Best .45 you've seened or used


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Bsolarwind
March 11, 2009, 09:16 PM
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orionengnr
March 11, 2009, 09:22 PM
seened?
Great first post. :rolleyes:

f4t9r
March 11, 2009, 09:26 PM
Best 45 ever is the 1911.
Love the way it fits the hand and very accurate.
Next I like the XD and the HK. Other then the 1911 I shoot the XD better then anything else.

Taurus_9mm
March 11, 2009, 11:51 PM
I'm partial to both my Taurus PT1911 and my Springfield Armory XD .45 ACP Tactical but for different reasons.

CapnMac
March 11, 2009, 11:58 PM
Prettiest was a Colt 1910 Commercial (aka "pantograph") in glorious Royal Blue.

Best "user" kind of a tie. Remington-rand with a nice set of bomar sights and non-extended ambi controls or my series 70 in electroless nickel--but I may be biased to the latter, having run 5-7K rounds through same.

10-Ring
March 12, 2009, 12:17 AM
I once saw'd me a 1911 w/ a 6" barrel in 45 super that easily shot one ragged hole at 25" all night long w/ some HOT ammo :cool:

Welcome to THR ;)

weisse52
March 12, 2009, 12:50 AM
Any one of the several Colt 1911's I have owned over the years. They have all worked out of the box and I like the way they look.

dacavasi
March 12, 2009, 01:26 AM
I've owned several Colt 1911s (wish I still had them, too); now I have a Glock 21, a SA XD45, and a Taurus PT145. Best of those, IMHO, is the XD45. Best I've 'seened' is an STI 1911 custom, but never got to shoot it...

newmenu
March 12, 2009, 01:31 AM
http://i41.photobucket.com/albums/e265/thezionsoho/hk45-lem.jpg

HK 45

I have one of the first 5000

brif
March 12, 2009, 01:31 AM
I was in a local shop today and saw a Springfield Armory 1911. It was a TGO 3 model. It was sure an easy gun to look at.

earlthegoat2
March 12, 2009, 01:35 AM
A Kimber Stainless Target in.....er....well.....38 Super.

I guess it has to be on of my ParaOrdinance......s.

bfox
March 12, 2009, 01:54 AM
seened?
Great first post.

dick_taber@hotmail.com

I was gonna say don't be a But I see that you are .:D
Real Warm Welcome to someone New !

Sig - P220

andcam
March 12, 2009, 02:32 AM
The best 45 that I've seen/used has been the FNP-45. I've shot 1911's, but never really fell in love with them. I can shoot most accurately with my FNP-45 out of all of the handguns that I've fired. (Plus you can't beat 14 round magazines...) *my 2 cents*

GLI45
March 12, 2009, 02:35 AM
STI Legend - what a beauty! I recently visited STI and got to see their entire line of pistols. The Legend is stunning. I wanted to call Brazos Custom and order one as soon as I left. Unfortunately, if I come home with another STI (I have 4) my wife might use it on me.

polekitty
March 12, 2009, 02:40 AM
I really do love my P-14, but I wish it were not so shiny! I carry it everywhere. I even sleep with it. Sometimes I've carried another from my small collection, but always come back to my beloved Para. I protect it and it protects me.

yeti
March 12, 2009, 02:59 AM
Late '60's Colt National Match.

doberman
March 12, 2009, 03:03 AM
I assume you mean the .45ACP?

I own a number of .45ACP's dating from WWI to the present (mostly 1911 style).

The one that points, shoots reliably, and is the most accurate is an out of the box no frills Kimber Pro-Carry II.

Ugly sure, but it works for me. Maybe I just got lucky with that one.

If I had to get rid of all the others the Kimber would stay.

I suppose the rest would go to a collector, and the others just don't fit my hand right with the exception of the XD .45ACP Compact.

That one still falls short to my Glock 19/23.

After all these years I am STILL in the search for the "best" non-1911 stlye .45ACP and have yet to find it.

I don't think I am alone in that search.

Anyone else?

Ridgerunner665
March 12, 2009, 03:30 AM
The best....Baer stainless Stinger
http://i217.photobucket.com/albums/cc137/Ridgerunner665/120_2027-1.jpg

And a VERY close 2nd...XD 45 Compact Tactical
http://i217.photobucket.com/albums/cc137/Ridgerunner665/XDTactical.jpg

nicholst55
March 12, 2009, 07:34 AM
Jim Clark Sr. 'Heavy Slide' Colt Gov't Model that belonged to a retired bullseye pistol shooter. After umpteen thousand rounds down the tube, it still shot knothole-size 10-shot groups - offhand (using one hand, like it was designed for)!

sohcgt2
March 12, 2009, 09:44 AM
I have 2 of the best I've seened and I bought both used from the same person. I have a stainless SA 1911 with every upgrade available except tritium night sights. It has been polished with a strap to a mirror like finish. It functions as smoothly as it shines and is extremely accurate. The other is Glock 21 that fires with every pull of the trigger without exception. I aquired it after the previous owner had it explode at the range one day due to what we suspect was a double powder round. After careful inspection of the gun we found it to be undamaged. I had opportunity to aquire the gun from him some time later and in a fashion similar to TS Garp felt it had survived its brush with disaster and I would therefor not need to worry about this one small aspect of my life.
How's that for a story of the best .45 I've seened.

Floppy_D
March 12, 2009, 09:48 AM
I once saw'd me a 1911 w/ a 6" barrel in 45 super that easily shot one ragged hole at 25" all night long

I can shoot a ragged hole at 25" with my bone stock GI. :D

robctwo
March 12, 2009, 10:45 AM
Toss up, Ed Brown Executive Target and Les Baer 1.5" PII.

http://i39.photobucket.com/albums/e186/robctwo/DSCN0258.jpg

http://i39.photobucket.com/albums/e186/robctwo/DSCN0262.jpg

Don't be put off by criticism of spelling, punctuation or word use. We all have our little idiosyncrasies.

Ed4032
March 12, 2009, 11:22 AM
Bersa Compac Carry in 45acp !!

Gunfighter123
March 12, 2009, 12:15 PM
Well , my favorite .45acp is my Jimmy Clark Sr. "PinMaster " --- back in the mid-80s , I used it to shoot my way into "A class" in IPSC and it has won a boatload of Bowling Pin Shoots for me --- after 20,000+ rounds , it is still very tight and accurate -- one hole groups at 25 yds.
http://i19.photobucket.com/albums/b199/Jailbird123/Clark45PinMaster.jpg

But even thou I just LOVE the PinMaster , when I hear a bump in the night ---- I grap my ParaOrdnance Limited .45 -- hard to beat a 14 round .45auto !!!!!
http://i19.photobucket.com/albums/b199/Jailbird123/Para-Ord45.jpg

MCgunner
March 12, 2009, 12:19 PM
.45 Colt Blackhawk. But, then, I don't have a Freedom Arms .454 Casull.

Blackhawk shoots a ragged hole at 25 YARDS, let alone inches. :neener:

ParaElite
March 12, 2009, 01:15 PM
For the money?
EAA Witness Elite Match in .45ACP!

youngun82
March 12, 2009, 03:47 PM
Colt series 70 in Blued Steel are the ones I can stare at forever...But the 2 I had ,had feeding issues. I have a XD45 service that is a rock...over 10,000 rounds with no FTF or any malfuctions for that matter. And the warranty is sweet. 1911's are sweet and alot of them are reliable...but for the price XD45 is the way to go. Oh....and did i mention it holds 13+1:)

maksim
March 12, 2009, 05:25 PM
Have to agree, H&K USP 45. great time, super smooth.

augustino
March 12, 2009, 08:21 PM
Wow! There are some pretty looking guns in this thread. And I for one can look a firearms all day long without getting tired.
I WAS 9MM all the way until about two years ago. I decided to phase out my 9MM pistols for 45acp caliber. I heard some horror stories from a few poice officers and US military in Iraq - Afghanistan. Stories about the 9MM requiring 2, 3 or more hits to take a combatant or criminal down. I'm no fighter and not much of a lover either. But when it comes to stopping power I want to stop what I hit. So it was 45 for me.
I used the following criteria in making my decision;
I needed concealibility since I have a concealed carry permit.
I wanted reliability of course. Every time I pull the trigger I want the gun to fire.
I wanted something that I wouldn't be scared to use, a utility firearm, a TOOL for lack of a better description.
I wanted as high a round capacity as possibility while maintaining a small profile suitable for CCW.
And I wanted all of this at an affordable price.

I went with the Glock model 30 45acp.

Clarence
March 12, 2009, 09:48 PM
I've owned at least a dozen over the years including Colt, Kimber, Springfield, Les Baer, & Wilson Combat.

Now I only have an Ed Brown SF - It's better than all the others I've owned.

HammerheadSSN663
March 12, 2009, 10:13 PM
Best? Colt .45 old school.

Worst? Any Glock. Feels like a plastic wooden block.

61chalk
March 12, 2009, 10:17 PM
Don't worry about post 2, I mispelll all the timee, welcome to THR. Its not that pretty but for 200.00 an my first handgun, a old Llama .45, with vent rib top rail, it is very accurate an fun to shoot, the best looking .45 was my brothers colt .45 that he bought after nam in '69. It was magnesium an super light, after 25yrs he sold it for a good chunk of change, wish I had bought it.

oneounceload
March 12, 2009, 10:40 PM
Best I have seen isn't an autoloader - the S&W .45 revolver......beautiful blue and a great trigger....plus you don't have to bend over to pick up brass......:D

CWL
March 13, 2009, 01:17 AM
My personal full house M1911 built from frame & slide by Bob Rogers.

The best one I've ever "seen" would be a toss-up between a full-house build by Larry Vickers or Hilton Yam. Both pure combat pistols with no fluff.

alaskanativeson
March 13, 2009, 01:45 AM
USP Tactical. Hands down.

http://i57.photobucket.com/albums/g235/Rodgersplace/Faves.jpg

Flea
March 13, 2009, 01:53 AM
(Don't laugh)
A Taurus PT1911 with Pachmayr American Legend series grips. I just thought it was a beautiful weapon, so I bought one and have the Pachmayr grips coming in the mail. Nice shooter, too!

Matrix187
March 13, 2009, 03:01 AM
Cz 97

okespe04
March 13, 2009, 02:31 PM
I have only shot a glock 30 and a glock 21 and I liked the 21 better. I know, I should expand my horizons.

wditto
March 13, 2009, 02:44 PM
for 50 years, I would have said 1911 - now it's the SIG 220.......

bbrownie
March 13, 2009, 04:13 PM
S&w 625.

Rinspeed
March 13, 2009, 07:01 PM
http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y29/Rinspeed/IMG_0894.jpg

Anna's Dad
March 13, 2009, 07:41 PM
I once saw'd me a 1911 w/ a 6" barrel in 45 super that easily shot one ragged hole at 25" all night long w/ some HOT ammo

At 25 inches, I just poke a hole in the target with my finger. :evil:

I'm not a 1911 fanatic, but they are a class act. When I think .45 I think 1911 first.

I'm also a big fan of the USP and M&P platforms although I have to confess I've never owned them in .45.

metallic
March 14, 2009, 11:42 AM
Stories about the 9MM requiring 2, 3 or more hits to take a combatant or criminal down.

In all fairness, I think it would take 2, 3, or more rounds of .45ACP to stop someone as well.

I have a Kimber 1911 that I plan on carrying as soon as my permit comes in the mail.

Dan Crocker
March 14, 2009, 11:47 AM
Best 45????

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Wow! There are some pretty looking guns in this thread. And I for one can look a firearms all day long without getting tired.
I WAS 9MM all the way until about two years ago. I decided to phase out my 9MM pistols for 45acp caliber. I heard some horror stories from a few poice officers and US military in Iraq - Afghanistan. Stories about the 9MM requiring 2, 3 or more hits to take a combatant or criminal down. I'm no fighter and not much of a lover either. But when it comes to stopping power I want to stop what I hit. So it was 45 for me.
I used the following criteria in making my decision;
I needed concealibility since I have a concealed carry permit.
I wanted reliability of course. Every time I pull the trigger I want the gun to fire.
I wanted something that I wouldn't be scared to use, a utility firearm, a TOOL for lack of a better description.
I wanted as high a round capacity as possibility while maintaining a small profile suitable for CCW.
And I wanted all of this at an affordable price.

I went with the Glock model 30 45acp.

9mm FMJ sucks for taking people down. 9mm JHP, which the DOJ can use overseas, isn't so bad. I trust it.

Dulvarian
March 15, 2009, 12:13 AM
The best .45 I've ever fired as a 1963 Officer's 1911 with a 12 oz. trigger. The gun didn't miss, you did. First time I ever cut the bull's eye out of a target. Friend's gun, shot that the day I did the small arms qual for my CCW license. (Just because I military doesn't mean I get to carry at work :mad: )

My carry is my Cougar 8045F, which I dearly love. It will soon become my wife's. I can't decide what to carry from there, but I'm seriously looking at a sub compact 1911. (Open to suggestions, hint hint)

My other close favorite is my G21. I shot a 1" group out of the box. That's the one that sleeps next to my bed. 13+1 is nice.

My next .45 might be a Beretta Stampede. Been thinking about a revolver. Lol, I'll look over in the revolver thread for comments on that one.

Dulvarian
March 15, 2009, 12:15 AM
The best .45 I've ever fired as a 1963 Officer's 1911 with a 12 oz. trigger. The gun didn't miss, you did. First time I ever cut the bull's eye out of a target. Friend's gun, shot that the day I did the small arms qual for my CCW license. (Just because I military doesn't mean I get to carry at work :mad: )

My carry is my Cougar 8045F, which I dearly love. It will soon become my wife's. I can't decide what to carry from there, but I'm seriously looking at a sub compact 1911. (Open to suggestions, hint hint)

My other close favorite is my G21. I shot a 1" group out of the box. That's the one that sleeps next to my bed. 13+1 is nice.

My next .45 might be a Beretta Stampede. Been thinking about a revolver. Lol, I'll look over in the revolver thread for comments on that one.

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