Favorite .45 & why?


Baba Louie
January 11, 2003, 10:40 AM
We've done the 9mm thing. Their cheap ammo makes 'em affordable, etc....

We've done favorite .45acp loads as well.

But what about your favorite .45 handgun?

I expect a lot of 1911 fans (aren't we all?) to respond.

But there's always the Bisley or Little Big Man (glock 30), a 25-7 or the Vaquaro too!

And I do have a G-21, S&W457 and that Taurus 945!

Oh, the agony of saying one's the favorite.

Nah, it's easy...

Colt Combat Commander.


Followed by a GM, then comes the wheelguns; actually I guess I did list them in the proper order (for me) to begin with.

What's yours?

(edited because I forgot the why?...)

Why? Because we all know, deep in our hearts as American Shooters, that Bigger IS Better.


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January 11, 2003, 10:56 AM
My favorite is my Springfield Champion.

I had a Beretta 8045 I really enjoyed because it no excuses worked with any load, but I got rid of it.:banghead: Now I am thinking of getting the mini-8045.

Berettas are often reviled here, mainly for daring to be different in lock-up style and safety location, but I have never had a failure with any of the ones I have owned. If 1911s didn't exist I'd probably buy a Beretta 8045 or two and a Sig 220 for when I wanted a change.

January 11, 2003, 11:39 AM
My Charles Daly EFS 1911.

Neal Bloom
January 11, 2003, 11:44 AM
SIG P220. The more I use it the more I like it.

January 11, 2003, 11:54 AM
Colt officers model .45. Does it all in a smaller package.

January 11, 2003, 12:02 PM
Glock 30. Reliable, easy to maintain, relatively compact. It's my preferred concealed carry handgun.

BTW, if Glocks did not exist, I'd carry a P220 or maybe a P245. :cool:

January 11, 2003, 12:14 PM
My Para P13, alloy frame. A commander sized gun that holds 13+1 200gr +p Gold Dots.
I shoot it very accurately, more so than my Glocks or Sigs.

January 11, 2003, 01:46 PM
A cobbled together, beater parts gun. Made with an Essex Arms cast frame and an Ithaca slide. Bar Sto barrel and assorted other parts. High Bomar sight with a tall front sight. 20 LPI Checkering on the front strap, ms housing and front of trigger guard. It's "retired", and doesn't get much use any more. This is the gun that helped me learn the workings of the 1911 and was a constant companion for many years.

Greg L
January 11, 2003, 01:49 PM
My full sized USP. It fits my hand better than anything else that I've ever tried.


January 11, 2003, 03:03 PM
My favorite .45 is also my most accurate and reliable...a Kimber Classic Stainless Target.

January 11, 2003, 03:09 PM
Two words: Glock 36!!! :D

January 11, 2003, 03:46 PM
Para P-14ltd. Sweet shooter.

The White Flyer
January 11, 2003, 04:26 PM
Glock 21.

January 11, 2003, 04:39 PM
S/W 4506

Tried some 1911's just never floated my boat. 4506 is a big hunk of American made steel that's normally very accurate and most will feed empty cases. Whats not to love :D

January 11, 2003, 05:53 PM
My favorite .45 ACP is my Colt Special Combat Government Competition. Hard chrome, no front slide serrations, Bo-Mars, Magwell, excellent fit and finish. More accurate than I'll ever be & functions 100% (right out of the box for that matter).

Stock, reliable & accurate......life is good :neener:

January 11, 2003, 06:57 PM
My Ruger P-90T of course. Also, it is my only 45acp.

January 11, 2003, 08:23 PM
MY Hakanized CZ97B-SA. Sweeeet!

January 11, 2003, 08:24 PM
Not too difficlut a question... But I do have two favorites. One is a Springfield Armory Target Stainless Loaded. It has been 100% reliable from day one, accurate as heck and looks good, if you like stainless. Very nicely fitted, way better than any sub-$700 should be. Replaced the ILS MSH and the trigger is excellent and it just plain feels right.

Other is my Ned Christiansen WWII-ized 1991A1. Was my first 1911 so it's special for that reason if nothing else. Had him do a basic trigger job, install a short GI trigger, checkered wide supr hammer, checkered slide stop (did that one myself :p) and GI checkered arched MSH. None others exactly like mine in the world.

If I had to get rid of one, it would be the Springfield. But if I could only keep one handgun, it would probably be the Springfield.



January 11, 2003, 08:42 PM
My Freedom Arms .454 Casull :D

January 11, 2003, 08:50 PM
My 4506. I trust it well and it has not quit on me. As to my love/ hate relationship with the 1911, one day I'll find one.

January 11, 2003, 09:17 PM
My favorite .45 is also far and away my favorite handgun -- My original Detonics .45. :D

Compact, feeds anything, including empty cases, accurate as a Gold Cup, and points exactly where my forearm is pointed when I draw it. Wouldn't trade it for anything.

January 11, 2003, 09:41 PM
My customized Colt MKIV SER 80 STS, but the Kimber Stainless II is catching up fast, both are very reliable and accurate and just feel right to fire.:cool:

January 11, 2003, 09:57 PM
Glock 30... fits my hands, reliable, easy to clean, great carry, accurate...especially after I figured out the trigger. ;)

January 11, 2003, 10:18 PM
Baer Monolith Commanche. The extra weight up front makes it super easy to control, it'll shoot 1cm groups at 1000meters and it'll feed anything, even small cans of tomato paste.

I'm not kidding either man!


January 11, 2003, 10:19 PM
OK I am kidding, but it's still bad O mega!


January 11, 2003, 10:34 PM
Ditto on the Colt Officer's model.

Brian Williams
January 11, 2003, 10:34 PM
Right now a Taurus Tracker in 45 Colt with a Systema Colt as a newbie yet to be shot.

January 14, 2003, 01:17 PM
Wilson CQB compact. Have had it for over a year now, and it has been perfect in every way -- accurate, 100% reliable, easy to shoot. Replaced my previous favorite a Colt Gold Cup -- is there a pattern here?:D

Baron Holbach
January 14, 2003, 02:51 PM
My first .45 ACP was a Ruger 97DK, which turned out to be a lemon. I then bought a Sig P220 .45 and traded in the Ruger 97 for a Beretta Cougar .45. The Cougar remained my favorite .45 until I acquired a Colt Govt model, which has proven to be the most accurate .45 for me.

January 14, 2003, 03:25 PM
I really like the 4inch 625. Followed closely by the 3 inch. Then the Mountain gun. And finally the Glock 21.

January 14, 2003, 03:39 PM
HK USP Compact. Because it never fails and it fits perfectly.

January 14, 2003, 04:19 PM
HK USP Fullsize. Because it never fails and it fits perfectly.


January 14, 2003, 06:26 PM
Wilson Combat KZ45.

Accurate, reliable and dependable, holds 10+1. I've torture tested it myself, 1000+ rounds, uncleaned, dropped into dirt, dirty mags, even broke the plastic guide rod, -it still worked! I'm a believer!

Been eyeing an original 70 Series Colt, plan on getting that custom built. When I do, I may change my mind on favorite .45.

January 14, 2003, 07:05 PM
Colt Combat Commander - Glock 21 - Goverment Model

Peter M. Eick
January 14, 2003, 07:38 PM
Les Baer PII. Accurate, tight and lots of fun to shoot.

January 14, 2003, 07:45 PM
Springfield Loaded M1911-A1, stainless. Never changed a thing on that gun. Never needed to.

January 15, 2003, 03:25 AM
The Glock 21, it just fits, and shoots...........and shoots, and shoots, and shoots....well, you get the idea.

January 15, 2003, 03:32 AM
The Valtro 1998A1 .45

Gorgeous, accurate, reliable.


Official Valtro Website (http://www.ValtroUSA.com)
Sven's Valtro Pics (http://www.imageseek.com/valtro)

January 15, 2003, 06:31 AM
My favorite .45 is still the Glock 36. One, because it's not a 1911. Two, it's a Glock. Three, it's not anything that even remotely looks like a 1911 and four, it's a Glock!!!! :neener:

January 15, 2003, 06:46 AM
My Kimber Ultra Carry, because of the size and weight.

mr e man
January 15, 2003, 10:02 AM
Para Ordnance p14-45 limited, shoots like a dream!
I shot a glock 21 the other day, and I hate to say, but I found that ugly, reliable piece of plastic very accurate. Of course, not as accurate as my p-14-45 ltd.... ;-)

January 15, 2003, 11:21 AM
Para Ordnance P14.45 Limited in stainless with a Hogue wrap-around grip.

I love this thing. just 'cause.

January 15, 2003, 12:11 PM
In order of favoriteness:

Baer TRS

Kimber Stainless Target 2

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Springfield Ultra-Compact V10

January 15, 2003, 02:08 PM
So far my favorites have all been 1911s. My favorite one right now is the Les Baer TRS. I borrowed one of these courtesy of a fellow High Roader, it is quite a piece of work. It struck me as bombproof reliable plus it looked and shot incredibly. My favorite that I own would be the Springfield Loaded Parkerized w/ NS. Once I got the bugs worked out of this gun, I really started to appreciate it.

January 15, 2003, 02:40 PM
I love my CZ-97B and my S&W 25-5 equally. :)

Study Butte
January 15, 2003, 04:35 PM
CZ-97B, it was cheap, accurate out of the box and generally just a great shooter.

January 15, 2003, 07:39 PM
I love, love love my Kimber Classic, it has AO night sights, Mag Well.. and stuff like that..

BTW.. did I tell you I love that Kimber..

It's one of those pre "Safety Thingys" Kimbers and it's solid as a rock.. It eats anything..

And.. Best of all.. Got me a C classification in Limited 10.

Your humble 14th century mercenary and only a C USPSA shooter
Captal de Buch

January 15, 2003, 08:25 PM
Series 80 GM.

January 15, 2003, 09:02 PM
Springfield Armory 1911 full size parkereized:cool:, why? because is my first 1911

January 15, 2003, 10:03 PM
I'll have to go with my Eddie Jimenea tuned 70's series Colt. The e-less nickel makes it really easy to clean, and it feeds just about anything. It probably makes me shoot a little better than my other 1911's. :D

January 15, 2003, 10:19 PM
1911, full-size. Have my eyes set on a Wilson Combat CQB. (Only time baby, only time..) Or maybe a Sig 220. Too close to call.

January 16, 2003, 10:37 AM
Now that I filed down the slide lock so it stops locking back with rounds in the magazine, my Kimber Pro Carry. Light weight, good looking, scary accurate.

Running a close second is the Sig P220. Works flawlessly right out of the box.

January 16, 2003, 11:31 AM
As a general group, my favorite .45 would be an Officer's Model 1911.

My favorite in that sub group would be my series 1 Kimber Compact Stainless.

January 16, 2003, 11:50 AM
Started out with the KP-90 Ruger. Like it very well, but have just started shooting a Springfield Champion model 1911-A1. 7 rounds vs 8 in the Ruger, but the night sights on the Champion....

In 45 Revos, gotta be the Ruger Vaquero, 5 1/2" barrel version. Stainless Steel optional.

January 16, 2003, 12:25 PM
This is my first post here so I'll try to make it a good one. I was never a wheel gun fan untill I found this Ruger Bisley. It is my favorite .45


January 16, 2003, 01:01 PM
Glock 21. It works right out of the box.

January 16, 2003, 03:49 PM
by Dan Wesson is absolutely beautiful.

Carbon steel blue, external extractor, flawless, unbelievably accurate, TIGHT, fine construction, GREAT PRICE. The rounds just go through this pistol with ease and the fit and finish are top notch.

I have been waiting for a pistol like this for a long time and at 1/2 the price of a Valtro and 1/3 the price of a Wilson or Les Baer, it's an unbelievable steal.

This pistol is built like a tank but has beautiful carbon steel blue lines.

January 16, 2003, 04:21 PM
I have been waiting for a pistol like this for a long time and at 1/2 the price of a Valtro and 1/3 the price of a Wilson or Les Baer, it's an unbelievable steal.
I don't know that the DW Patriot line is directly comparable to a Valtro. The Valtro uses forged 4340 steel, which is supposed to be better (and typically more expensive) than the forged 4140 used in most 1911's.
The Valtros also seem to have a "melt" job done by hand, I don't know that the Patriot series includes this in the base price.
Another difference in basic features is that I think the Patriots use more MIM parts than the Valtro.

The DW Patriot is probably more fairly compared to Springfield Loaded models and various Kimber target models.

The nicest .45's I've handled are a 2-tone Valtro that John Jardine has been working on, and a S&W 945 I groped in a gun store. Between the two of them, I liked the Valtro more, but haven't had a chance to shoot either one, so they don't really count.
I have a late 1980's Springfield that has been slightly modified, and it is "good enough". But I still think the S&W 625 is a more pleasant and accurate range gun. That may change as I start tweaking the springfield - I put a flat MSH on it, and it feels a lot better already.


January 16, 2003, 07:12 PM
I have a Sig P220ST, a Cougar 8045, and a CZ97. The favorite?

CZ97B!!! :D

January 16, 2003, 08:44 PM
It's gotta be my SS Kimber Compact, followed closely by my Glock 30, then Glock 36.

January 16, 2003, 08:55 PM
Model 30 because its a Glock.

January 16, 2003, 11:04 PM
Glock Model 30 :D

Just shoot it and you'll see what I mean.

Pappy John
January 17, 2003, 11:36 AM
Commander lenghth slide, match barrel, lightwieght alloy officers size frame, beavertail grip safety, extended mag release, tritium sights, ambidextrous safety, and a meltdown finish overall. Carries better than an Officers Model and just as accurate as a Gold Cup (I've owned both previously, so I'm not blowin' smoke). Its my series I Kimber "Combat Carry". The only thing I changed were the grip panels.


January 18, 2003, 12:07 AM
Favorite? So far it's my new Custom Caspian, because it's everything I wanted in looks, function, and accuracy.


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