Which .45 ACP Handgun Would You Choose?


May 11, 2012, 12:15 AM
Please for the sake of simplicity, do not factor cost into your decision.

I realize this thread may get biased results since one contender is a 1911, but I'm still curious.

Assume the selected handgun will fill a currently open position for "HD firearm" in my home.

SIG P220R, or SIG 1911 Scorpion? Also, if you don't mind, mention what your selection is based on.


Throwing something in to mix things up. G30SF is option #3.

Remember, please do not factor cost into your decision.

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May 11, 2012, 12:21 AM
No fnp-45!? Lol. I voted sig scorpion mainly because of the looks and its a 1911 style gun with a rail if I'm thinking of the right one? Correct me if I'm wrong. Out of the three I only own the g30 but after picking up a sig p238 I'd have to assume the other Sigs are as good or better, and the p238 is GOOD!

May 11, 2012, 01:24 AM
I have a few 45 ACP pistols:
Glock 30, Glock 36
Ed Brown Special Forces, 4.25", 1911
Mars Armament THUG, Colt 1911
Sig P220

Hands down, the G30 is the softest shooting of the bunch and I can go as high as 13+1. It's ultra reliable,

However, my Ed Brown is also very reliable and I can hit longer distances with it. Same goes for the THUG.

Get what you shoot best and feels most comfortable.

May 11, 2012, 01:32 AM
For HD, I'd run full size.

May 11, 2012, 01:39 AM
Out of those, P220. Out of everything available? S&W 4506-1.

May 11, 2012, 01:46 AM
Between the P220r and the 1911 it's kind of a toss-up in my opinion. Both are great design, but the ergonomics are different between the two. The P220 that I've shot was a tac-driver. I haven't shot their 1911, but if it is up to Sig's usual quality it should be plenty accurate.

The glock is the game changer. The other two are single-stack steel frame guns. If you are considering poly double stacks, why not also look at the FNP 45 or the XDM 45?

May 11, 2012, 01:52 AM
Easy. The Scorpion. I say easy because I just recently bought one!:)

May 11, 2012, 09:05 AM
The Glock

Just my .02,

May 11, 2012, 10:32 AM
The P220. Proven design and a better trigger pull for home defense than the other candidates (IMO). You'll have the benefit of a full size grip like the Scorpion without a condition 1 pistol on your nightstand. There are a number of models available that are suited to HD duty with night sights and threaded barrels to add a flash hider (to help your eyes) or suppressor (for States that allow them) to save your ears. Make sure you are comfortable with whatever you choose.

May 11, 2012, 03:01 PM
I voted for the Glock 30, but the 220 would be a close second (though I prefer the classic over the R in that platform).

I second the comment about the 30 being the softest shooting .45ACP.

Bottom line is that I like and carry them both....As always, YMMV.


May 11, 2012, 06:30 PM
I would probably opt for the SIG P220R. I love the overall feel and balance on my SIG P229E2 and I also had an older P220 in .45ACP years ago. It was very accurate and one of the softest shooting .45 autos that I have ever used.

May 11, 2012, 07:24 PM
please read this.
The glock 30 is roughly the size of the glock 19. 10+1 rounds of .45 auto
it really is concealable. yes, i do like the sig 220 but in reality i'd rather have my 30. I wear it concealed as my duty weapon is a 21. The gun is stout, but has more rounds and the trigger is the same pull everytime. I think it's a better buy.

May 11, 2012, 07:32 PM

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May 11, 2012, 09:21 PM
Out of those, P220. Out of everything available? S&W 4506-1.
^^^^^my thoughts exactly w\night sights^^^^^

May 11, 2012, 10:46 PM
In home defense, retreat is really not an option. If it has gotten to the point that you need a firearm, you need it to get you through the situation. If a pistol is all you have (ie: no shot gun or carbine as may apply) they you want every advantage you can get. The whole of them are good shooters, the sigs probably better than the glock, but even that get the job done if you do your part. In the end, capacity is the real stand out. The glock just holds more rounds, and when you are stuck defending your castle, more rounds between reloads is just better.

May 11, 2012, 11:06 PM
I picked a .45 Springfield tactical. 13 rounds is hard to argue with. I looked at the usual too, the M&P and Glock as well and picked the one that fit my needs the best.

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May 11, 2012, 11:24 PM
I had a 220. The grip was too thin for my liking, and the controls fiddly. I bought a Glock 21sf thinking the extra rounds and simple manual of arms would help my scores but the weird grip angle and mushy trigger just made things worse.

I've had much better luck with my CZ97b. But if I had to choose from your list, probably the 1911 just because the grip is natural and it can be carried C&L.

May 11, 2012, 11:38 PM
I'll throw another into the mix: S&W M&P45. It's hands down the softest shooting .45 I've ever shot, including 1911's.

May 11, 2012, 11:43 PM
Every model of handgun has a different grip angle. Grip angle has almost nothing to do with shooting performance. Shooters overcome grip angle every time they use the sights. Furthermore, one learns how the gun behaves under recoil; bore axis and the felt force over time are far more important. Blaming grip angle for trigger control problems prevents you from improving your shooting.

I did vote for the P220, but it has a high bore axis. I really like that gun, but had to spend a considerable amount of time learning to handle the "roll" of the gun during recoil. It's not difficult to overcome with proper practice. However, those who can shoot really fast will notice increases in time between shots. This may not matter to you; at some point the difference in performance only benefits competition shooters.

I dislike the Glock 30 because of the way the grip is cut to accommodate the magazine. Uncurling a finger to drop the mag slows me down and pinching the finger on the return isn't much fun.

I would recommend a 1911, but not a SIG 1911. The slide is not the standard shape. Some dislike their choice of parts and/or design.

May 12, 2012, 01:42 AM
I have several 45acps to choose from HK 45, HK 45c, M&P 45, and a bunch of 1911's in 45acp.

What is next to my bed and back up for my Double barrel 12ga Hammer gun is a Kimber Warrior (Which has already shot a 1000 rnd endurance match among the 6,000 rnds with no FTF through it. My other warrior has 13,000 rnds with no FTF).

Sitting on the rail is a SureFire X400 (the one with the laser) with the DG switch (when I grab the gun I don't have to touch the light. The switch is a grip switch.)

I have successfully used the 1911 in combat, several times. I won. Don't fix it if it ain't broke.

PS My CCW is a LtWgt Colt Commander. It's what I know best.

No bad choices, just yours and mine. Make your choices for your reasons, not mine.

Good luck.


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