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Best Bang for The Buck

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by ROVERMAN, Oct 25, 2008.

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  1. ROVERMAN

    ROVERMAN Member

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    O.K. Gang, I know this is going to open up a whole can of opinionated worms but what double stack .45 ACP is the best all around value in a full size gun. Reliable, accurate and like a good old hunting dog will never let you down?:confused:
     
  2. MacTech

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    The two most common suggestions here are the Glock 21 and the Springfield XD .45, both great guns, reliable, soft recoil, and decent capacity mags, the G21's grip is rather meaty though, if you have big hands, give it a try, the XD has a less girthy grip, and a more 1911-style angle

    either one fits your requirements
     
  3. NELSONs02

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    Glock XD, or check out the FNP .45.
    For a little more, HK.
     
  5. Rossshady120

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    bersa .45 and they make a 1911 style .45 too single stack i think though
     
  6. pogo2

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    H&k usp45

    I'd choose the H&K USP 45 full size. Mine cost $550 used, holds 12+1 rounds, is built like a tank, and has never failed me.

    [​IMG]
     
  7. moooose102

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    my taurus 24/7 has been very good to me. 12+1 rounds, 2 magazines, internal lock, 2nd strike capability. ploymer frame. pretty good trigger. i really do not care all that much for the sights though. i prefer the three dot system in stead of the "straight 8" setup these have.
     
  8. ljnowell

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    1. HK USP 45

    2. XD 45

    My USP45 sleeps right beside me and I've got another one tucked away upstairs. Incredible weapon!
     
  10. Monkeybear

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    FNP .45

    There are a few online reviews you can read as well. They basically say its an excellent gun but a little large.


    [​IMG]
     
  11. Defense Minister

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    Like you said, you'll get lots of opinions here, and mine isn't worth any more than anyone elses. That said, I didn't see anyone mention the Smith & Wesson M&P .45, so I wanted to give it it's due. I don't have the .45 version, but I have the full size and compact in .40, and both have been great so far.

    Keeping specifically to "Bang for the Buck", S&W is currently running a promotional rebate on the M&P pistols where they are offering $50 back or two free magazines with the purchase of the pistol. At my local Sportsman's Warehouse, that meant I could walk out the door with a brand new M&P .45 for $499...and two days ago, I almost did. ;)
     
  12. rellascout

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    +1 for the FN comes with 3 mags and can be had NIB for less than $500

    The H&K is expensive and overrated.

    The XD is fine but does not feel as nice in the hand. The FN feels very thin for a double stack 45.
     
  13. f4t9r

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    I will agree with the expensive part.
    The better things in life come with a price tag.
     
  14. kitsapcharly

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    The Xd-45c fits most people's hands very well. My hands are about average size and my XD fits me perfectly and points as well as my own finger. I shoot this better than anything else and it's my favorite gun.:D
     
  15. 1SOW

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    I shoot in a USPSA league with my son. He shoots an XD Service model that has shot at least thousand rounds without a single problem of ANY kind. I have small hands and a short reach. His XD double stack fits me nicely.
    The pistol is not a tack driver but, he is always in the top two shooters in limited10. It points well, is reliable and shoots fast.

    That FN is a good looking gun.
     
  16. outerlimit

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    My short list, in not any particular order, for best value in a full size double stack .45acp would be:

    FNP 45
    Para Ordnance P14
    CZ-97 (I can't believe nobody mentioned this yet)
    Glock 21
    Springfield XD45
    S&W M&P 45
    Kimber Ten II (if you find one for cheap)
    Taurus 24/7
     
  17. Monkeybear

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    As much as I love CZs and as much as I want a CZ97BD I can't recommend it as a "best value" gun.

    Its huge at 2 1/2lbs, $650, and only holds 10 rounds.
     
  18. Elvishead

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    Anybody under 6' need not apply.

    Grip is huge!!!!

    I hold my head in shame, because I'm going to say Glock, or yuck!
     
  19. CPshooter

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    XD compact or used USP compact (or full-size). I love Glocks, but not their .45s.
     
  20. powermad

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    A lot of factors come into play when choosing a sidearm.
    How it points, trigger, ergonomics, features, reliability, looks and cost.
    After a couple months of looking for a hi-cap .45 I settled on the FNP-45
    For anyone looking to check one out, go to the FNH site and go to the dealer locater. I found a dealer that was local and he had several of the FNP lineup.

    I looked at a bunch of .45's and shot a few at the range. I never shot the FN before buying it though. Once I picked it up I knew it was the one.
    [​IMG]

    Myself I like DA/SA pistols. You can also get the FN with a manual safety if you prefer to carry at condition 1.
    The decocker was just fine for me. DA pull isn't that bad, I haven't measured that yet but SA popped at 4.2 pounds. Good enough for me.
    I wear a size 10 Mechanix glove and am using the arched backstrap on it. It seems to conceal well with a long shirt on me. I'm 6'2" and about 170 lbs.

    Being a new pistol holsters are few but there are some if ya look.
    Bladetech and Crossbreed have them.
    I am liking this one from a local company. It comes with clips to carry it IWB or OWB
    [​IMG]
     
  21. Bowhunter57

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    Nobody seems to mention the Ruger P90. :rolleyes: Ruger has a very reliable, accurate and reasonably priced line of semi-autos. :)

    Good luck with your choices!
    Good hunting, Bowhunter57
     
  22. JaxNovice

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    Fnp-45 or the Charles Daly M-5
     
  23. Monkeybear

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    Powermad- What kind of holster do you use? I would love to be able to carry around a DA/SA .45 pistol like that for personal protection.
     
  24. wditto

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    no one mentions the Bul M5 , great pistol and reasonable
     
  25. powermad

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    Right now I am packing it in a nimrodpacks holster for right now. It's not the best but will work for now.
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    It does make it handy to pack to work though.
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    The one I posted earlier is from http://www.tedblockerholsters.com/index.php
    I still haven't gotten around to driving over there to check one out.

    I am also seriously considering a crossbreed supertuck or snapslide.
    Guys on the fnforum say that they are excellent rigs.
    Holsters are as bad as choosing a gun. Next thing ya know you have a drawer full of em.
     
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