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Top Ten .45 Pistols to Own

Updated on January 29, 2017

Whether you are a recreational gun owner, one who uses a gun for home defense, or a first-time buyer of a gun, you will highly appreciate this article, an in-depth discussion and review the top ten .45 pistols available based on performance, features, and pricing. Each weapon mentioned here has been tested and reviewed carefully to provide you with the most accurate information possible, and to aid you in finding the right weapon for you.

  • First, I'll list the top 10 .45s to own, detailing special features and MSRP value for each.
  • You'll find a section of things to do and know before you buy a gun, including whether or not a gun safe is necessary.
  • Finally, you'll find a section discussing gun laws. Please read and add your opinion to the ongoing (and fairly heated) debate at the end of this article.

Note: While I do include MSRP values for each pistol, you should remember that prices change and that you may find a weapon that is more or less expensive when you make your purchase.

HK45
HK45

Top Ten .45 Caliber Pistols to Own

Manufacturer
Top Feature
Suggested Retail Price
1. Heckler & Koch HK45
Integral MIL STD 1913 Rail
$1,147
2. Beretta 4x4 Storm
Accessory Rail
$650
3. Taurus 24/7 .45 ACP OSS
The Novak Night Sight
$686
4. Glock 21
Octagonal Polygonal Rifling
$598
5. Springfield XD(M) 45
Minimal Reset Trigger
$685
6. FNP-45 Tactical Handgun
Threaded Barrel
$1,000
7. SIG Sauer P220 Match Elite
Short Reset Trigger
$1,100
8. Smith & Wesson M&P .45
Ambidextrous Design
$790
9. Kimber SIS Custom .45
Beavertail Grip Safety
$1,316
10. Dan Wesson Valor 1911
Hand Fit Match Grade
$1,577

1. Heckler & Koch HK45

The HK45 was developed as an improvement to the highly-regarded USP45. The Caliber .45 ACP HK45 includes several user-inspired enhancements, including changeable grip panels (backstraps), a Picatinny MIL-STD-1913 accessory rail, better ergonomics, and more ambidextrous controls.

The HK45 was designed as a possible candidate for the Combat Pistol and Joint Combat Pistol program replacement for the widely utilized M9 by the U.S. military. It uses an HK proprietary O-ring barrel for precise barrel-to-slide lockup and optimal accuracy. HK45 barrels are made using the famous HK cold-hammer forging process for superior performance and increased life-span of the firearm.

Suggested Retail Price: $1,147

Top Features:

1. Integral MIL STD 1913 Rail molded into the polymer frame dust cover for mounting lights, laser targeting, and other accessories.

2. Ergonomic Grip with replaceable grip panels to adjust the feel and grip circumference of the weapon and suit it to its owner's hand size.

3. Ambidextrous Controls allow for ease of use with the left or right hand, with dual slide releases and enlarged magazine release.

4. O-Ring Barrel allows for precise barrel-to-slide lockup.

5. Polygonal Rifling allows for longer barrel life and better accuracy.

Beretta Px4 Storm
Beretta Px4 Storm

2. Beretta Px4 Storm

The Beretta Px4 Storm pistol, being as handsome as it is effective, was built with the concept that a pistol can be adapted to different needs and modes of operations without compromising on ergonomics and the renowned Beretta reliability and performance. The Px4 Storm emphasizes power, ease of handling, performance, and reliability. Manufactured in three calibers, the Px4 Storm uses an exclusive Beretta-designed innovative locked breech with a rotating barrel system.

The Px4 Storm is available in three calibers: 9mm, .40, and .45. The Px4 Storm uses a proprietary Beretta design with an innovative locked breech with a rotating barrel system—the strongest action to date. This design is supposed to minimize recoil from each firing, thus increasing the shooter's overall accuracy and producing more accurate shooting during rapid-fire situations. However, while the Px4 Storm was designed for combat, it also makes an excellent home defense weapon and addition to your collection.

Suggested Retail Price: $650.00

Top Features:

1. Accessory Rail. The Px4 Storm frame has an integral Picatinny MILSTD-1913 rail for rapid attachment of tactical lights and laser-aiming devices.

2. Visible Automatic Firing Pin Block that prevents any forward movement until the trigger is pulled completely back. The block is located rearward, far away from the fouling and debris of the breech face, and is visible so that the user can ascertain its proper operation. Even if the pistol falls on a hard surface, the firing pin will not strike the primer.

3. Ambidextrous Safety Lever, easily accessible by the thumb for a right or left-handed shooter, which is spring-loaded so it's either positively "on" or "off." The safety lever also functions as the pistol's decocking lever. When the safety lever is pushed down, the rear part of the firing pin is rotated out of alignment with the front part of the firing pin. An additional hammer drop catch prevents striking of the firing pin unit in case of an unintentional hammer drop.

4. Individual Size Grips in small, medium, or large backstraps to individually fit the hand of each shooter. The backstraps are checkered to ensure a firm grip in both wet or dry shooting conditions. Three backstraps are included with every pistol.

5. Reversible Magazine Release. Multiple-sized and reversible magazine release buttons allow for customization to the individual's hand size. Small size comes standard on the gun, while medium and large buttons are available as accessories and easy replacement. Each size may be positioned for right-handed or left-handed use.

6. Simple Field Stripping which is extremely quick and simple. Dis-assembly latch does not remove from the gun, preventing accidental dropping and loss. Reassembly is easy and any accidental incorrect assembly of parts is prevented by the distinctive design.

7. Light Techno-Polymer Frame, which is light and durable, employs modern thermoplastic technology through the use of corrosion-resistant fiberglass reinforced polymer.

8. Rotating Barrel. The Px4's unique rotating barrel and locking system dissipates recoil energy radially, reducing felt recoil and muzzle rise. This is the strongest Beretta pistol action. Chrome-lined barrels provide extreme corrosion resistance, as well as ease of cleaning. Barrels also feature a deeply recessed combat muzzle crown to protect the rifling. (NOTE: Sub-Compact models feature tilt-barrel locking system and stainless steel construction.)

Taurus 24/7 45 ACP OSS
Taurus 24/7 45 ACP OSS

3. Taurus 24/7 .45 ACP OSS

The Taurus 24/7 .45 ACP OSS was developed through direct feedback from Special Forces teams stationed around the world. It is one of the most advanced firearms in the history of pistols. Built to meet and/or exceed all requirements laid down by USSOCOM (United States Special Operations Command) for its new sidearm, this extreme duty pistol offers unprecedented reliability, durability, accuracy, and ergonomic functionality.

The 24/7 .45 ACP OSS is capable of firing thousands of failure-free rounds in virtually any environment, whether it be jungle humidity and mud, desert heat and sand, or arctic cold and ice. Its versatility is definitely undeniable. It is packed with features that real-world professionals were asking for and is available in three calibers, .45 ACP, .40 cal., and 9mm.

Suggested Retail Price: $686.00

Top Features:

1. The Novak Night Sight is a self-luminous sight. This feature is proven to give shooters five times greater night fire accuracy, with the same speed as instinctive shooting.

2. The Taurus Security System operates with a key and is hardly noticeable. It is accessed by a very small round screwhead above the thumb safety on the right-hand side of the slide, and can be rapidly activated and de-activated. In the locked position, the firearm will not release the safety.

3. Ambidextrous Thumb Safety. Even after the 24/7 is striker fires, it can be carried cocked and locked by moving the thumb safety up from firing to safety position. If the thumb safety is pushed all the way up, it is de-cocked. When the safety is in the cocked-and-locked mode and pushed to the firing position, the trigger pull is approximately 6 1/2 pounds; if the pistol has been de-cocked, it can still be fired by moving the lever to the firing position, however it then requires considerably more than 6 1/2 pounds to fire. If for some reason it fails to fire, the pistol is now in the de-cocked mode and the trigger can be pulled again for another chance at a recalcitrant cartridge.

4. Checkered Polymer Grip allows an aggressive, glue-like purchase on the gun, even with sweaty or bloody hands.

5. SA/DA Trigger System. Taurus' revolutionary Single Action/Double Action trigger system fires normally from a smooth single action mode, but if a primer fails to ignite, it provides a life-saving second try at firing, a feature offered by no other pistol on the market.

Glock 21
Glock 21

4. Glock 21

The "big bore" .45 caliber belongs to the United States like stars and stripes. Americans have always had a very special relationship with this timeless caliber. The Glock 21 gives you everything you would expect from a .45 pistol. Countless law enforcement units swear by this superior pistol for more than just its above-average magazine capacity of 13 rounds.

Suggested Retail Price: $598.00

Top Features:

1. Octagonal Polygonal Rifling provides a better gas seal in relatively large diameter rifled bores, since an octagon resembles a circle closer than a hexagon.

2. Internal Locking System (ILS) is a manually-activated lock located in the back of the pistol's grip. It is cylindrical in design and each key is unique. When activated, the lock causes a tab to protrude from the rear of the grip, giving both a visual and tactile indication as to whether or not the lock is engaged, and rendering the Glock un-fireable and impossible to disassemble.

3. Loaded Chamber Indicator. When a cartridge is present in the chamber, a tactile metal edge protrudes slightly just behind the ejection port on the right side of the slide.

4. Lightweight & Superior Durability. The Glock's frame, magazine body, and several other components are made from a high-strength nylon-based polymer called Polymer 2, invented by Gaston Glock. This plastic was specially formulated to provide increased durability and is more resilient than carbon steel and most steel alloys. Polymer 2 is resistant to shock, caustic liquids, and temperature extremes where traditional steel/alloy frames would warp and become brittle.

Springfield XDM 45
Springfield XDM 45

5. Springfield XD(M) 45

Moving beyond comfort and fit, Springfield Armory explored new ground in tactile response. With the introduction of the M-Factor, Springfield's reputation in ergonomics, intuitive operation, and handling is taken to an all new level. Also, with the XD(M), you get more custom choices for a personalized fit right out of the box.

Suggested Retail Price: $685.00

Top Features:

1. Minimal Reset Trigger has shorter travel than any currently available polymer pistol, along with similarly short reset which keeps you on target with greater ease for faster, more accurate follow-up shots.

2. Match Grade Barrel takes precision manufacturing to a whole new level, and allows for +P, +P+, and BMT APLP round firing.

3. Melonite. Traditional black oxide finishes are a few millionths of an inch thick and offer no corrosion resistance, but the Melonite finish on the XD(M) is a salt bath nitriding process that leaves a thick, corrosion-resistant, hard surface.

4. Minimal Error Disassembly. By removing the need to pull the trigger during dis-assembly, the process is now easier and faster.

5. Multi-Adjust Rail System: A triple-position Picatinny rail readily accepts lights, lasers, or other accessories. More importantly, it allows them to be adjusted to the shooter's hand position.

6. Mould-Tru Backstraps are interchangeable and add to the comfort and customized fit of the XD(M). Choose one of three backstraps for personalized fit.

7. USA Trigger System guards against accidental discharge from dropping or bumping by locking the gun's trigger in place until direct, rearward pressure is applied.

8. Loaded Chamber Indicator allows the shooter to verify visually, or by touch, to ascertain if there is a round in the chamber.

FNP-45 Tactical Handgun
FNP-45 Tactical Handgun

6. FNP-45 Tactical Handgun

Developed for the U.S. Joint Combat Pistol Program (JCP), this pistol offers .45 ACP performance and a host of unique features that no other handgun can match. The checkered polymer frame is offered in Flat Dark Earth and has a low bore axis for reduced recoil and enhanced operator control. Two interchangeable backstraps to quickly customize the grip feel come standard. All operating controls are fully ambidextrous for ease of use. The 5.3" stainless steel barrel has a threaded muzzle to accept sound suppressors, compensators, and other accessories. The FDE stainless steel slide has high-profile combat sights and includes two mounting bases to accept multiple styles of optional red-dot electronic sights.

Suggested Retail Price: $1000.00

Top Features:

1. Threaded Barrel. The 5.3" threaded barrel allows for attachment of compensators or suppressors onto the weapon.

2. Mounting Rail. The weapon has a MIL-STD 1913 accessory mounting rail, allowing for flashlight, laser, or any other desired attachment.

3. Fully Ambidextrous Design for de-cocking/safety levers, slide stop levers, and magazine release button.

4. SA/DA Trigger System. Double-action/single-action (DA/SA) operation with decocking/manual safety levers (MS).

SIG Sauer P220 Match Elite
SIG Sauer P220 Match Elite

7. SIG Sauer P220 Match Elite

The SIG Sauer P220® is defined by its accuracy and reliability in a .45 ACP. But many SIG shooters have asked for a P220 with a longer slide, one that would compete head-to-head with other five-inch-barreled 45s. The result? The first P220 Match prototype went to our testing range, where it shot an eight-round group measuring 0.64" at 20 yards. After extensive review, our engineers concluded that this was a good starting point.

The P220 Match Elite adds the most sought-after features to the P220 Match: Beaver-tail stainless frame, front strap checkering, adjustable target sights, SIG's innovative Short Reset Trigger (a DA/SA trigger system with a 60% reduction in trigger reset), and black anodized aluminum grips.

Suggested Retail Price: $1,100.00

Top Features:

1. Short Reset Trigger is a newer feature, with a 60% reduction in trigger reset, keeping you on-target with greater ease for faster and more accurate follow-up shots.

2. Beaver-Tail Stainless Frame. This feature was in high demand from 1911 owners wanting the same classical feel in a modern weapon with advanced features.

3. MIL-STD 1913 Accessory Mounting Rail, allowing for flashlight, laser, or any other desired attachment.

Smith & Wesson M&P .45
Smith & Wesson M&P .45

8. Smith & Wesson M&P .45

Meet the M&P from Smith & Wesson which is CA Compliant, comes with three interchangeable Palmswell grip sizes, and has a reinforced polymer chassis, superior ergonomics, ambidextrous controls, and proven safety features. This is the new standard in reliability when your job is to serve and protect and your life is on the line, as well as for home defense.

In the design of the M&P, they considered the needs of military and law enforcement from every conceivable angle. No other polymer pistol offers this combination of versatility, durability, and safety. Plus, the weapon is backed by the Smith & Wesson Lifetime Service policy.

Suggested Retail Price: $790.00

Top Features:

1. Ambidextrous Design for decocking/safety levers, slide stop levers, and magazine release button.

2. MIL-STD 1913 Accessory Mounting Rail allowing for flashlight, laser, or any other desired attachment.

3. Interchangeable Backstraps add to the comfort and customized fit of the weapon. Choose one of three backstraps for personalized fit.

4. Lifetime Service: Smith & Wesson has a lifetime service policy that ensures they will repair any defect in material or workmanship without charge for as long as the original purchaser owns the handgun.

Kimber SIS Custom
Kimber SIS Custom

9. Kimber SIS Custom .45

Meeting excessive expectations: In 2002, LAPD's SWAT selected a Kimber 1911 .45 ACP as their duty pistol. In 2005, SWAT Team members put Special Investigation Section (SIS) detectives in contact with Kimber, and the detectives requested that Kimber create a duty pistol that met their high standards. They got what they were hoping for.

These pistols have specialized features including slide serrations and lightweight SIS Hammer™ SIS Night Sights™ have a cocking shoulder that allows the slide to be cocked or released with one hand if necessary. All SIS pistols have flat top slides, along with a premium gray KimPro II finish that is self-lubricating and extremely resistant to the elements, salt, and moisture. Models with five inch barrels have short or military-length guide rods. A beavertail grip safety with pronounced bump and memory groves, serrated mainspring housing, ambidextrous thumb safety, and special partially-stippled Kimber logo grips are standard. A solid match grade trigger is tuned to break between 4 and 5 pounds.

Suggested Retail Price: $1,316.00

Top Features:

1. Beavertail Grip Safety was one of the top safety features for 1911 pistols, and it is no different here.

2. Match Grade Trigger with a 4-5 pound break.

3. KimPro II Finish is self-lubricating and extremely resistant to the elements, salt, and moisture.

4. MIL-STD 1913 Accessory Mounting Rail, allowing for flashlight, strobe, laser, or any other desired attachment.

5. Cocking Shoulder allows the slide to be cocked or released with one hand.

Dan Wesson Valor 1911
Dan Wesson Valor 1911

10. Dan Wesson Valor 1911

CZ-USA has been listening to customer demands again and this gun is the realization of all of their desires in a full-sized, defensive style 1911. This gun has everything you need and nothing you don't. The Valor has a stainless steel base with their new "duty" matte black ceramic coating that has set the standard for all coating tests.

Other features include forged frame with 25 LPI checkering and undercut trigger guard, adjustable defensive night sites, and Slim line VZ grips, as well as all the other premium small parts you have come to expect from Dan Wesson.

Suggested Retail Price: $1,577.00

Top Features:

1. Hand Fit Match Grade with hand fit match grade components throughout.

2. Ceramic Based Coating provides excellent corrosion protection, outstanding abrasion resistance, extreme hardness, and unmatched durability.

3. Adjustable Night Sight is a self-luminous component. (Night sights are proven to give shooters five times greater night fire accuracy with the same speed as instinctive shooting.)

Test Before You Buy

These are the top ten pistols, according to my research. However, each and everyone has their own experience with every gun model, so I highly recommend that you test shoot any weapon before buying.

Since I learned to shoot with a .45, I find firing it to be easy and comforting. However, someone who learned with a 9mm may find it to be a little too powerful for their liking. I highly recommend that you find a local gun range that will rent you these models and test each of them for yourself before buying.

Do I Really Need a Gun Safe?

Gun safes are a necessity! The safety of your children is paramount. Having a safe should be synonymous with having a gun. Yes, guns have come a long way in regards to safety and often include a lock that will lock the safety of a gun in place. However, children are just as intelligent and industrious as we were at their age. If they can get their hands on the gun and the key, they will.

There are some gun safes available that will allow you quick access to your weapon(s), as well as keep them safe from your children. Keep your family safe, buy a safe, and pay heed to the following:

1) For combination safes, use a combination that your children cannot figure out. (No familiar numbers or dates!)

2) Never open your safe when your children are present, unless it is an actual home invasion emergency.

3) While the safe needs to be accessible to you, ensure that it cannot be removed and carried away from its location. This will help to minimize gun thefts, keeping your guns out of criminal hands.

4) Educate your children in gun safety and apply strict punishment if you find them trying to gain access to your firearm(s).

Note: I also highly recommend that you practice getting your weapon(s) out of your safe from time to time to ensure that you can do so in a timely manner should you wake up to a home invasion.

The Law

  • Remember, when purchasing or owning a weapon, you must abide by gun laws within your state as well as those at the federal level. Be sure to educate yourself.
  • Keep your ownership paperwork and identification in order and up-to-date.
  • Immediately report any lost or stolen weapons to the police.
  • Practice proper gun safety whenever carrying, cleaning, or firing your weapon at the range. Most accidental shootings are self-inflicted and due to the fact that the owner assumed that the chamber was empty, then mishandled the weapon by not engaging the safety and keeping the weapon pointing away from them or down-range.

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      Ms Elm 3 weeks ago

      You guys see to have solid facts on weapons. What would you suggest as the top five for a woman to consider purchasing?

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      bob 3 weeks ago

      well I wouldn't judge the need to have a gun at home, but simply, i'm asking would every body be able to actually use it when the time comes? cause as I have seen from most people, in such a high stress in a situation that you really decide to pull your gun and harm or injure someone, lets say a criminal, your adrenaline will make your heart beat so hard and your hand shake so well, the last thing that you might be able to do would be the correct analyzing of the situation and the right use of the gun in your hand. so having a gun for ordinary people with no background of real military training, will just maximize the dangers from the criminal in front of you.

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      james miller 6 weeks ago

      The Glock 21 has caught my eye,and in 6 months I should have saved enough money to buy one.Extra clip,back strap,and holster will be needed.

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      paul harrison 2 months ago

      you have dropped the ball with this list of 45 cal. pistols, you forgot the Walther PPQ 45. this pistol is surperior to some of the listed 45's. this pistol has great tactical design and the best trigger of all the listed pistols. Get on the ball . anyone that has shot a PPQ will agree with my accessment, and you wont have to sell your house to own this gun, where as the H&K USP is about $ 1147.00.

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      Robert white 6 months ago

      We should have the right to own guns last year someone broke into my house I was and hour away my wife was pulling up had to sit in the driveway

      I got there before the police the problem is the police are called for the most part after a crime even if they are 2 block it takes them 5 minute to get there do you realize what can happen in 5 minute I've never seem a gun harm anyone they don't shoot them selfs the police can't protect us until after the crime if 1000 people commit a crime at once in a city we need to be able to protect our selfs I am one man I can't fight 1 and protect my family if there are 2 others a weapon gives me a better chance think mass murders happen when the murderer is the only one with a gun

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      zgr024 10 months ago

      If you make it illegal to own a firearm then by definition if you own a gun you're a criminal. Therefore only criminals will own guns. I don't know about you but I'm not ok with that. And if you really think that a person willing to commit murder won't find another method of taking your life and the lives of your loved ones, then you my friend are a naive moron.

      I personally believe that the need for a fully automatic assault rifle should remain with the military (not the police) but honestly, anyone with any knowledge of firearms should agree with me when i say... "You can do just as much damage, if not more (accuracy matters) with a semi auto 10" AR15 as you can with a fully auto M16. In fact, with a enough clips, you can do more with a handgun than any rifle due to the ability to conceal it.

      Besides, this argument is pointless and i just wasted 5 minutes of my life typing this post.

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      Joseph 19 months ago

      If u dont like guns why not move somewhere safe like chicago where they are outlawed leave the ones who want to own guns alone its that simple if i didnt like the subdivisions home owners association i lived in i would move to a different one simple

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      bob 2 years ago

      Most 45 are good to have as toys and home protection

      all depend the style and the hand of the person going to

      use them.

      just don't buy because cheap

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      Jason McNutt 2 years ago from Box Elder, South Dakota

      I will have to refer back to this article before my next purchase.

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      phantom455 3 years ago

      To all you 'nay'-sayers-- ever hear this: "When guns are outlawed, only outlaws will have guns." ?

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      10101775 3 years ago

      Reading about the UK Sir Dude, I guess we should all carry Meat Clevers to protect ourselves and issue them to your Soldiers as will, your a BLOODY idiot, We beat you and your still upset about it. Oh an when you had to turn in your "Guns" your crime rate went thru the roof as did Australias...Duh!!

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      chadadachan 3 years ago

      @Throwthembows: i haven't heard good things about taurus ever. I'm surpised it's on this list

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      edhead 3 years ago

      OMG are there a lot of freeking idiots in this world. A pandemic is way over due... Get it straight world- we are a free country and guns are our god giver right.

      Molon Labe!

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      mark-lyon-927 3 years ago

      @Sir Daniel UK: Daniel, the reason why our right to bear arms is in the constitution is to keep the government honest..not necessarily to protect ourself from other citizens.

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      que-ball 3 years ago

      Are you serious, the top 10 and you fail to list the Nightforce, Ed Brown, Colt, Springfield RO and the very best in the world, the Wilson Combat. Come on man.

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      EWillMoore 3 years ago

      If people pay attention to the words used in the second amendment and have read the federalist papers they would know that the militia being spoke of is the citizens as a whole. The words well regulated at the time in the English language ment well trained, not governed by regulations. No branch of government, state or federal, was given authority to write any firearm related laws. Our rights to protect ourselves are not given by man. The founding fathers simple wanted to help insure that the right was not to be infringed upon. I am a veteran and was taught proper firearm safety from the time I was six years old. The problem we have in this nation is the values being taught our children by society and the lack of respect for human life in this nation. Evil people will always find a way to do evil things. For those who believe that the U.S. Has more violent crime than the nations who have banned crime, look at the statistics based on per capita and you will see we have far less. An armed society is a polite society. Look at places like Kenesaw, GA for an example of it.

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      Hawkmando 3 years ago

      The US states and municipalities that do not allow gun ownership have the highest rate of gun violence in the nation. Criminals will always have guns here because they are so numerous now. An armed society is a polite society, do some research and do not blurb out any unsubstantiated opinions as holier than thou proverb.

      The Jews were not allowed guns, yes an apache helicopter or military platoon will definitely overcome a goofy malichia, but I doubt these soldiers would round up its own countrymen so NATO forces would come in. Factoids are fun and education is fundamental. Would you live by the Mexican border unarmed? History is your friend.

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      james-latimer-731 3 years ago

      @Wroenyn: Wroenyn, thanks for your well-written response to our UK brethren whose perspective on individual firearm ownership seems to be borne of envy yet expressed in cynicism. Kudos to you!

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      jim-smith3 3 years ago

      @Sir Daniel UK: The reason for right to hold and bare arms is to have a well armed militia. "same militia that woopd some brits ass few hundered years ago" like i tell my neighbor. "if you don't like guns fine, don't ask me to use mine when you're in trouble."

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      Throwthembows 3 years ago

      I have a Taurus 9mm that jammed 3 time within the first 150 rounds. I know this is a different and cheaper gun than this 45 but I will never buy a Taurus again.

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      art-axelson 3 years ago

      @Sir Daniel UK: I'm glad you guys across the pond are fine with being victims. But, over here, I'd rather guarantee my safety and the safety of my family by all means necessary. And don't discuss my constitutuion. It was written after you guys tried (and failed) to control free people. The cities with the toughest gun control laws are by far the meanest streets in America. In cities where I can carry, there is a level of politeness and mutual respect that goes along with having a safe place to live. You can call yourself sir all you want, but you'll bow like a peasant when confronted, and you'll hope and pray that someone with the means to defend you arrives in time.

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      Wroenyn 3 years ago

      @Sir Daniel UK: I just don't get it with you Brits trying to lecture us Americans about guns, really I don't.

      A gun exists for one purpose only... to put bullets down range. There are literally millions of bullets fired in the US each year, only a small percentage end up in living things, and only a tiny fraction of those are humans.

      Fine law abiding Squidooers find these guns attractive and desirable, they then pass them along to their teenagers along with the proper training. The gangsters typically grab the cheapest, most disposable weapons they can find, they arent too interested in fine pieces like these.

      The "for self defence" (sp) argument is a fantastic argument. UK homes get broken into all the time, UK citizens get attacked and mugged all the time, despite the fact that they are so proud to "defend ourselves by other means." In the US the cities and towns with the highest per capita rates of gun ownership also have the lowest crime rates.

      The "it's in our constitution" argument is the only argument that matters. The Second Amendment is so ingrained in American culture that it would be impossible to remove. It would be like telling the UK to stop having a Royal Family.

      It is fascinating though, to see how people from other countries try to judge American culture without the slightest understanding of it. The fact that they can't possibly conceive of a culture that is in any way different from theirs is part of the human condition. However it is only the smallest and most insecure who look on those who are different with contempt rather than the curiosity that comes before comprehension.

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      Jim Houston 3 years ago from Wilmer, Alabama

      Great lens.

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      timmeh1 3 years ago

      @Sir Daniel UK: first of all its in our constitution to have guns so your right it's a non argument we can have guns. second your argument for self defense is piss poor, you your self admitted you get robbed and mugged in your own homes all the time. that's because your robbers have no deterrent against doing so. we don't have as many breakins as you do. check that out that's a fact!!! third anyone can defend themselves in there homes because of guns, we don't have to hope were quick enough with a bat, or skilled enough with a knife. we rest assured that the threat can be stopped. fourth the verdict is already out, areas with more guns are safer than areas without guns. Switzerland, israel, and the south here in the US are just a few of the examples of safer with more guns. mexico, Chicago, Germany under hitler and your worthless own country are perfect examples of less safer because of less guns. maybe one day you'll wake up realizing how deceived you are by your liberal government. look up the facts I just stated, they are true!

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      Danny Gibson 3 years ago from Northampton

      I just don't get it with you Americans and guns, really I don't.

      A gun exists for one purpose only... to put bullets into living things, usually people.

      If you fine Squidooers find these guns attractive and desirable, then so do your teenagers, your impoverished and your gangsters!

      The "for self defence" argument is a non argument. Our homes get broken into all the time over here (UK). We get attacked and mugged all the time, but the perpetrators of these crimes don't have guns, so we defend ourselves by other means.

      The "it's in our constitution" argument is a non argument. Remove it from your constitution!

      Fascinating lens, though.

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      Stewie4pres 3 years ago

      Very nice list.

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      joshua-meyer-357 3 years ago

      I've shot several of these and the Sig P220 was my favorite, wish I had that H&K though.

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      rpj1956 3 years ago

      As a former member of the U.S. military I had to re-qual. the .45 pistol, M-14, and tactical shotgun every 24 months. As a member of the U.S. Navy Nuclear Weapons Submarine Force, I had at least one random pee test every thirty freaking days, NO questions. I was "well regulated" [see~2nd Amendment: U.S. Constitution] as a member of the armed forces and as a U.S. citizen serving his country.

      So on the one year anniversary of the Sandy Hook school house massacre AND one day after ANOTHER high school shooting in Colorado, and just a few months after the Navy Yard shooting here in Washington D.C., I have to still read the NRA/paranoid self-centered nonsense of some "me, myself & I" whiner, whimper about the Second Amendment and their right to bear arms! FINE I own guns too, as did my father, but I do so RESPONSIBLY. My son knows I own guns but he hasn't a clue where they're locked up in my home. My guns ARE registered and no fictitious "Socialist Muslim Obama brainwashed Brown Shirts" have come knocking on my door demanding that I give them up! So if I can exercise my right, RESPONSIBLY, so can the rest of the irresponsible, drunk driving yahoos out there!

      IT AIN'T JUST ABOUT YOU SPARKY!!

      All of these anti-govenment freaks want to live out in the hills and eat possum until they need the U.S. Forest Service to risk their lives rescuing them while putting out the 40,000 acre forest fire their irresponsible behavior caused. Or they want to call the U.S. Coast Guard to drag their dumb asses back to shore after too many beers, or some other stupid action or another has set them a drift in the Gulf Stream. Maybe FEMA should just leave you, your wife, and kids to the ravages of the next mile wide tornado or 250 mph hurricane. The U.S. Agricultural Dept. should cease and desist your corn, milk, & wheat subsides so as not to be a "Socialist Welfare State".

      IT AIN'T JUST ABOUT YOU!

      It's about U.S.

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      mastemga 3 years ago

      @anonymous: Low discernment made me lol.

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      kswat07 3 years ago

      @anonymous: I own a hi point 9mm. The quality for the price isn't too bad, but in my opinion hi point firearms are in now way the finest on the market.

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      anonymous 3 years ago

      @anonymous: This is the funniest thing I have ever read

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      anonymous 3 years ago

      Hi-Point makes the finest 45cal on the market. This is by far the best pistol for critical duty and home defense. For match shooting, range plinking or when an attacker needs to be dealt with this is the "go-to" weapon every person of low discernment chooses!

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      BlueSheepdog 3 years ago

      The M&P 45 and the XDM 45 are the clear winners. IF you need compact, the Springfield Armory XDS 45 is a great choice.

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      anonymous 3 years ago

      There is no right or wrong .45. Buying and owning a .45 is as personal as buying anything else - I tried 5 or 6 different weapons before I chose a Remington R1. I chose it because it was comfortable in my hand and it reminded me of the M1911A1 I carried for the 5 years I was in the Army.

      Go to a range and try as many .45s in your price range as you can and make your decision from there.

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      janjon-munkler 3 years ago

      I own A M&P ,45 acp by Smith & Wesson.I took it to Front Sight brand new and fired oner 600 rounds over 4 days in a defensive handgun course.The M&P did awesome it fired to point of aim if I did my job and its an excellent firearm.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      The Magnum Research Desert Eagle 1911 C or G built by BUL in Israel for less than $700 is the best for the money. They actually built the original Kimbers. Better than a Kimber. Best 1911 45 I have ever owned.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      what about the CZ 97b maybe the best production 45 on the market

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      Maribel Forayo 4 years ago from Philippines

      I own a Taurus.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Google ( arsenal 2011 pistol). And you will find the desire in a 45!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Real!!!! This list is bias is!!!! Everyone! Please google ( arsenal 2011 pistol). And you will only want to own this new!!! 45!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      The Desert Eagle 1911 45acp dollar for dollar should be considered. Best kept secret in the gun world. They use to make the Kimbers. Best 45 I have ever own, but that Dan Wesson, is it worth that money?

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: I have been a shooter for over 45 years and have owned several nice weapons every thing from browning to walther. As for the hi point i must say that for the money,I havenet a better out of the box gun that would shoot as well. Its not pretty but after well over 1000 rounds,the darn thing works and have not had any issues at all. Its just a good gun nuff said.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: The hi point is a gun .the way I rank a gun is does any military or police force use the firearm also what is your life worth to you

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Because it's a pile of crap - that's why. Total crap

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: They're not Crap per se. Yes they're no the best .45ACP out there by far. But when you add in all the aspects of a Pistol, especially cost. The Hi-Point .45ACP has to rank up there. I mean the 10 pistols named here average almost $1000 whereas the Hi-Point MSRP is only $199. So that has to be factored in. Not to mention the Hi-Point .45 might not be pretty, but the thing fires, and fires, and fires pretty much no matter what you do to it. Therefore IMO it has to be at least in the 10 spot if you're looking at all those attributes combined, not just great .45ACP's price is not an option.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Kimber SIS link is incorrect. 404 Page not found.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: You can't be serious? I would list that in the top ten (throw down guns) There's no way you can you can compare that junk to any of these weapons, unless your trying to make yourself feel better about not being able to afford any of them.

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      sapientzeal lm 4 years ago

      Nice lens! Check out mine!

      -SZ

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Because they're crap! That's why!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Why do you ignore the Hi Point 45? It is VERY reliable, has great accuracy and little recoil. A bit on the heavy side but it is a great handgun and can match any of these on your list.

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      DavidMichaelRay 4 years ago

      Great lens! Always nice to see the .45 getting press. It's the bread and butter firearm.

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      levelsights 4 years ago

      Nice Lens! Glad to see that some of my top picks made the list. I've been eyeing the HK but just can't muster the $$.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I have owned the Kimber and the Smith and Wesson - both are very good firearms,.

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      GatorD 4 years ago

      Nice lens, good reviews, I personally use the Beretta FS92 9mm but have used many of your top choices with good results. Thank you for sharing!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      All I have to say is Para Black OPS...

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Need a review of the Springfield XD-S

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Back up your smack talking with facts. I'm in the market for a 45 and looking for information based on intelengence, not smack.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: My SR45 has been wonderful ... 10rds, virtually no recoil, full grip, not heavy, nice balance, easy to field-strip, and an easy carry for most occasions.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: ever shoot one?

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Where's the desert eagle 1911???

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Para Warthog..3" barrel 10th mag beat that!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Purchased an HK .45 today. Then found this article. Pretty happy about my purchase!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: This is top 10 to own, not avoid

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      No USP Match .45? Of all the .45's I've taken to the range the USP Match is by far the most accurate and reliable. Maybe it didn't make the list because it's expensive/rare or too heavy. A buddy of mine owns one and described it as the type of pistol that a true firearm lover wouldn't part with until they sell the farm. No matter how much I beg or how much I offer he refuses to sell it. I can't blame him. If I ever got my hands on one I'd never let it out of my sight. If I ever get the chance and have a spare 2 grand to blow I'm jumping on it.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Pretty fond of my Springfield Armory XD-45 5" Tactical.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Recently fired the Sig, and found it to be the most comfortable 45 I've ever fired. It's also quite accurate.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Sorry but you forgot about the ruger SR45. I belongs near the top of this list

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      sportsbettinggl 4 years ago

      The Springfield and the Glock are both nice, but I like Para-Ordnance, too. Seems the Springfield XD and Glock are some of the more popular ones around here.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      FNP tactical is the best. 15+1, threaded barrel, and set up for red dot sight. getting 5" groups at 50 yards. eats all ammo i feed it. but i do have two colts, two kimbers and a sig p220.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      use colt

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      racingdatabase 4 years ago

      This is a great lens you've created and the poll is an excellent addition for getting people talking about it!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Considering a Taurus 24/7. I already own a Colt National Match for Range Shooting. Great to continue to read good things about the Taurus.

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      cargoliftken 4 years ago

      Great lens! Very nice review. Thanks for this!

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      uneasywriter lm 4 years ago

      I love my Glock 21! The best pistol in my arsenal.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @CampingmanNW: What if there is more than one perp? I do understand the "one shot-one kill" thought. However, to say that I have to to many rounds in my 45 pistol is like saying I have to much money in my bank account. There is NEVER such a thing. More is always better. Period.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I'd love to have the FNP-45 Tactical Handgun.

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      stevehaugse 4 years ago

      Have a sig p226. its a work of art!

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      bill-newcomb-14 4 years ago

      Hi all - I'm in the market for a .45 and it does not have to be 1911. I have SIG 1911/45 in a word outstanding. It US Military style. Looking for something not standard. Anyone have any back ground with H&K45 or FNP45.

      ~THANKS~

      BILL--------------------------------->

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @PrometheusIV: Amen.....

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Very insightful.....thanks

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      Bob 4 years ago from Kansas City

      Great article... enjoyed this a lot!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      A well "regulated militia" is old English for "well equipped" so much for those with a 3rd grade education

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      CampingmanNW 4 years ago

      I'll take a Springfield 1911 any day. I've learned that if I need more than 7 rounds to put a perp down? I shouldn't be in the fight. Great lens, very informative.

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      CornellMarCom LM 4 years ago

      FANTASTIC! Great lens.

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      danparker lm 4 years ago

      Wow, you are brave to ask about US gun laws. Both sides have very strong views and I don't think they will ever agree! Personally I love a .45 - it is a bit bulky but you know you are going to stop whatever you are aiming at.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      All great choices, there just something about the stopping power of a .45.

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      PrometheusIV 4 years ago

      @mebo2012: I was a Cub Scout, a Weblos, a Boy Scout, a Civil Air Patrol member, and later a sailor in the United States Navy. What I learned from all of that experience, and with me having an amazing family that I need to be able to protect in any situation, is that it is better to be prepared than be be unprepared. The gun is one of the tools that I plan on eventually needing, but hope to never use, for self-defense. To be in a situation where one is needed and to not have it, is to put at risk everything that you have in this world - including your life. Now, if you have a gun, and it is not as capable of those who wish to take your life, or if you are out-numbered, then the assault weapon ban and 10-round clip restriction will be the worst thing to happen to you. Whether it is a pack of wolves or coyotes in the wild, or a group of armed assailants, having a 30-round clip in an assault rifle will allow you to defend yourself and hold them at bay. Anything else will require superior cover, lots of luck, and a prayer to God - because you're probably not getting out of the situation with you life.

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      mebo2012 4 years ago

      The .45 caliber is ideal for personal protection .. but considering in most cases, a .40 caliber will do just fine. home protection? Nothing beats a shotgun ... or a nearby .40 cal. pistol. Three factors come into play here ... is the unexpected noise or entry indeed hostile .. meaning a family member coming home late, secondly .. when awakened unexpectedly .. insure you are aware of your surroundings and know your threat is real before doing anything .. and if you have children or guests living with you .. your firearms are safely secure from getting into the wrong hands .. but readily accessible if needed.

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      mebo2012 4 years ago

      I personally think it is far better to have a weapon and not need it than to be without one when needing it. Above all when talking gun issues .. these are some facts .. criminals do not go by gun laws in place and do not care about gun laws .. they will get one regardless if there are thousands of laws in place. Secondly, good people who own guns should not be the ones being punished by ridiculous gun laws that bad people violated. Thirdly, Safety and training of any weapon owned is a must when owning one. I do not support registering any firearm .. it is no one's business what firearms I own or have .. and keeps my Second Amendment Rights stronger that way.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      ketchingup you are really stupid. Do any of you know why our founding fathers wrote the 2nd amendment into the constitution ? It is so regular people can rise up and form a militia to prevent a tyrannical government from taking over, kinda like what's happning now !! How do you think us regular people will accomplish that, with BB guns and sling shots.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @ketchingup lm: This statement is fear-mongering. ANY weapon that you buy, learn to use it. Learn to use it until you have muscle memory, then when you need to use it, use it.

      Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples libertys teeth.

      ~George Washington

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @ketchingup lm: I'm shopping for one right now! PDW! No, it is not a hazzard to responsible law abiding citizans, who feel the need to protect themselves and their families. Whether that protection is in the cities or the woods.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @PrometheusIV: amen

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @PrometheusIV: Amen my friend.

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      PrometheusIV 4 years ago

      @ketchingup lm: Any person who decides to purchase a firearm has the responsibility to educate themselves upon its safe and proper use, as well as train themselves to use it effectively. So, if you are a Responsible Citizen and not a Joe Citizen (which I assume is your equation to an ignorant person - sorry Joe's of the U.S. but he used it as such) then there is no concern necessary. If you yourself are stating that you are incapable of using a .45 due to its potency, then choose another caliber to defend your home with and buy some infrangible rounds to minimize the risk of your neighbors. Otherwise, if you yourself are a Responsible Citizen, sound off to others that they have the obligation to themselves and their neighbors to ensure that they are well trained with their firearm. And remember, be constructive with your criticism in the future; it is always better received by an author and his readers.

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      PrometheusIV 4 years ago

      Ketchingup - you really need to study your history a bit better. A well regulated militia does not equate to firearm regulations. Regulated which equates to "controlled" today, was also used synonymously with "trained" during the 1700's. Plus, your argument is contradicted by the following statement regarding the right to own and bear arms shall not be infringed. The word "bear" means to have currently on one's person - which means that they intended for us to own and carry firearms freely - without regulation.

      http://www.godseesyou.com/2nd_well_regulated_milit...

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      ketchingup lm 4 years ago

      I hope NO one goes out and buys a .45 caliber pistol based on this lens. A .45 has a great deal of kick and in the hands of Joe Citizen is a hazard.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: @fliberals........

      you need to learn who the police are to protect!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: take a pill sailor boi !

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      cleanyoucar 4 years ago

      Awesome collection, never knew that it had this much variety

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Ignorant liberal fuck. Nearly EVERY major police force in the country has had to make reductions in the size of their force. And history has proven that times like these are when you can expect violent crimes and home invasions to rise the most. This is EXACTLY the time when every concerned citizen should be thinking about home defense. I have great respect for police officers, but they are over worked, under paid, understaffed, and minutes away when seconds count.

      I've been on the receiving end of home invasions twice this year alone, and the average response time in both cases was over 30 minutes! Go back to bitching about how you're entitled to free healthcare you self-entitled fuck!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: hey rob u can't even spell whoever.so what is the top 45 in ur book?let me guess. a 1911?its u that don't know shit.h+k is the best tactical pistol in the world..in any cal.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: you know for such a badass,you dont know shit,the 45 cal.is used extensivly in spec ops.did you know that the 45 cal. is the only subsonic round that comes in the box.others have to be custom loaded.Because of this the 45 cal.is the most easily suppessed/silenced round.Also for home defense,the 45 cal. is excellent when loaded with frangible rounds that do not pass through/and or ricocet.A frangible bullet would be like a glaser safety slug.Air marshallls weapons are loaded with these.they will not puncture the skin of the aircraft,but have very good stopping power.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: outdated,non dependable.newer designs way more dependable,ive had 14 1911s all jammed.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      nice selection! My pals boy gave his pop a taurus 24/7 and he gave it up for 400.00. I got a mounted laser sight too. My friend is a great guy.!!!!! May I wish all a great , safe new year!!!! VIVA OBAMA! GOD BLESS ALL!!!!!!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: When seconds count, the police are just minutes away.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      CZ97 sorely missing from this list.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Bonehead, when was the last time you even heard of cops showing up before the crime was committed?

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Disagree with most of your top 10. First things first...not one Colt?

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      < Retired, recently, MGSgt, USMC, Scout Sniper, Spec Ops, and JSOC. Just to list my credentials before I speak...

      Your list is horribly wrong. If you are looking for the best value in your investment, you must consider the use the tool will be put to. If your a combat Veteran like myself, you know there are at least 6 on this list that are useless in that condition. If your looking for home protection, you are looking at the wrong caliber if you live in an apartment, or close to your neighbor. The .45 will pass through the perpetrator, the wall, and could kill your best friend next door. If you are a police officer, you know what I am about to say is true... If you really need a .45, do not consider anything outside these: Colt, Sig, S&W, Glock, Springfield, HK, and CZ. Tarus is a nice range gun if you don't care about your grouping, Dan Wesson is a collector piece not for serious shooters, Kimber custom is high priced for what you can get better in a lower cost, FNP should not be used by civilians not familiar with the manufacturer, and Beretta, well, nice name but would not make my list for any reason. I am now a SWAT officer, I carry a Sig p220, P229 and alternate with a P226.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Go away, go far away

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: What do u think is the top 3 then?

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      marine-bootcamp 4 years ago

      The M1911 is an awesome weapon.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Great job on the lens. My 2 cents on an outstanding .45 though... Wilson Combat's CQB... won't fit your price criteria though.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Jay, the NEW 4th generation Glocks now have the ILS. How about do YOUR homework.

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      PrometheusIV 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Well, the OSS seems to be a much better performer when it comes to reliability within any environment (as it was designed for use by Special Forces), whereas the PRO seemed to be configured to be a multi-platform civilian version which available in the full-size or compact model. The PRO also came with the Novak Night Sights, whereas it was an add-on to the OSS. They both had the DS or de-cocker safety, but the PRO was designed with the multiple sizes for people who wanted to buy both an at-home and CC firearm on a similar platform. However, the OSS did have a different triggering system than the PRO models, which was supposed to be better performing and an expansion upon the SA/DA triggering system found within the PRO models.

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      PrometheusIV 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Ahem... SPOILER ALERT - the Springfield XDS is on my list of Top 10 .45 Caliber Concealed Carry pistols... Thanks a lot for the spoiler Stugen!

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      PrometheusIV 4 years ago

      @anonymous: I'm writing a CC .45 Caliber lens here soon!

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      PrometheusIV 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Ammo capacity was not one of my listed criteria that I was evaluating the guns upon... Read my introduction paragraphs to see how I am basing my ranking of these pistols, and it will become clear. As capacity is readily available information on the internet, and can also be altered with the purchase of an expanded clip, I felt that having it present would skew the readers perception of the criteria I WAS evaluating them upon. However, it may be something that I add to this lens, and future ones, just as an added bonus of information...

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      PrometheusIV 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Not THAT obvious... Firstly, the PX4 Storm isn't a very popular pistol and MOST shooters and 1st-time gun buyers aren't aware of its extremely short action or rotating barrel system. ALSO, a lot of experienced gun owners argue that a lot of my lower pistols in the list should be listed in the top-3. So, no matter how it may appear to you and I, with me having done the research myself for this lens, each and every other person's perspective is different. Look for on of my future firearm lenses coming soon to see if they're just as obvious to you; perhaps we just think the same, or you'll finally see one of my picks that you disagree with!

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      PrometheusIV 4 years ago

      @anonymous: The HK is a GREAT pistol, but might be a little out of reach for some buyers who are looking for a reliable home-defense weapon. Springfield and CZ have BOTH made some AMAZING pistols as of late... and you'll see more of them coming soon in a future lens.

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      PrometheusIV 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Did and done... Glock pistols are offered with an ILS, just not simply sold in the United States with the feature as a standard. You have to special order yours with the Internal Locking System if you wish to have the feature included on your Glock pistol. They have their own specific and unique proprietary keys for their locking system, and it does cost you extra to have it included with your pistol.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Since when does the glock come with an ILS? Whoever wrote this has no clue what they are writing about. Do your homework!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I own or have owned a Kimber Pro Carry, CZ-97, Glock 21, XD-45 full size, XDM compact, Colt 1911 series 80, and a HK 45CT. I will take the HK all day......

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @Close2Art LM: Springfield Armory Inc. is not part of the Historic Springfield Armory of Springfield Mass, whiched closed in1968. The company simiply bought the name in the 1970s. The same way Franklin Mint Corp. bought it's name from the US Government.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      how can you write a review comparring pistols and fail to list the ammo capacityof each one???

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I own a S&W M&P .45acp with a 4.5 inch barrel.I bought mine in California so it has the magazine disconnect.I don't like that safety feature.Though right out of the box it fired straight and when I'm doing my part it hits point of aim.The trigger has become smoother since I put 600 rounds through it at a training course.I'm going to take it to my next training course.My favorite firearm was the Glock 19.Though now it is the M&P .45acp.You get a lot of bang for your buck and I like the sights.All I did was black out the white dot on the front sight.I can see why S&W gives a lifetime service policy to this firearm.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Go with the Springfield XDMS .45. This is a single stack .45 that is compact yet powerful. The reputation of previous XD and XDM equates to a reliable and tough pistol.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Can someone help me out here, what is the best overall pistol for CC, I have a Beretta 9mm model 92 and a PX4 Storm subcompact 9mm, is there something else out there? I'm looking for good, not cheap.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      what are the similarities and differences of a taurus 24/7 oss 45acp and the taurus 24/7 pro 45acp

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      CZ 97, no need to miss 13 times, aim straight and shoot first.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: A Trijicon RMR red dot sight.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: I pack a suitable firearm, however, it's not my job to judge or forgive. But if I can help arrange the meeting between God and the other, it is my pleasure.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      great article. The 1911 is very cool but the springfield xmd is my fav because of the 13 round magazine and because of it's superior feel and quality.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Clock21 price and mag size make this one an easy choice, although money aside; that HK45 is pretty nice. Great article!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: I'm with you brother.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Diggin the HK45, but with only a 10 round magazine and the high cost, the Glock or Baretta are looking like better choices.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      on the fnp 45 tactical it looks like it has some kind of reflec sight on it. anyone know what kind. i would like to put one on my taurus 24/7 pro.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Its not other countries we have to worry about, its our own government.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      My husband loves his 45. He is currently wanting to invest in black powder bullets. What kind of a gun would he need? I want to surprise him.

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      jondar 5 years ago

      Im not a fan of the .45. To much kick back.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      i carry a double stack 45 acp. I am peace loving no nonsense God fearin American, I believe we need to get back to the basics, worship the risen savior Jesus Christ and pack a suitable firearm.

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      Sisco2269 5 years ago

      @anonymous: I own several CZs and they are terrific guns. No complaints on any score.

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      Sisco2269 5 years ago

      I had and sold a Taurus titanium .45, ported, 11-shot total capacity that shot like a .38. Bad move om my part; it was a fabulous gun.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Ban criminals not guns

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      My HK Compact USP is great. Comfortable to hold. Smooth shooting. As the great Charlton Heston said "From my Cold Dead Hands"

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      If we the perople were not allowed to own guns, our country would be easier for other countries to take over. All of us gun owners are the malitia. If our military goes down we are the last defense. The UN has tried to talk our government into taking our guns, ask yourself why would the UN do that? You people that do not have guns to protect yourself are the ones that will be targeted first because your an easier target while the ones with guns will survive longer and be able to protect ourselves and our families. If everyone was able to carry a gun there would be less roberies and break in's. The government should make it mandatory for all law abiding citizens to own and learn how to operate their guns.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @anonymous: The price sounds darn good. Maybe I'll take look, thanks for the info.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      The CZ 97b is a full size 45 cal auto. It is rugged and accurate. Mine has over 5000 rounds through it without a jam in years. I bought mine direct from CZ USA for $602. I have found nothing better for the price.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @anonymous: there were successful semi-auto pistols made before the 1911, like the fn model 1903 and fn m1900... which were made by john browning who based the 1911 off of earlier semi auto pistols like these

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      para ord. p14 LDA is the real champ here, pull the trigger on one and you will

      throw rocks at your pistol....also it was pistol of the year !

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I have a question as to the best ten 45 cal handguns to own. I have a less expensive Taurus P145 Pro. 45 Cal Auto. This firearm has never fail to fire. It has never jamed. It's been my carry gun for a couple of years now. My next choice from my collection is a Dan Wesson, short barreled 357 mag. I trust both with my life. I could scrape together enough money to buy a top line handgun like a Colt gold Cup, or a Kimber, or one of those you recommend. But, the thought of having some unethical police officer unjustly confiscate my one thousand dollar plus firearm for his personal collection, makes me opt for the taurus. One more point. If I'm ever involved in a self defense shooting, my sidearm will be confiscated. What are the chances I will ever see that gun again? Unless that is, if I hire an attorney and end up paying more in legal fees than I would pay for a new gun? If you're a wealthy individual and money isn't an issue. Or you never become attatched to a particular sidearm. If your possessions mean nothing, just replace them when stolen. Then I guess it doesn't matter. Myself, I'm attatched to the things that took me years to accumulate, including my collection of firearms.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @anonymous: Not every pistols are based on 1911's, a lot are based on fn browning hp35, bcz when john browning start the desing of the hp35(i know he died before finishing it) he couldn't use 1911's desing and features bcz he sold the rights to the us army.

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      SAFEandSECURE 5 years ago

      My comment is on gun ownership................

      Gun laws are most definitely a necessity, especially now, with so many young people dropping out of school, shunning education altogether, and seeking immediate gratification. However, the laws MUST be aimed at the criminal, and not the guns, or the law-abiding citizens who would own them - whether the individual wants to hunt, shoot competitively, collect, or just feel safe. There should be laws, requiring the gun owner to secure his firearms, safely away from access to criminals. For instance, a gun owner, must own a safe, and that safe must be fastened securely to his home's structure, etc. Laws forbidding sale of guns, or laws dictating the type of gun, or numbers of guns, should not exist. We need laws that SEVERELY punish a PERSON USING A GUN in the commission of a crime. AND BY SEVERELY, I MEAN LAWS THAT CARRY MANDATORY JAIL TIME, WITHOUT THE POSSIBILITY OF EARLY PAROLE--LAWS THAT CALL FOR STIFF SENTENCES, UP TO AND INCLUDING DEATH, FOR CRIMINAL GUN USE. And when the criminal KNOWS HE/SHE CAN COUNT ON HARD TIME OR DEATH, for using or having a gun during commission of a crime, then he/she will be reluctant to use a gun. I would not be opposed to 10yrs, no parole for theft of a handgun, even for the first offender. Nor would I be opposed for a sentence of 20yrs or more for the wounding of anyone during commission of a crime, whether intentional or accidental.

      Obviously, I can talk for hours on this subject, but you must admit, that it is only common sense, what needs to be used. The Criminal and the Crime need be punished, NOT the law-abiding citizen or his guns. And to forbid that law-abiding citizen, the right to own, use, or possess a gun, because someone else breaks the law, is nothing more than control - the very thing, our Constitution promises will not happen to the good citizen.

      KILLERS KILL, NOT GUNS. - I KNOW THIS HAS BEEN SAID REPEATEDLY, BUT NOTHING COULD BE MORE TRUE. Also, when you make gun ownership illegal, only criminals will own them.- ANOTHER OLD, BUT TRUE, STATEMENT--AND--THIS ONE HAS BEEN PROVEN REPEATEDLY.!! EXAMPLE: look at Australia!!, and England!!. English and Australian citizens had their guns and prized firearms confiscated, and destroyed!! And 2yrs later murder and ALL violent crimes were up more than 300%!!! what a shame. As law-abiding Americans, we have the right to own and use firearms. AND AS CREATURES OF GOD, WE HAVE THE RIGHT TO PROTECT OUR FAMILIES, EACH OTHER, AND OURSELVES. BUT WE ALSO HAVE THE RESPONSIBILITY TO PROTECT BY SECURING THE DANGEROUS POSSESSIONS WE MAY OWN. LOCK UP VIOLENT CRIMINALS, AND LOCK UP YOUR GUNS....ANY ANY DANGEROUS DEVICE. ...My apologies for the long-winded opinion, and thanks for reading it.! -J T

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      All guns laws are unconstitutional. And are therefore illegal.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @PrometheusIV: I agree with you. i grew up on a farm and my dad's a range officer for the state police so my wife and i have shot for a long time. i guess i forget that not everyone was as privileged as us, growing up around guns and hunting. i just got the FNH 5.7 and its very accurate but wouldn't carry it or use it for home defense.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @therealstig86: My daisy 177cal. pellet rifle will put a hurting on someone"s ass if I had to shoot them with it, do y'all have pellet rifles in the UK. or just regular BB guns?

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @LabKittyDesign: The 45cal. 230gr. ball round has a little more kick than the 115gr. 9x19 round, the 45's a larger slower rd. with more knock down power and less mag. capacity @ 7 or 8 rd. The 9mm is a higher velosity rd. with a higher mag. capacity usually 13-15 rds. I like the 45cal because of the knock down power and less likelihood of the round over penetrating the target and going through a wall or another person ! but this topic has been debated for years! a good ballistics comparison debate can be seen @ www.highpowersandhandguns.com 9mm v. 45cal. hope this helped?

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I'm an old sea duty Marine and we carried the old pre-WW II 45 cal. colts that were pretty rickety and took a lot of practice with the same pistol to become proficient. Now I've got a Glock that's very reliable and a lot tighter, but the grip doesn't give me a natural point of aim, and it's something I have to be conchess of when I pull my pistol to fire at the range, but as an experienced shooter I've dry praticed to overcome that problem. I guess what I'm trying to say is that what ever weapon a person chooses it's going to take some break in time & range time for the novice 45 owner to get acustom to whatever firearm they choose! As far as the 1911's go I thought Kimber discontinued the SIS line? A better choice would be the Super carry pro in my opinion, or one of the polymer pistols with the adjustable pistol grips and for a faster target acquisition the price of a good set of night sights is money well spent! Now that everyone is confused, fire as many different types as you can, pick one that feels good and looks good and practice, practice, practice, because when you need it there's no time for second guessing!

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      PrometheusIV 5 years ago

      @anonymous: Remember my criteria listed above... =) As much as I LOVE the 1911, it is a hand-cannon and would not be optimal for home defense in the hands of your average home owner. Most new gun owners, and I've taken a few to the range, are intimidated by the .45 already. When I've put a 1911 in the hands of a first-time shooter, they rarely even hit the target, and are scared of the gun every shot afterwards. To an experienced .45 shooter, it is a precision tool that has no replacement (plus it doubles as a melee weapon). However, to someone researching to buy a gun for home defense, I can't recommend it outright. They MUST work their way up to it - or learn to shoot with one.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      this list must be backwards because the 1911 should be #1.....every semi-automatic pistol is based off the 1911.

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      Laurel Johnson 5 years ago from Washington KS

      Great lens! Very informative. Too bad the ones I like are so expensive.

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      PrometheusIV 5 years ago

      @anonymous: Great suggestions both of you! I'll try to edit it here in the near future. As it wasn't a review lens, I didn't focus on reviewing each one individually. I tried to focus on details related to the criteria that I used (listed at the top of the lens) to rate each of the weapons. And, yes, I did rent and shoot all of the weapons that I didn't own myself.

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      PrometheusIV 5 years ago

      @anonymous: Already on its way!

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      GregCunningham 5 years ago

      Nice lens, good information. Just wish they were not so expensive. :(

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @angelsigh: angel. look at a glock 23 in 40 cal. my daughter uses one. Easy to use, light, good stopping power.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @anonymous: I agree with Lance. Let Hickock 45 shoot these guns. Also would like to see where these pistols are made. Like to stay with u.s. mfrs.

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      RippinT 5 years ago

      I like the Compact Kimber, and the Springfield SD is also a nice choice. Can't go wrong with either of them. Buying quality is important no reason to blow money on a gun that can't shoot accurately.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Yikes! How about an actual review? All I see are a few guns with descriptions lifted from the respective manufacture's web sites. I don't see anything to indicate the "reviewer" has even seen these guns in person.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Great review of the .45 - would you consider doing a similar review on a .40 caliber pistol?

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @anonymous: Unfortunately a revolver can jam if the round is incorrectly manufactured and is too long and enters the headspace of the cylinder; only a gunsmith can fix that problem. It happens.

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      texasmaiden 5 years ago

      Sig Sauer makes a great lady's gun. Easy to hold and shoot. Right up my alley too, like a nice pair of earrings, Expensive!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I was hoping there would be at least one revolver. I'm looking for one --possibly the Ruger Redhawk. I like autos, but a revolver will never jam ;)

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @anonymous: Ditto to Roberto!. All this double action crap in a 1911? Not my original quote but can't remember who said it...double action was a solution to a non existent problem. Just keep it as simple as MR John M. Browning did and we would all be better off.SHOOT SHOOT SHOOT...that's the answer

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      Hippopotamis 5 years ago

      @anonymous: +1 on that! Not another pistol that I would prefer to shoot.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      i like the sig saucer match elite, kimber SIS custom, & the dan wasson valor 1911

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      A Colt or Springfield doesn't make the list but a Taurus and Kimber (a SIS no less) do? Two banes of the gun industry. The Kimber SIS was a very poor example of the 1911 and Taurus has had its quality woes for some time. I'd say these two choices are suspect.

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      raymondrozen 5 years ago

      BAng!!!..........### BAng!!!....................### BAng!!!...........................###

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Ok..fair info. i love a good .45 1911...as I own 4. I also used and consistently shot as expert in the US Army with a 1911A1. American made and still in service by the military even after over 100 years. How many other weapons can claim that? Exactly-

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @anonymous: i love colt 1911,

      because ihave it, and its a really nice gun.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Just bought today XDM .45 acp for defensive purposes and just love it..allot of safety built into this gun and would recommend it "highly". I live in NM and was able to get the 13 round mags. But I noticed if U live in Calif and other states, their just maybe some restrictions. Use to live in Cal, but thank God I moved, so no restrictions on my purchase.

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      PrometheusIV 5 years ago

      @angelsigh: Not to worry... I'm currently writing my .40 lens as we speak. =)

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      angelsigh 5 years ago

      Great informative lens. Now I believe a .45 is too much gun for me. The search continues :) I need something small that won't knock me out but can actually protect me...should the need ever present itself :/

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @anonymous: Duhhhh,can youse get deez in 45acp ???!!! ( and with a cross-draw holsta?)

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      sellhousefastusa 5 years ago

      Nice 45 lens -- Love 45 -- old military veteran what do you expect

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @PrometheusIV: "Hand Cannon"????? Maybe if you're 90 pounds. I own 3 of them, use a 1963 LW commender as my everyday carry and they all shoot smoother than a Glock 21.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      UUUhhhhhh.....Colt 1911??? As in "The Original" 45 ACP! WTF? Yes, I agree that the plastic guns are cute, but you can't have a serious conversation about 45 ACP without including the "Real 45". If it doesn't have a pony, it's a phoney.

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      PrometheusIV 5 years ago

      @SurvivingBeingAT: Because the Colt 1911 is a hand cannon! The average home owner trying to use one for self defense will hit everything but the assailent most likely. It takes an experienced .45 caliber shooter to handle one effectively (I learned to shoot on one). It is one of my FAVORITES, but I had to rate them based upon all of the criteria listed at the top of my lens. I recommend everyone to work their way up to the 1911, but definitely don't start there.

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      GOT LM 5 years ago

      Nice pistols

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      TheAverageOutdo 5 years ago

      I have a Smith & Wesson myself. Good gun. Great read.

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      SurvivingBeingAT 5 years ago

      Why wasn't the original Colt 1911 up at the top where it should be? I like your list, it's not bad but some of the guns at the bottom like the 1911 and the M&P should have been at the top in my opinion. and yes if you're wondering, I am a teenage girl.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Firestorm what are your thoughts? Quality or no quality?

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      What happened to Colt, the original, and I believe the best .45?

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Nice i just bought the Springfield 45 xd love it..

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      TenPoundTenor 5 years ago

      Great list. I've shot a few of them.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I like your selections ,and I have several of them, however I am going to diagree and put at the top of my list the Kimber TLE II, the STI Ranger, then the Springfield EMP

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I have a great shooting CZ 97b that in my opinion is better than three of these guns that I've shot

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      cottagecrafts 5 years ago

      Nice review and very informative. If you have a chance drop by and take a look at my post for custom holsters and gun stocks.

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      Steve Dizmon 5 years ago from Nashville, TN

      You have my two picks. I am partial to Sig Sauer and Kimber. I think Sigs are the best out of the box without tuning Auto Loading handgun on the market. Just a personal opinion.

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      RezaonHaider2020 5 years ago

      Really an outstanding lens. Congrats!!!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      im looking to get the p220 as my next pistole. i was lusting for the colt mark 4 series 70 after shooting my dad's, but always had a soft spot for sigs and i finally made up my mind. i just love the looks of them and how they feel in your hand

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @Close2Art LM: Cool information on this post! I did not know that!

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      Renaissance Woman 5 years ago from Colorado

      Really appreciate this review. Thank you!

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      PrometheusIV 5 years ago

      @anonymous: I think that after getting several comments to this, I am going to have to go back and shoot the weapon again... =) Look for its status to change soon, if my mind does. But, without these comments, I wouldn't have given it a 2nd thought, so thank you!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I have owned four of the ten and I was a bit surprised to see the S&W; M&P at #8. I have shot competition for eight years, carried a sidearm on the job, and as a concealed permit holer and I have fired countless rounds through a variety of weapons and calibers and I must say that the M&P 45 ACP is a for sure winner at an affordable price with flawless performance round after round. I am not one to permote cheap ammo, but this weapon is not biased on what you feed it. I do have to say that Winchester +P Supreme Elite ammo and Black Hills seem to out perform any other the M&P is a win win for any situation!!

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      jtmcwill 5 years ago

      Kimber for the win. Was glad to see Taurus get a little love. They get a bad wrap.

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      HuntAndFishGuides 5 years ago

      I would have thought #8 would have been a little higher, great list though!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I own a springfield xd-M 45 acp, I find it very accurate, and light enough for conceal carry with a large shirt on over it. 2 - 13 round magazines, holster all included together in a nice carry case. A fine shooting firearm.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Just purchased a Sig P250 in .45 acp, compact model. There are lots of reviews of this gun in either a like it or hate it tone. I fall into the like it category. Most don't like it because it is a DAO trigger, but for anyone who has ever shot revolvers, that is not a problem. I have only shot about 100 rounds so far, but after figuring out the sights, I was keeping my placement within 2-3 inches on a B24 target at 10 yards. Paid $380 for the gun and found a factory blemished (who cares anyway, right?) Desantis 001 thumb break holster on Amazon for only $39. Very comfortable to carry, and as Clint Smith says, comforting as well.

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      PrometheusIV 5 years ago

      @Close2Art LM: Yes - and yes! I learned to shoot on a Colt M1911, and my first .45 purchase was the Beretta PX4 Storm... However, my next handgun purchase will most likely be the Springfield .40 caliber XDM. A good friend of mine did buy a Walther .40 pistol, and it's a really good shoot - so my next lens will definitely be on .40 caliber pistols!

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      Close2Art LM 5 years ago

      I've only shot a colt .45 and it was a nice gun, I carry a XD40 and it's a very reliable accurate gun...would love to get my hands on that HK but I think the Springfield would be my second choice...Did you know Springfield Armory is the oldest gun manufacturer in the U.S. and was started by George Washington....great lens, blessed..:)RWJR

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      PrometheusIV 5 years ago

      @anonymous: David, David... Is there a reason that you spam my lens about .45 caliber pistols with garbage about paint-call guns - and then put a gun safe affiliate link at the bottom of it?! DO NOT CLICK ON DAVID COLE'S LINK UP ABOVE I want REAL users with REAL contributions of REAL value - However, I will keep your post here so that you will forever be labeled as a Spammer on Squidoo...

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Since the conception of paintball, the sport has seen many changes. In the early 90's the sport was met with an invasion of semi-auto paintball guns. What once was a pistol filled sport, became an environment filled with semi-auto markers that used multi-hundred round hoppers and larger than life CO2 tanks. New technology changed the sport - as well as hype. Recently, things have settled down, and more players are looking for reliable backup pistols to act as a secondary marker to their primary. The paintball pistol market has grown immensely to fill this need.

      gun safe

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @PrometheusIV: Price being a serious consideration, I am surprised that you listed the FNP 45 Tactical, instead of the standard model. I bought my standard FNP 45 for $600 and it really was the selling point.

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      PrometheusIV 5 years ago

      @LabKittyDesign: Well, the .45 is a slower, but heavier grain, ammunition. Overall performance and statistics shows that a .45 round will do significantly more damage to the "shootee", and has superior stopping power. The 9mm, while significantly faster than the .45, has very little weight behind it, and almost no stopping power unless you achieve a kill shot immediately. The .45 does have more "kick" than your standard 9mm on average. However, with the new model .45 pistols and their available technologies, the difference is getting smaller. As a .45 owner by choice, I can tell you that regular time at the range with your .45 will prove you to be just as effective and accurate with that as you would with any 9mm. Plus, with a single round hit on an intruder with your .45, there will be significantly more damage (both physical and psychological) that will assure their flight or surrender. Just don't miss as a .45 will do more damage to your walls... ; )

      Here is a website that you can reference for self defense ammunition information: http://ammo.ar15.com/project/Self_Defense_Ammo_FAQ...

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      LabKittyDesign 5 years ago

      How does the typical .45 compare to the typical 9 mm in terms of kick (as the shooter) and stopping power (as the, um, "shootee")? Just curious.

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      PrometheusIV 5 years ago

      @anonymous: The firearm didn't make this list due to the price (a whopping $1,700 [used] and suggested retail price at $2,300), which is way above what a normal home-owner is going to want to spend on a handgun. It is an AMAZING fire-arm (widely used by our Army and Navy special forces) and is definitely worth the money if you have it to spend. However, it takes a lock of "bucks" to get a bang out of that gun.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Where is the fucking mark 23?

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      TheHealthGuy LM 5 years ago from U.S.A.

      HK makes outstanding weapons however, for the price Glock has it all over everyone else. You can drop it in mud, drown it in water, and beat it to death and it'll still fire when you need it to. And that's the whole point to a handgun, not looks or fame, just good old fashioned reliability.

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      Floridagix06 5 years ago

      @Floridagix06: Ps...clear set of "factors" was the wrong wording! You made that clear in the preliminary writing. Just meant consistency of criteria in my own mind.. To each and his own :)

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      Floridagix06 5 years ago

      @PrometheusIV: Interesting points PrometheusIV,

      I have had quite a bit of experience with the Px4 chambered in 9mm and being a beretta fan and 92fs owner, didn't particular like px4 but it is a well made gun. I have absolutely no experience with the particular Taurus you featured but from what I've heard there has been a dramatic increase in quality and design of their firearms in recent years...a guess it's safe to say some of my reservations on reliability have been based in past models. How long as this particular model been in production?

      With part of your focus being on safety features (which I missed in the first read) there are of course legitimate concerns that can be raised about glocks, although for reliability I'll take a glock over just about anything if not given the chance for previous firing...

      I think what i was most surprised/confused about in your findings was the mix of high-end customs with...not low-end, but weapons not known for their inherit accuracy compared to others; all thrown together without a clear set of factors for ranking. But if you have had experience with all of the above, personal insight on what you like and don't should be part of your review, and not everyone will see eye-to-eye...

      I've found the p220 to be one of the most accurate/reliable/and well built .45's I've ever handled and also have always thought of 5" 1911's as having less muzzle rise than most other designs...that combined with a short crisp SA trigger pull, for me at least; makes it much easier for quick follow up shots while staying on target.

      I will make a point to get some range time and do some research now on the Taurus you've listed and interested to see if it leaves me with the same impression it has for you...but it will take a lot positive experience to instill the kind of confidence I have/would have in the others listed ;)

      Thanks for info

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      PrometheusIV 6 years ago

      @Floridagix06: Trust me, there was a lot of thought that went into this particular lens. The reason for the ordering was listed within my introduction paragraph, but I don't mind reviewing. Performance, features, and price - the combination of the three dictates as to which weapons gave the best overall value for the owner at the price that they're paying. Yes, there are some VERY nice guns at the bottom of the list - ones that any gun collector would LOVE to own. However, if you can take each of these guns, and fire them all - especially in rapid-fire situations - you'll see why. The Glock, while it is an amazing weapon, will not put more bullets in a close proximity during a rapid fire situation than the PX4 Storm, nor will the match grade 1911. Their muzzle raise for an average shooter will put the rounds all over a target at medium or long distances (sometimes even short), and would possibly cost someone their lives in a home-invasion or combat situation where someone is returning fire. All of this, combined with weapon safety features, is what caused these weapons to fall where they did. No disrespect to gun collectors and enthusiasts, but this list stands. I love ALL of the weapons on this list, but was looking out for the owner's ability to get more for their money AND to keep themselves safe.

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      Floridagix06 6 years ago

      While this well laid out and informative piece, I must say I was disappointed with your knowledge displayed in the results...I haven't read the comments above/below but am interested to see if anyone was amazed at your findings.

      Yes, the HK is a very arguable if not THE choice for #1... but after that we have the px4 and Taurus?? First of all the glock is by far more proven and affordable. Second, if you are going to include 1911's (which for out-the-box performance I would've maybe understood), you placed them at 9 & 10 on the list. Much less you picked a Dan Wesson that lists just short of a custom match 1911 in price? Oh and lastly somehow the p220 finished #7?

      I will say props for mentioning gun safes and practice/handling/safety though!

      Just would recommend you give a little more thought/time for research before your next gun article

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      PrometheusIV 6 years ago

      @anonymous: REALLY?! Another affiliate link spam attempt? This one only has one lens... Great way to contribute to the quality of Squidoo! Spring air-soft pistol information being promoted with an affiliate link about red dot sights on a lens about .45 caliber pistols? NO ONE CLICK ON THE LINK ABOVE POSTED BY MytakeonthingsDimpy - THE PROFILE IS BEING REPORTED TO SQUIDOO!

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      PrometheusIV 6 years ago

      @anonymous: Really?! Spam? You're going to put an affiliate link within the comments of my lens? I worked hard on the content of ALL of my lenses - You have what, three lenses? Considering their content - also affiliate links - I'd say that you have absolutely no real knowledge to share with the world, and that you're contaminating Squidoo with your presence. NO ONE CLICK ON THE LINK ABOVE IN THE COMMENT POSTED BY sopiasmith23 - THE PROFILE IS BEING REPORTED TO SQUIDOO.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Spring airsoft pistols are good as a back up because they don't need batteries or gas but you do have to cock them for each shot. This is when you should get a green gas airsoft pistol. These pistols are absolutely full of realism. red dot sight

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      PrometheusIV 6 years ago

      @itsmuzza2011: Thank you very much... I own the Beretta PX4 Storm, and can tell you that it does rank up there with the Glok. The rotating barrel system takes a lot off of the .45 caliber recoil in the handgun, and allows me to conduct rapid fire exercises while keeping my rounds on target.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Trijicon, a contractor of the U.S. government that provides equipment to the military, doesn't talk much about the references to scripture verses that can be found on the rifle scopes that they produce, but they're really not trying to hide anything either, according to the company. Said Tom Munson, director of sales for Trijicon, "We don't publicize this. Its not something we make a big deal out of. But when asked, we say, Yes, its there." The inscriptions are not overt, though they can be seen at the end of product stock numbers. And, rather than actually inscribing verses on the scopes, only the chapter and verse numbers are noted.

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      itsmuzza2011 6 years ago

      being an ex-marine ive fired lots of weapons, and i like the Glok , any HK and the browning, wish we had guns here in the uk, id have an arsenal i can tell you, great lens my friend

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      PrometheusIV 6 years ago

      @anonymous: You won't be disappointed! Taurus hadn't had a great reputation for anything other than revolvers... but this weapon was their wake-up call to the community - showing that they can make superior semi-automatics as well.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I have a 24/7 OSS in .40 and I just got one in .45 and I can't wait to get home and try it (Stationed in Afghanistan)

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      PrometheusIV 6 years ago

      @therealstig86: Hey... a decent BB/Pellet gun with a scope and ballistic tip pellets can be very dangerous! You can even hunt small game with it...

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      therealstig86 6 years ago

      We don't have personal guns here in the UK. I had a BB gun as a kid and 'pinged' the window cleaner from behind a hedge. Got into some serious trouble over that!

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      PrometheusIV 6 years ago

      @anonymous: I concur... considering that I learned on the old Colt 1911 in the Navy, the Beretta PX4 .45 is tremendously easier to shoot, especially when firing in rapid succession. The Colt 1911 is my first love, but the PX4 Storm is DEFINITELY my new girlfriend...

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I bought a Beretta PX4 .45 last year and have had absolutely no problems with it. It's a nice shooter, very accurate with mild recoil.

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      PrometheusIV 6 years ago

      @anonymous: That is probably my next .45 purchase, along with a 1911 model.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      After hundreds of round through my taurus 24/7oss I am a convert. This is a fine weapon.

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