurate, as it helps the action to function properly.

    After firing many DA/SA and DAO pistols and numerous 1911s, I'll never own anything except a 1911 and urge everyone in the market for a pistol to at least try several before buying a piece.
     
  10. Gojubrian

    Gojubrian New Member

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    Yep, 1911's are awesome, this forum should get royalties for promoting them,lol.
     
  11. coacho

    coacho New Member

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    Well I went to the local gun store and tried xd 45, xd tactical, Glock, a few 1911s and I went with the M&P 45 full size, I liked my M&P 9 full size, traded it for a M&P 9 compact (easier to carry) Now I have ordered a full size M&P full size to shoot and carry when I'm hunting. I guess I'm old school I ordered it with a manual safety. Thanks for your help.
     
  12. Gojubrian

    Gojubrian New Member

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    You tried a 1911 and others and CHOSE the M&P over the 1911??? This is just not possible!! It can't be!! :D

    Glad you are happy with what you have! Happy shooting! We'll expect a full range report with pics asap. :)
     
  13. orangello

    orangello New Member

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    Post us some pics of your new addition. Congrats on finding one you like.
     
  14. IGETEVEN

    IGETEVEN New Member

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    Well, next best choice to a 1911 is the M&P for me. Congrats!! :)

    Jack
     
  15. coacho

    coacho New Member

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    Really liked the 1911s just like the M&Ps better as of right now. I have the 9 compact and love it. Would like to try the 1911s next. It seems that everyone loves them. Which 1911s do you all like and why
     
  16. CA357

    CA357 New Member Supporter

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    Now that's opening a can of worms. ;)
     
  17. WDB

    WDB New Member

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    Congrats on your purchase, I expect you will be truly happy with your choice. Many 1911 members here that have expressed there reasons on many thread. Read through the threads, much to learn in them or just read the 1911 thread in the semi auto pistol thread.