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Steel .45ACP

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by Slow, Apr 6, 2003.

  1. Slow

    Slow Well-Known Member

    Thinking of purchasing a 45ACP and wanted opinions regarding the best all steel pistol on the market. I do not want a DAO and it need not be domestic...Although I will admit to being more than just little disappointed in our German "allies" lately and it will probably sway my purchase decision. Thanks for the input :)
  2. caz223

    caz223 Well-Known Member

    I'm kinda partial to Dan Wessons, and the CZ97.
  3. moxie

    moxie Well-Known Member

    Kimber. Pick the size and features in your price range and don't look back.
  4. TheFrontRange

    TheFrontRange Well-Known Member

    Another vote here for Kimber...I have their all-steel Custom in classic five-inch trim...fantastic pistol!
  5. Al Thompson

    Al Thompson Moderator Staff Member

    It's a golden age for 1911s. I don't know of any other steel .45s - maybe the CZ and clones?

    What's your budget and feeling for SA vrs. DA?
  6. cratz2

    cratz2 Well-Known Member

    Well, I certainly wouldn't steer anyone away from a 1911.

    The CZ97 have a lot to recommend them but they seem on the large side.

    The EAA Witness in 45 is available in an all steel version and is just slightly larger than the 9mm/40 version.
  7. bikerp97

    bikerp97 Active Member

    Ruger P90!!

    The Ruger P90 is mostly steel. I beleive the frame is alum. alloy but very strong. Can be had with blued or stainless slide. Manual saftey, Decock only and DAO. A rugged gun for sure.

  8. Lochaber

    Lochaber Well-Known Member

    As far as I know these are the steel .45s from "good" manufacturers:

    1911's of a many kinds
    SIG P220 ST
    Taurus 945
    A few S&Ws

    And then a few which are steel/aluminum alloy like:

    Ruger P90
    SIG P220 (standard model)
    SIG P245
    Berretta Cougar (8045?)

    And then there are a number of .45ACP revolvers from S&W , Taurus, and others.

    A lot to pick from and not many bad choices.

  9. 10-Ring

    10-Ring Well-Known Member

    In an all steel 45, you really can't go wrong w/ a 1911 from the top 3 (Colt, SA, & Kimber ;) )
  10. Steelharp

    Steelharp Well-Known Member

    As I said in another post:

    "Wait just a bit longer until the Colt stainless Series 70 hits the shelves... you'll be ecstatic..."

    Mikey D...
  11. Snowdog

    Snowdog Well-Known Member

    I'll also throw my vote in for a Kimber.
    I've had nothing but joy from mine.

  12. Dave Williams

    Dave Williams Well-Known Member

    Kimber TLE II

    I think this pistol is a heck of a deal. 30lpi checkering, night sights, for $750 at a gun store I went to last week.

  13. Feanaro

    Feanaro Well-Known Member

    Why not go for that classic, sleek, sexy, beautiful, amazing..... errr, a Colt 1911.
  14. 9mmepiphany

    9mmepiphany Moderator

  15. sm

    sm member

    Partial to Kimber.
    A used Kimber Series I first choice, I then would go to a series II.

    I personally have had no problems with a series II.

    Snowdog: I got one of those, have the Target model in a series I.
  16. blades67

    blades67 Well-Known Member

    I highly recommend a Kimber. I have almost 7000 rounds through my Custom II with no problems.
  17. Handy

    Handy Guest

    The .45 Witness Carry Comp I owned was one of the most accurate pistols I've shot. Tennifer finish, two carry modes, 10 round mags and really durable construction for $300!
  18. CGofMP

    CGofMP Well-Known Member


    You may want to drop by the Valtro USA Website there you will find a pistol that doesnt HAVE plastic triggers, mainspring housings, or other such.. uhm.. "cost saving 'features'" :scrutiny:

    The steel that Jardine uses of extremely good quality.


  19. agony

    agony Well-Known Member

    The greatest all-steel .45acp pistol on the market today....

    The SIG P220ST!

    Very sweet shooter, with great accuracy, tight tolerances, and great reliability, all wrapped up in the classic SIG DA pistol used and abused worldwide.

    I tell ya, the 220ST shoots so well, I gave up on my Kimber and don't take the HK USPs out anymore.
  20. Frohickey

    Frohickey Well-Known Member

    Valtro 1998
    Sig P220ST
    Springfield Armory

    never a Kimber... at least, not a Series II Kimber.

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