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Posted: 11/22/2002 6:23:18 PM EDT
Was thinking of adding another pistol to the collection in .45 cal. I'm more of a rifle guy but I do like shooting handguns too, im just not as good at it yet. I currently own 2 handguns, a HK USP full in 9mm and S&W .22 bull target. I used to have a ruger P97 but i had to sell it when i was hard up for cash. I really liked to shoot that gun and now im thinking about another .45. what do you guys recommend, id like to keep it under $800. This will not be a carry gun, no ccw in ohio, just another to take to the range. I know a lot matters about what feels good for me, but i want to know what has worked for you and why you like it. Im considering, hk usp compact .45, single stack glock .45, maybe a 1911 of some sort, i dont know much about them.
Link Posted: 11/22/2002 6:28:12 PM EDT
hit the search button, this comes up at least 1x a week.

look for HK, SIG or Kimber.
Link Posted: 11/22/2002 7:28:36 PM EDT
For "under $800" I'd look at a used Kimber Classic. For a LOT "under $800" I'd look for a EAA Witness.
Link Posted: 11/22/2002 7:31:05 PM EDT
Sig 220
Link Posted: 11/22/2002 8:01:33 PM EDT
Kimber Custom II or Custom Target II NIB should be around the $700 mark.

You won't be sorry.


Tony
Link Posted: 11/22/2002 8:09:13 PM EDT
If you are an American it is your heritage to own a 1911 style firearm. Go with a
Kimber.
Link Posted: 11/23/2002 9:56:25 AM EDT
Springfield TRP Operator
Link Posted: 11/23/2002 11:18:34 AM EDT
HK USP, Sig, kimber or springfield.

Comes down to what feels best for you.
Link Posted: 11/23/2002 11:37:22 AM EDT
Go with the 1911 style.

The Sig 220 is also good.I had one a few years ago.Sold it to buy a Colt 1991A1.Like the Colt better.
Link Posted: 11/23/2002 12:42:43 PM EDT
Glock 21
Link Posted: 11/23/2002 12:46:38 PM EDT
I have a glock 21 and i really like it
Link Posted: 11/23/2002 1:10:40 PM EDT
Kimber,Kimber,Kimber!
Link Posted: 11/23/2002 1:25:11 PM EDT
Glock 21! It's a GAT!
Link Posted: 11/23/2002 1:58:31 PM EDT
get a glock and put the homeboy nyte sytes on it!


www.birdman.org/products/homeboy1.htm
Link Posted: 11/23/2002 2:10:27 PM EDT
If it's just something to play with at the range and your life doesn't depend on it.....get something cheap! Anything will work well enough for this purpose, even a jam-o-matic. Afterall, if it malfunctions it's no big deal, just a few seconds to clear. However if you get back another Ruger P-97 or a P-90, you can have a relatively cheap pistol, yet one that should work well too.
Link Posted: 11/23/2002 8:31:08 PM EDT

Originally Posted By DevL:
Springfield TRP Operator



Your gonna need another $300-$400 for a TRP Operator but you can get the loaded Operator for $719.


IMHO, Springfield makes some of the finest 1911's on the market.
Link Posted: 11/23/2002 8:54:34 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 11/23/2002 8:55:29 PM EDT by BusMaster007]
Well, this is the one I'm going to get:
Beretta Cougar 8045
www.gunsamerica.com/guns/976223122.htm


My choice for a 1911 would be the Kahr Arms produced AutoOrdnance DeLuxe version, with Hogue grips.
Link Posted: 11/23/2002 9:08:23 PM EDT
Link Posted: 11/23/2002 9:22:45 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Green_Furniture:
Go with what stands the test of time, a 1911.

And which maker? Any of them that start with the letter "K" and end with "IMBER."

That is all, enjoy your new Kimber .45, it's going to become your favorite.



If you do go to the dark side and buy an inferior pistol dont get a series II safety, they are junk!


Psssst, get a Springfield!


Link Posted: 11/24/2002 5:18:29 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 11/24/2002 5:19:14 AM EDT by armabill]
When I was in the Marines we had Colt .45's that were so old that there wasn't any bluing left. They also would jam quite often.

But the new Colt's and other .45 manufacturers have really out did themselves. Todays guns are a hell of a lot better than they were.

I have several Colt's and Springfields. With a Sig thrown in for good measure, all .45's.

But the best one I have is the Colt Gold Cup Trophy.
Link Posted: 11/24/2002 6:51:27 AM EDT

Originally Posted By armabill:
When I was in the Marines we had Colt .45's that were so old that there wasn't any bluing left. They also would jam quite often.
...



That ain't right, sounds like you had an armorer that didn't care and a CO to boot.

I took care of all my units weapons and they were all fully functional and problem free. Sad to hear of this happening to a military unit.
Link Posted: 11/24/2002 3:58:10 PM EDT
S&W M-25 or S&W 625. Best of the 45acps.
Link Posted: 11/24/2002 4:47:37 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Charging_Handle:
If it's just something to play with at the range and your life doesn't depend on it.....get something cheap! Anything will work well enough for this purpose, even a jam-o-matic. Afterall, if it malfunctions it's no big deal, just a few seconds to clear. However if you get back another Ruger P-97 or a P-90, you can have a relatively cheap pistol, yet one that should work well too.



why waste money on a piece of crap gun?

worst advice i've read today, congratulations
Link Posted: 11/24/2002 4:53:55 PM EDT
oh, and no it won't work well enough for the purpose, a cheap gun can need repair and you'll end up spending a fortune returning to factory with a good chance it will never be fixed properly. i went through this with a phoenix arms hp22... the hammer went bad, factory didn't fix... should have bought a ruger or browning to begin with... in the end i was out the same money that a low-end ruger or browing would cost, and for what? for a non-working pistol

buy quality in the first place

Link Posted: 11/24/2002 6:44:45 PM EDT
You have the HK USP in 9mm?
Try the USP .45.
I have one (full size) with the stainless slide.
It's expensive, but I've seen good deals on gunbroker.com.
I got mine nib from a local sheriff's deputy for $550. with 2 10 round hk mags.
Great shooter--I'm not crazy about the Glock21.
It'll shoot anything, but so will my HK.
Link Posted: 11/24/2002 6:55:32 PM EDT
If you like the H%K USP in 9MM , I'd look at the full size 45 first or the Compact 45 second.

On the other hand , we are SIg shooters and LOVE THE P-220 in 45 !!!!!

See which one fits the hand the best and go for it !!

Link Posted: 11/24/2002 7:03:57 PM EDT
Sig P220
Link Posted: 11/25/2002 7:19:30 AM EDT
SIG P220 all the way
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