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Your Favorite Full-Sized .45acp Handgun?

Discussion in 'Handgun Discussion' started by etrain16, Mar 4, 2015.

  1. etrain16

    etrain16 Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    I checked for other threads on this, but haven't found one, so I apologize in advance if this is a repeat.

    Also notice I'm not asking the usual question: "What is the BEST..." We all know there is no one answer to that question.

    I'm just curious, among you folks that have .45's, what are your favorites? Currently my only .45 is a Glock 21sf, which is a pretty decent gun, but I've thought for a bit about maybe trying something else. I've never owned a 1911, but I have shot them, they're okay, but I didn't fall in love.

    I've had a harder time falling in love with a particular .45 than I have with other calibers. I'm not sure why. Maybe I just need to bite the bullet and become a 1911 guy ;)

    So how about you? What do you like, and if you don't mind giving some details, why do you like it? Looks? Handling? Cool factor? Accuracy? Reliability?

    Let me know what you think. You may just help guide me on my next decision :)
     
  2. PORSCHE928S4

    PORSCHE928S4 Newport, Oregon Active Member

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    Easy Sig P220 45 acp DA/SA what is not to like ?
     
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  3. Medic!

    Medic! What just happened? Has eagle eyes. But cant remember what he saw. Bronze Supporter

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    They need to make 1911 aspirin. I need one bad! :s0037:
     
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  4. edslhead

    edslhead Vanc Gold Supporter Gold Supporter Silver Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    Bought this EAA 45 20 yrs ago for $350 new. Never jammed once, except when I put the 10mm mag in it. Fits my hand like a glove and is DA ,SA with safety in the right spot. I've shot it underwater in saltwater and kept on a boat for 4 years. Not the most accurate gun in the world but hit many 60 lb plus halibut at 6 to 8'. Its held up well. Gave it a Dura Coat makeover last year , put new grips on, polished the barrel trigger and hammer. Think I've got my moneys worth out of it.

    Forgot Cool factor = 0

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  5. ZA_Survivalist

    ZA_Survivalist Oregon AK's all day.

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    As much as I shouldnt like them..
    1911's work for me. I shoot them quite well.

    My PT1911 being better than other 1911's Ive owned.
     
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  6. Modeler

    Modeler Molalla, Oregon Soccer Fan

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    The only .45 handguns I own (or have ever owned) are a 1911 and an M&P 45. I like them both, the M&P probably a little better than the 1911. I really want an FNX-45 tactical and I think I'll like it better than the M&P, but that probably won't happen until the Fall.
     
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  7. Phillyfan

    Phillyfan Oregon City, Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    I really like my Springfield competition XDm 45. Not going to say it is the best, because I don't believe there is a "best." Not for everyone. The important thing is what is the best .45 for the person shooting it. That will not always be the same gun for different people.

    A good running 1911 is hard to beat, but for my purposes I like the extra rounds and adjustable grip the XDm provides. Great reliability, accuracy, ergos, and simple take down for cleaning. Add in the accessory package they come with and I think it is a very good buy for the money.
     
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  8. Texfisher33

    Texfisher33 Tri-Cities, WA Active Member

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    HK tactical.
     
  9. ron

    ron Vancouver, Washington Silver Supporter Silver Supporter

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    I have shot many matches with different match grade 1911's over the years.
    The 1911 has such a nice crisp trigger they are hard to beat. But I am not a fan of
    a cocked and locked 1911 for carry. I recently purchased a M & P 45.
    It has a smaller ergonomic grip than other polymer 45s. The trade off is the magazine
    only holds 10. XDM and Glock hold 13. I have shot other 45s and I really like the M & P.
    What 45 to get? I think it depends on what you want to do with it.
     
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  10. SHPD_Retired

    SHPD_Retired Saint Helens Well-Known Member

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    I have 2 1911's in 45 ACP. They are not used for personal defense. They are just used for target practice. Of the two I like the Remington R1 Enhanced over the Kimber.
     
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  11. Phillyfan

    Phillyfan Oregon City, Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    OK, so I made the age old sin of replying before reading the whole original post. I hate it when people do that on my posts, and I apologize.

    To be more specific about why I like the Competition XDm let me start with the accuracy. The trigger is very clean and predictable. My hands are smaller than average so being able to have a double stack magazine that fits my grip isn't that easy to find. Glocks, Para's, and FN's are great guns, but just don't fit in my hands as well. Recoil is very tame for a .45 and second shots are easy to get back on target. The stock adjustable sights are great. With this gun I am able to put about 90-95% of my shots in the 10pt area of a siloette (obviously I am not a spelling champ) target at 50ft. The ones outside are always my fault, and I know it before the bullet hits the paper.

    Reliability wise it is beyond reproach. I've shot it in many different situations. Freezing cold, heat, clean, dirty, doesn't matter the thing will go bang again and again no matter what you do to it. As a test/too lazy to waste time cleaning in between I fired 500 rounds through it in one session. Not one failure. I carried it for a week in an open ended holster hunting in eastern Oregon. Took it out covered in dust and let my buddies try about 50 rounds through it. Same results, and the accuracy was still there as well.

    Looking into getting a .460 Rowland conversion kit for it. Then I might consider taking a shot on a bear that I don't have to.
     
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  12. Classic

    Classic Federal Way WA Well-Known Member

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    Favorite:
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    Close 2nd:
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    3rd, only because it's an Officers but it is my EDC with internals and trigger identical to my favorite:cool::
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  13. NoFlinch

    NoFlinch In a van down by the river Owner of Cocaine addicted dog.

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    I STARTED my serious shooting career 20+ years ago with a Glock 30.

    It never fit my hand 100%..........but I could shoot it accurately!

    A few years ago, after shooting "Mostly Glocks", I tried a Kimber UCC in 45.

    I love that gun, I love the lazer, I love the grip, I love the recoil, I love the accuracy.

    So, I tried a Taurus PT 1911 to get the feel of a full size 45.

    GREAT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! but Big....................

    So I tried a Ruger 1911 Commander.

    GREAT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!..........and smaller............

    If the SHTF, and I could carry only one 45, My OD Green G-30 would be with me................
     
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  14. NoFlinch

    NoFlinch In a van down by the river Owner of Cocaine addicted dog.

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  15. jbett98

    jbett98 NW Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    Suppressed!
     
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  16. Vierings

    Vierings Tacoma Member

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    Sig Sauer P220 Nitron SAS. I have the carry version, but its barely smaller.
     
  17. NoFlinch

    NoFlinch In a van down by the river Owner of Cocaine addicted dog.

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    Took me a LONG time to explore the 1911 platform.
    It is COOL though:cool::confused::rolleyes:o_O:D:D:D:D

    I like 1945-55 cars, but I'd never drive one across country.:confused::cool::D:D

    LOTS of improvements and reliability issues have been "integrated" since then.:):)
     
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  18. etrain16

    etrain16 Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    To be sure, the 1911 platform is high on the 'cool' list, that is something I would never challenge. That beautiful metal, the fine operation, it's hard to say much bad about them. Though I do prefer the full size over the smaller commander size. I've never owned one, but I've had my eye on a few Ruger SR1911's in the past. Maybe, some day.
     
  19. Twodogs

    Twodogs portland Or Active Member

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    Springfield 1911 TRP ,Great gun for the money all I've done to it is switch to wilson mags and it runs flawless.
     
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  20. SectionChief

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    I prefer an M&P .45 over just about any other. The ambidextrous controls are a big plus for me and those controls are similar to all of my 9mm's as well.

    I've owned 1911's but never truly enjoyed them.
     
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