Stepping up to a .45. But which one?
First off, I'm female so I have the typical trepidation when it comes to big bangs. That said, I still want a powerful pistol in my collection that will rip a screaming hole in whatever I target!
I've got a 9mm, .38, and .380 that I most commonly shoot. I'm more comfortable with the 9mm, but I want a bigger gun. My latest purchase was a little Sig Sauer P238 and I was so impressed with its accuracy that I've decided to only purchase quality guns. I've seen the light. :smile:
So I'm looking for a .45. I like the 1911's, and I like metal. I was looking at Kimber, Sig Sauer, and OMG ... WILSON COMBAT. *fans self*
I'm told that the recoil in a .45 is more like a push-back instead of a jump, but I want something that's not going to give the feeling of the gun jumping out of my hand. I've read too often that .40's are a bit rougher than .45's, and that is why I'm not entertaining that caliber. My gun range does not have rentals to try and I live out in the Styx. No worries though, if I would happen to be disappointed with a purchase, I have a husband who would be more than happy to take it off my hands. :smile:
We'll be going to a gun show very soon, so I'm looking to do a little research on .45's that I might be interested in. Thanks in advance for any help here.
So many 45s, so little time, money and safe capacity...
The .45 is probably my favorite caliber, and I have a number of them. I like larger ones for range or home defense, and smaller ones for carry. You mentioned that you are looking for a metal gun and that you like 1911s, so I will ignore polymer and assume you are looking for a carry gun.
A 1911 has a number of advantages, including a single action, crisp breaking trigger for every shot and a thin profile for easy concealment. The two that I have used for carry in this category are both aluminum frame, a 3 inch Colt Defender and a 4 inch Kimber Pro CDP. I have been quite happy with the reliability and accuracy of both, and probably carry the Defender the most because of its ease of concealment.
A metal alternative to the 1911 is the Sig P245, a shortened version of the Sig P220. This is a 4 inch barrel, aluminum frame 6+1 capacity gun with a DA/SA trigger system. The gun is accurate and handles .45 recoil very well, weighing about the same as the Kimber Pro.