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Advise sought on which .45 auto to buy.

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by btefft, Dec 10, 2008.

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  1. btefft

    btefft Member

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    Advise sought on which .45 auto to buy.

    My son e-mailed me from Texas and said he wanted to get a .45 auto (he said he liked the 1911 style), but to remember he's a newly wed and on a budget.

    I recommended either a Ruger P90 or P345, GI type Springfield Armory 1911 A1 or an XD45.

    Do you guys have any other .45 he may want to consider.

    BTW: He got married two weeks ago.

    Hack
     
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  2. Marcus L.

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    S&w m&p .45
     
  3. zx12rider

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    Lower Price options

    I would suggest to a friend either a S&W metal .45 like the 4566, an M&P 45, SW99 .45, Glock 45, or one of the Armscorp 45 everyone is talking about. All are around the 350-450 price range some new some used. I would shy away from the Ruger .45 not because it is a bad gun but because they are huge, heavy and in my opinion (we know what those are like) Ugly as hell. I would buy an SR9 as I think they are great for the money. I shop auctionarms and gunbroker, and am not brand judgemental like others. I take guns on a case by case basis.
     
  4. WardenWolf

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    The P90 is an excellent option. Very reliable, accurate, and with good features. I trust mine implicitly. The single/double trigger is very good, and even in double action it's very light. I'll be wearing it as a sidearm in February when I go hunting.
     
  5. theken206

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    hows about a used 1911?
     
  6. WardenWolf

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    1911's are rather picky about which ammo they'll digest. You have to find an ammo type they like. Newer designs such as the P90 are much more tolerant. My father has a 1911, I have my P90. My gun eats ammo that turns his into a jam-o-matic. That said, I love his gun and wish it was mine, but I recognize that for all practical purposes the P90 is better.
     
  7. Hanafuda

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    S&W M&P45 (with thumb safety) first.

    then save up for more ... 1911, H&K USP, Sig220, CZ97, XD45 ... there're plenty of options.
     
  8. Yo Mama

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    Taurus PT145. Great fricking gun. Good for home and abroad, I never felt undergunned with 11 rounds of .45 acp behind me.

    Going for about 350 new.
     
  9. BP44

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    M&P with thumb safety or a Glock 30
     
  10. WardenWolf

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    Uh, let's not go with a gun that still has a reputation for problems. Not saying it will never be a good gun, but right now the Taurus semi's are flaky. Some work great, some jam, and some simply break after a short time.
     
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    Rock Island Armory. Great budget 1911's, and they're pigs that'll eat anything you feed 'em. I recommend the Tactical model, it has all the goodies already on it. Usually around $400.

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  12. ReadyontheRight

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    I agree with a bare-bones 1911. It's a classic he can use or eventually build into a match gun.
     
  13. krs

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    If someone likes 1911's there's no use trying to substitute any other pistol just because it's a .45. Get a 1911.

    Without making a recommendation I noticed that Taurus is currently offering $75.00 rebates on purchases of their 1911 models, and I think that the Smith & Wesson rebate program extends to their 1911 models.

    That said I've never seen anyone speak ill of their Rock Island Armory 1911. There've been a few issues and there've been the usual learning curve type of questions but noone indicates that the company is peddling inferior guns.
     
  14. benderx4

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    Used HK USP45 Full size

    or

    Used Springfield 1911 Loaded

    (Lots to be found cheap nowadays)
     
  15. cjw3cma

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    As with any (major) purchase, you want to "test drive" before you flop down $$$$$ - so he should head off to a gun shop and handle each one he likes, then find a range that rents many of his choices and he should fire as many as he can. He will then have a better opinion on which he likes best (hand fit / point of aim / overall "feel".

    The look at Bud's on the net for some great pricing.
     
  16. BlindJustice

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    +1 Rondawg's comments on ROck Island ARmory though in
    some areas of the country the Tactical goes for a little
    under $500, still the beavertail and Novak style sights make it
    worth it over a plain G.I. style. ALso RIA has a good customer
    service dept. at Advanced Tactical in Nevada.

    Whatever you recommend to your newly married son, the
    company rep. for customer service should be a factor.

    And I agree with the comment if he wants a 1911 don't peddle
    him other .45s steel, alloy or polymer.


    Buds has COLT 1991 series COmmanders for just
    over $600 FWIW.

    Randall
     
  17. tlen

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    What's your son's purpose for getting a 1911 ? Carry, range, SD/HD ? Look at the S&W SW1911 line. Lots of options to choose from and reasonably priced. #108283 is light weight and best for carry. #108284 will be great for range & HD.
     
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    i have a XD .45 and it's great. haven't put night sights on it yet but a very safe and reliable gun. not sure if your son has kids or anything so safety and all included this would be a great choice not to mention the 13+1 if he's not the best of aimers.
     
  19. CountGlockula

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    If he's on a budget, can he afford .45ACP ammo?
     
  20. JaxNovice

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    Rock Island Armory +1
     
  21. Buckshot Bill

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    Here's another vote for the Rock Island Armory .45. I have one and believe they're a great value for the money. The Tactical model is the one to buy with all the bells and whistles already installed. Try one, you won't be sorry. ;)
     
  22. gtmtnbiker98

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    M&P 45, Glock 30, or an XD Service in that order.
     
  23. Brian41

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    Taurus 24/7 pro in .45 would be my top suggestion... because it's the pistol i carry every day and trust to protect myself and my family.

    the Rock island 1911 is a good choice too, as is a P90 or P345, The P345 is great weight and feel in my opinion, and it's a ruger, so you know it will never ever stop working
     
  24. Scratchy

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    I bought a Taurus 1911 and haven't looked back. Eats anything I feed it, even my first ever reloads. I might buy a stainless next.
     
  25. Bozo

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    Seems to me you recommended a fair selection of guns to him. He should take his funds to a gun shop and see what will suit HIM. Find a reputuable shop and salesman and tell him what you expect to spend and then see what he has to offer.
     
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