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Sneaky
09-16-2011, 10:16 PM
I want to get a 45 acp pistol but im unsure of which direction to go. The Options im kinda throwing around are the FNP-45 (I have an FNP-9 and I like it alot) I do like the USP 45 but im yet to shoot one or find somewhere i can test one. And last but not least the 1911. (I have shot a Colt Government 1911) I liked the slim size of the 1911's but they seem to be kinda hard to find around here. (I dont have the biggest hands unfortunately and a grip too much bigger then the FNP9 im screwed) I really dont want a compact either. I considered a glock 21 but Ive shot alot of glocks and I dont like the feel of them at all!

What do you think?

Cato
09-16-2011, 10:23 PM
1911s hard to find? I see plenty in most guns stores. Most gunstores will special order you whatever you want as long as it's Calif legal.

I like my USP 45. If I had to use a 45 in a gun fight I would use the USP. It has excellent capacity and I like polymer guns. Plastic feels better in my hands than cold metal. I do have large hands so the USP fits well.

Nutnfancy on Youtube did a good review on the FN 45. I still prefer my USP.

I don't like Glocks in 45. Glocks should stick with 9mm, maybe 40, that's it!

Synergy
09-16-2011, 10:29 PM
Sneaky - I am in Rocklin and thinking about shooting this weekend I have a few 1911s and a USP compact if you want to give them a try.

I dont have large hands, so the full size USP didn't feel right to me. The compact feels like a 1911. Which is funny since many call the M9/92f a 2x4 grip, which I feel it fits better than the full size USP.

Sneaky
09-16-2011, 10:30 PM
lol ya thats what im saying! 1911's right? I should say Colt or Springfield 1911's are hard to find I know a couple of places with the taurus 1911 an S&W. Maybe if i drove down to the Sac area I could prolly find them. Ya i bought my FNP-9 just outa the fact I liked how it felt (just so turned out I shoot it well) but I need to hunt down a place that has them all an handle all of them i guess

Sneaky
09-16-2011, 10:32 PM
Synergy, What range do you goto in the area? Ive been to Dillman range in Lincoln, The Range in Grass valley, and the Gun room in Elk Grove.

Sneaky - I am in Rocklin and thinking about shooting this weekend I have a few 1911s and a USP compact if you want to give them a try.

shooting4life
09-16-2011, 10:37 PM
Get a s&w 625
http://i630.photobucket.com/albums/uu30/shooting4life/IMG_2935.jpg

Newshooter
09-16-2011, 10:40 PM
Wild Sports in Orangevale has a TON of different Springfield 1911's and a few Colt's. I was in there last night and I was really surprised how many Springfields they had.

orangeusa
09-16-2011, 10:43 PM
Those S&W's are awesome.

But if you want the most accurate semi-auto gun for the money - Ruger P90. I outshoot my buddies who have 1911's most of the time.

It is a DA/SA, 8 round magazines, great sights, nice trigger for about 1/3 to 1/2 of the cost of most 1911's. Not pretty, but I mostly look at the front sight.. :)

Just another idea for you.

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Sneaky
09-16-2011, 10:48 PM
The Ruger p90 looks interesting for sure. lol

DannyInSoCal
09-16-2011, 11:02 PM
G30SF

zod
09-16-2011, 11:07 PM
I just recently got back into 45, and picked up an M&P 45. I used to own a Glock 21 and a Sig P245. My preference leans towards the polymers as well. The Glock was a reliable shooter, just a little bulky for my taste. The Sig was nice too, but found out I preferred SA/striker pistol instead of DA/SA. Went with an M&P 45 because dimensions and feel are very similar to the 9/40 counterparts. Definitely a lot less blocky than Glock, and more comfortable for me and my average size hands also. Only downside is the capacity. Might be a pick you want to add to your selection and try.

starsnuffer
09-16-2011, 11:07 PM
Sig 220 is another good option, especially if you like the single stack feel. Try for a used german one, the current production sigs are crap.

I like the USP personally, or even better is the HK45c, but you have to get it as a single shot exemption.

-W

tacticalcity
09-16-2011, 11:10 PM
If it is your first 45 then it would be a sin for it not be a 1911. That said, it's a common caliber and you'll have no trouble finding lots of exciting guns chambered in it.

MrExel17
09-16-2011, 11:28 PM
If it is your first 45 then it would be a sin for it not be a 1911. That said, it's a common caliber and you'll have no trouble finding lots of exciting guns chambered in it.


:iagree::iagree::iagree:

Synergy
09-16-2011, 11:29 PM
I usually head out to Foresthill and shoot in Tahoe NF. Any public ranges up off 49?
Synergy, What range do you goto in the area? Ive been to Dillman range in Lincoln, The Range in Grass valley, and the Gun room in Elk Grove.

orangeusa
09-16-2011, 11:29 PM
The Ruger p90 looks interesting for sure. lol

Lol, get a Glock. I hear they have a 1911 clone also! Or you could bore out a .40 cal and make your own .45 cal.

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kemikalembalance
09-16-2011, 11:31 PM
fn makes a good pistol. my vote is for 1911...kimber to be specific. easier to find mags.

InGrAM
09-16-2011, 11:36 PM
1911 or sig p220.

Jake71
09-16-2011, 11:48 PM
9mm is cheaper to shoot in case that's an issue.

That said... I have a Glock 30 in .45ACP that is a dream to shoot and I have a USP 9mm that is also a great gun. I just purchased a Colt .45 compact and both teh Glock and Colt are smaller than my hand on the grip they both feel comfortable.

My HK is a fullsized pistol identicle to the USP 45 except caliber obviosly and it feels the best of all my guns. The size is right and it's perhaps the nicest gun iv'e ever shot.

Do it all over again, I'd have gotten the USP in .45 instead of a 9mm.

Synergy
09-16-2011, 11:50 PM
fn makes a good pistol. my vote is for 1911...kimber to be specific. easier to find mags.

You do realize all 1911 mags are interchangeable?:confused:

Even Kimber's run better with CMC's :p I will pass on their Schwartz safety. JMB's original design is plenty safe!

Fishslayer
09-17-2011, 9:56 AM
Those S&W's are awesome.

But if you want the most accurate semi-auto gun for the money - Ruger P90. I outshoot my buddies who have 1911's most of the time.

It is a DA/SA, 8 round magazines, great sights, nice trigger for about 1/3 to 1/2 of the cost of most 1911's. Not pretty, but I mostly look at the front sight.. :)

Just another idea for you.

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The Ruger p90 looks interesting for sure. lol

The P90 was discontinued last year. If you want one better get on it. The last of the alloy frame P series. :(

Whaddaya mean they ain't purdy?:mad:

I think they're right handsome in a brawny sort of way. ;)

The trigger's pretty dawgawful out of the box.

Huge Grant
09-17-2011, 10:06 AM
RedJacket 1911












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Oceanbob
09-17-2011, 10:24 AM
Since you are not thrilled with GLOCKS..then get a 1911 platform.

My choice would be a Ruger SR1911. About 8 bills if you can find one.

CAZ5EYxpl2o

zfields
09-17-2011, 10:40 AM
Gonna throw out the XD 45 Tactical. 1911 grip angle, hi-cap, accurate enough to get the job done. Very nice shooting pistol.

jonzer77
09-17-2011, 10:50 AM
My vote is for a 1911!

http://i114.photobucket.com/albums/n268/jonzer77/7c5c2454.jpg

Red Devil
09-17-2011, 10:51 AM
...What do you think?

Well...

YouTube (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ly5UnR7pPtk)

:D

Dark Mod
09-17-2011, 10:54 AM
Get a s&w 625
http://i630.photobucket.com/albums/uu30/shooting4life/IMG_2935.jpg

++1

Voo
09-17-2011, 10:55 AM
1911 or sig p220.

+1

This is also a very good option.

JoeinLA
09-17-2011, 10:56 AM
I was lookong at a 45 and went back and forth between Glock, Sig P220, HK P45, and 1911.

I went with the 1911 bc its the standard. If you dont have one or if you get something else, you'll always wonder why everyone else has one, and you'll get one eventually. If you dont like it, you know you have something that you can always refer back to should your tastes change. That's just me. Unless something really stikes my fancy, i think going with the "benchmark" is a safe choice.

Sneaky
09-17-2011, 2:17 PM
Well im leaning more toward the good ol 1911.

I usually head out to Foresthill and shoot in Tahoe NF. Any public ranges up off 49?

There isnt any ranges I know of off of 49. I buddy of mine is gonna show me a few places to shoot in Foresthill now i mentioned it to him.

Whaddaya mean they ain't purdy?

Not sayin the p90 isnt purdy its just interesting lookin, kinda looks like a few different guns combined lol

epcii
09-17-2011, 4:37 PM
XD's are on sale for $399 at Turner's! There's also a promo for three free mags!

ZX-10R
09-17-2011, 6:43 PM
I have an FNP-9 and I have as 45 the M&P 45 (fabulous gun) and a Colt 1911 XSE...I originally wanted the FNP-45 but we are in stupid CA and I have to do BS to get a gun I SHOULD RIGHTFULLY OWN. If you really want a 45 go try some out...I tried Glocks and I think people just get them because they don't know better to try other guns...So get out and try some guns. I would recommend the M&P 45 and an American made 1911.

The FNP-9 has spoiled you...

LBDamned
09-17-2011, 11:13 PM
soot the M&P... with the correct back-strap (to fit your grip), I'd be shocked if you don't fall in love with it!

BTW, you mentioned hand size being an issue - I'd nix the USP (great pistol, but in .45 it's not going to give a small hand the warm & fuzzies)...

bsg
09-18-2011, 12:48 AM
consider an older w german/german Sig Sauer P220 .45 ACP as one of your candidates for a .45 ACP. if a DA/SA offering interests you, imo the P220 is at the top of the heap.

Bartin
09-18-2011, 1:49 AM
I'm also trying to decide. I do have to say those S&W 625-6 from shooting4life are so ridiculously appealing. I even think they are on roster.

Digital_Boy
09-18-2011, 3:06 AM
Have you tried an XD-45? they're about the same size grip wise as the USP. I own both an XD-45 tactical and a USP full size. Haven't had the chance to shoot the XD yet, but like the ergonomics on it.

Rekrab
09-18-2011, 3:31 AM
Gonna throw out the XD 45 Tactical. 1911 grip angle, hi-cap, accurate enough to get the job done. Very nice shooting pistol.

I sold my only 1911 after I got my XD 45 Tactical. I figured the XD was better than my old RIA Tactical so it was time to sell the RIA and save up for something nicer like a Les Baer. Too bad I got laid off a couple months later...:facepalm:

davbog44
09-18-2011, 3:58 AM
I think the first thing you need to decide on is whether or not you're a 1911 guy. Though not always true, I have found over the years that most fans of the 1911 platform seem to be dedicated to it. It almost seems like 1911's are their own category. They are excellent (which is why the design has stuck around forever) and if you decide to go that route, you'll have a ton of choices limited only by your budget.

Personally I am not a 1911 guy, and sold the one Kimber I had to fund a SIG P220. I am now on my second one (P220 Carry) and it's one of my carry pistols. The P220 will fit your hands if a 1911 will, and the SIG SA/DA platform is simple and safe.

Another FNP obviously has going for it the fact that you are already familiar with the platform, and were it me that might give it an edge in comparison to other polymer frame .45's in the same price range.

Finally, you can not go wrong with an HK. They simply are the most reliable beast out there. It's really too bad that the HK 45 and 45C aren't on the roster, but the USP's are proven and reliable too.

Uriah02
09-18-2011, 4:00 AM
My favorites are XD/XDM and USP, all in .45
Figure out if you want a 1911 or not. That will get you halfway to your decision.

zfields
09-18-2011, 7:50 AM
I sold my only 1911 after I got my XD 45 Tactical. I figured the XD was better than my old RIA Tactical so it was time to sell the RIA and save up for something nicer like a Les Baer. Too bad I got laid off a couple months later...:facepalm:


Ouch, sorry to hear : /

I have a long list of rifle wants right now, but no job to support it, so I feel your pain!

starsnuffer
09-18-2011, 9:45 AM
Just dont' skimp on the gun. .45 is expensive to shoot, might as well give up a day or two at the range for a really nice gun, then go bargain basement to save a few bucks that you'll forget about really quickly.

-W

Daggermouth
09-18-2011, 10:01 AM
SIg p220 for everyday use. 1911 for serious range shooting. I say this because the DA/SA p220 is great for carry/ home protection. 1911 SA is the gold standard otherwise.

See my p220!! I keep a flashlight on it usually, get the one with the rail.

http://i16.photobucket.com/albums/b33/John6ix/Calguns/CIMG0363-1.jpg

CK_32
09-18-2011, 10:02 AM
If you want a work horse I say glock 21SF. I bet you shot a range glock which I hate the feel of. Get a lighter trigger a 3.5 or 4.4 if you don't like the risk of a ND and a good polish job will do wonders. Getthe slim frame because it makes a huge differance with feel. The standard 21 is too bulky for me but the sf seemed like a good compromise still on the bigger size but not too big just right actually.

Or if your looking for a fun gun/ range/comp option not for HD I say look at a 1911.

Cali-Shooter
09-18-2011, 12:38 PM
I want to get a 45 acp pistol but im unsure of which direction to go. The Options im kinda throwing around are the FNP-45 (I have an FNP-9 and I like it alot) I do like the USP 45 but im yet to shoot one or find somewhere i can test one. And last but not least the 1911. (I have shot a Colt Government 1911) I liked the slim size of the 1911's but they seem to be kinda hard to find around here. (I dont have the biggest hands unfortunately and a grip too much bigger then the FNP9 im screwed) I really dont want a compact either. I considered a glock 21 but Ive shot alot of glocks and I dont like the feel of them at all!

What do you think?

A 1911 is the obvious choice. But a M&P45 would be nice too.

Colt-45
09-18-2011, 12:42 PM
My recommendations are a 1911 or a Glock 21

luckygunner
09-18-2011, 4:02 PM
It shouldn't be hard to find a 1911. It seems like every manufacturer makes one now. If you can't find one locally you can always order one online.

I have a FNP45 and it's really nice but there is just something about the 1911. I do like to tinker and the 1911 platform is a perfect work piece.

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Rekrab
09-18-2011, 9:11 PM
Ouch, sorry to hear : /

I have a long list of rifle wants right now, but no job to support it, so I feel your pain!

Oh, did I mention I still don't have a job? >.>

Anyone need a writer? Anyone? <.<

zfields
09-18-2011, 10:16 PM
Oh, did I mention I still don't have a job? >.>

Anyone need a writer? Anyone? <.<

I just had someone back out of a website I made after I did basically all the design and online store set up. Really pissed me off. Just stopped picking up his phone/answering email. Its crappy considering hes a know AK part builder.

Tinfoil_Hat
09-18-2011, 10:49 PM
soot the M&P... with the correct back-strap (to fit your grip), I'd be shocked if you don't fall in love with it!

BTW, you mentioned hand size being an issue - I'd nix the USP (great pistol, but in .45 it's not going to give a small hand the warm & fuzzies)...

+1 on the M&P .45. Love it.