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    Pick me a .45 ...

    So after a recent ballistic test of the .45 ACP 230gr. Federal HST I have decided to go for a .45 as a night stand gun.

    Factors Important to me:

    1. Capacity: I want as many rounds as I can get...the more, the better.

    2. "Shoot-ability": A heavier and larger weapon will tame some of the recoil and make follow up shots easier. I never intent to carry it unless SHTF.

    3. Rail: it HAS to have a light rail.

    4. Grip Size: I have medium sized hands...long fingers but a large muscle under my thumbs which makes it hard to get a comfortable grip on guns with a large palm swell.

    5. Cost & Reliability: Under $600 only please. I also am not interested in Taurus or similar brands.


    Right now the leader in my pack is the Glock G21 SF (Short Frame). It does away with that dang swell on the bottom of the grip, which will probably make a world of difference to me. Let's see what you got all suggestions really appreciated!


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    M&P 45
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    Springfield XDM.45 tactical 5"

    $599 on sale at my lgs

    13+1 capacity

    Interchangeable backstraps for small med and larger hands.

    Rail along with chamber and cocked indicator (easy to double check in the dark)

    I loved mine, easy to recover very comfortable and extremely reliable with anything I fed it. Plus it comes with all the xd gear (holster mag holster 2 mags lock cleaner loader etc.) and a case.

    The XD(M) has a few extra goodies so maybe the XD. 45 would suit you just as well for your needs and can be had a bit cheaper. $499 if I remember correctly and come with same gear and case. The XD's came with 13+1 already so same capacity unlike the 9 and 40 which increased with the XD(M).

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    Can't go wrong with a M&P, 3 different size back straps so you can get the perfect grip on it, just as good quality and reliability as a Glock.
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    Not sure if it will fit your hand but the FNP45 looks like a big ol chunk of good night stand fun. It's the only polymer I will ever consider buying again.

    I'd say a railed 1911 but your $600 budget rules out what I would consider a good starting point.

    Otherwise, the M&P or Glock. I'm feeling woozy....
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    M&P .45, 13 round extended mags and WML.

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    Keep in mind that HST's in .45 can be very hard to find some times.

    So, with whatever .45 you choose, you might have to use other top self ammo.
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    That G21 SF is a fine option. Feeds anything, has a 13+1 capacity, and is a one of the "softest" - in terms of recoil - .45's I have ever shot.

    Considering your requirements, it's a no-brainer to me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RoadRunner71 View Post
    That G21 SF is a fine option. Feeds anything, has a 13+1 capacity, and is a one of the "softest" - in terms of recoil - .45's I have ever shot.

    Considering your requirements, it's a no-brainer to me.
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    10+1 or 13+1. SA XD Tactical Compact .45

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    Quote Originally Posted by RoadRunner71 View Post
    That G21 SF is a fine option. Feeds anything, has a 13+1 capacity, and is a one of the "softest" - in terms of recoil - .45's I have ever shot.

    Considering your requirements, it's a no-brainer to me.
    . Glock 21 was very smooth for me an I am not even a big fan of semis.

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    Thank you so far with the suggestions, I know the M&P will fit my hand well.

    I haven't considered the FN. I'll give that a look, would have to get used to a DA/SA gun.

    Springfield has left a bad taste in my mouth after a badly functioning SC XD, not sure if I'd give them a shot again.

    Still need to find a G21 SF to hold and make sure it's not too "thick".

    And I have a few sources of the HST in stock :).

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    If it wasn't for that picatinny rail requirement, the CZ-97 would make an excellent HD gun, with its all-steel frame and perfect ergonomics.

    The Glock and S&W would both make excellent HD guns too. But, neither has the feel of the CZ.

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