Para .40 s&w or .45 acp

Discussion in '1911 Forum' started by doomer45, Jan 21, 2010.

  1. doomer45

    doomer45 New Member

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    Hi,

    I've been thinking about buying a Para 1911 for along time and was wondering what would be the best caliber to get it chambered in. I have a 9mm and want to try something differant and was wondering what would be the better caliber, .40 s&w or .45 acp. It would almost feel sacrilegious to get a 1911 that's not chambered in .45 acp, but if there are some plus' to .40 s&w I might consider :p.
     
  2. Gojubrian

    Gojubrian New Member

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    Personally, I've done extensive research on 1911's. I can't remember why, but I've read some things that made me decide never to buy a Para 1911.

    :eek:
     

  3. NGIB

    NGIB New Member

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    I've owned a couple of Para 1911s and they're OK. Their tiny 1911s, like the warthawg, gets a lot of bad press and it's probably deserved. The full size guns are just fine though. I have a double stack P16 in .40 and it's a great gun, I got it during the ammo crunch when .45 was hard to find.

    A "real" 1911 is .45, and I have 4 of them, but regardless of caliber it's a great platform...
     
  4. NYPD13

    NYPD13 New Member

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    M1911 = 45ACP, it's just that easy.
     
  5. Mr. Bluesky

    Mr. Bluesky New Member

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    The 1911 is definitely a .45 platform. The only other caliber I'd consider getting one in would be 10mm Auto.
     
  6. canebrake

    canebrake New Member

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    1911 = 45 ACP, everything else is stamp collecting!
     
  7. robocop10mm

    robocop10mm Lifetime Supporting Member Lifetime Supporter

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    The Para-Ordnance double stack pistols are just OK, IMHO. You get what you pay for. If you want a high quality double stack single action handgun based on the 1911, get an STI, period!
    I built a Para framed gun years ago that was reasonably accurate, reasonably reliable and reasonably priced. When I got serious, I bought an STI 2011. That was an incredibly accurate and reliable handgun with way more CDI points.
    Single stack? .45 ACP
    Double stack? .40 S&W
     
  8. Mr. Bluesky

    Mr. Bluesky New Member

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    No love for the Delta Elite?
     
  9. skullcrusher

    skullcrusher New Member

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    Don't believe you will find much love of the D.E. Some, but not much *ahem*

    .45 acp, in whatever is the better round, imho.
     
  10. MB44

    MB44 New Member

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    Never owned a 1911 (will soon :cool:), but I would say +1 to what the cane said : 1911 = .45ACP
     
  11. Franciscomv

    Franciscomv New Member

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    What are you going to use the gun for? I know a few people that use .40 Paras as a base for an IPSC gun, that's the only reason why I'd choose that caliber. For any other use, I'd stick with the good old .45. I enjoy shooting it more than the .40.

    I've been using a Para P14-45 for almost a year and I'm happy with it.
     
  12. stalkingbear

    stalkingbear Well-Known Member

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    I too would agree that the .45 makes more sense. I used to have a P-14 that I extensively customized and still regret having to sell it when I was waiting on my disability to come through. I'm on the prowl for another however.
     
  13. jimbobpissypants

    jimbobpissypants New Member

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    I have a p1445. I like the gun. Haven't had any issues. I will say, the double stack 1911 is built for a guy with a large hand. If you don't have large hands, really check out the fit before you buy the double stack.
    IMHO, you need a 1911 in 45.
     
  14. NYPD13

    NYPD13 New Member

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    I chose the Springfield Armory GI45 High Cap as I wanted a plain 1911-a1 but with high capacity at low cost. It too takes Para 14-45 magazines.As for the grip it's actually quite comfortable.
     
  15. CA357

    CA357 New Member Supporter

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    A 1911 is cambered in .45 ACP because the sainted John Moses Browning commanded it.
     
  16. NGIB

    NGIB New Member

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    As long as you have at least 2 or 3 in .45, man law allows you to have one in a different caliber...
     
  17. jimbobpissypants

    jimbobpissypants New Member

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    All hail Man Law..,
     
  18. Viking

    Viking Active Member

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    Like I've said many times, the only reason I have weapons in the 40 S&W cal is because of ammo availability. This is still an issue locally, extremely small amounts of 45 ACP ammo shows up but 40 S&W ammo is pretty much always available. As much as I like my Stoeger Cougar and XDm 40, I'd perfer to own a Springfield 1911 TRP or Colt Commander in 45 ACP.
     
  19. Yunus

    Yunus New Member

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    I considered the Para .40 when I was looking but I was unable to find it in stock anywhere. Maybe supply has caught up but I was able to find plenty of other 1911's but not para.
     
  20. Gojubrian

    Gojubrian New Member

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    Just a quick question here. What are para's coated with?