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Old February 6, 2009, 11:41 AM   #1
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what are my .45 options?

I have always used shotguns and rifles for fun and sport. I now have the handgun itch after spending time shooting my friends' 1911 and XD. I am looking for a .45 that is double/single action. I am not opposed to polymer frames but have found that most composite frames are double act only. I like the feel of the Baby Eagle (Jericho) .45 in my hand a lot and have heard great things about the gun. I also like the feel and history of the 1911. My budget is under $600. Any suggestions about these guns or any options I might be missing for my upcoming purchase? Thanks.
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Old February 6, 2009, 11:46 AM   #2
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Look for a good, used S&W 4506. Too large to carry concealed, but a GREAT gun for a life time of range and target shooting or as a duty pistol not concealed. Very big, heavy, durable as they come.

These are terrific pistols, but they don't make 'em any more because S&W jumped on the 1911 bandwagon (hottest selling pistol in the world) and the 3rd Gen S&W's got the axe. If you feel comfortable buying used, I should think you could find a beauty for $400-$500 and be happy with it for the rest of your days.

You likely won't match the 1911 trigger in any other .45 handgun outside of a 1911, but you'll need to spend more dough for a quality 1911. If you aren't going 1911, I would really take a long long at S&W pistols.
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Old February 6, 2009, 12:04 PM   #3
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Sevens,
Thanks for the heads up on the S&W 4506. I'll research it and look for one at the gun show to hold.

On another note, my primary uses would be at the range, home protection, and tooling around my ranch. I don't believe I will use this first handgun purchase as conceal and carry. That will come after I feel acurate and comfortable with a this one.
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Old February 6, 2009, 12:05 PM   #4
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S&W CS45....

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Old February 6, 2009, 12:11 PM   #5
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If you like the heft/mechanics of the Baby Eagle and the styling of the 1911 there is one gun that would be perfect for you.

-They can also be found in "like new" condition for under $500.

-They are incredibly accurate and solidly made.

-They are very similar in styling to a 1911 but have the added benefit of a DA/SA trigger.

The gun is the S&W m645. Probably the most under-rated gun S&W has ever produced.

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Old February 6, 2009, 12:13 PM   #6
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FNP-45 - I really like mine, and it is my primary HD gun as well as a great range piece. You have the option of DA/SA with decocking lever, or the newer USG models with a combined decocking-lever/SA-safety (ie. they can be carried decocked or condition 1).

http://www.fnhusa.com/le/products/fi...020&gid=FNG001

The matte stainless I have was near $650, but the melonite-coated stainless go for right around $600.
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Old February 6, 2009, 12:39 PM   #7
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If you like the Baby Eagle you should also check into the Witness pistols and if you have BIG hands the CZ-97B.
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Old February 6, 2009, 01:39 PM   #8
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You might have a look at these. These are 45 ACP, SA only, the top end is your basic 1911 design, they have a 13 rnd magazine which may become unavailable soon and this one anyway shoots great.


Kimber Pro Carry Ten II
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Old February 6, 2009, 01:41 PM   #9
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You could get a Para P10-45 you can get it around 600 used.

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Old February 6, 2009, 01:42 PM   #10
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Ugh...I just threw up in my mouth a little.
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Old February 6, 2009, 01:44 PM   #11
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Don't overlook options from Ruger.

P90 (aluminum frame)

P97 (polymer frame, out of production but can be found used)

P345 (newer slimmer design, polymer frame; has some lawyer features that some don't like)

400-425 or less new. Leaves more $ for ammo and range time.
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Old February 6, 2009, 01:56 PM   #12
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Ugh...I just threw up in my mouth a little.
Cool

What can I say? I like 14 rnds of 45 ACP, And it shoots great, very accurate and very fast.
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Old February 6, 2009, 01:58 PM   #13
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What can I say? I like 14 rnds of 45 ACP, And it shoots great, very accurate and very fast.
But a polymer 1911!?!? C'mon man...have you no shame? I do not believe in hell myself, but if there is one, I am quite certain that is the kind of thing that will get you sent there.

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Old February 6, 2009, 02:05 PM   #14
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But a polymer 1911!?!? C'mon man...have you no shame? I do not believe in hell myself, but if there is one I am quite certain that is the kind of thing that will get you sent there.

LOL

Well as far as style and aesthetics go I plan on my next pistol being a full size Springfield 1911. But there is no question that 14 rnds of 45 ACP just makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside
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Old February 6, 2009, 02:10 PM   #15
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Plus, I gotta tell ya. It is a ball to shoot. It just keeps going bang. I mean like on and on and on.

I don’t get to the range that much any more but I can unload 14 rnds in maybe 10 seconds and keep em inside of 3” Also the range has a 1 shot per second rule which sometimes gets me some funny looks from the range officers.
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Old February 6, 2009, 02:20 PM   #16
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14 rounds of 45ACP doesnt have to be ugly, id take a para, or a FNP-45 anyday over that kimber monstrosity
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Old February 6, 2009, 02:21 PM   #17
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Look for a good, used S&W 4506. Too large to carry concealed,....
It is? What about my full sized 1911 that I carry almost every day? I don't think a 4506 is too large to carry (IMHO).
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Old February 6, 2009, 02:34 PM   #18
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14 rounds of 45ACP doesnt have to be ugly, id take a para, or a FNP-45 anyday over that kimber monstrosity

Sounds like a personal problem to me.
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