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Thinking of a .45 but need opinions

Discussion in 'Handguns: General Discussion' started by Dynasty, Sep 30, 2007.

  1. Dynasty

    Dynasty Member

    Sep 20, 2007
    After shooting a 9mm and a .45 at a friend's, I came to the conclusion that I like the .45 better. I would like to get a .45 for target shooting and home/personal defense, but there are many guns out there. I would like to stay below $400 if possible. I want something that is reliable, accurate, requires minimal maintenace, and will last for years down the road. I have done some research and came up with a list that could possibly fit the bill.

    - Hi-Point .45 ACP $145 (http://www.impactguns.com/store/752334345103.html)
    *Life time warranty, not an attractive gun, made in OH (I live in OH), seem to be reliable with minimal jams
    - Ruger P345 $400 (http://www.impactguns.com/store/736676066025.html)
    *Seems to be very well built, I couldn't find many negative things about it
    - Taurus PT 24/7 $330 (http://www.impactguns.com/store/725327602033.html)
    *Read some problems like failure to feed and nosedives, also some jams, but have seen videos of it buried in dirt and run over with a car and it still shoots
    - EAA Witness 45ACP $350 (http://www.impactguns.com/store/741566111136.html)
    *Seems to be good quality, not too many people that own them have anything negative to report
    - Glock Model 21 $550 (http://www.impactguns.com/store/PI2150203.html)
    *People seem to swear by Glock, more than I want to spend

    What do you suggest?
  2. lee n. field

    lee n. field Senior Member

    Dec 29, 2002
    Ruger P90
  3. Crunker1337

    Crunker1337 Senior Member

    Apr 12, 2007
    GLOCK all the way, if you want to spend that much. Why not buy one used?
  4. BigO01

    BigO01 Member

    Feb 15, 2006
    Heard many good things about the EAA Witness and have been considering one myself .

    Hi Point 1 nephew has one it is a fine paperweight nothing else .

    Ruger tough as nails and dependable but I hate the Ruger triggers I have shot .

    Taurus seems like a nice gun but a light weight 45 ? Hmmm , Not sure this is a good caliber for that .

    Glock , same as Taurus a bit to light for my taste and more than your $400 range .

    Have you considered looking at Gunbroker for an RIA or HighStandard 1911 in 45 . Same gun different names stamped on frame can still be had under $400 in many places . Centerfire Systems " http://www.centerfiresystems.com/index.asp?PageAction=VIEWCATS&Category=58 " still lists the RIA at $339.99 and the spiffed up tactical model at $379.99 I would suggest the tactical the upgrades are worth the $40 easily .

    There is also the SAM for about the same price $329.99 at Centerfire Systems and Century also imports then and has a Commander version " The Commadore with a 4 1/4 barrel" all for under $400 or so I am told .

    I have examined a few SAM copies of the Government model and have been impressed with them and have had a good report from a Commadore owner over at 1911.org .

    Good luck in your search .
  5. Ala Dan

    Ala Dan Member in memoriam

    Dec 24, 2002
    Home Of The First Capitol Of The Confederate State
    Your List Looks Bleak

    If it boiled down to the Ruger, or the Glock; I would choose Glock every time,
    but that is a matter of personal preference. The High Point would have been
    launched into the deepest nearby river; and the other's would be shelved,
    awaiting further evaluation~! :scrutiny:;):D
  6. shadowalker

    shadowalker Member

    Sep 6, 2006
    If you watch the gun shows you should be able to get a new XD for around $450, and used for less, you also can get a CPO Sig for around $450, you should also be able to find a glock for less than $550, if you haven't you could look at the S&W M&P too.

    I own several Rugers, they are reliable, acceptably accurate, and my P90 handles recoil very well (it is pretty heavy), I wouldn't pay more than $350 or so for one though, once you get over $400 there are better choices.

    45 is a great caliber but if you are new to firearms and wont be reloading it will cost you, 9mm is considerably cheaper to shoot, has less recoil making it a great target caliber and is acceptable for self defense.
  7. Zeke Menuar

    Zeke Menuar Senior Member

    Jun 24, 2003
    Oregon Monsoon Central
    I wouldn't consider any of those.

    Take a look at the XD45 Series.

  8. Texas Colt

    Texas Colt Member

    May 30, 2005
    Central Texas
    I would say EAA Witness, Glock or Springfield XD. I really depends on which one fits your hand better.

    I have one friend who owns a Hi-Point. It's pretty much a paper weight. While it does go bang when you pull the trigger, you never know where the bullet is going to strike. It's all over the map, as much as 3 feet low at 15 yards!!!

    Another friend owns the Ruger. It has been back to the factory 3 times. It's finally working okay, but I could never trust it.

    Remember, in most cases you get what you pay for.
  9. novaDAK

    novaDAK Senior Member

    Apr 16, 2006
    My Ruger KP90 has been great. i paid about 300 used (though they're out there for less than that) And the trigger is unbelievable. It's different than my other Rugers for some reason. The DA is smooth, and the SA is surprisingly light. (lighter and crisper than my hi-power! :) )
  10. eldon519

    eldon519 Senior Member

    Jul 21, 2005
    If you decide to step into the Glock price range, I'd also recommend looking at the Springfield XD45 ($500), the Springfield Mil-spec 1911 ($600), and the S&W M&P45 ($485).

    All prices are off Budsgunshop.com, but I think you could do alot better on the Mil-spec 1911. I got one not long ago for $550.

    I think it is well worth the extra money to step up and start looking at the Glock and the above mentioned pistols. You really get alot for that extra $100 or so.
  11. Chris B

    Chris B Member

    Aug 15, 2007
    +1 for SA XD .45. Great triggers, great ergonomics, surprisingly little felt recoil for such a light gun.
  12. Dusey

    Dusey New Member

    Mar 1, 2006
    Glock. Buy it now, or buy something inferior now and end up buying the Glock later.
  13. novaDAK

    novaDAK Senior Member

    Apr 16, 2006
    That is a stupid-a** comment right there. Glocks aren't superior to everything you know... :rolleyes:
  14. ArchAngelCD

    ArchAngelCD Senior Member

    Nov 25, 2006
    Northeast PA, USA
    I'm a little surprised you didn't mention the S&W M&P .45 Auto. I looked on Impact Guns and they have one for $531.99
    http://www.impactguns.com/store/022188093063.html From everything I've heard it's a great pistol that reliable and accurate.
  15. wally

    wally Senior Member

    Jan 2, 2004
    Houston, Tx
    In your price range, take a look at the RIA "Tactical". IMHO best value on the market for an entry level 1911, Good warrenty support. Check out the Armscor/RIA forum over at forum.m1911.org where you can learn more and talk to factory representatives.

  16. bones42

    bones42 New Member

    Sep 30, 2007
    Muncy, PA
    +1 for the Springfield XD 45

    They are available at a reasonable price. Factory mags can be found at a reasonable price. It goes bang every time I pull the trigger. :)

    You can't wrong with Glock or a Quality 1911 either if they can be found in your price range either. Shoot as many as you can before making your decision and get the one that suits you best.
  17. 2TransAms

    2TransAms Member

    Feb 26, 2006
    Illinois,by St. Louis MO
    You really ought to save a few bucks and move yourself up to the $500 mark. At that point you have most of the polymer-framed pistols available. You should easily get a Glock,XD,or M&P for $500,or even a good used Sig 220 which would be my choice. With this auction, you're looking at about $500 for the pistol,4 mags,shipping,and transfer fee on your end. Not a bad deal.
  18. Arkie

    Arkie Member

    Oct 6, 2005
    If I were you, I would see about putting a few rounds down range for the guns you listed and see just how they feel to you.

    I have the Ruger P345 and I like it a lot. I've never owned a Glock and never shot one. But I like my pistols to have hammers on them. It's just me. LOL.
  19. HM2PAC

    HM2PAC Member

    Jul 21, 2007
    Maine, USA
    Off of your list my choice would be:

    1. EAA Witness
    2. Glock

    Out of everything else that has been recommended:

    1. RIA 1911A1
    2. CPO Sig
    3. SA XD45

    It sounds as though you liked your friends .45, what was it?

    What it all boils down to for me is this:
    Do I shoot it well?
    Does the model have a spotty track record?

    If something out there is generating a lot of hate and discontent, stay away from it. Sort it out into preference vs. real problem.

    Good Luck
  20. MachIVshooter

    MachIVshooter Senior Member

    Aug 11, 2005
    Elbert County, CO
    There are a great many words to describe a comment like that. Clueless and arrogant definitely come to mind. Wrong is another...................

    To the original post, of the firearms you've listed, the Witness will be the most pleasant shooter. EAA is a PITA company, but Tanfoglio makes a good pistol. I own two and my sister has one (all 10mm's) and we are perfectly happy with them. The Taurus are OK, but have had some issues (not that other guns don't, but Taurus' customer service is abominable). If you're gonna go ruger, I'd suggest the P90 over the P345. The Glock is a Glock; reliable and durable, but ugly as sin and unpleasant to hold. I wouldn't even consider the Hi-Point.

    As mentioned, the Rock Island 1911's give alot of bang for the buck. People are also very happy with the XD's. And if you're gonna step up in the $550 range of the Glock, might want to consider the S&W M&P .45. Don't forget about used guns, either. You can get a decent S&W 4506 or 4516 for around $400.

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