help with the purchase of a .45


September 18, 2006, 03:14 PM

Hey guys,

this is my first post here, so anything you guys can do help is greatly appreciated.

i'm looking to buy a .45 and was wondering i you guys had a favorite or one that you would recommend.

so far, i've heard many good things about the glock g30, and am definetly leaning towards it.

Thanks in advance!

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September 18, 2006, 03:25 PM
I guess it depends on what the intended purpose is. Will it be used as a carry piece, a range gun, a bullseye pistol, a deep woods gun, etc.? Do you want single action (SA), double action only (DAO), or double action (DA)? If you like DA, do you want a decocker?

As far as .45 ACP goes, various versions of the 1911 design are still the most popular overall. As for non-1911 designs, Sig makes some nice ones (the P220). CZ offers the fine 97-B. S&W has a few interesting models (esp. the 4506). If you like polymer-frame pistols, you can choose from the H&K USP, Glock, Springfield XD, and others.

Again, it all depends on what you're looking for.

September 18, 2006, 03:27 PM
Buy what you like. There's a huge variety. Personally, I like the Ruger P90 and P97, but not everyone does.

September 18, 2006, 03:31 PM
HK USP45. ;)

September 18, 2006, 03:54 PM
buy a 1911.

I love 'em, but I've only owned one that was reliable right out of the box. Of course it was probably me doing something wrong with those other four.

September 18, 2006, 04:10 PM
I would highly recommend two in particular.

Springfield Mil-Spec 1911 .45 This pistol is often mentioned as a very good buy.

HK USP compact .45 V1. V1 means it has a safety and decocker on the left side.

You would be all set with either of these two.

If you choose the 1911 for carry, the choice would need to be "cocked & locked", which is perfectly safe, but looks real scarey.

Otherwise, the HK USP Compact can have one in the chamber, and the first shot can be fired double-action.


September 18, 2006, 06:15 PM
get a USPc in .45...u won't feel safe without it!:evil:

September 18, 2006, 06:16 PM
sprsonicgsr, don't you have another thread with the exact same topic ?

Jimmy Newman
September 18, 2006, 07:47 PM
I personally would not buy a .45 glock because of the fact that it uses the .45GAP caliber instead of the .45ACP. It's not any faster or any better than the .45ACP, the case is just a little shorter so that it can fit in a normal Glock action. It's more expensive and a lot less available in areas that don't have much of an ammo selection. It also may or may not last for a long time as a caliber even as common as it is now.

Josh M.
September 18, 2006, 07:58 PM

You can get Glock's in .45 ACP, OR .45 GAP.

You seem to miss the point. The .45 GAP was made so that you could have all the power of the .45 ACP in a smaller sized gun.

Having said that, I personally see no need to downsize from a 1911. - JM.

September 18, 2006, 08:37 PM
What do you want to use the .45acp for? CCW? home protection? target use? etc

What do you want to spend? $300? $400? $600?

Also what kind of action do you want to use? DA/SA? DA only? striker fired or hammer fired?

Also, what brands do you want to look for?

More details would help...


September 18, 2006, 09:12 PM
If you want a 1911 for a good price, check out the TAURUS PT1911. The Springfield Armory Mil-Spec is a good platform to build on, also. For a plastic gun, I like my XD45 Tactical best.

Anna's Dad
September 18, 2006, 10:56 PM
It really depends on what you're looking for, but I really like my Ruger P345. I also have a (lower end) 1911, but the Ruger is my preference. The P345 isn't as cumbersome as some of the older Ruger designs and its extremely reliable.

Feels great in my hand and my wife's hand as well (I have large hands hers are extremely small).

Although its not a big concern of mine (I'm very careful regardless of the safety mechanisms), my wife likes the magazine disconnect safety, the manual safety, and the loaded chamber indicator as well.

September 18, 2006, 11:03 PM
1st off, welcome! :D

In a 45 acp, I like Colt's rendition of the 1911, HK's USP 45 & Expert 45 :cool:

September 18, 2006, 11:29 PM
1st off, there is a very LARGE variety of .45's, the best thing for you to do is go to a shop or show and get the feel of the most popular ones. Look them up on the internet and see which one suits your needs for either home or carry protection. Me personally, I went with an XD .45 and am a VERY happy owner. I first tried a few other popular models and then started marking off what I didnt like the most. I Didnt find much when it came down to the XD so thats what I went with. So the best thing to do is as I mentioned. Look up the most popular models, go get a feel of them, and then pick which one suits your needs.

September 19, 2006, 12:13 AM
If you're looking for a compact .45, try out a Taurus PT-145 Millennium Pro. It's my favorite carry piece. :cool:

Baba Louie
September 19, 2006, 07:57 AM
Over the years I've purchased and shot several different types of .45's. Kept quite a few of them. I tend to gravitate towards the 1911 model for some reason (have several) but I could honestly recommend any of the following based on the ones I've owned and shot...
Glock 21 and 30... grip isn't for everyone. I like em. Accurate.
1911... I have a weakness... mea culpa
Taurus PT-945... mine is prelock/predecocker... nice little shooter actually.
S&W 457... mui bueno... a sleeper in the .45 world (even if it's safety is slide mounted).
Ruger 90... one darned fine accurate chunk of handgun.
SIG 220... almost heaven.

I'll get a CZ-97 someday.

Thinking back on my "wonder years" (60's) I'm struck thinking about how many .45's we had to choose from back then vs. today. These truly are the "good old days".

Sprsonicgsr... Enjoy your hunt for the perfect .45. A worthy quest. It could last a lifetime if you work it right. ;)

Dr. Dickie
September 19, 2006, 08:06 AM
Get a 1911; I love Colts, but the SA Mil-Spec is a great starter.
But a word of caution.
They are like gun crack, one is never enough and ten or fifteen just makes it itch more.

Remember what I said.

September 19, 2006, 09:00 AM
S&W 625, but it's a revolver....

September 19, 2006, 10:55 AM
I agree with MCgunner. This is my CCW.

Jimmy Newman
September 19, 2006, 02:10 PM

You can get Glock's in .45 ACP, OR .45 GAP.

You seem to miss the point. The .45 GAP was made so that you could have all the power of the .45 ACP in a smaller sized gun.

Having said that, I personally see no need to downsize from a 1911. - JM.

You can get them in either now? I must be out of the loop. You couldn't when the guns were first announced, could you?

I know the reasoning behind the GAP round, I just think it's a little pointless. The cartridge OAL is .17" shorter, which is only about an eighth of an inch. I just can't see that the eighth of an inch really makes a big enough difference to make a whole new round.

On topic, I love my Sig P220ST, but it is a fairly expensive pistol, on par with I guess the "decent but not custom/fancy" 1911's. I really like the DA/SA trigger for practical use (i.e. carry on private land in the country - it's a little big for CCW). I shoot 1911's pretty well but haven't bought one yet - it's only a matter of time!

September 19, 2006, 02:36 PM
What is your price range? The Springfield milspecs are sturdy and more economical than the others. The SW99 has a 45cal model. I think. The CZ97 is good, but has a large grip. S&W 4500 series DAO are around used, are sturdy and fairly economical. I'm a fan of Colt 1911's, and prefer them. As mentioned, what is your intended purpose?

September 19, 2006, 03:55 PM
SIG 220 EQ or, HK USP .45

September 19, 2006, 05:21 PM
You really should state what the gun is for and your budget.

Jimmy: The glock 45 ACP preceeded the 45 GAP.

September 19, 2006, 05:33 PM
I've owned two G30s; sold them both. I tried to like them, I really did.

Based on my experience, which is admittedly several years old, the G30 10 round mags would not allow the slide to be racked easily when loaded into the pistol with the slide forward. Also, locking a fully loaded ten round mag into place with the slide forward required a drastic change in grip and a, for me, too forceful smack to get it to seat in the mag well.

When down-loaded to 9 rounds, the ten round mags rattled like an infants toy. They were LOUD; something which, at the time, was VERY unacceptable to me. However, both issues were the result of the Clinton 10 round mag capacity limit. The 10 round limit left virtually no room for Glock engineers to allow extra room inside the mag to allow for easy insertion and loading. Had they done so, a 10 round mag may have been forcefully fed an 11th round. And in the Democrat way of looking at things, the 11th round was EEEVVIILLLL.

I like the theory of the G30. And by all accounts they are VERY accurate little platforms for the .45.

I don't know if Glock has solved any of the G30s issues in the paast three-four years, they may have. But do some research and get the opines of recent buyers and owners.

September 19, 2006, 05:34 PM
P97, I normally don't like engraved pistols. But that is one fine lookin Ruger. :D

September 19, 2006, 05:35 PM

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