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Getting a new .45

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by LouisianaGunner12, Apr 13, 2014.

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  1. LouisianaGunner12

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    I know this is talked about a lot, but I still have some trouble deciding. I have just sold all my pistols and am getting one .45. Money is not an issue.

    Originally I was set on the HK USP 45, but I've shot friends' through the years and, despite it's reputation for reliability, I do see it hiccup from time to time for no good reason. Just the occasional failure to feed and such. But since this is a weapon I'll be relying on for self defense, reliability is paramount.

    I then looked into the Glock 21 Gen 4, but I'm not sure it's proven enough. I've also read of people with .45 Glocks that kaboom. Maybe it's nonsense and *is* only related to ammo issues, but it still makes me nervous.

    Those were my two main considerations. I really just want something proven and that will last a long time, and be utterly reliable.
     
  2. red rick

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    If money wasn't a question it would be a Wilson 1911 for me .

    That being said I think H&K , Glock , SA and S&W will be just as reliable .
     
  3. Highcaliber

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    Try out the new style HK45 ( not the USP ) although I can't imagine the USP having a reliability issue.

    Or... what about the Sigarms P220 ?
     
  4. LouisianaGunner12

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    I used to own two Sigs, newer production. They didn't impress me. One was a 220, the other was a 226 Nitron. They both had serious issues and even sending them back to Sig multiple times didn't totally fix them. maybe it was just me, but I have a bad taste in my mouth with Sig for now.
     
  5. JTQ

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    That doesn't leave many options after all those are eliminated.
    Possibly so. Maybe you need a revolver.

    http://www.smith-wesson.com/webapp/...5,764993&useFilter=1&identifier=1397440622814
     
  6. LouisianaGunner12

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    Heh, I know I'm gonna be considered a picky bastard, and I love revolvers, but my only concern with them is having only 6 shots. There are the 8 shot ones, but ehhh...
     
  7. Bentonville

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    I also suggest trying out the HK45 which is a full size pistol but with interchangeable grip back straps for a custom-like fit to your hand or the HK45c which I have. You can get ten round magazines for them although an 8 round mag. is standard. I find it to be the softest shooting .45 I have experience with and it is accurate, reliable, durable without question, easy to maintain, and quality built. Here is a better description: http://www.hk-usa.com/civilian_products/hk45_general.asp
    I have never had even one hiccup on any of the nine HK pistols I have owned over the years or presently own. Just my opinion. Good luck.
     
  8. M1GarandDeerHunter

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    Wilson CQB? Money not a problem? Right? :D
    FFT
     
  9. David E

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    Glock 41
     
  10. Water-Man

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    The M&P 45 FS is one of the better striker-fired 45s.
     
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  11. Bexar

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    I've got our Daughter's HK45 beside me right now. Thing has been reliable as sunup since she bought it a couple of years ago. My hand palm has a weird thumb muscle shape from an overcompensating broken thumb as a kid but in double action it fits like a 1911. You also might look at the HK45C. That's my next pistol. All that said...have you considered the Springfield XD series? Things are supposed to be scary reliable and I think there is a couple of rounds more in the mag. I've never shot or even held one but my cousin who is a cash register business owner and equal gun aficionado has one and has shot his quite a bit really enjoys his. He's bet his life on his and money is way not his problem either. He got the money gene from his Dad. :) Anyway...I'm an HK45C man...then an XD fan and always...always a belief that the 1911 and John Browning should be canonized.
     
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    Glock 21 Gen 3/4 all day. Kabooms? Internet squeelers...
     
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    The G21 is a fantastic shooter! Just be sure it fits your hand before you buy it. The Mid size M&P I had was another great shooter too, and fit my hand a lot better. Neither gun failed me in any way:)
     
  14. jmr40

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    If money is not a concern one of the upper end 1911's is the way to go.

    If someone is coming through the door and I have to grab the closest handgun, it will be a Glock. The KB's were primarily with some of the early models chambered in 40 S&W. Issues with any of the others are pretty rare. They ain't purty, but work as well or better than anything made. One of the least expensive guns you can buy too.

    I really, really wanted to like the M&P. It looks good on paper, but the one I had just didn't impress in practice. Our local police chief really, really wanted to adopt the M&P when they bought new guns last year, but it just didn't perform when tested beside other guns they brought in to evaluate. There are several LE agencies who have bought them and are having problems. Some bad enough to bring their old guns out of storage and replace them.
     
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    I just brought a glock 21 gen 4 a few weeks ago. The factory had to send me a new recoil spring. It now shoots great. Many police depts adopted the glock 21. Get whats best for you.
     
  16. HexHead

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    HK45. You won't regret it.
     
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    buy the glock and if you want to shoot the steady diet of hotter loads have a bar-sto barrel fit to it.
     
  18. Ky Larry

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    Just get a CZ and shoot the you-know-what out of it.
     
  19. huntsman

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    Is this a CC gun, range toy or sidearm?

    My choice of a "one gun" .45acp is a S&W 4566, as a CC it's a bit heavy but an all steel .45 is a joy to shoot(a lot) and easy to carry in a flap holster and leather belt.
     
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    I had a Glock 21. It was great, but felt like holding a brick. I have had a few 1911s, and I love them. It's probably my preferred platform for the .45acp.

    If I were going to get another plastic fantastic .45, I think I would give the FNX-45 a shot or the FNS-45 if they ever release it if I get the itch for another striker fired. I've really liked my FNH pistols. Accurate, reliable, comfortable, and generally more handsome than my Glocks.

    If money weren't an object, I might give H&K a whirl, but they are just too far out of my budget.
     
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    Another one for glock 21 or the 41 both great guns. If money is not an issue Wilson combat supergrade...
     
  22. Djay

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    Interesting to hear "scuttlebutt" about .45 caliber Glocks "kabooming"! I had only heard that related to the earlier unsupported chamber Glock .40 caliber.

    Glocks for a defensive role is a good choice for me personally since loosing a fine 1911 to an evidence locker would not be tough.
     
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    If I could only have one pistol chambered in .45 ACP and I insisted on it being uber-reliable and ultra-durable, the candidate I'd opt for is an S&W Model 945.
     
  24. iblong

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    Im a fan of Glocks,And have owned the 30 sf and 21 both ran and shot well.
    That said in .45 for carry I went back to the 1911.They fit my hand and waist band much better.Still use the 19 and 17 though.
     
  25. HisStigness

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    I know I'll be the only one here to say it, but get an FNX-45. My FN has never had a "hiccup"
     
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