World's 45s


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ccaleb67
June 15, 2012, 10:31 PM
Do any millitarys in the world still issue a 45acp sidearm?

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hAkron
June 15, 2012, 11:02 PM
Was the .45 ACP ever very popular outside of the US? In the cold war era the Warsaw Pact countries used 7.62x25 tokarev then 9mm Makarov, and NATO countires for th most part used the 9mm Luger. This is largely why the U.S. Army currently uses the 9mm Luger.

NG VI
June 15, 2012, 11:04 PM
Not that I know of.

There are some very specific types of units that have some discretion compared to the general service members, but I don't know of any nation in the world that isn't using 9x19mm or the Russian oddball basically identical cartridge.

rellascout
June 15, 2012, 11:07 PM
Just off the top of my head Argentina & Norway, Greece.

Quiet
June 16, 2012, 05:03 AM
1950s-1980s, the ROK Military issued the .45ACP M-1911A1.
They were replaced in 1989 by the 9x19mm Daewoo K-5.

PabloJ
June 16, 2012, 05:38 AM
The only two I'm aware of is Mexico and Lithuania. Lithuanians have rouge gallery of military sidearms.

PabloJ
June 16, 2012, 05:41 AM
Just off the top of my head Argentina & Norway, Greece.
I read Norwegians use P80 which is Glock 17 and Argentinians the FM 9x19. I do believe "Jarhead" Force Recon use some kind of 1911 .45ACP pistol but I could be wrong about all this.

Auto426
June 16, 2012, 07:02 AM
Pretty much every use of .45 ACP by another country's military that I know of was in a 1911 of some sort. In the past there were several other countries that adopted the 1911, two even went so far as to buy licensing and tooling from Colt to build their own. Today there are a handful of countries that still issue 1911's as sidearms. I believe Greece still uses some older USGI pistols that were loaned to them long ago and the Philippines seems to be pretty big on them. Brazil also has IMBEL making 1911 copies for their military, though I believe they are chambered in 9mm.

Quiet
June 16, 2012, 08:34 AM
In the mid-1980s, Brazil replaced the .45ACP M-1911 with the 9x19mm Taurus PT-92.
IMBEL continues to make 1911 frames/pistols for export/commerical uses. Springfield Armory is currently their made customer.

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