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Old June 14, 2010, 05:47 PM   #1
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Best .45 ACP Semi-Auto??

Looking for Function and A Good Price.

Any Suggestions?
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Old June 14, 2010, 06:43 PM   #2
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This is a purely subjective answer to your purely subjective question, but in .45acp I prefer a 1911. I just like the SAO trigger, and the single stack slimness of them.

My hands are just too small to be comfortable with any of the double stack .45's available, and I don't like how thick any of those are anyway (I've shot most of what's available, and owned an FNP 45 for awhile). Nor do I like striker fired guns (and so I do not own any). I have shot a CZ 97B but again, it was a too thick for my taste and the DA trigger reach was far too long for me. It seemed a very well made pistol though (not surprizing, I've always known CZ made good stuff).

Another that I would like to get my hands on sometime to try out would be a SIG P245.

You need to narrow things down a bit - is this for a CCW gun, a HD gun, a competition range gun? Do you want a big honking pistol like a FNP 45 or Glock 21, or something much smaller and slimmer like a SIG P245 or an officers size 1911? Are you partial to steel, alloy, polymer, SA, DA/SA, hammer or striker fired?

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Old June 14, 2010, 06:46 PM   #3
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Sig 220 in any of the DA/SA models.

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Old June 14, 2010, 06:47 PM   #4
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Pretty open ended question. So...

These are my favorite .45 Autos priced high to low.

Springfield Armory Custom Professional (1911)
Les Baer TRS (1911)
S&W 4506 (discontinued)
Glock 21SF
S&W M&P .45

"Best"? Hard to quantify "best". I like them all.
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Old June 14, 2010, 06:47 PM   #5
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The best gun in a .45 acp is a 1911 from Wilson Combat ( if you have the budget, its around $ 3,000 ) ......mine run reliably right out of the box, incredible triggers that break like glass, fit and finish 2nd to none my opinion. My primary carry gun, in .45 acp, is a Wilson CQB 5" ....

but hands down, the best guns in .45 acp / or 9mm / or any other semi-auto handgun caliber are 1911's .... On a budget / around $1,000 Springfield and Colt seem to be putting out some decent guns these days in 1911's. I don't have a high opinion of a lot of the imports Taurus, etc ...around $500 ...
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Old June 14, 2010, 06:55 PM   #6
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i'm a 1911 fan but i do have a taurus pt-145 that is very combat accurate and has never even once failed to fire since day 1 any type of 45 ammo i have fed it.
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Old June 14, 2010, 07:03 PM   #7
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Welcome to the Firing Line, YungGunn, You have asked a very open ended question. My question to you is what is your purpose of owning a 45acp? Carry would be a different answer from a range gun or even house protection. I would suggest a Glock 21 SF, thats lots of gun for a decent price. I am sure you will get alot of answers, but if you have a range close by, go and rent a few. Good luck on your choices.
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Old June 14, 2010, 07:13 PM   #8
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I think for an all around .45 Auto, you can't go wrong with the Smith and Wesson M&P .45 full-size or compact models. They're light, feel great in hand, easy to shoot/maintain, reasonably priced, etc. If I were interested in adding .45 Auto to what I shoot, I would get this one without a second thought. I realize it's no 1911, but I'm not a fan of them, I prefer striker-fired, polymer, double-stacks.
That being said, the best way to figure out which gun is the "best" is to get out and handle/shoot as many as you can. You're the ONLY person who's going to be able to decide the answer to the question you have asked and it's going to require a significant amount of time spent on the range.
Good luck hunting and enjoy the ride. =) Looking forward to hearing what you decide for yourself.
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Old June 14, 2010, 07:21 PM   #9
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I like my new M&P .45 FS. Meets or exceeds all my demands and offers more. It has great egro's and a lawyer trigger out of the box. Trigger can be fixed real fast and easy with a stone and some thought.

If you want to spend more money than the pistols are truly worth. Americans are kind of stupid like that you know. Get a $1500 to $3000 1911 and stick you thumbs in your lapels as you get the old corn hold put on in your wallet area.

If not and you still want a 1911 put the brakes on cost at $1000.

If you want to keep it at $400 to $600 there are a lot of good honest pistols out there. Heck you can even get some nice .45 revolvers if you shop wise.

Lets say you buy a $500 M&P, XD or Glock. You can buy a lot of ammo with the savings and end up shooting better than some of the elite 1911 owners. Or you could invest in a reloading setup to custom tailer your ammo to your pistol and save some bucks and shoot even better.

Best .45? thats like asking whats the best chocolate.
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Old June 14, 2010, 07:23 PM   #10
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My personal picks are the Sig P220 (German slide) and the M&P 45. The M&Ps are really great weapons. There is also an indefinable quality to the P220 besides the accuracy and reliability that just make it a great weapon. The balance and smoothness are without equal to me.
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Old June 14, 2010, 07:24 PM   #11
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if ur gonna go .45 ACP u have to go 1911.
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Old June 14, 2010, 08:46 PM   #12
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I have quite a few .45's but my "best" one is a Kahr PM45 because it goes everywhere with me. Wore it IWB with shorts and a t shirt today, it's hard not to like that
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Old June 14, 2010, 09:06 PM   #13
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My everyday CCW! Kimber Ultra Covert II Sub Compact and it shoots great. First 45 I have owned in over thirty years. Never cared much for them until I ran across this one!

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Old June 14, 2010, 09:10 PM   #14
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After going from a sub-compact in my Taurus PT145 that performed flawless and my Para single stack, it's hard for me to pick. I like 'em both for different reasons. In short, buy a few. I'll be picking up an XD for my wife and probably an M&P after that.

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Old June 14, 2010, 09:24 PM   #15
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It depends on what you are looking for

I have (2) 45's that I absolutely love. I have a Springfield XD tactical model, 5 inch barrel. It's not a carry gun, but it shoots very straight, stays on target, virtually no flip. Very reliable, easy field strip and clean. Mine is bitone and i purchased new for $510. The other 45 is a Glock 30. It's my truck gun, fits in the console and is comfortable in a shoulder holster. Great shooter. I plan to keep both for a long time.
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Old June 14, 2010, 09:58 PM   #16
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As others have posted, you need to be WAAYYY more specific about your needs and intentions for a 45ACP semi auto pistol.

Just broadly asking which one is best is like asking a room full of men who the prettiest woman in the world is, or what's the best pizza or hamburger you can buy in a restaurant in all of America? The results are the same, you'll get a thousand answers from people who will argue til they're blue in the face that they're right and the other 900 people are just idiots.

I'll offer my opinion here and the rest can call me an idiot.

I've owned a lot of 45s in my life:
- Ruger P97
- HK USP Compact
- Glock 21SF
- Glock 30SF
- Glock 36
- Metro Arms 1911 Deluxe
- Taurus PT1911
- Sig 220R
- Springfield Armory Champion Operator 1911
- Dan Wesson CBOB 1911
- Dan Wesson CCO 1911
- Dan Wesson Valor 1911

All of them are good guns, though some are better suited for a specific purpose than others. I would strongly recommend all of the above pistols except for the Taurus and Metro Arms 1911s, as I bought them on impulses because the price was right for beater guns, and sold them shortly after.

Today I have only two 45ACP pistols, a Kahr PM45 which will be suited for CCW, and a Nighthawk Custom 1911 that's in the process of being built.

Depends on what you want this pistol for, but a Glock, FN, CZ, Sig, HK, Ruger, S&W, Springfield XD or a quality 1911 (Springer, Dan Wesson, S&W, etc, all the way up to Nighthawk, Wilson, Les Baer, Ed Brown, etc) will all be excellent pistols if they fit the intention you're looking for.
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Old June 15, 2010, 02:43 AM   #17
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Let me apologize, i underestimated how much knowledge i was about to receive when i asked my first question.

But i already own a Rossi R461 .357 strictly for HD.
Now Im looking for something to carry, light weight & reliable, and of course for a good price.

Looking at the Springfield PX9151L or more likely the PW9609L.
Any big difference besides the price?

Any more great feedback?
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Old June 15, 2010, 04:21 AM   #18
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#1. 1911
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#3. HK45 & HK USP .45
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Old June 15, 2010, 05:56 AM   #19
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Glock G21 or the G30 for concealed carry.
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Old June 15, 2010, 06:06 AM   #20
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I ended up with one .45 ACP auto after over 30 years of fooling with them. Mine's a WWI Model 01918 Colt reproduction introduced fairly recently by Colt as a throwback to the Classic days when a 1911 was a walnut paneled US ARMY pistol designed to clear out a trench full of enemies.

Nowadays the 1911 looks like a pimp gun made to impress with looks more than perform as a tool with all the modernizations done to it from all the companies both professional and solo garage mechanic. Just my feelings.

One can say the old design doesn't fit well, has too long a trigger, has no arched spring housing, has no beavertail safety, has no micro click glowing night sites, has no flared ejection port, has no stipling or checkering on the backstrap, has no guide rod, has no stainless or whatever else BUT it is still THE BEST 1911 design for look and function for me for me for me!

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Old June 15, 2010, 06:14 AM   #21
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It'd be a struggle to pick one favorite of the 45s I have evolved into for one reason or another. However, between the five I own, they are all 1911s. Got rid of all the rest.
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Old June 15, 2010, 06:39 AM   #22
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Best .45 ACP Semi-Auto??

My best is a Colt 1911. But it may or may not be best for you. The only way to know is to try out various makes and models to find the one that fits your hand the best and is easy for you to operate. There is no one size fits all. There are lots of good 45acp pistols on the market. Look for the one that's a natural pointer; meaning the sights fall into alignment with your target almost by default when you raise it to firing position, without you having to make adjustments.
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Old June 15, 2010, 06:57 AM   #23
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Either of those Springfields you mentioned should suit your needs just fine. But, neither is a lightweight, each go ~2.5 lbs. (I carry a full-size, steel 1911 daily....with a good holster and GOOD belt, it is a non-issue for me)

The first, which is a "Loaded" model, will have a nice wide beavertail grip safety, which will keep the hammer, and standard grip safety, from chewing at the web of your shooting hand. The Loaded model will also have better sights, perhaps a nicer trigger, etc. (I don't do stainless guns, so mine would have to be blue)

Personally, I'd choose pistol #2 (the G.I. model)l, add a drop in beavertail (Wilson makes one) and go shooting.....the price difference should afford you plenty of practice ammo. Wish I could shoot a 1911 with the standard G.I. grip safety, but they always make me bleed.

Best of luck with whichever you choose!

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For the price, I like the older S&W non-1911 45's, like the 4566.
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