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Which full size 45acp to get?

Discussion in 'General Firearms Forum' started by High Altitude, Feb 13, 2013.

  1. High Altitude

    High Altitude

    Nov 19, 2005
    My first firearm over 20 years ago was a Beretta 92f, then glocks and have always stayed with high capacity 9mms with a few .40 thrown in here and there.

    I am looking for a full size 45acp. Besides just having fun shooting at the range, it could be possible I would use it for HD. I doubt I would CCW with it.

    At first I was pretty set on a 1911 since a 1911 is THE .45 etc...., but the capacity of the glock 21 gen4 sure looks good.

    Maybe a M&P or something with a threaded barrel.........

    I don't know.
  2. countrygun


    Mar 9, 2012
    If you don't go with a 1911, then I can't say enough about the XDM

  3. Bruce M

    Bruce M

    Jan 3, 2010
    S FL
    One potential advantage with a 1911 is that one can be found from maybe a bit above 500 to 5000 so almost no matter the budget there is a gun for it.
  4. ronin.45


    Apr 24, 2008
    The Glock 21sf is a good choice. I like it over the Gen 4 because of the extra accessories available. The XDm is a nice gun as well. Or you could always get a 625.
    Last edited: Feb 13, 2013
  5. The_Gun_Guru

    The_Gun_Guru Ban Democrats!!

    I bought a Rock Island Armory 1911-A1 for $360 plus shipping and transfer fee in 2005 or 2006. It has been absolutely flawless and it is a great guns for the money! The price has gone up a bit but it is still under $500 I believe :)

    like others have said, you can't go wrong with Glock or the XDM. Enjoy the's fun!

  6. ca survivor

    ca survivor

    Dec 25, 2011
  7. Pier23

    Pier23 Silver Member

    Feb 26, 2012
    XDm and Sig 220 are both wonderful. Glock 21 is fine as a tool, always go bang, but I ENJOY the XDM and 220. As always, YMMV.
  8. moonwilson


    Jan 22, 2013
    I like the SIG P220 a lot. I own a couple. The Dark Elite comes with full beavertail, fully adjustable sights and threaded barrel. I prefer the P220 to any other .45 I have ever shot or handled. They are ridiculously accurate and have superb ergos. Very "pointable" guns in my hand, especially with SIG's superb aluminum grips.

    I had a Glock 21 SF but found it too blocky in my hands and not particularly accurate in my hands. Once I picked up my first P220, I gave the Glock 21 to my brother, who loves it. I have handled both the FN .45 tactical and the HK45 , they are both super nice. I would take either of those over the Glock- they just feel and handle much better. I do have a nice custom 1911 and don't particularly care for it.

    For "best overall" .45, I pick the SIG P220.
    For "best high capacity" .45, it's a toss up between the FN and the HK.

    Don't get me wrong, I love Glocks, but not the 21. The Gen4 might be better than the SF of the Gen3 though, I haven't had the chance to mess with one yet.
    Last edited: Feb 13, 2013
  9. Three-Five-Seven

    Three-Five-Seven Señor Mombo Millennium Member

    Aug 8, 1999
    Great Southwest
    Lots of competitive games use the John Browning 1911 pistol. I'd get a traditional 1911, or 1911 A1 for the most versatility.

    Springfield Mil Spec or Colt's Series 70 are good choices.
  10. brisk21


    May 13, 2008
    Take a look at the HK45. People say its too expensive, but it costs about as much as a mid-level 1911. It is probably the best handgun I've ever fired.
  11. Beanie-Bean


    Apr 23, 2011
    Central Texas
    I agree with the guys above:

    SIG Sauer P220
    H&K HK45

    Both are great. If you can find one, the Ruger SR 1911 is an outstanding 1911 at a good price.
  12. Beanie-Bean


    Apr 23, 2011
    Central Texas
    I misread your post, thinking you didn't want to go with the G21...get one if you can find one!

    The G21 Gen4 is my favorite Glock, and if you shoot one, you'll know exactly what I'm talking about.

    Happy shooting!
  13. donmor53


    Jan 4, 2013
    I love a good Colt 1911 and my Sig 220 ( I have both) but...the finest shooting .45 ACP service pistol that I have ever handled and shot is the FN Herstal FNP-45.

    It has all the qualities and ammenities of any of the higher class weapons combined at a fairly reasonable price. They shoot fantastic.
  14. arkdweller22

    arkdweller22 Cuhootnified

    Dec 26, 2008
    This. Amazing pistol, you won't be disappointed.

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  15. BigSpenda864


    Jul 31, 2012
    South Carolina
    FNX .45 Tactical... can't go wrong with 15+1 rounds! Plus it's red dot and suppressor ready!