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GunDog
07-07-2010, 6:09 PM
Kinda leaning towards the Glock 21 SF but, have heard many good things lately about the FNP-45 and XDm-45. Advice and/or comments welcome. Thanks.

Mr_Monkeywrench
07-07-2010, 6:12 PM
Glock 21SF is a fine pistol :D If you havent made up your mind, Im in Southern California if you wanna try one out

OneSevenDeuce
07-07-2010, 6:15 PM
As mentioned in another post, H&K USP is one fine pistol in .45.

Jonathan Doe
07-07-2010, 6:19 PM
You should try a Sig P220.

GunDog
07-07-2010, 6:21 PM
You should try a Sig P220.

Should've mentioned the Sig 220; it's definite a contender and would keep my 226 in good company.

ojisan
07-07-2010, 6:30 PM
I like the way the S&W M&P .45 points and feels.
I have seen one for sale with the manual thumb safety, something I like.
Most of the guns mentioned are good guns, I would look more at which one fits your hand and points naturally for you....It's time to hold them and rent / try them out if possible.

l8apex
07-07-2010, 6:31 PM
Smith & Wesson MP45

plan-b
07-07-2010, 6:32 PM
I have a 21SF and it shoots, well... like any other Glock. Which isn't necessarily a bad thing. But unless you're the kind that gets really excited over Glocks (which I still can't figure out), consider the USP, P220 or an M&P. I have these also and I'd say that the M&P is my favorite of the bunch (just by a fraction of a hair over the USP).

Edit: You should check out this thread if you're even remotely interested in the M&P - http://www.calguns.net/calgunforum/showthread.php?t=304927

pyro3k2
07-07-2010, 6:34 PM
1. Smith and Wesson M&P
2. Sig (only second because of cost)
3. glock or XDm

aermotor
07-07-2010, 6:35 PM
Glock 21SF. Incredible.

You can only get an FNP-45 if one's in the state already and I've seen 0 in a long time (or if ur LEO)

XD is kinda meh to me... Too much flash and extra junk on there, I don't like the lines.

Glock is the ultimate in reliability, simplicity, accessories ect. You can' go wrong.

Buddhabelly
07-07-2010, 6:43 PM
CZ 97 or Sig 220

GunDog
07-07-2010, 6:53 PM
I have a 21SF and it shoots, well... like any other Glock. Which isn't necessarily a bad thing. But unless you're the kind that gets really excited over Glocks (which I still can't figure out), consider the USP, P220 or an M&P. I have these also and I'd say that the M&P is my favorite of the bunch (just by a fraction of a hair over the USP).

Edit: You should check out this thread if you're even remotely interested in the M&P - http://www.calguns.net/calgunforum/showthread.php?t=304927

Thanks. I hadn't even considered the Smith M&P. Have to take a closer look now.

J.D.Allen
07-07-2010, 7:02 PM
If you're on a budget look into the Taurus 24/7 pro...I would say the PT845 but that's not on the cali roster. These are actually great guns, and they don't cost 600-800 duckets...

l8apex
07-07-2010, 7:09 PM
I was quite surprised the first time that I had the chance to put one of these through some drills. The grip is really no different than the 9mm M&P if not the same. The most controllable brisk follow up 45 in a polymer. YMMV.

http://www.militarytimes.com/xml/offduty/technology/odshotshowdaytwo070113/070113mp45.JPG

ojisan
07-07-2010, 7:21 PM
^ That's the one!
:)

PPP

(Polymer Pistol P0rn!)

GunDog
07-07-2010, 7:29 PM
I was quite surprised the first time that I had the chance to put one of these through some drills. The grip is really no different than the 9mm M&P if not the same. The most controllable brisk follow up 45 in a polymer. YMMV.

http://www.militarytimes.com/xml/offduty/technology/odshotshowdaytwo070113/070113mp45.JPG

Nice looking pistola!

OneSevenDeuce
07-07-2010, 7:34 PM
I'm not much for two toned slide/frame combos but that looks nice.

patriot_man
07-07-2010, 7:50 PM
USP?

CharAznable
07-07-2010, 8:02 PM
I've got my eye USPc .45. :)

RobG
07-07-2010, 8:05 PM
HK, XD, FN, Sig P220, Glock. All good stuff, especially the P220:D

orangeusa
07-07-2010, 8:06 PM
Ruger P90 - I had the same idea as you when I bought one. If you like DA/SA, it's a very inexpensive and accurate piece.. All metal and rock solid...
Barrel designed by BarSto and is stainless. Sweet...

wu_dot_com
07-07-2010, 8:07 PM
P220 combat, buy it from ernieyz if you want to save some money.

Mono
07-07-2010, 8:07 PM
You should try a Sig P220.

+1 Go for broke & get the 220 combat. :D

timmyb21
07-07-2010, 8:08 PM
Glock or Sig P220 in my personal opinion. Why no 1911? 1911's are (IMHO) the very best platform for the .45 acp. I have owned both of the other ones listed above and got rid of them for 1911's. Actually, I miss the Glock more than the Sig, and will get another someday.

Beetle Bailey
07-07-2010, 8:35 PM
My favorite non-1911 .45 autos are SIG P220 and S&W 625.

sholling
07-07-2010, 8:59 PM
S&W M&P45

Notblake
07-07-2010, 9:14 PM
cz97 all the way!!!!!!!

http://digitalsushi.com/midashi/website.mirrors/guns/world.guns.ru/handguns/CZ97.JPG


They are just such fantastic weapons!

fishhoppa
07-07-2010, 9:16 PM
HK USPc .45 <--- +1 :D

Kimber 3" carry model <--- my next purchase :cool2:

Colt
07-07-2010, 9:23 PM
Just today shot a Glock for the first time in years.I forgot how awesome they are (I'm a dyed in the wool 1911 fan). A Glock, however is a Glock is a Glock is a Glock.....

Anyway, I've shot the USP and Sig as well. What a tossup. I guess if you want something not terribly unique, but extremely reliable and a great shooter, go with the Glock.

I just can't seem to bond with the tupperware stuff...

wu_dot_com
07-07-2010, 9:37 PM
cz97 all the way!!!!!!!

http://digitalsushi.com/midashi/website.mirrors/guns/world.guns.ru/handguns/CZ97.JPG


They are just such fantastic weapons!

thats right almost forgot about this badboy

Gryff
07-07-2010, 9:40 PM
I'm an XD guy, so I recommend the XD45 (I really like the 5" Tactical model). Note that the XDm 45 is not available in California unless you are a cop or find one through Private Party Transfer.

I've also shot the M&P45, and it's a nice shooting gun.

wamphyri13
07-07-2010, 9:52 PM
Since no one else mentioned it, I will.
Why? :laugh::D
Ryan

Vinnie
07-07-2010, 10:12 PM
CZ 97

JosephP
07-07-2010, 10:18 PM
If you can find one.... Try Sig P220 Combat.
You will love it.

hnoppenberger
07-07-2010, 10:27 PM
I really love my USP .45. I feel so confident with that gun, like I could survive anything with it. try one out.

RT13
07-07-2010, 10:36 PM
My top non 1911 choices:
1. Sig P220 preferrably all stainless. (the best shooting .45 out of the box.)
2. S&W M&P45 (IMO, the best polymer .45. Add the Apex sear and striker block and the M&P is unbeatable.)
3. CZ 97 (a beautiful piece like a BHP. Shoots nice too.)

NSR500
07-07-2010, 10:39 PM
I like my FNP45 a lot and would only sell it for one thing... An FNP45 Tactical in all black.
I'm also considering a Glock 21SF.

illuminate10
07-07-2010, 10:42 PM
Man I liked the p-90 brotha.
It's so soft shooting and accurate out the box........

I also liked the p220 and USP, though usp45 has a pretty large grip.

I really didn't like the xd45 it had too much shock or something compared to the 40 and 9 but with all things.......YMMV.

I think I need to try out the mp45 now with all the praise on here.

remyjoeboxer
07-07-2010, 10:46 PM
I love my p220.

1911Operator
07-07-2010, 10:56 PM
I would recommend a XD45. super accurate but, they are super ugly too. as for the P220, I know they do extensive testing (to hell and back) but, 99.9 of us are regular Joes, we do not need a pistol we can drop in an volcano , pull out and still shot. I would not mind having one though. I would just say go to the range and rent a few of them! try them out and see what you like, since its going to be you and only you who is going to spend the money to buy this gun.

Omil
07-07-2010, 11:05 PM
Kinda leaning towards the Glock 21 SF but, have heard many good things lately about the FNP-45 and XDm-45. Advice and/or comments welcome. Thanks.

OP, are you trying to look for something different others than those 45s mentioned? They're all good, it's really up to you & your BUDGET! Just go for it!:D

eccvets
07-07-2010, 11:07 PM
get a hk baby, tatical would be nice with a new barrel and a modified mag to make it cali legal. you'll end up with an ultrareliable, sweet @ss trigger, very accruate gun which holds more rounds then a 1911!

barrym66
07-07-2010, 11:08 PM
+1 on the CZ!

I have/have owned several 1911A1's and clones (original Colt NM, Kimber, Springfield GI, Para Ord P12), G21SF, S&W 4566TSW, and a CZ97B in .45 ACP.

I'm a big Glock fan but the G21, even in SF form, is a bit big (thick) in the hand. The Colt and Kimber feel great but are very ammo picky. The 1911A1's and clones are limited to 7 or 8 rounds.

If you can afford one, the high end 1911A1's/clones and 2011's can't be beat for ergonomics and accuracy. But if you want to spend under $1K, the CZ97B is the best deal out there. I recently picked one up lightly used in the CGN classifieds for $500 and it is every bit as accurate as my $1400 Kimber and Colt National Match, at 1/2 to 1/3 the cost. Probably the best 'stock out of the box' gun I've ever owned.

Older versions can FTF on hollow point ammo, but that can easily be fixed with some minor feed ramp rework by CZ USA. My new Kimber had more feed problems and cost $400 to fix, CZ USA fixed my 5 year old 97B for free. :)

Choices, choices.....:p

faterikcartman
07-07-2010, 11:16 PM
Sig P220.

Cyc Wid It
07-07-2010, 11:24 PM
If you must eliminate the best choice (1911), then Sig or HK!

rorschach
07-07-2010, 11:29 PM
Sig P220.

This.

plankowner
07-08-2010, 5:41 AM
I would say sig if money was not an issue then I would would go glock

Knauga
07-08-2010, 8:41 AM
Thanks. I hadn't even considered the Smith M&P. Have to take a closer look now.

It is like a Glock, only ergonomic ;)

bigbob76
07-08-2010, 8:53 AM
I eventually got around to asking myself why I would want double action first shot capability of a DA/SA unless it was a pistol I was going to carry. Glock for carry or range shooting, 1911 for carry or range shooting. Having a DA/SA like most Sigs and HKs pretty much limits how good the single action trigger pull can be and they have more parts. It's hard to beat the Glock for simplicity. When you're done shooting and your finger is off the trigger it's ready to reholster with no decocker or safety to manipulate.

wu_dot_com
07-08-2010, 8:57 AM
http://www.calguns.net/calgunforum/showthread.php?t=257865

ernie's Sig P220 black is 790. you just cant beat that price.

uhmeebuh
07-08-2010, 9:27 AM
My top non 1911 choices:
1. Sig P220 preferrably all stainless. (the best shooting .45 out of the box.)
2. S&W M&P45 (IMO, the best polymer .45. Add the Apex sear and striker block and the M&P is unbeatable.)
3. CZ 97 (a beautiful piece like a BHP. Shoots nice too.)

+1

I've already got a Kimber but I just purchased an M&P 45 (and the Apex stuff for under $100). Sweet shooting gun!

I like the P220 a lot too but have moved away from DA/SA pistols as I'm not as fast with them...

ZX-10R
07-08-2010, 9:29 AM
M&P 45.

forgiven
07-09-2010, 1:23 AM
HK USP

faterikcartman
07-09-2010, 12:52 PM
I'm pretty sure Sig as a single action only P220 that is Cali rostered so the DA/SA (which I don't mind by the way) dilemma is not an issue.

CZlover
07-09-2010, 12:58 PM
A CZ 97B with factory 10rd mags will perfectly do the job :)