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Old November 24, 2002, 10:06 PM   #1
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Affordable .45 ACP pistol?

Being a father & husband & of limited budget, what are some opinoins of a decent .45 ACP pistol available? I'm trying to sell a couple of smaller handguns now to afford eother a Kel-Tec P-11 or a .45 (of 1911A1 compatability). I used to have a Springfield years ago, until I found out it had been previously stolen & had to give it back....

LOVE to have a Kimber or something along that line...however, I must stay VERY reasonable.

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Old November 24, 2002, 10:11 PM   #2
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I know that it's not a 1911 but the EAA Witness .45 is a good value. It's a ZC-97 clone.
I bought one last week and really like it. Mine has the Wonder Finish and cost $338.00 new. Without the Wonder Finish is right at $300.00.
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Old November 24, 2002, 10:43 PM   #3
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Springfield MilSpec might be the ticket. It's a no-frills 1911 that works out of the box, at least mine did. SA has a good reputation, good customer service if you should need it, and is generally well respected. You can probably get into a new MilSpec for about $450, give or take.

Good luck, and good shooting.
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Old November 24, 2002, 11:04 PM   #4
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It's called the Patriot. You can get 'em for $150 at CDNN.
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Old November 25, 2002, 12:14 AM   #5
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Look at a used Glock 21, they usually top out at about $400-$450, but sometimes you can run across a good deal on'em. Somewhere down the line, then get the Kimber
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Old November 25, 2002, 12:20 AM   #6
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Another vote for the Springfield Mil-Spec.
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Old November 25, 2002, 12:24 AM   #7
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EAA Witness, or CZ Both are double action, so they are far superior to the 1911.
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Old November 25, 2002, 12:26 AM   #8
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Desert Eagle

Try out a baby Eagle .45 at your local shop if you have one that rents. I got mine for $360 and it shoots great. No misfires or jambs. Try one before you buy if you want a good dependable shooter. Joe
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Old November 25, 2002, 12:50 AM   #9
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What do you want it for?

Reason I ask is because the guns you mention, a P11 and a 1911, are at opposite ends of the spectrum.

Just for carry: get the P11.

For (less convenient) carry and general purpose use: get the 1911.

I carry both.

The Springfield Mil-Spec is a good suggestion. You also have Charles Daly and Rock Island Armory selling budget-priced 1911s, but at that price point, you're close to a higher quality Springer anyway.
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Old November 25, 2002, 01:05 AM   #10
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I have shot a Llama and a 1991 Colt they are both relatively cheap and good pistols
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Old November 25, 2002, 01:59 AM   #11
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My constant cold weather companion is a S&W Model 457. This is a compact economy model 45acp and one of the best buys out there. I carry it in a Milt Sparks Mirage belt slide and an Alessi Hard Shell Talon inside the waistband holster. Another good and reasonable 45acp is the Ruger P97. You definitely can't go wrong with either. Regards, Richard
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Old November 25, 2002, 04:37 AM   #12
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SA milspec
you can get it in different sizes, too, if you like.

Also, Taurus - whatsit? PT145 or something.
Small and light.
They had birthing pains, but seems that's died out.
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Old November 25, 2002, 05:32 AM   #13
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The S&W 457 is a nice 45. Personally I like and carry the Ruger P-90. New prices you should be able to get it for under $400, used no more than $289.
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Old November 25, 2002, 06:38 AM   #14
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I'm surprised nobody's mentioned the Ruger P97!!
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Old November 25, 2002, 08:08 AM   #15
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Although not generally considered to be the quality level of a Kimber, SA, or Colt, you may want to look at a Charles Daly 1911. Not sure what they are going for now, but they are cheaper than the offerings by the other manufacturers.
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Old November 25, 2002, 11:19 AM   #16
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I know that TFL'ers are going to hate me for this... but have you looked at the Hi-point? In .45 ACP, they cost less than $200! They are ugly, are hard to disassemble, and look REALLY cheap, but their reliability puts many other more expensive weapons to shame. It's not the kind of gun to show around as a piece of craftsmanship, but if budget is a really big factor, you should look at this option.
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Old November 25, 2002, 04:00 PM   #17
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Agree on the Hi-Point.By the way,disassembly is rarely required and after you've done it once,its a piece of cake (even if you do have to call the factory).
www.hi-pointfirearms.com
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Old November 25, 2002, 04:05 PM   #18
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And here it is in all its glory!
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Old November 25, 2002, 04:20 PM   #19
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Ruger. Reliable, accurate, inexpensive.
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Old November 25, 2002, 04:32 PM   #20
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Those Hi-Points don't look too bad at all, really.
If there was a dealer close to me I would probably buy one myself.
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Old November 25, 2002, 05:34 PM   #21
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i must say ruger p90. im planning to buy one. but if u want something that is not so heavy in d pocket, try armscor. i got em brand new for $250 here in the phils. rumors here say that most low level hired guns did their job w/ this piece.
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Old November 25, 2002, 06:43 PM   #22
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I bought a full sized Witness 45 about a year ago. Like it a lot. Don't carry it much. Too big. Shoots well. Carry a P11 on the weekends.
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Old November 25, 2002, 08:07 PM   #23
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How about a CZ-97B? They are excellent .45's and priced $489 at my local shop.

However, if you don't already have a 1911A1, you should get the Springfield Milspec.
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Old November 25, 2002, 08:16 PM   #24
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I would just say shop around. There is a guy on AuctionArms selling a new rollmark Colt series 80 for $465. I just purchased a SS Para P14-45 off of Gunbroker and paid $500 for it. It has been fitted with Ed Brown parts and Bomar sights. The deals are out there you just need to be patient.
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Old November 25, 2002, 08:27 PM   #25
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.45's

i know it is not as inexpensive as some of the others, but the HK USP .45's can be found used for about 550.00 and they are an excellent handgun.
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