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Top Ten .45 Pistols to Own

Jason Cloninger is a conservative writer, U.S. Navy & Army veteran, business owner, husband of 17 years, father, 2A supporter, & patriot.


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. This is 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.



Top Ten .45 Caliber Pistols to Own

ManufacturerTop FeatureSuggested Retail Price

1. Heckler & Koch HK45

Integral MIL STD 1913 Rail


2. Beretta 4x4 Storm

Accessory Rail


3. Taurus 24/7 .45 ACP OSS

The Novak Night Sight


4. Glock 21

Octagonal Polygonal Rifling


5. Springfield XD(M) 45

Minimal Reset Trigger


6. FNP-45 Tactical Handgun

Threaded Barrel


7. SIG Sauer P220 Match Elite

Short Reset Trigger


8. Smith & Wesson M&P .45

Ambidextrous Design


9. Kimber SIS Custom .45

Beavertail Grip Safety


10. Dan Wesson Valor 1911

Hand Fit Match Grade


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 it 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 Hamme SIS Night Sight 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 four and five 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 10 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.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

Questions & Answers

Question: If you have your concealed weapons permit, is it okay or not okay to have your weapon showing?

Answer: It depends upon the state. Some states allow you to do both open or concealed, and others only open or only concealed. Re-read your state’s policies and abide accordingly. Concealed is always best not seen, or someone may call law enforcement on you.

.45 Caliber Guest Book

MaxHouse on December 21, 2019:

Now THAT is a list I can fall in love with! I wanna run that Beretta and the FN and the HK. I've owned a FS92, shot a USP .45, and never even held the FN, but those three need to be mine for a few mags worth. All that aside, I'm real comfortable with my Sig P220 Equinox with night sites and G10 grips, no further .45 purchases needed.

Pvtspy on October 09, 2019:

Que-Ball is on the money...….Wilson, Ed Brown, Colt, the best ever.

Steve Taylor on March 27, 2019:

Your overall assessment was pretty accurate...but you've disappointed me at your deletion of a certain candidate for one of the best commercially available non-1911 45acp handguns.

Wishing to add to my humble armory, and with the aid of my local Sheriff's department pals, along with our fave gun dealer, we range tested first the Glock 21, then the M&P, then the Springfield XDM and then we all really put the unmentioned (in your test) Sturm and Ruger's full size American Pistol. All these were .45 acps and we had the luxury of shooting them all with230 grain Winchester Ranger XTPs. Our gun dealer pal saved the RAP for last, due to the fact that this was his duty handgun of choice; one which he'd already won a respectful handful of range contests. Well, we (being six of us) put these four superb bangers through the paces. Most of us are darned decent marksmen (and a couple definitely aren't). At the end of the day, The top three were the M&P, the XDM and, most accurate by just a hair, the RAP. The Glock is a Glock. Like a Toyota, it's tough, reliable, accurate, and it apparently grows on a lot of people. That took last place in all categories, with the exception of two of the deputies who "only carry Glocks." Alrighty then. The real "kickers" for my choice were ability to rapid fire with the ultimate accuracy, trigger function and consistency, point and shoot ease and most importantly overall, both first shot accuracy and overall grouping. My being spoiled by that ol' first shot precision by owning and shooting many, many 1911s, the only polymer 45 I've found to date that matches (OK. Almost matches) those never-will-die masterpieces, turned out to be...yes...the Ruger American Pistol. These newbys to the market had just been released onto to the public, and I lucked into purchasing one of them for a cool $300! Their price has risen due to their thus far unheralded superiority, and it's going higher as we keep breathing. Great ergs, very good trigger (at least for my great big hands), best standard sights (Novaks), least recoil of ANY 45 I've ever shot, and, without price entered into my decision, nonetheless it's the least pricey of all the competitors you fellas have displayed. Don't take my word for it. Check one of these RAPs out for yourself, then post your opinions.

DHCraig on November 15, 2018:

I'll take my 1917 made Colt 1911 .45 ACP over every other. At 50 yards, with no customization, indeed any custom work, if I miss a 10 pin bowling ally pin one shot 1 at 50 yards it's on me. I have taken up to 3 rounds to "kill" a pin that DX but never more. DCM weapon family-acquired around 1957. Trigger loose, grips padded, 1911 front blade lost during an exercise & replaced with an 11A1, if I had a choice I'd take it over my M9 any day due to caliber.

Len Smith on June 30, 2018:

I have recently found that a full sized 45 ACP, 1911 Steel model, is a sweet gun to shoot. The weight and length soak up recoil to such an extent that I’d rather shoot my springfield range officer than any of my 9s, even the polymer wonders.

PrometheusIV (author) on June 09, 2018:

I shot their .40 PPQ, and for that price I will definitely shoot their 45 for consideration for this list!

Soldier53 on April 24, 2018:

I'm a 45 junkie I love the 45 ACP. Don't get me worng I like shooting all Caliber's but I hold the 45 ACP at the top of my list of must have in a SHTF Go big or go hime. I do not care for Kimber as I have one that is not the best 1911 .45 I have ever had it have been back to Kimber and still has a lot of trouble. But it was not the one you covered

Murray f Davis on March 25, 2018:

Badass gun

JAMES DAVIS JR. on February 27, 2018:

why does no one ever talk about para ordnance 45,s i own a para carry lda 6 and a para warthog would and do bet my life on either of these every day.well made reliable and have never failed me.

Frank on February 04, 2018:

What? No Walther PPQ 45??

Cubefarmer on January 22, 2018:

Left off h&k mk 23, sig P220, Kimber desert warrior, Glock 30.

Phil on January 04, 2018:

FNP 1st Beretta 2nd Dan Wesson 3rd Kimber 4th Sig Sauer 5th, these are my top 5 in any order Glock and Taurus should not be on this list.the M&P and Springfield are decent guns

Jim Davis on December 22, 2017:

The only sidearms I have not fired are the new Beretta and Taurus weapons. I have been a 1911 platform guy for some time ... my new favorite sidearm is the FNX45. I can’t believe nothing was mentioned about is superior ease of operation and takedown. I can’t believe no one spoke of the heavily influenced John Browning design in the stream lining of many of it features.

BUT ... the feature I can’t understand was failed to mention is it’s massive capacity of 15 in the mag and one up the pipe!!!! Can any other weapon mentioned match it? No ... I think not. I’ve now run 2000 rounds through it ... it never failed to cycle. If I was going into the hurt locker - this is the weapon I would choose.

larry howe on December 20, 2017:

own rem.1911 looking to buy 2nd 45 comments

Mad BRAZIL Cop on November 01, 2017:

Taurus? You guys are high on something strong. Not even funny. The gun that kills cops every day in BRAZIL by accidental discharge, malfunction...

please, remove that from your list.

Thomas J Metz on October 04, 2017:

I carry a Kimber Master Carry Pro / crimson trace grips (4in bl) I was fortunate to get the added benefit of having it run through the custom shop... As you can guess, I really like this pistol

Jeff G on September 19, 2017:

Walther PPQ 45 !

JP on September 08, 2017:

You've definitely missed a few essentials in this list of .45cal pistols, aside from sleeping on the walther PPQ(striker fired, excellent trigger, loaded chamber indicator "feature" etc.) as well as the Sig P320 and a few Glock models - you failed to give the HK45 even nearly enough credit, no mention of the SA/DA features or the fact that it's designed to specifically mitigate felt recoil. A very tried and true machine.

Ruben Fontaine on August 28, 2017:

Thank you for posting your gun articles. They are very informative and helped me choose wisely.

Ms Elm on June 30, 2017:

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

bob on June 26, 2017:

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.

james miller on June 09, 2017:

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.

paul harrison on May 05, 2017:

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.

Robert white on January 16, 2017:

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

zgr024 on September 17, 2016:

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.

Joseph on December 14, 2015:

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

Talon1980 on October 05, 2015:

K, I'm going crazy reading all of this back and forth, the second amendment it two parts, gives the states the right to raise a milita aka national guard, and two, the rights of the people aka the U.S. Citizen the right to bare arms shall not be infringed. There are a number of reasons to own firearms, hunting, enthusiast, home defense, and someone made the comment that if the military got there ass handed to them then it wouldn't matter if we had guns, that's bs, what country in their right mind would invade a country that not only has the most powerful military in the world, but where 3/4 of its citizens are armed, no a ar 15 doesn't have full auto like a military AK, but I'll take a township of ARs vs a company of AKs if it came down to it

bob on April 16, 2015:

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

Jason McNutt from Box Elder, South Dakota on November 28, 2014:

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

phantom455 on July 22, 2014:

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

10101775 on June 29, 2014:

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!!

chadadachan on June 10, 2014:

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

chadadachan on June 10, 2014:

@timmeh1: AMERICAAAA!!!!

edhead on June 06, 2014:

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!

mark-lyon-927 on May 11, 2014:

@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.

que-ball on May 08, 2014:

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.

EWillMoore on April 28, 2014:

@EWillMoore: My apologies I miss typed it is supposed to say the nations who have banned firearms

EWillMoore on April 28, 2014:

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.

Hawkmando on April 10, 2014:

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.

james-latimer-731 on April 05, 2014:

@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!

jim-smith3 on April 02, 2014:

@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."

Throwthembows on March 30, 2014:

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.

art-axelson on March 28, 2014:

@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.

Wroenyn on March 17, 2014:

@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.

Jim Houston from Wilmer, Alabama on March 17, 2014:

Great lens.

timmeh1 on March 13, 2014:

@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!

Danny Gibson from Northampton on February 21, 2014:

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.

Stewie4pres on February 01, 2014:

Very nice list.

joshua-meyer-357 on January 20, 2014:

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

rpj1956 on December 14, 2013:

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!


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's about U.S.

richardpatrickn on November 20, 2013:

I own the Kimber and have the laser in grip, I love it i have the s/w tactical in the next frame down, love it too. I bought that Beretta and the dark finish rubbed off on both sides just from sliding it into a smooth lined holster once, the dealer talked to Beretta right away and they refused to do anything about it!!!! and this guy buy's 1000's of guns every few months, I will never ever deal with those greedy lying butt holes at Beretta again.

mastemga on October 20, 2013:

@anonymous: Low discernment made me lol.

kswat07 on September 10, 2013:

@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.

anonymous on September 10, 2013:

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

anonymous on September 10, 2013:

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!

BlueSheepdog on August 27, 2013:

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.

anonymous on August 24, 2013:

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.

janjon-munkler on August 18, 2013:

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.

anonymous on July 22, 2013:

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.

anonymous on July 22, 2013:


anonymous on July 04, 2013:

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

anonymous on July 01, 2013:

@iwrite100: That's so sexy.

Maribel Taleghani Asl from Philippines on June 09, 2013:

I own a Taurus.

anonymous on June 07, 2013:

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

anonymous on June 07, 2013:

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

anonymous on June 02, 2013:

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?

anonymous on May 27, 2013:

@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.

anonymous on May 25, 2013:

@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

anonymous on May 25, 2013:

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

anonymous on May 25, 2013:

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

anonymous on May 10, 2013:

@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.

anonymous on May 10, 2013:

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anonymous on April 27, 2013:

@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.

sapientzeal lm on April 07, 2013:

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sapientzeal lm on April 07, 2013:

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anonymous on April 06, 2013:

@anonymous: How about learning how to spell Mr. Intelligence.

anonymous on April 06, 2013:

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

anonymous on April 06, 2013:

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.

DavidMichaelRay on April 06, 2013:

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

levelsights on April 04, 2013:

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 $$.

anonymous on April 02, 2013:

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

GatorD on April 02, 2013:

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!

GatorD on April 02, 2013:

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!

anonymous on March 26, 2013:

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

anonymous on March 25, 2013:

Need a review of the Springfield XD-S

anonymous on March 24, 2013:

@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.

anonymous on March 24, 2013:

@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.

anonymous on March 23, 2013:

@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.

anonymous on March 22, 2013:

@anonymous: ever shoot one?

anonymous on March 21, 2013:

Where's the desert eagle 1911???

anonymous on March 20, 2013:

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

anonymous on March 18, 2013:

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

anonymous on March 18, 2013:

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

anonymous on March 15, 2013:

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

anonymous on March 11, 2013:

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.

anonymous on March 10, 2013:

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

anonymous on March 07, 2013:

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

anonymous on March 03, 2013:

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

sportsbettinggl on February 26, 2013:

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.

anonymous on February 24, 2013:

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.