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Does a .45 always mean a 1911 to you?

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by DasFriek, Sep 24, 2010.

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  1. DasFriek

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    I know for me when i think .45 i think 1911, Large or small it doesn't matter.
    I have a full sized 1911 which is my favorite ccw gun, But would like a smaller one. I do have an XD SC .40 but only because i couldn't find a .45 that small i liked or could afford.
    I didn't like the Glock 30.
    And i couldn't afford a quality 3" 1911 that i felt would be reliable enough like the Colt New Agent and Defender.

    That was then, But now im working on saving the money to get the exact gun i want.

    The Kahr PM .45 being the one exception.
    But i know little of its reputation and reliability.
    But it is on average $200 cheaper and lighter than the 2 Colts.

    The New Agent i love the looks and snag free design and in all black. Gutter sights are fine as its a CCW that will most likley never be needed past 15'

    The Defender has many nicer options like stainless and great sights, But i hate the grip for such a small ccw gun. But those can be changed out.

    Am i limiting myself too much in only thinking about 1911's?
    The CW45 isnt bad, But id feel its a compromise and wouldn't feel like i bought the "exact" gun i wanted.
    I don't want any more Taurus's.

    What im looking for is peoples experience with the PM45 and what they paid.
    Any positive or negative on the 2 colts.
    If your a 1911 lover could you love another .45 other than a 1911? I feel the Kahr is comparable in quality to the Colts.

    After this is all over,Even tho i don't like the Glock 30, I wouldn't mind trading the XD SC .40 in on a G29. The round makes up for the things i dislike about the gun.
     
  2. huntsman

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    No I like the .45acp but not the 1911
     
  3. Ben86

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    When I think of .45 the 1911 does usually cross my mind. However, a 1911 is not the only .45 I would own. I'd love a S&W M&P 45. That said I think 1911s in anything but .45 is just blasphemy.

    Kahrs are great guns. I have a pm9 and it is a fantastic little jewel. They are just overly tight when you first get them.
     
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  4. KenW.

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    A .45ACP doesn't need to be a 1911; but a 1911 should be .45ACP.

    If its not a single stack .45ACP, AND single action, its NOT a 1911.:cuss:

    IMO, The only exceptions considered should be .38 Super and a .22LR conversion.
     
  5. Water-Man

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    Well, I like my 1911 but I also like my Sig P220.
     
  6. Olympus

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    When someone says "I just got a new .45", I always see a 1911 in my mind. It's a bit of a letdown when it turns out to be a polymer pistol. :eek:
     
  7. mcdonl

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    If/When I do own a 1911 it will be in 9mm.

    If I get a .45ACP it would be a glock.
     
  8. bds
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    Same here. Even though I am a Glock fan, G30 did not work out as my wife must be able to shoot everything we have (just in case) and the grip on the G30 was too fat for her.

    Taurus MP PT145 has smaller grip and the same 10 rnd double-stacked capacity. For CCW, it is comparable in size as my G27 with longer grip length (uses the same Fobus holster as XD). It is very affordable at around $350.

    I started out with a 1911 and consider it the "father" of 45ACP. I live in a practical world with real threats to my life/family, so I don't mind having 10+ 45ACP options like PT145, M&P45, XD45, etc.
     
  9. amprecon

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    What's a 1911 :confused:



    JK, I've tried to like them......twice incidentally. I just cannot shoot them well.

    The Glock 21 on the other hand.....I shoot no other handgun better, no other handgun feels as good in my hand.
     
  10. Thaddeus Jones

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    No, not to me. I've "been there done that" with the 1911 courtesy of Uncle Sugar.

    Once was enough. :)

    .45 means S&W 3rd generation pistols, to me. ;) TJ
     
  11. samurai

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    I like the M&P45c, but may start carrying my Defender Plus more now that it's cooling off.
     
  12. springfield30-06

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    Usually the first image that pops into my head when someone talks about a .45 is a 1911 unless I know that they don't have one, but it doesn't mean that I automatically assume that they're talking about a 1911. I almost always ask what type of gun they're talking about if they only say the caliber.
     
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    When I see or hear .45ACP, my first thought is 1911 and it's a long time favorite of mine. I have two Government size 1911s and an Officer's.
    However, I have several non 1911 guns in .45ACP that I like a lot and my daily carry is one of them: a Kahr CW45
    Regards,
    Greg
     
  14. Stasher1

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    No. I've had my time with the 1911 (two Colts, two Kimbers, and a Dan Wesson) and NONE of them were reliable enough for EDC. They're neat little range toys or BBQ guns, but when I think of .45 now I think of more modern firearms with better track records for reliability without the endless tinkering and tweaking the 1911 requires.
     
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    Well, I have a Springfield XD45. So I guess I'd say "no."
     
  16. TexasRifleman

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    Actually for me if someone says they got a "new .45" I always assume they mean a single action revolver in .45 Colt. Guess I'm just old fashioned :)

    If they mention ACP then yes, I assume 1911 usually.

    Although after shooting an XDm for a while I've had a serious conversion, I really like those things.
     
  17. swinokur

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    I have a G30 and a 1911, so in my mind it could be either.
     
  18. DRYHUMOR

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    I have 3 1911's that are 9mm. But yes, when I hear .45 I usually think 1911.
     
  19. slicksleeve

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    No. Because the only .45 I have shot was a Glock 21, and the only 1911 I have shot was a 9mm.
     
  20. AirForceShooter

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    When you say .45 I think of 2 things.

    1. a 1911
    2. a Colt Peacemaker.

    Yeah, I'm old too

    AFS
     
  21. Prion

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    No, I think America!!! Hell Yeah!!! Badass!!!
     
  22. Dnaltrop

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    1) I think of Wheelguns

    2) I think of a Thompson with a drum.

    3) THEN 1911
     
  23. huntershooter

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    If we're talking (.45) ACP;
    If it doesn't mean a 1911, it means a mod. 22 S&W (that's a revolver).

    .45 in general (ACP and Colt) means the above and a "P" mod. Colt.
     
  24. jimmyraythomason

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    For me it could be my 2 Ruger p90s or my FEG BHP clone. I don't even consider the 1911 for .45acp.
     
  25. Russ Jackson

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    There is the 1911 and then there is everything else. However that new Springfield XD45 is very nice and if Detonics ever starts making those new ones...Russ
     
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