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Old June 24, 2024, 04:03 PM   #1
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45 acp that's not a 1911 . . .

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I think is want another semi auto that shoots 45 ACP, but that is NOT a 1911. I have a really nice Ruger SR1911 that is great to shoot, but I have a hankering for something else. And yeah, I could do the research but it's more fun to ask here. And will be a fun gun, range toy. I suppose if it was small and I could shoot it well it could become a carry gun, but that is NOT why I'm looking.

So tell me about your 45 ACP that is not a 1911.

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Old June 24, 2024, 04:18 PM   #2
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@ Prof Young: My first choice would be a SIG P-220. If you want a plastic gun, then a FN America FNX-45. I don't like striker fired guns without a safety, because I feel that they're an accidental discharge waiting to happen. But that's just a personal thing.

Thanks for starting this thread. I always enjoy your posts.
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Old June 24, 2024, 04:20 PM   #3
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I really like Walther products. I have heard nothing negative about the PPQ 45 and some saying it's one of the best. Now discontinued but still being sold:
https://gun.deals/search/apachesolr_...n-term=2807076
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Old June 24, 2024, 04:37 PM   #4
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Thanks Hammie!

Thanks Hammie.
I gotta tell ya, I have learned more about the world of firearms from this forum than any other single source. Some of the guys who are regulars, like UncleNick, could write a book.

Gotta love it.
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Old June 24, 2024, 04:41 PM   #5
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Glock 30 and Remington R1 Commander.

Both excellent.

Glock is a Gen 4 and recoil is mild compared to other .45s I've had.
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Old June 24, 2024, 04:50 PM   #6
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The old Ruger P-series guns were superb, P-90 if I recall. I had a P-89TH in 9mm and stupidly sold it off, very accurate and easily handleable.
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Old June 24, 2024, 06:47 PM   #7
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Another voice for the Sig P220. Accurate, reliable, long track record of successes. A smaller lighter option is the Shield 2.0 45acp with a manual safety. Only down side is that racking the slide is extremely heavy.





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Old June 24, 2024, 07:11 PM   #8
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Hi Professor.. I am partial to the CZ 97. No longer in production, but they are around.

Have fun searching

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Old June 24, 2024, 07:38 PM   #9
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I checked out a Beretta PX4 Storm 45 that’s been sitting on consignment for 6 months at a local shop. I find the rotating bolt action interesting & read good reviews, very dependable & the price is not bad at $500-it’s still sitting there & I continue to think about it.
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Old June 24, 2024, 07:40 PM   #10
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EAA Tanfoglio

The CZ 75 based Tanfoglio guns are really reliable and accurate. They have a double stack 10 round magazine and I know this might scare you about them but some of the round top 10mm guns had a reputation of developing cracks. The square top slides are supposed to be the better ones to buy. My 45 has the square slide with foreward grasping grooves and a rail. It is a heavy home defense gun with light attached. I've fired mine hundreds of times with different bullet shapes and it has never jammed. It has a ramped barrel and beefy grip but is a good alternative to the 1911 if you like all steel guns with a CZ 75 pedigree. Unfortunately with the large frame EAA there are few after market grips.
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Old June 24, 2024, 08:23 PM   #11
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I like the Ruger P-90 and the Sig 220. Let me ad a Smith & Wesson 4506, Taurus TH45, and I was going to mention another rare bird, the H&K P9S in 45, but then someone brought up the Beretta PX4 Storm in 45, which would be a newer, but similar pistol to the HK.
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Old June 24, 2024, 08:44 PM   #12
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In 1980 I bought a new Browning BDA .45. I love it, its my favorite .45ACP handgun, that isn't a 1911A1. Smaller and considerably lighter, I don't mind the DA feature, rarely use it. SA trigger is quite good, though there is a long "free" take up before engagement.

My gun is the old, original version, made in W. Germany, and has the heel clip magazine release. That used to bother me a bit, but no longer does. Perhaps that a sign my wanna be "gunfighter days have passed. Anyway, its 100% positive, effectively ambidextrous, and isn't going to be bumped letting the mag loose.

I would consider it an outstanding gun for combat and self defense use but not the fastest possible "race gun".

My gun is totally stock, no work (other than shooting it) has ever been done to it. It feeds everything, ball, JHP lead SWC, everything, and its quite accurate. Field strip take down is simplicity itself, lock the slide back (GUN EMPTY!!!!) rotate the take down lever 90 degrees and ease the slide assembly off the frame.

You can, perhaps find other pistols better suited to what you want, but I don't think you can go wrong with one of the Sig P220 variants.
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Old June 24, 2024, 09:12 PM   #13
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I wouldn't even hesitate. FN454 Tactical OR FNX45T.
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Old June 24, 2024, 10:39 PM   #14
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Oh. That's true.

Tanfoglio imported by ifg in Stock Master Defiant frame is probably the best money and best peforming anything above 9mm on the market.

Agreed with above, just not eaa line supported. Ifg.
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Old June 24, 2024, 10:40 PM   #15
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Oh. That's true.

Tanfoglio imported by ifg in Stock Master Defiant frame is probably the best money and best peforming anything above 9mm on the market.

Agreed with above, just not eaa line supported. Ifg. Ppq might still be best all around and lowest, but ifg tanfo is cz shadow 2 and tactical sport in 45, 10mm, and 38 super.
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Old June 24, 2024, 10:41 PM   #16
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Dang. Excuse the double.

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Old June 24, 2024, 10:59 PM   #17
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i have a ppq 45 and yes its a really good gun cant say i dont any complains made tho..
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Old June 24, 2024, 11:41 PM   #18
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I have two 1911and S&W MP Shield in 45ACP.
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Old June 25, 2024, 03:35 AM   #19
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Old June 25, 2024, 05:04 AM   #20
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Old June 25, 2024, 05:12 AM   #21
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I have had several Sig 220’s, all excellent guns.
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Old June 25, 2024, 05:35 AM   #22
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It's not sexy like some of the others; but my personal Springfield XD 45 has been 100% reliable for me--and the many others I've let shoot it-- under all conditions ever since I bought it when it first came out--and I can hit stuff at 50 yards with it if I have to. I have a pretty large array of weapons to choose from for home defense--but it's still the one that remains on the nightstand ready-to-go. It can also handle +p+ if needed, though I have no need for that.
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Old June 25, 2024, 06:44 AM   #23
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Mine is a P220 Elite Dark with a threaded barrel and fitted with a Surefire X300U-B. It has an exaggerated beaver tail that my banana fingers absolutely love.

I am seeking out an HK USP 45 Tactical, though. Just waiting for a normal person to post one for a price that isn't ridiculous because of pop culture.

I'll "edit" from my post and share a photo of my P220 though. It's honestly phenomenal and forgets to have this thing called "recoil".

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Old June 25, 2024, 08:46 AM   #24
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Also a vote for the Sig P220.
Wish I had one, but I've "settled" for Glock G30SF instead.
Quite a compact little pistol and soft shooting for being 45ACP caliber.
(Plus, I live in CA where I'm limited to 10rds, so knowing I've got 10rds of 45ACP with the G30SF - the standard capacity for the G30SF - is quite a handful that should do whatever job is needed...)
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Old June 25, 2024, 03:05 PM   #25
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Been of fan of Tanfoglio large frame, although Sigs P220 Target, if you can find one is a tack driver. I got rid of mine just because I had too many CZ's and Tanfo and 1911's
It is the 8 round mag setup with a decocker, don't think it is made any more. Heavy pistol
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