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Looking for a polymer .45

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by 10mm Mike, May 22, 2008.


Which .45 should I get?

  1. Taurus 24/7 OSS

    7 vote(s)
  2. Smith & Wesson M&P 45

    60 vote(s)
  3. FN USA FNP-45 USG

    35 vote(s)
  4. Beretta PX4 Storm SD

    16 vote(s)
  5. Taurus PT 845

    0 vote(s)
  1. 10mm Mike

    10mm Mike Well-Known Member

    I'm in the market for a new polymer .45 ACP.

    Originally I wanted a Taurus 24/7 OSS, but I'm starting to wonder if those things will ever come out. Then I decided on an FNP-45 USG. Unfortunately, I cant find those anywhere either. :banghead:

    So I have 5 different guns I'd like you guys to help me choose from. Feel free to list pro's, con's, reviews, and any experience you may have had with these, or even a completely biased opinion - as long as you can give a good reason why. Obviously some of them arent out yet, but *should* be out soon, so I can wait a little bit if I have to.

    1. Taurus 24/7 OSS w/night sights
    2. Smith & Wesson M&P 45 w/night sights
    3. FN USA FNP-45 USG w/night sights
    4. Beretta PX4 Storm SD w/night sights
    5. Taurus PT 845 (w/night sights if available)

    A few loose guide lines:
    1. I'm using my stimulus package for this purchase, so the least amount of money I have to spend out of pocket in addition to the stimulus package the better.
    2. I LOVE stainless steel with a black finish, so big bonus points for that, but not required.
    3. Striker fired is just fine, but I generally prefer the hammer
    4. I like the flexibility of having interchangeable backstraps, but its not required
    5. I already have a Glock (and LOVE IT! :D) but I'm not looking for one here
    6. Please dont suggest a Springfield XD. I'm sure they are fine guns but they make me want to puke every time I see one :barf:

    I tried to make a poll, but its the first time I've done this so I dont know if I did it right.
  2. hexidismal

    hexidismal Well-Known Member

    I hate to confuse your options further.. but I have to answer Other. I've fired my share of a variety of polymer guns, and I only still own one. I decided some time ago that I only wanted all metal guns in my collection, but I can't bring myself to lose the Ruger P345. I always had the secret wish that it wouldn't work as well as it does so that I could justify getting rid of it and being rid of polymer. Problem is, it works too darn well. It has less felt recoil than any other polymer .45 I've fired. It seems to shoot consistently more accurately, believe it or not, than my 5" Springfield 1911 from a rest. And it's taken a few thousand rounds without any hiccups. Some might not agree, but I happen to think it's a fairly attractive gun as well. Far more so than other Ruger offerings anyway. I don't have them, but since it seems a common option in your list, night sights are available for it from ruger.
    Like I said, wish I could say it wasn't an amazing gun for the price, but quite frankly it is.
  3. possum

    possum Well-Known Member

    the choices that you have are great ones. but i would also like to advise that you check out the riger p345, it is the least expensive gun that i have and it is the most accurate, it is such a sweet shooter.
  4. usp9

    usp9 Well-Known Member

    Stainless and black, with nightsights, .45 caliber...how about a Kahr TP45?
  5. romma

    romma Well-Known Member

    Kahr PM45
  6. SAG0282

    SAG0282 Well-Known Member

    The XD you exempted is superior to all listed, in some cases by far.

    Better to warm to the XD's looks so you can enjoy it's function.
  7. Moonclip

    Moonclip Well-Known Member

    I'd go HK but look in to the FN. My Ruger P97 is serviceable if uninspiring.
  8. BryanP

    BryanP Well-Known Member

    Of the options you list I'd have to choose the S&W. But only if I had to exclude my XD45. :neener:
  9. legion3

    legion3 Well-Known Member

    I voted Beretta but I would probably just get the Beretta 45 and not the SD version. And if its Beretta and a scheduled release date count on it not being available at that time. Remember the Px4 SC was at the Jan 07 shot show and is just now avaliable.

    The Springfield XD would also be of interest because of capacity, looks aside.
  10. passintime

    passintime member

    The Ruger P345 fits all your criteria. I would not recommend a gun that "isn't out yet", as generally new productions have some bugs to get worked out. For $431 delivered from Bud's Gun Shop, you can't beat it. The grip on it, IMO, fits like a glove.

  11. bakert

    bakert Well-Known Member

    I carry my uninspiring P97 most every day:)
  12. 10mm Mike

    10mm Mike Well-Known Member

    Thanks for the input guys. To be honest, I'm very surprised by so many recommendations for the Ruger. How is the trigger? I've heard varying reports about the trigger on them.

    I'm alittle put off by Ruger and how they caved so quickly to the politicians years ago (even though I was too young to realize what was going on, or care, for that matter). I'm not real excited about giving my business to a company that thinks only bad guys need high cap magazines.

    Politics aside though, I had thought about getting a P345 awhile back because of the price, but I ended up buying something else instead... I think it was when I got my Glock 20.

    Also, I should clarify, when I said that I like stainless steel with a black finish, I meant I like blackened stainless steel. Though, I do like stainless steel with black grips as well, just not as much as blackened stainless steel.
  13. ATAShooter

    ATAShooter Well-Known Member

    S&W, I guess.

    I too am an XD fan.
  14. Z-Michigan

    Z-Michigan Well-Known Member

    For what's on your list, I'd get the M&P. Taurus would be my second choice. The FN looked great until I recently read a review (can't remember where) of an FNP-9 cracking and failing with little use and FN not being good about fixing it.

    Ruger P345 is a good choice. I have the P89, P94 and P95 and am happy with all. P345 is slimmer and should have a better trigger. And I personally would be happy with an XD45 also.

    Finally, what about the Israeli-made high capacity polymer 1911 that Charles Daly imports? Bul-transmark or something like that?
  15. 10mm Mike

    10mm Mike Well-Known Member

    I've never heard of an Israeli made polymer 1911 before. I'll have to look into that.
  16. jocko

    jocko Well-Known Member


    pm45, nothing smaller, nothing liter, nothing finer..
  17. ARTiger

    ARTiger Well-Known Member

    Another +1 for the Ruger P345. Trigger's just fine - it eats everything. 29 oz. and fairly slim + ergonomic. For $600 you could get the Ruger AND at least 500 rounds of ammo.
  18. AndyC

    AndyC Well-Known Member

    Bul M5
  19. mio

    mio Well-Known Member

    hi point
  20. Dr_2_B

    Dr_2_B Well-Known Member

    I didn't vote because I have no experience with those pistols, but I almost voted for the M&P because I've heard good stuff about it.

    My favorite 45's:
    1. Glock 30 (carry it as often as anything else)
    2. Taurus pt145 (carry it as often as anything else)
    3. Glock 21 (not sure I've carried it more than about 5 times in 10 years of daly carry - but it feels good by my bedside)

    ... and I'm sure I'm forgetting one right now. Having major trouble with my Charles Daly 1911 and my Para Ordnance C6 Light Double Action but I'm hoping ot get them into working order one of these days.

    Hope this adds something to your knowledge base.

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