Steel .45ACP


April 6, 2003, 06:54 AM
Thinking of purchasing a 45ACP and wanted opinions regarding the best all steel pistol on the market. I do not want a DAO and it need not be domestic...Although I will admit to being more than just little disappointed in our German "allies" lately and it will probably sway my purchase decision. Thanks for the input :)

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April 6, 2003, 07:42 AM
I'm kinda partial to Dan Wessons, and the CZ97.

April 6, 2003, 07:56 AM
Kimber. Pick the size and features in your price range and don't look back.

April 6, 2003, 09:13 AM
Another vote here for Kimber...I have their all-steel Custom in classic five-inch trim...fantastic pistol!

Al Thompson
April 6, 2003, 10:01 AM
It's a golden age for 1911s. I don't know of any other steel .45s - maybe the CZ and clones?

What's your budget and feeling for SA vrs. DA?

April 6, 2003, 10:31 AM
Well, I certainly wouldn't steer anyone away from a 1911.

The CZ97 have a lot to recommend them but they seem on the large side.

The EAA Witness in 45 is available in an all steel version and is just slightly larger than the 9mm/40 version.

April 6, 2003, 10:52 AM
The Ruger P90 is mostly steel. I beleive the frame is alum. alloy but very strong. Can be had with blued or stainless slide. Manual saftey, Decock only and DAO. A rugged gun for sure.


April 6, 2003, 02:27 PM
As far as I know these are the steel .45s from "good" manufacturers:

1911's of a many kinds
Taurus 945
A few S&Ws

And then a few which are steel/aluminum alloy like:

Ruger P90
SIG P220 (standard model)
SIG P245
Berretta Cougar (8045?)

And then there are a number of .45ACP revolvers from S&W , Taurus, and others.

A lot to pick from and not many bad choices.


April 6, 2003, 05:22 PM
In an all steel 45, you really can't go wrong w/ a 1911 from the top 3 (Colt, SA, & Kimber ;) )

April 6, 2003, 05:37 PM
As I said in another post:

"Wait just a bit longer until the Colt stainless Series 70 hits the shelves... you'll be ecstatic..."

Mikey D...

April 6, 2003, 06:42 PM
I'll also throw my vote in for a Kimber.
I've had nothing but joy from mine.

Dave Williams
April 7, 2003, 01:47 AM
I think this pistol is a heck of a deal. 30lpi checkering, night sights, for $750 at a gun store I went to last week.


April 7, 2003, 01:57 AM
Why not go for that classic, sleek, sexy, beautiful, amazing..... errr, a Colt 1911.

April 7, 2003, 06:31 PM
i can't believe we're talking about a best .45 and nobody has mentioned the Valtro 1911

April 7, 2003, 06:37 PM
Partial to Kimber.
A used Kimber Series I first choice, I then would go to a series II.

I personally have had no problems with a series II.

Snowdog: I got one of those, have the Target model in a series I.

April 7, 2003, 07:17 PM
I highly recommend a Kimber. I have almost 7000 rounds through my Custom II with no problems.

April 7, 2003, 07:20 PM
The .45 Witness Carry Comp I owned was one of the most accurate pistols I've shot. Tennifer finish, two carry modes, 10 round mags and really durable construction for $300!

April 7, 2003, 11:00 PM

You may want to drop by the Valtro USA Website ( there you will find a pistol that doesnt HAVE plastic triggers, mainspring housings, or other such.. uhm.. "cost saving 'features'" :scrutiny:

The steel that Jardine uses of extremely good quality.


April 7, 2003, 11:55 PM
The greatest all-steel .45acp pistol on the market today....

The SIG P220ST!

Very sweet shooter, with great accuracy, tight tolerances, and great reliability, all wrapped up in the classic SIG DA pistol used and abused worldwide.

I tell ya, the 220ST shoots so well, I gave up on my Kimber and don't take the HK USPs out anymore.

April 8, 2003, 12:19 AM
Valtro 1998
Sig P220ST
Springfield Armory

never a Kimber... at least, not a Series II Kimber.

April 8, 2003, 01:19 AM
Ballester Molina

April 8, 2003, 02:40 AM
I am completely lost as how everyone can tell I have a series I that has seen my Kimber. What distinguishes the series I from series II?

April 8, 2003, 06:17 AM
The series 2 guns say "II" in the rollmark name; the Series 1 guns have no designation in the names.

Mikey D...

April 8, 2003, 09:14 AM
Check Out a Smith & Wesson PC 945

mr e man
April 8, 2003, 10:44 AM
PARA ORDNANCE p14.45 limited. A pleasure to shoot. ... sendt 50 rounds down range yesterday.... sweet!

Have a good one!

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