Which .45acp to get?

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    Which .45acp to get?

    I'm going to be investing in a new .45acp soon. I've never owned one before, but have shot a few. I can't remember which one I liked best so I'll be going back to the range soon to rent them and figure out fit and feel for myself. Until then, I'm just trying to get some opinions on a few of the different compact .45s. The main two that have caught my eye would be the Glock 30, and the XD 45 compact. I've also been checking out the M&P. If you could just give me you guys opinions on these, as well as the pros and cons of each, that would be much appreciated.

    I'm also up to other suggestions.

    Thanks!

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    In my mind, there is only one option for .45: 1911.

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    Check out the M&P45c and the Glock 30S, ignore the 1911 fanboys...there are plenty of other guns that fire the .45ACP just as well.
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    Hard to go wrong with Glock. On the other hand, I really like my RIA 1911 too.
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    Which .45acp to get?

    You could also check out the new Ruger SR45.
    It is a 10 + 1 and comes in a reliable package starting around $450 or so, depending on location.
    It's based off of the SR Series of pistols that have already established a solid track record.
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    1911, Sip P220, Glock 21- 30- 36, CZ 97 (if you could actually find one), many, many more.

    My personal preference is for the P220 and the Glock 36.
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    Whatever feels best and shoots best for you! I personally prefer 1911 platform and carry DW CCO daily but had a Glock30sf that shot well also......I've since replaced all my Glocks with M&Ps as I shoot them better! Half the fun of buying a new pistol is doing the research and trying several different ones! Good Luck with your search.....
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    If it ain't 1911, it ain't a true .45

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    The latest Handguns magazine gave the Springfield XDs .45 a very glowing review when directly compared to 3 other .45s...

    I certainly wouldn't mind owning one, but I think I'll probably stick with the Ruger SR45, once my local gun shop gets one in.
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    My first choice would be a Dan Wesson 1911, smaller lighter option would be the Kahr CW45.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ksgunner View Post
    If it ain't 1911, it ain't a true .45
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    One thing that I have come to appreciate in my years of concealed carry (fast approaching 40) is that I do not want to have to disengage a thumb safety on my EDC. I have several very nice 1911's and shoot them well. They are different and require practice to perfect, not unlike any other arms you carry. However the Glocks and M&Ps lend much more to the point and shoot technique that is necessary in a self defense situation.
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    Kahr pm45 second smallest auto 45 ever made and AMT backup the smallest auto 45 love both have both springfield xds 45 pretty much the same size as kahr if size matters and a friend really likes his.

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    Depends on what your requirements and criteria are.

    I've shot several different ones and have my own opinions about what does/doesn't work for me. Much depends on ergonomics, for what feels good/right. If carrying, I'd want 100% rock-solid reliability as the first criterion.

    SIG 220 -- First .45 I shot much. Nice gun.
    HK 45, HK 45 Compact -- Great ergonomics, for me, though large.
    HK USP, HK USP Compact -- A great platform.

    Had/sold a STI Shadow .45. Took it through its paces before determining the 1911 platform wasn't my thing. Sold it, though I would highly recommend the STI 1911 products. Have shot several over the years and have been impressed.
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    Do not over look the FNX45. It is a very nice weapon and just as accurate as any .45's out there.

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