Favorite .45


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Hometeached1
November 1, 2013, 12:23 PM
Just want to see what everyone's favorite .45 with a barrel less than 4.25" is, it can be a revolver or semi auto. Mine's a Glock 30sf:D, but I've only shot two different .45 cal handguns.:banghead:

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yamahawarrior89
November 1, 2013, 12:33 PM
Star PD is the only short barrel 45 I have. It is super accurate and carries well.

Water-Man
November 1, 2013, 12:43 PM
S&W M&P45 midsize 4".

BlindJustice
November 1, 2013, 12:53 PM
Both my .45s are 5" a full size 1911
and a S&W 625 5"" Bbl.

I am wanting a Ruger SR1911 CMD for next .45

SharpsDressedMan
November 1, 2013, 12:54 PM
One of these two. All my autos have 5" barrels. http://i106.photobucket.com/albums/m247/matquig/DSC05648.jpg (http://s106.photobucket.com/user/matquig/media/DSC05648.jpg.html)http://i106.photobucket.com/albums/m247/matquig/DSC06327.jpg (http://s106.photobucket.com/user/matquig/media/DSC06327.jpg.html)

The M
November 1, 2013, 01:10 PM
I have a Kimber Ultra Carry stainless that I'm about to sell because I finally found my dream gun - a Kimber Compact CDP. 4 inch barrel with officer frame. Perfect carry gun for me.

heyjoe
November 1, 2013, 01:14 PM
Ruger Vaquero 3 3/4" barrel 45 Colt

kbbailey
November 1, 2013, 01:54 PM
I just bought an officer sized 1911. It is a Metro Arms Amigo with a 3.5" barrel. Too soon to call it my favorite....but so far i like it.

Dnaltrop
November 1, 2013, 02:17 PM
My Ruger Blackhawk is my favorite for now, my wife's 1911 is a close second but the ability to send 300 grain wrist snappers and powder puff loads without a spring change give it the edge in general functionality.

Now if I manage to save up for my DeLisle, it might displace the revolver, but I'm quite happy as it stands.

9mmfan
November 1, 2013, 03:03 PM
With the barrel length restriction, it would have to be my Thunderer.
http://i414.photobucket.com/albums/pp225/9mmfan/897DE1D6-8977-4D59-BE15-935F0ABA1FDA-13503-00000A1DCA1EF927_zps6ed0d2e0.jpg

returningfire
November 1, 2013, 03:34 PM
Para Ordnance PDA.

valnar
November 1, 2013, 03:50 PM
Smith 625 Performance Center

SG1
November 1, 2013, 04:00 PM
9mmfan, I love that thunderer! My next purchase will be one in .45 convertible.

Currently my favorite .45 with the barrel restrictions specified by the OP is my Springfield XDs .45ACP. 3.3" barrel and fun to shoot. The only problem is mine hasn't been sent back to the factory for the recall fix yet so no shooting that one for a while.

I do have a Blackhawk in .45 convertible (Lipsey's flattop) that is my favorite revolver. I think it has a 4 5/8" barrel.

Valkman
November 1, 2013, 04:05 PM
Kimber Compact CDP, it's been my carry gun for 10 years now.

9mmfan
November 1, 2013, 04:35 PM
9mmfan, I love that thunderer! My next purchase will be one in .45 convertible.

Thanks for the kind words, I like it myself. I had wanted one to go with my 5.5" Model P. Sold something at a gun show, and on the next to last aisle, there it was. For right about what I got for what I sold. I've only been able to shoot it a few times, but it is fun. I've also refinished the grips since this pic was taken.

Got an EPS 1879 "Texas" Shoulder rig for when I'm nerding it up out in the country. Nice old school NY reload.

Do get one, and post some pics.

mesinge2
November 1, 2013, 04:40 PM
S&W model 22-4 with case-hardened frame by Turnbull:

http://i1210.photobucket.com/albums/cc401/mesinge2/My%20heaters/My45ACPSWmodel22-418.jpg

jimbo555
November 1, 2013, 04:52 PM
Springfield xds and Glock 36.

bronco_buster
November 1, 2013, 04:56 PM
Springfield Lightweight Champion Operator 4"


http://img148.imageshack.us/img148/7813/img1769a.jpg

Teachu2
November 1, 2013, 05:00 PM
I have a 30 and a 30SF, and prefer the 30. I shoot it better.

RussB
November 1, 2013, 05:21 PM
Hometeached1


your screen name made me LOL! Reckon it didn't go so good?

rockhopper46038
November 1, 2013, 05:21 PM
Bill Wilson Carry pistol, for me.

Deaf Smith
November 1, 2013, 05:47 PM
Simple.

S&W 625 3 inch .45 ACP.

http://www.thehighroad.org/attachment.php?attachmentid=190672&d=1383342430

Shoots .45 ACPs into a ragged hole at 10 yards. And shoots .45 Supers! Yep 230 gr. JHP at 1000 fps (I choroned them myself.)

Deaf

Sol
November 1, 2013, 05:58 PM
Really guys? Sig Sauer P-220 any model with no defects. I've owned a lemon sig and a good one.

Good sig is good.

Iggy
November 1, 2013, 06:04 PM
http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p246/Iggy25/P1010004_zps764fa562.jpg
1915 vintage S&W 3 1/2" bbl. 45 Colt.

bikerdoc
November 1, 2013, 06:43 PM
ATI Titan


http://i247.photobucket.com/albums/gg134/bikerdoc1948/Picture005_zps2ee3cf4f.jpg (http://s247.photobucket.com/user/bikerdoc1948/media/Picture005_zps2ee3cf4f.jpg.html)

beeenbag
November 1, 2013, 06:55 PM
M&P 45 compact for me.

JudgeHolden10
November 1, 2013, 07:18 PM
Deaf, that's an awesome revolver. :D

atomd
November 1, 2013, 07:49 PM
It's kind of weird saying it...but XD .45 Service. I've owned 2 of these and I have no idea why I shot them so well. It's definitely not my favorite .45 but it's my favorite with the barrel length requirement. I put 10,000 rounds of dirty reloads through one and barely cleaned it at all. They are both gone but maybe I'll get another one some day. They shot unusually well for me for some reason.

XDJ
November 1, 2013, 07:55 PM
My favorite is my Ruger Alaskan in .454 Casull. A ton of bark and bite. Although not what most think of as a "45".

Hometeached1
November 1, 2013, 08:16 PM
Yeah RussB, a nickname/term some of my unsocialized friends and I came up with poke'n fun at ourselves, plus couldn't beat the look on people's faces when they asked what school we went to!

RussB
November 1, 2013, 08:36 PM
Yeah RussB, a nickname/term some of my unsocialized friends and I came up with poke'n fun at ourselves, plus couldn't beat the look on people's faces when they asked what school we went to!


That's a good one! I appreciate the irony :)


Here's my S&W Gunsite commander,

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v432/RussBert/Smiths/Gunsiteblack003.jpg (http://smg.photobucket.com/user/RussBert/media/Smiths/Gunsiteblack003.jpg.html)


and a nickel plated Colt 1991A1 Compact,

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v432/RussBert/Officers005.jpg (http://smg.photobucket.com/user/RussBert/media/Officers005.jpg.html)

Hometeached1
November 1, 2013, 08:53 PM
RussB, I don't tend to like duo tone guns, but that 1991a1 looks really nice!

pokersamurai
November 1, 2013, 09:11 PM
Simple.

S&W 625 3 inch .45 ACP.

http://www.thehighroad.org/attachment.php?attachmentid=190672&d=1383342430

Shoots .45 ACPs into a ragged hole at 10 yards. And shoots .45 Supers! Yep 230 gr. JHP at 1000 fps (I choroned them myself.)

Deaf
I agree, 3" S&W 625 is my favorite .45 ever made.

http://i543.photobucket.com/albums/gg478/pokersamurai/DSCF6257_zps1f09e7e9.jpg (http://s543.photobucket.com/user/pokersamurai/media/DSCF6257_zps1f09e7e9.jpg.html)

The only thing that would improve mine is a nice set of compact wood grips. (Which I plan to do very soon.)

TomJones
November 1, 2013, 09:29 PM
Springfield XDS and Taurus Judge-Public Defender

Deaf Smith
November 1, 2013, 11:06 PM
Poker,

You and I have similar taste.

And tomorrow morning me and my 629-1 4 incher will be in the woods looking for Mr. Deer.

http://www.thehighroad.org/attachment.php?attachmentid=188213&d=1377645615

That is one of these I've been tracking.

http://www.thehighroad.org/attachment.php?attachmentid=190689&d=1383361559

http://www.thehighroad.org/attachment.php?attachmentid=190690&d=1383361559

All of 'em are legal here in Texas.

Deaf

VAPOPO
November 1, 2013, 11:20 PM
SIG 220 Cary DAK Is the only short barreled .45 I have. Lately it has become my go to carry gun mainly because the thought of losing my custom 1911 to a evidence locker is enough to keep me up at night. That and the fact that I cary a 229 DAK for a work gun makes the manipulation drills easier to perform under stress.

DC3-CVN-72
November 2, 2013, 12:16 AM
It would be my Colt enhanced Officers .45 ACP. in S/S. I got one of the first ones. It was my 1st 1911. I was hooked !! :)

AethelstanAegen
November 2, 2013, 01:07 AM
I have many .45s but since I sold my XD Compact, I don't have one with less than a 4.25" barrel. In fact two of them are 20+" barrels. Haha. You've got to love a good .45.

bannockburn
November 2, 2013, 07:58 AM
With a 4.25" barrel-Colt Commander/Combat Commander.

With a shorter than 4.25" barrel-Colt Officers Model.

psp7304
November 2, 2013, 09:26 AM
Gen4 Glock 30.

Armor Snail
November 2, 2013, 09:46 AM
I've yet to purchase it but its been on my list a while.
Witness Steel Compact Wonder Finish

Hometeached1
November 2, 2013, 09:52 AM
Iggy, can't believe I missed your nice N-frame! I really like the good old plain S&W.

SDGlock23
November 2, 2013, 11:13 AM
Gen4 Glock 30, stupid accurate.

swmp9jrm
November 2, 2013, 11:49 AM
Sig P220R Carry SAO

http://i40.tinypic.com/wtg387.jpg

tarosean
November 2, 2013, 02:20 PM
Just want to see what everyone's favorite .45 with a barrel less than 4.25" is,

Trying to elimate 1911's are ya...

Take that..:neener:
http://i1265.photobucket.com/albums/jj507/tarosean/22F02D4F-A2F7-4439-9630-FE2E4ABC2432-439-000001316348C6E8_zpsf3758566.jpg

Hometeached1
November 2, 2013, 03:53 PM
Tarosean Trying to eliminate 1911s are ya...

Take that... :neener:

Rats, foiled again!:fire: No I actually trying to include them, I have such a soft spot for them and besides James Yeager hates them!:D

Iggy
November 2, 2013, 08:52 PM
Iggy, can't believe I missed your nice N-frame! I really like the good old plain S&W.

That's the idea, you ain't supposed to have a hint until you hear the firin' pin hit the primer.;)

jeepnik
November 2, 2013, 09:34 PM
Well, since you specified shorter barrels,

http://i49.photobucket.com/albums/f271/Jeepnik/GUNS/AMTBackup-1.jpg (http://s49.photobucket.com/user/Jeepnik/media/GUNS/AMTBackup-1.jpg.html)

Boxhead
November 2, 2013, 10:11 PM
http://i1197.photobucket.com/albums/aa437/boxhead61/Knife375348fire004.jpg (http://s1197.photobucket.com/user/boxhead61/media/Knife375348fire004.jpg.html)

Fencer
November 3, 2013, 01:08 AM
I guess my favorite would me be my customized Colt Officers ACP in stainless, or my HK Compact Tactical if I want to use a can for some reason. Haven't figured out how to upload pics yet...

ArchAngelCD
November 3, 2013, 01:14 AM
Never mind, both the handguns don't qualify.

Mat, not doormat
November 3, 2013, 01:51 AM
Had you not specified the bbl length you did, I'd have said 1911, SAA, G21.

As it is, I guess I'll go with a Combat Commander.

plateshooter
November 3, 2013, 04:56 AM
Mine is a M&P45c with an apex sear and Truglow TFO sights. I am more accurate with that pistol than any other 45 I have ever owned. I sure would like to have a S&W 625 some day before I leave the planet though, the ones that I have shot were wonderful shooters.

brutus51
November 3, 2013, 07:24 AM
Mine are a 625-3 mountain gun and a Sig 220.

Pilot
November 3, 2013, 07:30 AM
http://i397.photobucket.com/albums/pp51/darkest2000/Colt%201911%20WWI%20Repro/DSC01186.jpg (http://media.photobucket.com/user/darkest2000/media/Colt%201911%20WWI%20Repro/DSC01186.jpg.html)

45_auto
November 3, 2013, 09:55 AM
Just want to see what everyone's favorite .45 with a barrel less than 4.25" is

What I find interesting about this thread is the number of posters who don't know the barrel length of their 45.

v8stang289
November 3, 2013, 11:52 AM
My Kimber Ultra Carry II

http://i249.photobucket.com/albums/gg214/v8stang289/uc2_zps5a1ff6bc.jpg

Cocked & Locked
November 3, 2013, 01:00 PM
Under 4.25"....

I guess this one

http://pic90.picturetrail.com/VOL2169/3082611/6259764/406625958.jpg
http://pic90.picturetrail.com/VOL2169/3082611/6259764/406625961.jpg

Cornhusker77
November 3, 2013, 02:03 PM
How about an old 1917 Army Colt with a short barrel?
http://i92.photobucket.com/albums/l22/cornhusker_2006/Toys/GEDC1203.jpg

Or a Ruger P345
I think that's all I have under 4.25"
http://i92.photobucket.com/albums/l22/cornhusker_2006/IMG_0993.jpg

GaryP
November 4, 2013, 01:36 AM
We'll I was issued a 1911 .45ACP back in 1965 by the Good ole USMC and to this day still think highly of this design! These days I carry one of my Colt Combat Commanders often. Over the years I have added other .45ACP Autos to my gun safe and carry them occasionally - Ruger, HK, SIG, etc. However, Gen. Wally Green would come back from wherever he is to kick me in the rear if I did not Maintain my preference for "Old Slab Sides". :D

:evil:

huntershooter
November 4, 2013, 05:10 AM
625-6:

http://i1043.photobucket.com/albums/b434/huntershooter/625-6/625-6006.jpg

Jim Hoag CC:

http://i1043.photobucket.com/albums/b434/huntershooter/all%201911/1911s009-1_zpsda362833.jpg

Baer CVll:

http://i1043.photobucket.com/albums/b434/huntershooter/all%201911/1911s003-1_zps1e00af38.jpg

Wilson:

http://i1043.photobucket.com/albums/b434/huntershooter/Wilson/023_zpsf7a59e81.jpg

Phaedrus/69
November 4, 2013, 05:24 AM
I used to have a Star PD and I agree it carried very well. Not terrible to shoot but a bit snappy given the alloy frame and very light weight. Right now the only .45 ACP I have is a USP45 Tactical (and I have a USP45 on the way) but the barrel is longer than the 4.25" the OP spec'd.

Generically I guess I'd maybe pick the Colt Commander. Those (and the various clones) are very nice guns, probably my favorite size for a 1911. Although I've never actually held one I imagine any Wilson in that size range would rock.

Probably if someone was gonna buy me any .45 ACP handgun I wanted I'd choose an HK45CT.

UKWildcatFan
November 4, 2013, 07:39 AM
Kimber Ultra Raptor II, stainless.

texgunner
November 4, 2013, 08:06 AM
Colt Lwt Commander. Sig P220 is #2 for me.

S&Wfan
November 6, 2013, 12:42 AM
A 6" barreled Model 25-2, chopped to 3 1/4." It still acts like it is still a TARGET revolver!!!
http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5134/5430384896_a8db5a286b_b.jpg

ljnowell
November 6, 2013, 01:38 AM
I loved my RIA compact 1911. Even with the tiny GI sights and a 3.5" barrel I could shoot that thing like a fullsize!

dickydalton
November 6, 2013, 08:19 PM
A Colt Officers Model Enhanced and a Para LDA Carry 3" otherwise the original 629 Mountain Gun 44 Mag. comes along. If you put 44 Specials in it it's like a 45. :evil:
That'll liven things up!:neener:

cjs190d
November 11, 2013, 10:35 PM
I would have answered Combat Commander until I got my hands a 220 carry. Now its too close to call.

almostfree
November 11, 2013, 10:49 PM
For a barrel length of 4.25" or less, it is a Ruger Redhawk in .45 Colt.

wyatte
November 21, 2013, 10:46 PM
H & K USPc 45 stainless. I just got it, and have not fired it yet. It's what I was looking for, and is currently my favorite. (I have had a full size USP 45 stainless before). wyatte

kneesus
November 22, 2013, 09:44 AM
My S&W 1911 if we're talking .45 Auto. Honestly, the only weapon I buy in .45 ACP anymore are 1911's. I don't believe the the .45 out performs the .40 when you factor in capacity. If we're just talking .45, well then my .454 Super Redhawk would get the vote :)

The Bushmaster
November 22, 2013, 09:59 AM
Colt 1911 or Kimber UCC II.

WC145
November 22, 2013, 10:51 AM
I have a number of .45acp handguns but these two are my favorites.

Austin Behlert custom S&W 25-2 snubby-
https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-IUZ9nCPmqEQ/T0oliH_MgyI/AAAAAAAAD8Y/kU9sRtCA1-U/w758-h553-no/SDC11834.JPG

Clark Custom Meltdown Colt 1991A1 Compact (it was refinished by Dietrich Gunsmithy)-
https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-gF1sNHR64sU/UIA-GEDQ5CI/AAAAAAAAE9U/h523s_s1w-E/w822-h553-no/SDC10003.JPG

Nickb45
November 22, 2013, 11:10 AM
I like the commander length 1911's. They are very balanced to me. I like that they still use the gi style recoil spring, rather than a bull barrel like the shorter 1911's.

I had and XDs that I liked but it got replaced with a 1911.
http://i1056.photobucket.com/albums/t365/nicksb45/8ECDA68C-1BD6-4154-B3F6-921E6E3469AC-12392-00000C1D724F17E8_zpsf70a59de.jpg (http://s1056.photobucket.com/user/nicksb45/media/8ECDA68C-1BD6-4154-B3F6-921E6E3469AC-12392-00000C1D724F17E8_zpsf70a59de.jpg.html)

340PD
November 22, 2013, 11:14 AM
http://i163.photobucket.com/albums/t320/gnystrom_photos/UltraCarryCDPII.jpg

OregonJohnny
November 22, 2013, 01:04 PM
Here's my sub-4.25" .45 favorite:

A Sig Sauer P220 Carry Elite Dark - 3.9" barrel, completely stock (came with Short Rest Trigger, short trigger, adjustable combat night sights, and ultra-thin aluminum grips), wearing a Streamlight TLR-1 weapon light. The knife is a R.A.T. Izula, and the kydex holster is my own homemade design.

http://i234.photobucket.com/albums/ee179/mgtmel/Sig-Outdoors.jpg (http://s234.photobucket.com/user/mgtmel/media/Sig-Outdoors.jpg.html)

skoro
November 23, 2013, 11:32 AM
favorite .45 with a barrel less than 4.25"

Springfield XDs, because it's my one and only that short.

ms6852
November 23, 2013, 09:04 PM
http://i679.photobucket.com/albums/vv157/ms6852/DSC_0931.jpg (http://s679.photobucket.com/user/ms6852/media/DSC_0931.jpg.html)http://i679.photobucket.com/albums/vv157/ms6852/DSC_0953.jpg (http://s679.photobucket.com/user/ms6852/media/DSC_0953.jpg.html)

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