Advise sought on which .45 auto to buy.


December 10, 2008, 12:22 PM
Advise sought on which .45 auto to buy.

My son e-mailed me from Texas and said he wanted to get a .45 auto (he said he liked the 1911 style), but to remember he's a newly wed and on a budget.

I recommended either a Ruger P90 or P345, GI type Springfield Armory 1911 A1 or an XD45.

Do you guys have any other .45 he may want to consider.

BTW: He got married two weeks ago.


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Marcus L.
December 10, 2008, 12:31 PM
S&w m&p .45

December 10, 2008, 12:32 PM
I would suggest to a friend either a S&W metal .45 like the 4566, an M&P 45, SW99 .45, Glock 45, or one of the Armscorp 45 everyone is talking about. All are around the 350-450 price range some new some used. I would shy away from the Ruger .45 not because it is a bad gun but because they are huge, heavy and in my opinion (we know what those are like) Ugly as hell. I would buy an SR9 as I think they are great for the money. I shop auctionarms and gunbroker, and am not brand judgemental like others. I take guns on a case by case basis.

December 10, 2008, 12:55 PM
The P90 is an excellent option. Very reliable, accurate, and with good features. I trust mine implicitly. The single/double trigger is very good, and even in double action it's very light. I'll be wearing it as a sidearm in February when I go hunting.

December 10, 2008, 01:03 PM
hows about a used 1911?

December 10, 2008, 01:18 PM
1911's are rather picky about which ammo they'll digest. You have to find an ammo type they like. Newer designs such as the P90 are much more tolerant. My father has a 1911, I have my P90. My gun eats ammo that turns his into a jam-o-matic. That said, I love his gun and wish it was mine, but I recognize that for all practical purposes the P90 is better.

December 10, 2008, 01:25 PM
S&W M&P45 (with thumb safety) first.

then save up for more ... 1911, H&K USP, Sig220, CZ97, XD45 ... there're plenty of options.

Yo Mama
December 10, 2008, 01:29 PM
Taurus PT145. Great fricking gun. Good for home and abroad, I never felt undergunned with 11 rounds of .45 acp behind me.

Going for about 350 new.

December 10, 2008, 01:33 PM
M&P with thumb safety or a Glock 30

December 10, 2008, 01:35 PM
Taurus PT145. Great fricking gun.

Uh, let's not go with a gun that still has a reputation for problems. Not saying it will never be a good gun, but right now the Taurus semi's are flaky. Some work great, some jam, and some simply break after a short time.

December 10, 2008, 02:14 PM
Rock Island Armory. Great budget 1911's, and they're pigs that'll eat anything you feed 'em. I recommend the Tactical model, it has all the goodies already on it. Usually around $400.

December 10, 2008, 02:26 PM
I agree with a bare-bones 1911. It's a classic he can use or eventually build into a match gun.

December 10, 2008, 02:35 PM
If someone likes 1911's there's no use trying to substitute any other pistol just because it's a .45. Get a 1911.

Without making a recommendation I noticed that Taurus is currently offering $75.00 rebates on purchases of their 1911 models, and I think that the Smith & Wesson rebate program extends to their 1911 models.

That said I've never seen anyone speak ill of their Rock Island Armory 1911. There've been a few issues and there've been the usual learning curve type of questions but noone indicates that the company is peddling inferior guns.

December 10, 2008, 02:37 PM
Used HK USP45 Full size


Used Springfield 1911 Loaded

(Lots to be found cheap nowadays)

December 10, 2008, 02:39 PM
As with any (major) purchase, you want to "test drive" before you flop down $$$$$ - so he should head off to a gun shop and handle each one he likes, then find a range that rents many of his choices and he should fire as many as he can. He will then have a better opinion on which he likes best (hand fit / point of aim / overall "feel".

The look at Bud's on the net for some great pricing.

December 10, 2008, 02:49 PM
+1 Rondawg's comments on ROck Island ARmory though in
some areas of the country the Tactical goes for a little
under $500, still the beavertail and Novak style sights make it
worth it over a plain G.I. style. ALso RIA has a good customer
service dept. at Advanced Tactical in Nevada.

Whatever you recommend to your newly married son, the
company rep. for customer service should be a factor.

And I agree with the comment if he wants a 1911 don't peddle
him other .45s steel, alloy or polymer.

Buds has COLT 1991 series COmmanders for just
over $600 FWIW.


December 10, 2008, 03:24 PM
What's your son's purpose for getting a 1911 ? Carry, range, SD/HD ? Look at the S&W SW1911 line. Lots of options to choose from and reasonably priced. #108283 is light weight and best for carry. #108284 will be great for range & HD.

December 10, 2008, 04:12 PM
i have a XD .45 and it's great. haven't put night sights on it yet but a very safe and reliable gun. not sure if your son has kids or anything so safety and all included this would be a great choice not to mention the 13+1 if he's not the best of aimers.

December 10, 2008, 04:18 PM
If he's on a budget, can he afford .45ACP ammo?

December 10, 2008, 04:22 PM
Rock Island Armory +1

Buckshot Bill
December 10, 2008, 05:25 PM
Here's another vote for the Rock Island Armory .45. I have one and believe they're a great value for the money. The Tactical model is the one to buy with all the bells and whistles already installed. Try one, you won't be sorry. ;)

December 10, 2008, 08:47 PM
M&P 45, Glock 30, or an XD Service in that order.

December 10, 2008, 08:51 PM
Taurus 24/7 pro in .45 would be my top suggestion... because it's the pistol i carry every day and trust to protect myself and my family.

the Rock island 1911 is a good choice too, as is a P90 or P345, The P345 is great weight and feel in my opinion, and it's a ruger, so you know it will never ever stop working

December 10, 2008, 08:57 PM
I bought a Taurus 1911 and haven't looked back. Eats anything I feed it, even my first ever reloads. I might buy a stainless next.

December 10, 2008, 10:47 PM
Seems to me you recommended a fair selection of guns to him. He should take his funds to a gun shop and see what will suit HIM. Find a reputuable shop and salesman and tell him what you expect to spend and then see what he has to offer.

December 10, 2008, 11:06 PM
M&P 45 2007 Shooting Industry Handgun of the Year

December 10, 2008, 11:08 PM
If I was going to get a .45 ACP right now I'd look very strongly at the M&P because it's profile doesn't increase it size. A 1911 would be sweet but there are so many options it's too difficult for me to narrow down what I want and/or I might be compulsed to buy more so I'm waiting on that till I have more money to throw around; I have other priorities at the moment. The M&P though is a sweet deal right now. The only thing I don't like is I think they need to change the takedown process. It seems to me if they made a pistol to compete with glock/xd they would've incorporated a very simplistic takedown process.

Old Salty Dog
December 10, 2008, 11:09 PM
XD45. Great gun. Current production. Reasonably priced. More safety than with a Glock. You can get them with thumb safeties if you wish. Eats most anything.

David E
December 10, 2008, 11:29 PM
Unless he's dedicated to the 1911 system (few truly are) then he'd be better served with either a:

Glock 21 or 21 SF (SF is my preference of the two)

XD-45, either 4" or 5" without thumb safety.

M&P .45, without thumb safety.

The 1911's and decocking guns like the Rugers require the shooter to master more handling protocols to be safe with them.


December 11, 2008, 06:40 AM

SA 1911 Mil-Spec

RIA 1911 Tactical

All will serve him well.

December 11, 2008, 07:26 AM
If he wants a 1911 I think S&W are the cream of the crop at their price range...mine has been flawless so far and extremely accurate...I also have a Glock 30, though, because my 5'' 1911 is a little heavy at 41 grams to lug around concealed, and its just too nice of a gun to sweat on all day. If I had gotten a cheaper one I would do it in a heartbeat, but since I sprung for one that was a little out of my price range (even though it was used!) I decided that between not wanting to mess it up and its weight, it would be better left as a pistol that wasn't getting a lot of abuse. So I would say that for his situation he should shop around a bit and feel some non-1911 pistols, just to see if he thinks any might fit the bill. If not, (and I really don't think there is any replacement for one of these) then he should go for the 1911, and I highly recommend the S&W.

December 11, 2008, 08:15 AM
Magnum Research Baby Eagle. Its practically the same design as the CZ. I have fed mine all sorts of different ammo. As long as you keep a firm wrist it eats it up just fine. I also have an M&P, which I love. You would be happy with either selection I am sure.

December 11, 2008, 09:05 AM
Nothing wrong with the XD you are recommending to him. Very nice gun. Affordable, reliable and easy as heck to operate and field strip.

December 11, 2008, 09:15 AM
Blind Justice,
I can't seem to find the 1991 Colt Commander on Bud's website for the price you stated, please inform me, Thanks Floyd

December 11, 2008, 11:33 PM
SIG 220: a nice, traditional d/a that offers a slim profile due to single stack magazine configuration, reliable as rain on a picnic and no redundant safety to fumble with.

December 11, 2008, 11:40 PM
My XD-45 5 in Tactical was my first 45, I got it 7-8 months after getting married.
However he should get what fits him (hand, budget, and needs)

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