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Thinking about going with a 45

Discussion in 'General Firearm Discussion' started by ikari2_2000, Mar 6, 2012.

  1. ikari2_2000

    ikari2_2000 Seattle, WA Member

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    I've been a 9mm striker fire guy all my life, but lately I've been pondering the idea of buying a .45. Low capacity, 10 rounds or less, is what's been keeping me from buying. I own Glocks and M&P9s, with a capacity range of 15-17 rounds. Having a lot of rounds makes me sleep better at night.

    To really push me over, I would like to find a .45 with a comparable capacity of a 9mm pistol. From my limited research, I can go:
    - Glock 21 - 13rds
    - M&P45 - 10rds (14rds mag looks stupid)
    - FNP-45 - 15rds

    Do you guys have any other suggestions that I should look at?
     
  2. pioneer461

    pioneer461 Columbia County, Oregon Active Member

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    Would you consider a compromise? A .40 caliber pistol? Every major gun maker has them in various platforms and the .40 is a police combat proven round. Magazine capacities, with my XD sub-compact, has 9 or 12 rounds, some other brands with more, some with less. Just something to ponder. I own several .40's and .45's and they are all good.
     
  3. Ding

    Ding Lighter Side of Oz Active Member

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    I have a taurus pro 24/7 in .45 and it is 12+1.It isn't huge and fit my hands fine.It was cheap and hasn't failed me at all.In fact it sits on my night stand every night.
     
  4. Wifey

    Wifey N.E. PDX Active Member 2015 Volunteer 2016 Volunteer

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    My husband just had to have a 1911. He bought the Kimber. Unfortunately I can't determine if my next investment will be just a .45 or a Kimber. I certainly don't need another 9mm and I have a .38. So...I have never shot another gun that is as sweet as this one.
    I'd check out the Kimbers!

    Happy hunting.

    Wifey
     
  5. ogre

    ogre Vancouver, WA Well-Known Member

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    I can make no recommendation one way or another but there is also a Para P14.45 (14+1) and a Springfield XDM (13+1) to add to your list.
     
  6. Mark W.

    Mark W. Silverton, OR Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    Best see if your hand can wrap around a double stack .45. I lot of people can't.
     
  7. billgrigsby24

    billgrigsby24 Beaverton, Or Active Member

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    Second that for the para. I had a p15-40 with 2 high cap mags. 16rds each. The p15-40 was the precursor to the p16-40. It was just as accurate as my buddies Kimber. Wouldn't hesitate to get another one! Plus they make high-cap 45's.
     
  8. Nutty4Guns

    Nutty4Guns Portland ADHD Superstar

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    You might also consider a .357 Sig. They have the same capacity as .40 and the power is almost as good as .45
     
  9. DoubleTapDrew

    DoubleTapDrew Oregon Well-Known Member

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    Springfield XD45 (13+1). I don't have large hands and it's one of the few double stack 45s I don't have a problem with. Double stack 1911 designs like the para feel like I'm holding a brick.
     
  10. mjbskwim

    mjbskwim Salmon,Idaho Well-Known Member

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    Why try to have the guy change calibers? Everyone always want everyone else to see it their way.
    Besides 45ACP is the best......or 10mm

    I think you have two great choices there,with the G21 and the FN.I don't recall what the XD45 holds but the first time I shot it,it made me look good.
     
  11. Velzey

    Velzey Estacada, Oregon Gunsmith Gunsmith Bronze Vendor Bronze Supporter

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    HK45
     
  12. ATCclears

    ATCclears Seattle area, WA Well-Known Member

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    +1 on the Springfield XDm 45. I have the Springfield XDm 9mm, and the .45 equivalent is next on my list.

    Peter
     
  13. swoop

    swoop Milwaukie, Oregon Well-Known Member

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    Sounds like you're familiar with Glocks so the G-21 would be a natural. The FNP-45 is a good gun "owned one", but they weigh about 6 oz's more than a Glock, and are a bit bulkier, making them a little more of a challenge to carry and conceal.
     
  14. mjz52

    mjz52 Tri-Cities Member

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    Also consider the Glock 21SF. I love mine....
     
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    Kevatc Oregon Well-Known Member

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    I have a Springfield XD 45 tactical (5 inch) and a XDm .40. I really like both. Personally, I prefer the 45 caliber in terms of recoil.
     
  16. geometro

    geometro PDX Active Member

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    HK USP is 12+1 as is the Mark 23 (if you can find one).

    If you want maximum magazine capacity in a .45, the FNP-45 probably has the most.
     
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    chemist Beaverton OR Well-Known Member

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    Capacity is overrated for civilian use. Any fullsize .45 will give you the capacity and controllability that you need. Me, I'm a G21SF aficionado.
     
  18. drscoles

    drscoles sammamish New Member

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    I love glocks, have a 17,19 and 35. The 21 grip is too big for my hands, have you shot it yet? I have a kriss vector, and wanted a glock .45 because it uses the same mags... can't do it. Just doesn't feel right in my hands. The FN .45 has a nice grip. Another thing to consider, .45 is dirty! Only mags I have to clean.
     
  19. Awmish

    Awmish Oregon City, OR Member

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    I have an Auto Ord. M1911A1 .45acp with 1) 8 round & 4) 7 round mags. I know they also make hi capacity single stack mags that work great but are slightly bulky due to length. I personaly see no need for hi cap mags unless your at war and all you have is your hand gun. Also a .45 has more stopping power than a 9mm, so you can put a being down faster and and make it known that you have a big gun.
     
  20. wombat

    wombat Kirkland, WA Member

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    ikari2 ... I've recently been perusing the .45 ACP market.
    While I found a Norinco 1911A1 for the beginning of my 45 ACP experience, I still look for a (sub) compact double stack 1911 45.
    Something a little smaller to carry concealed, but would be expected to be reliable as such.

    SIG's P250 in 45 ACP won't be readliy available, if at all for sometime, excluding the barrel upgrade kit.
    I liked the specs of the Para Ordnance Warthog, but the grip was too short, even for my little paws.
    The Para 12.45 is no longer available, but can be had pre-loved.
    Llama had the mini-Max II, same as for Para, pre-loved ones are around.

    I liked the Colt New Agent or Defender.
    Kimber's Ultra Carry was in the hunt too.

    ... then I found the ATI HGA FX45 Fatboy

    American Tactical Imports

    Now a 3.2" barrel will be considered by some as short and there might be performance issues.
    But for ME, the Fatboy is something I will have to look at more closely. Needing to learn more about American Tactical ...

    There are a lot of other specs to consider when choosing a 1911 style 45 and for that fact, I have a few of the forum members to thank in the education.

    Anyway, something else for you to ponder over ...