Quantcast
  1. This site uses cookies. By continuing to use this site, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. Learn More.

.45 ACP Which one?

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by stinger 327, Jun 13, 2012.

Thread Status:
Not open for further replies.
  1. stinger 327

    stinger 327 Member

    Joined:
    Sep 23, 2009
    Messages:
    3,176
    I have come across a bunch of .45 ACP pistols that I like. Which ones would be the most reliable from jamming and most accurate?
    Which ones good for personal protection and fun on the range?
    They would all be the full size models with 5 inch barrels:
    1. Sig Sauer P-220
    2. Sig Sauer 1911
    3. Springfield Bi-Tone Light? model
    4. Armscor Rock Island GI model or whatever model is the lowest cost $400?
    5. Para-Ordinance Warthog (however this one is a compact .45)

    :confused:
     
    Last edited: Jun 13, 2012
  2. memphisjim

    memphisjim Member

    Joined:
    Jul 15, 2008
    Messages:
    1,265
    P220 from ones listed
     
  3. tuj

    tuj Member

    Joined:
    May 2, 2011
    Messages:
    1,976
    Location:
    Houston
    STI Spartan; great gun, very accurate for a 'budget' gun.
     
  4. stinger 327

    stinger 327 Member

    Joined:
    Sep 23, 2009
    Messages:
    3,176
    Any particuliar reason why? Just curious.
     
  5. EBShooting

    EBShooting Member

    Joined:
    Nov 13, 2011
    Messages:
    115
    Location:
    Milliken, CO
    +1 for the P220.

    I have carried one (the same one) on and off duty every day since 2000. It has never failed. I have never had a single malfunction with it. It is extremely accurate. I have put over 100,000 rounds through my P220 and I have only sent it back to Sig to have the normal maintenance done.

    Eric
     
  6. memphisjim

    memphisjim Member

    Joined:
    Jul 15, 2008
    Messages:
    1,265
    Will function longer with out cleaning
     
  7. deercop

    deercop Member

    Joined:
    Jul 11, 2003
    Messages:
    225
    Location:
    Alabama
    I suggest you also consider the HK 45 and HK 45C.
     
  8. jmr40

    jmr40 Member

    Joined:
    May 26, 2007
    Messages:
    9,899
    Another vote for the Sig.

    Why? I like 1911's, but good ones ain't cheap and cheap ones ain't good.

    The 220 is a more modern design that will likely be a better choice overall, probably more accurate, and certainly more reliable.

    If you want a 1911, and want a good one, you'll have to spend a lot more money.
     
  9. 9mmepiphany

    9mmepiphany Moderator

    Joined:
    Dec 27, 2002
    Messages:
    18,512
    Location:
    northern california
    Of the choices offered and taking into consideration your concern with reliability and accuracy the SIG 220 would be the obvious choice.
     
  10. Ben86

    Ben86 Member

    Joined:
    Sep 9, 2008
    Messages:
    3,185
    Location:
    MS, USA
    For dead bolts reliability I'd go with the P220.

    If you can stomach a polymer framed gun S&W M&P45s are great.
     
  11. The Lone Haranguer

    The Lone Haranguer Member

    Joined:
    Jul 30, 2006
    Messages:
    11,717
    Location:
    Johnson City, TN
    The P220 is most likely to be the most reliable.
     
  12. TonyT

    TonyT Member

    Joined:
    Apr 22, 2004
    Messages:
    1,353
    Location:
    Michigan
    In a polymer framed pistol I would opt for the S&W M&P45 and in a steel framed pistol the Dan Wesson Pointman 1911.
     
  13. Dean1818

    Dean1818 Member

    Joined:
    Jun 26, 2010
    Messages:
    913
    Location:
    Texas!
    I would second the M&P consideration

    The 45C carrys very well IWB and accurate

    Love mine
     
  14. mljdeckard

    mljdeckard Member

    Joined:
    Jun 5, 2006
    Messages:
    12,665
    Location:
    In a part of Utah that resembles Tattooine.
    I will tell you the leest likely to succeed. The Warthog. I love the idea, but I have found, the more you tweak the original design, the more likely you are to have problems.
     
  15. plouffedaddy

    plouffedaddy Member

    Joined:
    Nov 1, 2011
    Messages:
    371
    Location:
    SC
    Of the ones you listed: 220 or XD bi tone.
     
  16. Rat Robb

    Rat Robb Member

    Joined:
    Dec 8, 2008
    Messages:
    215
    I would stand by STI. I purchased a Rangemaster about a year ago and it has ran flawless and can really make a constant 8" group at 25 yds. A couple of weeks ago, I put 5 out of 8 on a 12"x18" steel at 100 yds off-hand, no joke.

    I'm looking to get STI Trojan in 9mm hopefully by years end. I would highly recommend the upgrade from the Spartan to the Trojan from the ones that I have handle between basic fit/finish/function.

    Have fun deciding

    -Robb
     
  17. ritepath

    ritepath Member

    Joined:
    Aug 17, 2010
    Messages:
    864
    Location:
    SWVA
    P220 sao...cocked and locked.

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]
     
  18. stinger 327

    stinger 327 Member

    Joined:
    Sep 23, 2009
    Messages:
    3,176
    The 1911 design is cocked and locked or you must rack the slide. The P-220 can do both locked n cocked and double action (one in the chamber) but there is something about the 1911 design that feels good in the hand. Perhaps its not as thick as the Sig and is flat. On the Sig P-220 if you have it locked n cocked does it have that additional safety in the grip?
     
  19. Rom828

    Rom828 Member

    Joined:
    May 10, 2012
    Messages:
    175
    Location:
    Colorado Springs
    Seven hundred rounds through my RIA 1911 GI with Kimber mags. Not one malfunction, Nope, not one.
     
  20. stinger 327

    stinger 327 Member

    Joined:
    Sep 23, 2009
    Messages:
    3,176
    Is this the model that costs around $400 out of the box? No custom work done?
     
  21. stinger 327

    stinger 327 Member

    Joined:
    Sep 23, 2009
    Messages:
    3,176
    Perhaps it's best to get the P-220 Sig
    Then later get the Sig 1911?
     
  22. Owen Sparks

    Owen Sparks member

    Joined:
    May 27, 2007
    Messages:
    4,524
    I have a full size XD and could not be any more happy with it.
     
  23. gym

    gym member

    Joined:
    Dec 9, 2007
    Messages:
    5,903
    There are hundreds of similar guns out now, a TRP or Operator from springfield, A Cobra carry, from Baer, a Sig 1911 tactical, or a FN with the red dot is supposed to be one of the best now, also The new XD is on the same level,Wilson special ops, and Bill WIlson carry,The S&W" e" series, Bobtails, Valor, Fusion and on and on. It depends on what you choose to spend, and what the purpose is, Combat, Target, Concealment, Hi capacity, there are so many choices now, you need to have some parameters.The spread on the sig to the RI is huge, if you are looking for under a grand, I like springfields, or Smiths.
    You can get a lot for your money from Smith right now.
     
  24. Auto426

    Auto426 Member

    Joined:
    Jun 8, 2010
    Messages:
    473
    The P220 can be SAO or DA/SA, but not all at once in the same gun. And no, the Sig 220 in it's SAO setup does not have a grip safety. Most modern guns don't use grip safeties anymore, but there is the occasional exception like the SA XD series.

    For a little more explanation on how these different trigger systems operate, take a look at the sticky on the top of the forum: Trigger Mechanisms; A Guide to What's What.
     
  25. Snaps

    Snaps Member

    Joined:
    Dec 31, 2002
    Messages:
    407
    Location:
    Pennsylvania
    Of your listed options, I will say Sig 1911. I have the Tactical Operations, great gun, shoots and handles very well. Everythign is fit together very nicely as well. Actually don't have a single bad thing to say about it.

    Course I prefer 1911 to any other handgun
     
Thread Status:
Not open for further replies.

Share This Page