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Need suggestions for non-1911 .45 ACP

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by KYamateur, Oct 21, 2013.

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  1. KYamateur

    KYamateur Member

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    I am a 1911 guy, but I decided I want to have a .45 other than a 1911. I have a S&W 625JM revolver but am looking for a semi-auto gun. Springfields and Glocks are too large for my hands. I looked at a CZ and it was also too big. I've tried to find some reasonably priced 3rd generation S&W 4506 or 4566 with no luck. Any suggestions on any other pistols that do not have a thick or blocky grip would be welcomed.

    And no, I'm not moving away from 1911s. They are still my favorite gun and I own two. I just want to try something different.
     
  2. Bentonville

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    You owe it to yourself to try an HK45C. They are slim enough for my smallish hands. They are soft shooting, accurate, reliable, and easy to maintain. They hold either 8 in standard mag. or 10 in the extended mag. They are a good size for concealed carry.
     
  3. KYamateur

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    I have read they are nice, but I haven't had a chance to put my paws on one yet. I'm going to Whittakers in a couple of weeks and maybe they will have one.
     
  4. jimbo555

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    Springfield xds or Glock 36, the 36 is not like the other glocks. It's much thinner. I didn't like the other glocks either till I tried a 36.The xds is coming out of a recall,but it is a one you should try also.
     
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    The SR 45 is slimmer, as are the polymer CZ clones. While not as slim as those two I just tried a SAR K2 and it seemed to have a better grip than my Witness .45, and it has 14 rounds!

    I found the XDS to be unbearable to shoot without the extended grip, and it gave me blisters even with it, but it is very concealable.
     
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    Another vote for the Ruger SR45, and also consider the Kahr single stack poly .45s. My CW45 is a nice compact pistol.
     
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    SIG P220, HK USP or HK.45
     
  8. Chuck Perry

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    Sig p220
     
  9. KYamateur

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    I've owned and sold two Sig p220s. They are a little large for me to grip and handle the controls. They are nice guns though, thats why I have tried two. I also fired the XDS 45. While it is easily small enough to hold, I can't imagine shooting 200 rounds in a session with it. A few shots are okay, but repeatedly being able to get back on target for quick follow-ups is more punishment than I want. I know the small light guns have their role for carry, but I am more interested in shooting. If I'm going to carry it is either a 9mm on my ankle or a 1911 tucked in my waist band. All of my guns are shooters meaning that I put a few hundred rounds down range everytime I take them out. I'm sure many people can handle the little 45 cannons just fine but I don't find them enjoyable to shoot. I'm looking more for a full size gun. I have a 454 revolver that has less felt recoil than some of the pocket 45s.
     
  10. 9mmepiphany

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    The S&W M&P45 has a lot less felt recoil than either the XD or the Glock. With it's interchangeable backstraps, it might fit your hand
     
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    M&P45 or Glock 21SF.
     
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    Ditto the Glock 21SF
     
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    HK USP .45, HK45 and the Sig P220 have all been good for me.
    The HK's have the edge in reliability for me, but the Sig is a sweet handling pistol, it just doesn't feed SWC's as reliably.
     
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    M&P 45, soft shooting and ergonomic.
     
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    Not sure if there are any .45s with a grip thinner than a 1911. Even the SF Glocks will have a bulkier grip. Have you tried a SIG 220 with a shortened trigger reach?
     
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    I suggest the Sig P220. I own a number of them and all are excellent shooters. I also recently purchased a Sig P227, with about 200 rounds thru it, flawless.

    Obviously, pick what fits you best but give the Sigs a try.
     
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    Love my M&P45 C
     
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    I'd for sure check out both the M&P 45 series and the Sig P220.

    And don't throw the 21 out the window just yet, get hold of a Gen4 21 and see if that's any better, without the backstraps the grip is noticeably smaller than regular gen3 versions and the grip texture is very nice. I've owned a P220, several M&P 45's and while they're nice in their own right, the Gen4 21 is the nicest shooting .45 I've ever shot.
     
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    Another vote for a Sig P220, but I would make mine all steel.
     
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    Multiple votes for a 220 yet OP stated he had them and didnt like them.... :banghead:


    M&P45 and HK45 both have horrendous triggers, but have some of the best ergonomics.
     
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    Another vote for the HK45C.
     
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    If you have small hands (as do I), and the SIG P220 is just a bit too big for a comfortable grip, maybe try the P220 Compact model.
     
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    SIG P220 series or XDM series. I love my SIGs and they have served me well,but I really like my Springfield XDM 4.5. Its too heavy for me for wearing on a belt all day,but has made a great HD pistol.
     
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    +1 on Sig and HK having the best non-1911 45's.
     
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