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Which polymer 45

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by sothoth, Jan 4, 2014.

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  1. mdauben

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    I've got an old Gen2 Glock 21 and a newish Gen3 Glock 36 and love both of them. Great choices for .45ACP SD handguns.

    I've shot both the G26 (a friend's) and G36 (mine) and there's no doubt the G26 is a softer shooting gun. I've had a number of people, however, comment on how easy the recoil of the G36 is to control, for a big bore compact. Also, I find I shoot my G21 much better than my G17. Not totally sure why, but in the big gun the .45ACP feels quite controlable.
     
  2. JR47

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    I own the Ruger SR45, the FN FNP, the Ruger P345, and the Ruger KP97DC . All with the specified Poly Frame.

    To me, the Glock just doesn't fit my hand, not the 21 nor the 30.

    I have large hands, and the FNP is a very high capacity gun, that shoots softly.

    The various Ruger .45 ACP guns are all durable, accurate, and easy to maintain. I have used the SR45, and the P345 in IDPA locally, with good results.
     
  3. Potatohead

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    I'd like to hear anyones comments on the SR45 also. I love my sr9 and will be trying another caliber soon (40 or 45).

    Was the sr45 released first or last (out of the sr9,sr40 and sr45)? I was thinking if it was last then Ruger may have more experience with it but I guess it would still count technically as the same design as the 40 and 9.
     
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  4. Potatohead

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    Out of curiosity (apologies for off topic) but why would they "allow" one kind of pistol but not another?
     
  5. sothoth

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    I'm pretty sure the SR45 was released last. At leased based on several reviews and other online sources it came out early 2013.
     
  6. jimbo555

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    Glock 30s is the answer if you can find one!
     
  7. sothoth

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    The CA handgun roster is supposedly a way of keeping "dangerous" guns off the market. They drop test them to make sure an impact doesn't cause an unwanted firing, they require new designs to have a magazine disconnect, and a loaded chamber indicator. On 1/1/14 they require new guns to allow microstamping of every bullet fired with make, model, and S/N so they can track the source of every bullet. This effectively prevents any new firearms (or old ones that are changed in any way) from being added to the list. Thus you won't be able to buy anything that isn't on the list already because microstamping doesn't work.

    The purpose isn't safety, it's a way to ban handguns without challenging the 2nd amendment directly.
     
  8. 1John1:9

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    I went through the same process 8 or 9 months ago. I tried a Ruger P345, Para Ordnance LDA, Springfield 1911, HK45c, M&P45, and Beretta PX4 45. They all shot roughly the same, except I shot tighter groups with the 1911s. I didn't like the controls of the P345. I'm still not willing to trust Ruger's polymer pistols, so I wouldn't get a SR45. I had an SR9c and had to send it to Ruger twice. However, they fixed it on their dime and it was working great when I sold it.

    I ended up with the PX4 in 45 and it shoots very nice. Holds 10 rounds and feeds JHP great. It exudes quality with the fit and finish and has a great feel to it. It is a booger to take the sights off though.

    My son bought a gently used Glock 30 and I have to admit it shoots better than any of the others I tried (easier to keep on target). It also feels better in the hand than his Glock 19. Both are Gen3s.

    Best wishes on your choice.
     
  9. WRGADog

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    Check the Beretta PX4 Storm, a great gun.
     
  10. PistolPete45

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    I bought a FNP 45 not long ago shoots real nice easy to grip & great trigger Shot a few Glocks and did not like the triggers Rugers were fine might even a bit better in DA .. I prefer steel to plastic & always will I expect :cool:
     
  11. jjones45

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    I have a sr45 and love it. I mean this thing is a tack driver with little felt recoil. I have never had problems out of mine but if you look on YouTube and search the web you see lots of teething problems with the newest to the sr line (sr45-2013). But also the problems seem to get fixed with Rugers second to none CS. People who own this gun love it. The m&p in any caliber is an awesome gun as well with lifetime warrantee. The fnx45 is a awesome gun as well with 15+1 capacity with very little recoil, but this gun is huge. Can't go wrong with a used hk usp if you can find one for a good price as hk quality is second to none and is rated to shoot +p and +p+ which speaks of how much a tank this gun is. The glock 21 IMHO is gonna be the best bang for buck and versatile of all listed. The g21 can be converted to shoot 10mm and 45 super if that kind of thing floats your boat and aftermarket for glocks is about the best and they are extremely easy to work on. The only reason I don't own a g21 or g20 is because when I hold one the slide just seems too large and blocky compared to my g23. I will end up with a g21 one day but for now my sr45 and uspc45 fill the polymer 45 role pretty well. All these are great options and I feel you can't go wrong with any of them
     
  12. jjones45

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    This target is my first two mags from my sr45 at about 28 ft. The flyer was a draw and shoot from a holster as fast as I could (not good, lol). Then my next ten went to the body as I was trying to figure out the trigger which I later really started to like. Lastly I went to the head and after my first three I was still shooting left so I concentrated and worked on trigger control and last seven shots were bullseye. Now all my targets look like the head of this sillouette. Guys at the range always ask what I'm shooting when I tear bullseyes out of targets with this gun and almost always seem surprised its a ruger.
     

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    PPX, XDM compact, M&P Pro CORE, The PPQ, is the hot number right now, but it has a trigger that is very light and a reset that is very quick, so only if you have experience with hair triggers. It has been measured at 3.5-5.6, some are saying theirs is lighter than the advertised 5.5 on forums. I don't know not having handled one yet. If you look at slickguns.com, they have real-time pricing of every major gun store on deals hitting the net. There are two deals on Sigs today that are super.
     
  14. HexHead

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    Because in CA, just a different finish is considered a whole different gun that must be submitted for their inclusion on the "safe gun" list. They're all idiots there.
     
  15. sothoth

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    Hex, let me get this straight... are you actually saying that a black gun is NOT more dangerous than a brushed stainless variant? Surely you jest. It's like you've lost your grip on reality.

    Haha!
     
  16. HexHead

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    Exactly. The black ones absorb the death rays from Mars, while the stainless allows them to ricochet off to unsuspecting bystanders.
     
  17. sothoth

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    I thought one variant shot daisies and the other explosive bullets. But I yield to your knowledge in this area. :)
     
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    I've had Glocks and FNs but the only .45s that stick around for me are the HKs. In fact I just bough another HK in .45 but it's not a pistol...;)
     
  19. jamal28

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    To anybody that wants to get a beretta px4 please dont it the gun shoots great but its not durable at all especially in high round counts you have keep it lubed constantly or the rotating barrel will lock up and render the gun useless and the magazines had faulty followers at one time and my friend had failure to extract problems with his. Believe me when i say this the gun is more maintence that the beretta 92 if u dont believe just ask maryland state police got rid of them after carrying them for only four year
     
  20. Water-Man

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    M&P45 full size 4".
     
  21. TonyT

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    I purchased the full size S&W M&P45 on a whime and have been vary favorably impressed both with it's relaibility and accuracy. It has functioned flawlessly with 185-200 ggr LSWC, 185-230 gr. plated, FMJ and JHP's and at 50 ft I get nice tight 10 shot groups of 1 1/4 to 2 inches.
    It might not be the gun for concealed carry. Personally I carry a Kahr PM-9 and if I were interested in carrying a 45 I would look into either of the slim Kahr or Springfield 45's.
     
  22. powder

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    http://www.stiguns.com/the-sti-tactical-4-0/

    The best of both worlds.

    Had M&P 4", traded it off. Had G21sf, traded it off. Had FNP and loved it, but traded it off. Kept gen 3 G21 and G36. My money today on a NEW unit? Gen 4 G21. Nothing to hide there-show it off to friends and let them shoot it.
     
  23. Water-Man

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    Nothing to hide there? What does that mean?

    Sounds like you don't know what you want.
     
  24. powder

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    Read the thread: I refer to the OP's comments... :banghead:
     
  25. sothoth

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    Glocks are NOT the trophy wives of the gun world.

    Yet they function beautifully. :)
     
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