Stepping up to a .45. But which one?

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    The 45 is one of my favorite rounds, but its also pretty much the most expensive handgun round in my collection. Its not hard to blow through $80-100 worth of ammo in 30 minutes. Makes range trips pricey as I usually bring more than one gun, therefore I end up only shooting maybe 50 per trip and I don't bring one every time.

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    If you're also considering polymer pistols in .45, my current carry is an M&P .45c. 8+1, virtually identical dimensionally to the Glock 19/23/32, ability to accept larger 10/14 round magazines from the larger pistols, picatinny rail for lights or lasers, and M&P reliability. It's hard to go wrong with it.

    I also am a fan of the Ruger P345. It's a simple, inexpensive, hammer fired DA/SA .45 with similar dimensions to the classic 1911 full size. 8+1, & the enough thing I ever had mine choke on was some cheap Fiochi hollowpoints. Also has a rail for lights/lasers, and uses inexpensive magazines. Mine was very accurate (1-2" groups at 10 yards) when loaded with Winchester PDX1.

    I've also got an XDs on layaway currently. I'm hoping to have it out by the middle of this month. I love the idea of a .45 pocket pistol. Already bought two 7 round magazines and a remora ART holster for it. I have high hopes for that little gun as a summer carry or BUG.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BurgerBoy View Post
    CZ makes an excellent .45: CZ-USA -> CZ 97 BD

    i agree, BUT if you don't have large hands, forget it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Secret_Storm View Post
    That SIG P220SAO is also good for consideration, however it doesn't seem to have that real 1911 appearance, does it?
    dear secret: i have one - a P-220 Super Match. it's lighter than an all-steel 1911, because the frame is alloy. also the grip diameter is slightly larger than a 1911, even with thinner aluminum grip panels. with the original rosewood grips, it's really fatter than a 1911. a wonderful shooter, though. about $1400 new.
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    I have several 45's: Smith and Wather,best trigger I've ever rub across the first shot long trigger pull while the second short pull.
    Springfield loaded 13+1 much like the Para made by anti gun Canada ! Ones poly and one 1911 metal. I'd be a repeat buyer on both!

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    Glock 30sf ... you can't go wrong with it.

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    I have recently switched back to the 1911, and use this Sig Scorpion:
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    As noted, the .45 has a different impulse. As long as your training has given you the skill to let recoil come up and back w/o 'breaking' your wrist, you'll feel no discomfort. It will require some adjustment, but training and practice are the key. The manual-of-arms requires some training (draw, push, sights, safety, press) as does the malfunction drill. Each is a simple set of tasks requiring nothing more than good muscle memory following (you guessed it) training.

    IF you want a .45, pick the one that fits your hand and body. THAT matters as much as the technical details of any particular brand.

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