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Posted: 6/12/2009 7:06:23 AM EST
I'm looking at getting a high cacacity .45 ACP. My top 3 choices are a Springfield XD, Paraordnance Big Hawg, or Glock 21. Any advice from those who own any of these,or any others would be appreciated.
Link Posted: 6/12/2009 7:16:14 AM EST
I'd take a G21SF for my #1 high cap .45. I'd add the M&P45 to you list of guns to look at as well.
Link Posted: 6/12/2009 7:18:11 AM EST
For a high-cap .45ACP I also vote for the Glock 21SF.
Link Posted: 6/12/2009 7:24:23 AM EST
FNP45 16 rounds of 45 goodness
Link Posted: 6/12/2009 7:42:42 AM EST
I have handled the three you listed and I went with the Springfield XD Compact in .45acp as it fit my hand the best. The nice thing about the Compact version is I can use the shorter mags for packing in my Maxpedition Versipack and have the full length mags for additional ammo.
Link Posted: 6/12/2009 7:44:37 AM EST

Originally Posted By DLaw:
FNP45 16 rounds of 45 goodness

This is another great option, as are some of H&K's offerings.
Link Posted: 6/12/2009 8:02:17 AM EST
The Glock 21sf is an outstanding pistol. I cannot comment on the other two.
Link Posted: 6/12/2009 8:23:42 AM EST
[Last Edit: 6/12/2009 2:35:50 PM EST by 22LR]
i have/had all three with the minor exception of my PO being the 14.45 LDA.

btw, the XD45 was one of my latest acquistions. At frist the trigger sucked royal, but after 2~300 rounds, its has smoothed up alot and i will say that i like it alot better then the G21. for me, it also points better too.

i still have the XD and PO. sold the G21 after our local PD had problems with them. me no likie KBs.

Link Posted: 6/12/2009 12:19:49 PM EST
I had a G21 in the past, wasn't terribly thrilled with it.

Sold it, and now picked up a G21 SF. I absolutely love it. Night and day difference, simply because I get a better grip and the trigger reach is closer.

You should also check out HK.

For .45 hi-caps, you're NOT going to find anything better than HK's and Glock's offerings.
Link Posted: 6/12/2009 12:53:31 PM EST
I have owned Paras. They are fine for range or home defense, but they are unwieldy for anything but shoulder carry and that is limited by season and dress. I am reading a rash of bad things about the G21 SF, and the original is built for the ham-handed only. As such, that leaves the XD and the HK. Take your pick.
Link Posted: 6/12/2009 12:57:48 PM EST
Is STI out of the question?

Link Posted: 6/12/2009 1:12:35 PM EST
[Last Edit: 6/12/2009 1:18:10 PM EST by Hawkdriver]
I’ve fired HKs, XDs, and Glocks in this category.

They are all nice choices, but my choice is the G21…

http://www.ar15.com/archive/topic.html?b=5&f=4&t=13658


Link Posted: 6/13/2009 6:46:28 AM EST
I went with the XD 45 Compact and I never regretted it once! The option of carrying 10+1 concealed or 13+1 open/at the range is unmatched by any. Plus the trigger, for me, was much smoother than the Glock and the Glock's grip angle was awkward. Plus the safety features and accessories you get with the XD can't be beat!
Link Posted: 6/13/2009 12:06:13 PM EST
p 14
Link Posted: 6/13/2009 12:48:05 PM EST
HK USP 45 or HK45 if you have the money. M&P 45, XD 45, Glock21sf, all good choices. You really can't go wrong with any of them.

I'm not sure about the Paras, though.
Link Posted: 6/13/2009 1:04:29 PM EST
Originally Posted By pulpsmack:
I have owned Paras. They are fine for range or home defense, but they are unwieldy for anything but shoulder carry and that is limited by season and dress.



My 21SF, which I picked up 25OCT08, has been flawless with roughly fifteen hundred rounds through it. I went with the standard rail and magazine release option.

Link Posted: 6/13/2009 1:28:24 PM EST
Of your 3 choices, OP, I'd take the G21 hands down.
Link Posted: 6/13/2009 3:42:44 PM EST
Just bought a fnp 45, it seemed to handle just as good as the xd , glock & m&p with the benefit being the
additional ammo capacity.


15 or 16 tries compared to 10 or 12 is a definitive advantage :)
Link Posted: 6/13/2009 4:17:09 PM EST
Link Posted: 6/13/2009 4:26:47 PM EST
Originally Posted By DLaw:
FNP45 16 rounds of 45 goodness


+1

Mine is by far the most accurate handgun I've ever shot. Plus to my knowledge, no one else makes a .45 cal handgun that holds 15 rounds in the mag.
Link Posted: 6/14/2009 1:08:05 PM EST
Originally Posted By JHMC79:
Originally Posted By DLaw:
FNP45 16 rounds of 45 goodness


+1

Mine is by far the most accurate handgun I've ever shot. Plus to my knowledge, no one else makes a .45 cal handgun that holds 15 rounds in the mag.


Para has an extended floorplate, which allows for 15+1 capacity with standard springs (and I have heard of at least 16+1 with tweaked springs that I would never consider on a carry gun). When you carry a freaking hog leg that big and heavy, the concealment disadvantage with the thick floorplate becomes moot.
Link Posted: 6/14/2009 1:10:32 PM EST
[Last Edit: 6/14/2009 1:11:31 PM EST by operator81]
FNP45, that's what I'd get.
Link Posted: 6/14/2009 4:02:50 PM EST
I like my XD45. My hand fits the grip like a glove and I can nail eight-inch pie plates at 75 yards all day long.
Link Posted: 6/14/2009 4:22:01 PM EST
Glock 21 (not SF) for me and my manly hands
Link Posted: 6/14/2009 5:17:18 PM EST
G21
Link Posted: 6/14/2009 5:20:18 PM EST
Originally Posted By JHMC79:
Originally Posted By DLaw:
FNP45 16 rounds of 45 goodness


+1

Mine is by far the most accurate handgun I've ever shot. Plus to my knowledge, no one else makes a .45 cal handgun that holds 15 rounds in the mag.


+2

Link Posted: 6/14/2009 5:21:43 PM EST
Originally Posted By Marksman14:
I had a G21 in the past, wasn't terribly thrilled with it.

Sold it, and now picked up a G21 SF. I absolutely love it. Night and day difference, simply because I get a better grip and the trigger reach is closer.

You should also check out HK.

For .45 hi-caps, you're NOT going to find anything better than HK's and Glock's offerings.



The FNP-45 is right there with them and probably better than the Glock, I've owned, own all three. The HK might be overall better but it's also $400 more bucks.
Link Posted: 6/14/2009 5:35:35 PM EST
g21


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