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10 Best .45 ACP Pistols of 2023 (That Aren’t 1911s)

Want a .45 pistol...but not the 1911? We've got you covered with our top picks of modern handguns that minimize recoil and maximize capacity of the .45 ACP.

When it comes to handguns…nothing is more of an American classic than the .45 ACP.

.45 ACP Ball vs Hollowpoint
.45 ACP ball vs. hollowpoint

It’s big, powerful, and packs a mean punch that can stop nearly anything that comes in its way.

The .45 ACP has been an American icon since Colt released the M1911 in 1911.

World War II Colt M1911
World War II Colt M1911

This pistol was the official sidearm of the United States military for the longest time and saw most of its action between World War I and the Vietnam War.

But now it’s not only the 1911s that have the fun…

We’ve gathered a handful of .45 ACP models that don’t fall into the 1911 category that we think are some of the best in the biz.

Wilson Combat CQB with Rail and TLR-1 HL
Wilson Combat CQB (ok, had to throw in one more 1911)

We’ll walk you through the pros/cons of the models, why we think they’re cool, and hopefully set you on the path to grab one of your very own.

Editor’s Note: New models added April 2023.

Summary of Our Top Picks

  1. Best Single Stack CCW

    Smith & Wesson M&P 45 Shield

    Slim build makes it perfect for CCW.

  2. Best DA/SA Pistol

    Sig Sauer P220 Legion

    Full-size design, smooth trigger

  3. Best Full-Size

    Walther PPQ .45 ACP

    Full-size design, reliable, smooth shooter.

  4. Most Reliable

    Glock G21

    Super reliable, great for home defense or as a duty weapon.

  5. Best Revovler

    Ruger Redhawk .45 ACP/.45 LC

    6-round capacity, recoil isn't terrible.

  6. Best Tactical Model

    FNX-45 Tactical

    Suppressor height sights, threaded barrel, red dot ready.

Table of Contents


.45 ACP

If you’re a firearms enthusiast, you already know that the .45 ACP brings a little bit of recoil.

Because of this, it’s not a caliber that’s recommended for beginner shooters looking for a first self-defense handgun.

Popular Pistol Calibers
Popular pistol calibers

In fact, one of the reasons that the 9mm has experienced recent popularity among law enforcement is because it’s easier to control than the .45 ACP.  

Plus, hollow point ammo advancements have given the 9mm some added performance.

FMJ vs Hollowpoints (9mm and .45 ACP)
FMJ vs Hollowpoints (9mm and .45 ACP)

However, once you learn how to accurately shoot the .45 ACP, you’ll appreciate that raw power.

Pros/Cons of the .45 ACP

So we’ve established that one of the biggest advantages of having a .45 ACP pistol is power.

What’s another? The ammo variety.  

There’s so much out there because of its popularity. We help you narrow it down in our Best. 45 ACP ammo article, so head there to see what we recommend.

.45 ACP Ammo In Stock

Cost Per Round

The downside of buying a .45 pistol is that they’re usually more expensive than other handgun models.

Also, the ammo can cost a bit more. Also worth noting, most .45 ACPs don’t carry as many rounds as their 9mm counterparts.

However, if you’re looking for a reliable gun with a lot of oomph, nothing beats the .45 ACP.

.45 ACP (230gr)
.45 ACP, 230 gr FMJ

Big Bullet, Big Hands

While .45 ACPs are a bit bulkier than some of the other handguns on the market, they’re still very popular handguns for concealed carry.

If you’re considering purchasing your very first .45 ACP, make sure that you do some testing before you make a purchase.

Sometimes you have to test a few out to see what works.

Comfort is part of what makes some guns better than others.

Take some time to see how the gun feels in your hand. Pay attention to how much it weighs, if the grips are slippery or not, and if you can easily reach all the levers with your hand.

Good Trigger Discipline Glock 17

With that all out of the way….let’s get to the guns (in no particular order)!

Best .45 ACP Pistols

1. Smith and Wesson M&P 45 Shield M2.0

The .45 M&P Shield M2.0 is a stellar little carry gun that doesn’t get nearly enough props.

There are even laser-equipped models…

If you’re after a not-a-1911 .45 ACP for use as an EDC, this gun is well worth it.

It can be had with or without an external thumb safety (mine doesn’t have a thumb safety).

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It’s a single-stack, striker-fired polymer pistol designed to withstand daily carry and frequent use, and it gets the job done.

This pistol has an aggressively textured grip, so aggressive you can hold on even when your hands are dripping with sweat or water (I may have poured water all over it).

s&w M&p 45 shield

The polymer frame is embedded with a stainless steel rigid chassis for durability, and the stainless steel slide has a tough Armornite finish.

Capacity is a little limited; the 45 Shield ships with one 6-round magazine and one 7-round magazine.

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Factory white 3-dot sights are standard. The barrel is 3.3 inches long, the gun’s overall weight is 20.5 ounces, and it can be field-stripped without pulling the trigger.

As for accuracy, this is a precise pistol. Granted, it has a shorter barrel, so it’s better for distances under 15 yards, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be used at greater distances.

If you want an upgrade version right out of the box, Smith & Wesson also has the Shield 45 available from their Performance Center with a load of upgrades already made.

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2. Sig Sauer P220 Legion

Right off, I’m referring specifically to the Legion. There’s nothing wrong with the original P220; it’s a perfectly solid gun…but the Legion is better.

(If you want a more direct comparison between the Legion and non-Legion Sigs, take a look at our review of the Sig P226 and P226 Legion.)

sig 220 legion
Sig Sauer P220 Legion

The Sig P220 Legion is a full-size handgun which does make it a challenge to conceal (but not impossible).

Aesthetically it’s a good-looking gun thanks to its Cerakote Elite Legion Gray-finished slide and frame, black G10 grips, and the Legion medallion embedded in said grips.

Sig Legion Series
The entire Sig Legion series looks fantastic!

There’s more to the Legion line than looking pretty, though. The P220 Legion’s greatest feature just might be its P-SAIT trigger — smooth and consistent, crisp break, short reset.

Yes, this is a hammer-fired DA/SA gun. It is available as SAO, but I admit to preferring the DA/SA model. The P220 has a thumb safety, too, something a lot of gun owners prefer.

Oh, and it ships with Sig Sauer Electro-Optics X-RAY hi-vis day/night sights, and they are fantastic.

Sig night sights

It’s a somewhat bulky gun thanks to its alloy frame and stainless-steel slide and carbon steel barrel.

The P220 Legion weighs in at 30.4 ounces, empty, with an overall length of 7.7 inches and 8+1 capacity.

Bottom line? This is a well-made, reliable pistol capable of stellar performance.

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3. Walther PPQ .45 ACP

Walther manufactures some stellar handguns, and the PPQ is among the models I favor.

Like its Glock brethren, it doesn’t have the aesthetic appeal of guns like the Legion, but man, does it work!

competition Walther PPQ
Walther PPQ pistols are popular as competition guns for both beginners and professionals

The Walther PPQ 45 is another full-size gun with an overall length of 7.4 inches.

While a lot of these models feature similar measurements, it’s the details that set them apart.

For example, the PPQ 45 opts for a curved grip with wide, sloping finger grooves that encourage a firm grip.

The grip sports what Walther calls a “non-slip, cross-direction grip surface” and ships with a set of back straps so you can adjust as needed. 

Walther PPQ Grip
Walther PPQ grip

You’ll find the magazine release is ambidextrous, and the 5.6-pound trigger is surprisingly good — smooth pull, crisp break, and easily operational for rapid-fire.

The trigger reset on the PPQ 45 is 0.1 inches, so you could say it’s short. 

This gun has a 12-round capacity and eats everything it’s fed.

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4. Glock 21 Gen 4

You knew I couldn’t write a .45 ACP roundup without throwing the Glock 21 in here.

The G21 might not be a pretty face like the Legion, but it’s a workhouse…meant to do a particular job, and it does it well.

Glock 21. Not pretty to most people, but it’ll shoot for sure.

The Gen 4 G21 is a full-size, striker-fired handgun.

It’s a double stack with a capacity of 13+1.

The barrel measures 4.61 inches, and the G21 offers a total length of 8.07 inches with a weight of 26.28 ounces, unloaded.

Set of Glocks
Just some of my Glocks…

The G21 ships with a modular back strap system so shooters can customize the grip to their hand sizes.

Other features include a reversible magazine release – a great addition for southpaws – a dual recoil spring and rough grip texturing.

As you’d expect, there is an integral accessory rail ahead of the trigger guard and drift-adjustable, dovetailed rear sights.

Since this is a larger gun to start with, a larger and higher power light is nice. Our pick is the Streamlight TLR-1 HL.

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This gun has the expected factory trigger, meaning you might not love it, but I have good news: you can easily go wild on aftermarket parts for your Glock.

Overwatch Glock Trigger
Overwatch Glock trigger

I’ve abused my Glocks at length, and they keep going. If you want a .45 ACP that’s solid and task-specific, you want the Gen 4 G21.

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5. H&K USP 45 Tactical

What would a .45 ACP roundup be without Heckler and Koch?

The HK USP 45 Tactical is similar to the HK Mark 23, only a bit more compact.

HK USP 45 Tactical with a Picatinny accessory rail adapter.

The HK 45 USP Tactical features an overall length of 8.64 inches and an empty weight of 32.8 ounces. 

It offers a host of features, like a 5.09-inch threaded, polygonal bore barrel that is wickedly precise. You’ll get your sub-2-inch groups at 25 yards with this one if you do your part.


This DA/SA hammer-fired gun brings a left-side decocking lever, so if you like having the use of a decocker, here you go.

The trigger is match-grade with an adjustable trigger stop. And the trigger guard is oversized to facilitate use with gloves.

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It seems HKs can be a matter of personal taste, but what gun isn’t? This one is a well-designed, reliable gun that fits my hands nicely and runs beautifully out of the box.

I’m a fan of the suppressor-height factory sights. They have micrometer adjustments for windage and elevation and also because, well, they work if you want to run the gun suppressed as God intended.

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Then there’s the extended slide release and ambidextrous magazine release.

It ships with two mags – one 10-rounder and one 12-rounder.

Totally recommend.

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6. Ruger Redhawk .45 ACP/.45 Colt

No list is complete without revolvers.

Clint Eastwood

In this case, the available pool of newer-model, quality wheel guns is a little shallow, but we do have the Ruger Redhawk .45 ACP…and it’s awesome.

The Redhawk uses a stainless-steel frame and ships with lasered hardwood grips.

ruger redhawk
Now, this is a pretty gun

It’s a large-frame revolver with a rounded butt that I prefer over some of the other grip frames out there.

Oh, and the grip panels are checkered on the sides but smooth at the back and upper edges.

Even if you are not a revolver aficionado, the Redhawk in .45 ACP is probably going to appeal to you.

The Ruger Redhawk .45 ACP has a 4.20-inch, six-groove barrel, ramped front sight, and adjustable rear sight. It’s on the hefty side, with an overall length of 9.50 inches and an empty weight of 44 ounces.

This gun was built to be tough with a triple-locking cylinder and no side plates.

ruger redhawk 2
No side plates on this revolver

Why does it matter there are no side plates?

Since you access this revolver’s working parts from the bottom of the frame instead of the side, it’s more capable of handling recoil and extensive use. You can thank the extra metal in the top strap and sidewalls.

The 6-round capacity might be seen as lacking to some, but with a speed loader is manageable.

One of my favorite things about this gun is its trigger. It was designed with a single spring and has a smooth, even pull and clean break.

This is a DA/SA gun, so take the time to learn to run it double-action.

This is also an accurate gun capable of reaching out and touching targets at longer distances than many of its shorter-barreled, smaller-caliber friends.

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7. FN FNX-45 Tactical

Everything about the FNX-45 Tactical screams tacticool…from the coyote coloring to the controls.

If you want to shoot .45 ACP and look cool doing it, this is your gun.

FNX-45 Tactical
FNX-45 Tactical

It offers a stainless-steel slide assembly and measures 8.6 inches in total length with a weight sitting at 33 ounces unloaded.

As far as features, it brings an aggressive grip texture, interchangeable backstraps, and a threaded 5.3-inch barrel. So add that suppressor…you know you want to!

Additionally, you get suppressor-height Trijicon sights which are a nice addition.

FNX-45 Tactical Sights
Tactical iron sights viewed through a Trijicon RMR

Best of all, the FNx-45 shoots like a dream. Seriously, it feels so good in the hand.

But a drawback of the design is its trigger. It’s a little lacking and not as smooth as some of the other models on the list.

That said, this gun is a workhorse, reliable, and a model you should definitely take a look at.

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And if you want to learn more about this, check out our full review here!

8. Springfield Armory XD-M Elite Compact OSP

Looking for a concealed carry .45 with a bit more capacity? Well, the Springfield XD-M Elite Compact has you covered.

Shooters get a solid capacity of 10+1 in a gun with a 3.8-inch barrel, overall length of 6.75 inches, and a weight of 25 ounces.

It may be a bit wider and taller than the shield, but it has some features that might sway you. (Photo: The Armory Life)

Other features include an optics-ready slide, a u-notch rear and fiber front sight setup, fully ambidextrous controls, and a removable flared magwell base.

Additionally, Springfield has incorporated their new flat-face META trigger for an improved pull and break.

A great feature set, optics capability, and solid capacity in a small package make the XD-M Elite Compact the ideal gun for someone who wants to cut down on size without sacrificing some of the niceties.

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9. SAR K2

Fans of CZ may have noticed the absence of the CZ 97 from this list.

Sadly, it was discontinued in early 2022, leaving a hole in that small market niche of double stack, metal-framed .45 ACP guns that aren’t 1911/2011s.

SAR K2C (Photo: Personal Defense World)

Luckily, the SAR K2 has been flying under the radar and is still around — and dare I say, does it better than CZ 97?

The K2 uses the classic CZ slide-in-frame design and is very reminiscent of the CZ 75 and 97 series both in looks and function.

But don’t be fooled, the K2 has some nifty tricks up its sleeve to make it more than a cheap clone. Namely, it has a whopping 14+1 capacity, far more than the CZ 97’s 10-round capacity.

The Stainless model looks particularly hot. (Photo: Duke’s Sport Shop)

It also has a nice DA/SA trigger with a relatively smooth DA pull and feels good in single action. A 4.7-inch barrel graces the standard full-size model (4.2 inches for the compact), and the gun also comes with a fully adjustable rear sight and a Picatinny accessory rail.

The best part of all of this? It is a couple of hundred bucks cheaper than the CZ was, making this a great value buy for those looking for a high capacity, heavy metal .45 ACP.

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Honorable Mention

10. Hi-Point JHP 45

Whoa, whoa…put down your pitchforks!

Okay, we know…it’s a Hi-Point, but it’s built like a truck, and it’s cheap. So, if you’re looking for something, anything in .45 ACP…give it a shot.

funny hi point
High Point, Mtn Dew, and donuts — perfect day at the range!

If you’re not familiar, the Hi-Point is budget-friendly and goes bang every time.

That’s the good news; the bad news is everything else.

Trigger, mushy, and ew. Sights, you can see them-ish. It feels like a brick but is less ergonomic in your hands.

And disassembly? Good luck. Honestly, you might just want to get a new one rather than fight with taking the one you have apart.

Vienna hi point

All of that said…I mean, it still shoots…like, surprisingly well.

Johnny has taken his out to the range for a lot of plinking and never had a failure, and Hi-Point has a great reputation for amazing customer service also.

No one would call this the nicest or smoothest shooting .45 ACP pistol, but if all you have is $200 and a dream of owning something in .45 ACP…it’s your best option.

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Final Thoughts

As you can see, there are a number of excellent .45 caliber pistols available on the market. 

Each one has its own benefits and drawbacks, so finding the right one for you depends on what you’re looking for.

.45 ACP Ball vs Hollowpoint
.45 ACP Ball vs Hollowpoint

If you’re buying a gun for home defense, I’d recommend a .45 pistol with low recoil or higher magazine capacity.

Also, make sure that you spend enough time at the range getting used to your gun. Even if you have experience shooting .45 caliber pistols in the past, every .45 ACP model shoots a little differently.

chainsaw hi point

The .45 ACP is a great gun to have. Not only will it be an excellent home-defense tool, but it’ll also provide you with hours of enjoyment at the shooting range!

What .45 pistol did you end up choosing?  Check out more in Best 1911s, Best .45 ACP Ammo, and Handgun Calibers Ultimate Guide.

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  • Commenter Avatar
    Chris B.

    My favorites pistol to shoot is the FNX 45, especially for high round count classes (500+). It’s smoother than whipped garlic butter in my opinion. Most of my Sig or HK 9mm’s feel snappy in my hands by the end of a long range day, but higher grains than 115 help.
    I’ve used my FNX-45 from CPL renewals to level four training without any hiccups except a rare failure to lock back when empty.
    I liked it so much I bought the FNX 45 Tactical last year for home defense with a red dot. Unfortunately I’m still waiting for my pistol cal suppressor to clear purgatory.
    My winter gloves are men’s large but my fingers are short; the FNX 45 is still comfortable to trigger a first shot. Sorry, but for me this is an amazingly smooth shooting pistol with any standard ammo like Federal or Winchester. I’d rather shoot this 45 than most of my 9mm’s.

    May 13, 2023 4:03 pm
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    Highpoint??? Seriously?
    And yet no mention of another USA made ccw acp 45....khar cw45
    Y'all should check it out!

    May 5, 2023 4:56 pm
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    Al Lovitz

    I do realize that some prefer something other than a 1911, though it's beyond me to know why. I do like the H&K, as I have one in my meager collection.

    But, for those in the market to pick up a .45acp, do yourself a favor and try out a 1911 too. It just might change your mind.

    April 27, 2023 5:00 pm
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    Brad F

    I own — and love — a CZ 97BD (with the de-cocking lever and no external safety), but I do not mourn it’s passing. Although I also own several revolvers and striker-fired pistols, the all-metal, DA/SA semi-autos are what I grew up shooting. The CZ 97 shoots SO smooth, but is just too big and heavy to carry around on a regular basis. My new, full-size .45 is the Heckler & Koch HK45 with LEM trigger. I ordered the LEM version based upon reviews only, but I’m glad I did. It’s my — notice I didn’t say “the, “ because the LEM trigger is a personal preference — hammer-fired semi-auto for the 21st century. The CZ still makes it into my carry rotation once in a while, but usually in a shoulder holster with 2-3 full mags on my strong side for balance, or in a chest rig when I am hiking.
    Thanks for another great article!

    April 26, 2023 7:25 am
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    Michael Patrick

    H&K born and raised, cut my teeth as a infant on the .45 acp's- USP, USP-C, .45 TAC. Matk23's in which yes I absolutely do fire and use except 1 I have that's all purdy n new... other than that I dearly love my Springfield XDm 4.5 .45acp. All that apply have threaded barrels and you can betchur butt they're absolutely no stranger to having Cans attached on the ends of them. Although I have literally in the high 30 range of .45 acp pistols Colts and Springfields I absolutely adore but my love probably to the abundance of H&K firearms from all of the soprt or hunting rifles such as HK m.940 cal. 30.06 down to .22 mag and .22 cal. Conversion kits for my .223. Then the real workhorse(s) HK 91's and newer G3's , and the caviar of the PDW's -there's not much Heckler & Koch offers my dear and Bad Ass Father didn't have and see that I had as well. I take none of that for granted and am very humble and appreciative to have some of the absolute best firearms for about everything imaginable, I've been very blessed. Just giving props to my peeps at H&K and especially to the stellar firearms manufactured by Hecler & Koch.
    #HKyougetwatchupayfor. -God bless

    April 25, 2023 9:29 pm
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    Pete B.

    Carried an H&K .45 downrange and currently own two P220s and an H&K USP Tactical. All three are excellent, and I'm glad to see them on your list.

    April 25, 2023 7:14 pm
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    Dave R

    Hi Point , really?? What about the Sig 320 compact? It ranks waaaaay up there above that POS Hi Point and SAR. Get your head outta your butt !

    April 25, 2023 6:59 pm
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    Eric Webster

    I have a older

    I have a older Springfield XD that I really like.12 plus 1 and never any troubles.

    April 24, 2023 2:15 pm
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    Was the Auto Rim mentioned? Pretty nice shootin 'volvers.

    March 22, 2023 6:58 pm
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    Al Keller

    Very good article and informative if you could come up with another about the 45LC. Just an idea from an old cowboy . I still like them although am carying a 9mm

    March 6, 2023 4:13 am
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    I have shot the Glock 21 45 and it's a piece of crap not even 50 rounds through it and halfway through the 50 rounds and jams my best gun was Walter PPQ m2 45 I put 3,000 rounds through mine no incidents whatsoever the best shooting handgun that I've ever shot and I would definitely recommend that to anybody than a Glock

    February 19, 2023 9:32 pm
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      I have two Glock Mod 30's, have shot one a lot with no issues, and it is very accurate and dependable. Smaller, easier to conceal, fits my small hands well.

      April 25, 2023 6:05 pm
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    Good info. I'd just like to emphasize what was mentioned about trying to git yer mitts on different pistols before buying. I have a G2 Glock 21, and while it's my usual H.D. choice, it's a huge brick that I rarely carry. My hands fall right in the middle of "medium" on a sizing guide, and with a normal grab, my thumb doesn't reach to my middle finger and my pointer just barely gets to the side of the trigger. If I had a railed version any activation of a light/laser would have to be via the weak hand. As it is I have to shift it around to reach stuff, but with 13 fo-fi's on tap I probably won't have to reload in a fight.

    January 30, 2023 7:13 pm
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    Gregory M

    Beretta PX4 Full Size in 45acp .
    Just so sad the rotating barrel phenom isn't ever mentioned.
    Just. So. Sad.
    Try it. You'll like it.

    January 26, 2023 11:10 pm
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      Another Ed

      Likewise the rotating action on a Boberg Arms XR45-S. 6+1 capacity DAO soft shooting microcompact pocket .45 that can easily handle .45+P!
      Weight: 22.0 oz
      Length: 5.77"
      Barrel: 3.75"
      Height: 4.4"
      Width: 1.08"
      Actual performance of two tested pistols can be seen on the Ballistics By The Inch web site.

      April 26, 2023 12:57 am
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    will brinson ferguson

    I prefer the CMMG Banshee with an 8" barrel chambered in 45 ACP.

    December 24, 2022 11:36 pm
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    Wolfgang Oeller

    H&K P9S anybody?

    December 5, 2022 11:00 am
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    Doug G

    My CZ 97BD is the best gun I have for competition. I often say that "it is more accurate than I know how to shoot". In IDPA I have scored a few zero down matches with this gun even though I normally shoot an CZ SP-01 in 9mm in competition but with less success than the .45.

    August 30, 2022 9:55 am
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      Joseph Bradfield

      Absolutely. First time I shot mine, I smiled wide in surprise. From then on, I was laughing. What a pleasure! My wife was a little bit nervous to try the iconic 45 ACP. Same reaction: first shot, she was smiling. By the end of the magazine, she wouldn't hand it back. She loves it. So easy to control! Definitely helps with aiming in slow fire. *Every* gun is more accurate than the shooter. That said, this gun is helping you shoot better.

      December 9, 2022 5:24 am
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    Vincent Genova

    Another old. regurgitated article from Pewpew.

    July 31, 2022 2:43 am
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      Charles Smith

      Then don’t read or subscribe Vinny.

      April 25, 2023 6:13 pm
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      Jacki Billings

      Hey Vincent, we regularly update these articles with new models, so while the topic may be an older one some of the models are newer. Thanks for reading!

      April 26, 2023 8:04 am
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    The FNX 45 Tac is an incredible gun. I personally have zero issues with it other than sheer size. But I’m getting 15+1 45 acp so size come with the territory. I wouldn’t honestly take it over most other handguns. Especially in a boogalo/ zombie apocalypse/ SHTF scenario. It’s so sturdy I’d use it for a club after I ran out of ammo. The only pistol I like more is my walther PPQ in 9mm. Otherwise that 45 Tac is my favorite pistol. Great gun.

    July 18, 2022 8:44 am
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    I carried a Glock 21 on patrol for many years and loved it. Reliable and quite accurate. All the other guys were carrying 9’s and then the .40 but I stayed with the .45. Reluctantly made the switch for a rail when lights were the thing. Still miss the mag light/ impact weapon. Lol. Still have the Glock and enjoy shooting it from time to time. Although the Sig is a little more accurate I think you would be hard pressed to find anything more reliable than Glock on your list.
    A High Point ? Really? Anything High point is junk. I lost quite a bit of respect for you guys just now. This is a joke

    July 18, 2022 3:15 am
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    Marcelo Costanzo

    Did ever exist a: 1911 style, .45ACP, double stack, double action, 3" or 3.3" barrel?

    July 17, 2022 11:19 pm
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      Para Ordinance made one exactly as you described. Like their Warthog series but double action. I have a Stainless Warthog never had a malfunction so far.

      December 20, 2022 5:40 pm
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    BTW, Johnny needs to do more videos. He's a hoot. Makes me miss Appalachia where I used to live.

    July 17, 2022 7:55 pm
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      maple avis

      well hoots and free money sound like kat the rat is a good funding employee

      August 16, 2022 4:45 am
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    Drop the HiPoint for a Glock 30. It's a compact and one of the best balanced guns I have shot. Easy to conceal with a 3.76 inch barrel. Recoil isn't really much more than my Glock 19.

    July 17, 2022 7:54 pm
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    Could not even dream of a 45 acp coming out of anything other than a 1911. If you shoot one you will understand.

    July 17, 2022 6:16 pm
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    John Anonomous

    No EAA Witnes, no Kahr? But a hi-point?
    No wonder I never took you guys serious..

    July 17, 2022 4:46 pm
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    Jim in Texas

    "However, if you’re looking for a reliable gun with a lot of oomph, nothing beats the .45 ACP."
    Actually, the 10mm is much more powerful than the .45 ACP and due to the smaller dimensions the pistol can actually hold more rounds than a .45 ACP.

    If you don't believe me, then look at the specs from Glock for their 20 vs. 21!

    July 17, 2022 3:21 pm
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    Best .45 ACP pistols that aren't the best .45 ACP pistol. Uh, no thanks.

    July 17, 2022 2:04 pm
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    Hugh G Willett

    The Glock 41 should have been listed if you were going to suggest something other than a 1911. The 41 is the perfect .45 ACP because it is the exact same size as the 1911, which as we all know is the perfect sized, best .45 ACP ever made. Thanks for throwing in the revolver.

    June 16, 2022 4:12 pm
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    Lol you put a hi-point on here wtf

    June 9, 2022 6:27 pm
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    A handgun chambered in .45 ACP that’s NOT a 1911?!?! John Moses Browning is turning over in his grave!

    April 5, 2022 5:32 pm
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    Beretta storm 45 acp is best!

    April 4, 2022 9:23 pm
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      yes i agree, very low recoil. rotating barrel relieves recoil. and thousands of rounds never failed,

      June 14, 2022 11:03 am
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      July 11, 2022 9:35 pm
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    John P

    While not promoted, the Sig P320 in .45 still is a great pistol; I've got mine running a Deltapoint Pro red dot, and it is a champ. Still pressing companies to make an updated grip profile. I have a couple P320's in 9mm, but still love my original .45 version!

    March 14, 2022 8:50 am
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    Patrick Peyton

    It is a shame Sig retired the P320 45ACP. I have the compact frame which offers a great balance between beast power and concealability.

    March 3, 2022 7:23 pm
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    Your question is: What did you chose? Simple, Glock G21 (Home defense), G30 (EDC), and G36 (Car glove compartment). I am 82 years young and still shoot fist sized groups with all three at 7 yards (This is the longest shot line in my house). At twenty five yards. I can put a whole magazine (13+1) in the black. First gun I ever shot was a Colt M1911A sixty years ago. .45 was good then and it still is!

    February 8, 2022 5:44 pm
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    Col. Faulkner

    Just be aware of a few things. HK, whether or not they admit it, has some soft frame issues on their newer 45's such as the HK45 and HK45c. They are not made in Germany, have a P stamped on the side of the frame and over time and use the magazines do not drop free. Maybe that's an issue to you, maybe not but to some it is, like me. Also the FNX is a very big pistol supporting a 15 round magazine in free states. They have had soft frame issues on this line and some of their 9mm's too. HK and FN of USA are not the same as HK and FN of Germany and Belgium respectively.

    February 3, 2022 1:56 pm
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    Good recommendations, all solid guns. I'm old school preferring the DA/SA metal frame guns, so I own most of the classic German-made SIG's. The new Legion models only have a slightly better trigger at a vastly increased cost. I've read dozens of 9mm vs .45ACP over the years and it boils down to common sense. I can shoot my P226 faster and more comfortably, while the P220 stills hits the hardest. Magazine capacity is overrated and only law enforcement and the military need 10+ capacity, but if the extra rounds make you sleep better, more is better than less. Bottom line is to research the market and buy what you are most familiar and comfortable with. Put hundreds of rounds through your defense gun and know it well if you want it to save your life one day.

    January 26, 2022 5:03 am
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    Mike Villers

    I hurt every time I read articles of this nature as they always seem to have an HK USP 45 to rub in my face. I traded mine for an SVI/custom topped with Colt's Series 80 Gold Cup National Match and a monstrous Aimpoint Red Dot on the top floor of that building of a 45 race gun. Regret Regret Regret!

    USP 45 Tactical with 10 extended mags, New barrel, springs, Cmore red dot, very nice trigger work by my favorite gunsmith who had a lot of experience with the USP 45 series triggers. My favorite oversized ambi mag release that I favor above ALL other guns, period. (Reason? my trigger finger sliding off the trigger and grazing the mag release in a split second sweep saving precious time). And a nice full Cerakote job protecting the already durable coat they come with but I had to make it look oh so cool! (about 3k paid into that gun after the cost of the gun!). I am no Master or G-Master and had no biz thinking Strayer Voigt would turn me into one, lol. Sadly I cry out in my sleep for her.... my HK USP 45. Think I'll start over and do it again. The FN FNX 45 is truly a "looker" though and if the trigger can be overcome with some tweaking it may be something to consider over the USP because of the fact that ANYTHING HK after the fact is expensive!

    January 24, 2022 6:57 pm
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    I have nothing to add to the discussion at hand, but have a great story about a 45 ACP.
    Years ago, I picked up a lightly used Para-Ordnance P14 Limited, a double stack single action based on the 1911.
    It is a great shooter, and the wife loved it as much as I. She was shooting IPSC with a Colt Series 80 Govt model, and wanted to move up to something better.

    Without telling her, I gave her my P14 for her birthday. She was all excited, and immediately headed to the backyard to try it out.

    She shot about 10 rounds, and turned to me with tears in her eyes. “It doesn’t shoot nearly as well as yours…”.
    I had to fight to keep from laughing, but managed to just say “Keep shooting it, sweetie, you’ll get used to it.”
    And in a couple more mags, she was smiling again.

    I told her the truth a few years later. I got slapped, but at least I didn’t get shot!

    December 19, 2021 4:48 pm
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      Rob Clisso

      LMAO !! I hear ya...

      February 17, 2022 10:30 am
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    You guys missed the SAR K2 45... If you like the CZ-97B, you'll like the K2. 14+1, CZ based platform. Several hundred dollars less than the CZ. Accurate, reliable, adjustable sights, terrific trigger. Heavy, but sucks up recoil. Negatives are pretty much limited to minimal aftermarket, although it is growing as SARUSA gains market share.

    December 12, 2021 8:26 am
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      YES YES, I second and third that! The so overlooked SARSILMAZ/SAR USA plethora of guns. Just bought the Sar K12 Sport in 9mm and through some aftermarket aluminum grips on it made for the Tanfoglio but a perfect fit and now there's no possible way to have it slip once in your hands. This is going to get a strong bashing from some possibly but I pick it over my CZ Shadow 2 for about every category. I know my CZ is a DA/SA but aside from that the trigger (stock) was just a wee bit better with zero creep and a break so clean, it was above the SA of the CZ in my opinion. The balance was slightly more to my liking and I fell in love with the weight of the gun and the absence of recoil/flip compared to my Shadow 2. The negatives or the largest neg is as mentioned, the lack of aftermarket parts or OEM for that matter. Its been quite some time and far more time than I figured it would take to be a few keystrokes away from acquiring parts and I've not seen anything stocked in the stateside store supposedly just a few bricks away from opening since the get go. Otherwise, this gun has the quality of ANY of the other higher end 9's and 45 with the K2 45

      January 24, 2022 7:19 pm
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      Sean H

      The SAR K245 is my favorite .45ACP. Love my FNX45 tactical but the SAR fits the hands perfectly just like a CZ. Accurate, sweet trigger and reliable. Never one issue! This one sleeps in my nightstand.

      July 17, 2022 4:01 pm
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      SRQ Shooter

      Love my K2C in stainless. All though I do have to admit it takes large "mits" to work it. I wear XX Large gloves, so all's good. But someone with med/large hands could struggle. The only mod was was doing a spring job on it. Now even double action is sweet. Leave the hammer & firing pin springs alone unless you want light strikes and failure to fires.

      March 27, 2023 7:35 pm
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    I have a SIG P227 Tactical .45, suppressor ready, and I dig it. You can reduce your recoil for better follow-up shots by adding a recoil reducer. I use DPM recoil reducers on all of my semiauto pistols, regardless of caliber. The recoil is less than that of a 9mm and accuracy is vastly improved.

    December 11, 2021 1:56 pm
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      I was surprised not to see a SIG 227 on the list. I've had one for many years and it remains my go-to .45. It has all I need in a .45 and is totally reliable.

      June 8, 2022 2:24 am
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    When you start off talking about recoil of the 45 vs 9mm, it would be real nice if you let us know which one of these are the softest recoil, or handle recoil well. Seems like a pretty big factor when considering a 45. I kept reading thinking, they're going to get to ranking the recoil....

    December 10, 2021 2:13 pm
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      Depends on the gun and load. A steel framed .45 might actually shoot softer than poly 9 because the weight compensates for the power. Then you get into mag capacity - an 18 shot 9mm alloy frame might be softer than a poly ten shot .45.

      Throw in loads by bullet weight and what power - a cheap FMJ round nose might be light compared to a hot +p hollow point. About the best that can be done is shoot them all side by side with a recoil measuring device and use a dozen different ammo loads each.

      I'm not gonna be the guy who sorts that table of numbers.

      December 15, 2021 5:33 pm
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    P Herbert

    Personally, I love my 1911. I also have the Glock 30 Gen 4, which I’d take any day over the majority of your selections. You have your opinion and yes, but we all know opinions are like (fill in the blank) we all have them, they all stink. Shoot what you’re comfortable with. The G30 for me is undoubtedly the best balanced pistol I’ve ever shot. And after 40+ years of shooting, I’ve shot my fair share all the way back to S&W Model 17 & 19 wheel guns in the 80’s.

    November 18, 2021 4:25 pm
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    Mark S.

    My first one was a Ruger American Pistol full size. Runs well, easy to service, and can be controlled well with one hand or two. It’s a decent home defense gun, but not the first one I pack to take to the range.

    November 4, 2021 8:22 pm
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    Old Dude Knows Stuff

    I have a RIA Ultra 1911 .45ACP. I paid $600 for it. Out of the box it performs like a 1911 costing 4x as much. I have a Wilson Combat I paid nearly $3k for. The triggers are all but identical.

    November 2, 2021 4:40 pm
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    Remington RP45? 15+1 and cheap. Shoots everything I feed it so far.

    October 6, 2021 12:26 am
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    Daniel S.

    I've got a SIG P220 Equinox. I like it but I wonder if I'd like something like the Legion model more since it's single action only and not DA/SA. I've also fooled around with a CZ 97 a time or two and they feel nice in the hand. Might need to snag one of each up.

    October 3, 2021 8:35 pm
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    S&W 4566 TSW. And yes, you can still order them on contract out of Houghton ME IIRC. Probably takes a quantity of at least 3 digits. You'd thnk Davidson's would do a run.

    If I was a dealer in Knoxville it would be a good thing to have and order special runs, with the new Smith headquarters moving in down the road.

    October 3, 2021 3:59 pm
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    JW Horton

    Mine is a Beretta 8045 Cougar from Davidsons about 30 years ago. Still smooth as butter!

    September 17, 2021 4:05 am
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    FNx 45??? But a high point made the list lol

    September 15, 2021 2:21 pm
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    FNX45 Tactical. One of my favorites.

    September 7, 2021 8:36 pm
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    My Son bought one of them Hi-Point .45 , At first I was a tad Leary of it but I be damn that thing is accurate as all get out , an yes its a bit crude an heavy but has gone bang every time you pull the trigger . I've come to think of it as a dual purpose (1) target shooting (2) provides cardio workout & strengthens shooting arm lol , he keeps it as a boat gun here in Florida. It is a bit of a chore to breakdown but after the 1st time it's not real bad , not something you would wanna field strip .

    August 15, 2021 8:34 am
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    Brian J Beard

    Ummm I couldn't decide, so I got two... 45Shield and the 21 G4. And good luck finding them at those listed prices!!!

    August 14, 2021 10:19 pm
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    Tony Lenoir

    I hope you weren't saying to use speedloaders with Redhawk in 45 acp, those are moon clips. You use speedloaders with 45 colt in the same pistol, but article was about 45 acp.

    July 22, 2021 8:09 pm
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    Keyser Soze

    I enjoyed the article and the fact that you highlighted many of the .45s available. I am retired and carry a .45 as my EDC. In several situations during my career, I saw fellow police officers shoot suspects and it took numerous rounds before the suspect went down. Good shot placement is always the key but not always available in stressful situations. Additional shots might also have been required with a .45 but I why not put a gun and round specifically developed for knock down power to your advantage? Great article and thanks much!

    June 20, 2021 10:57 am
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    Michael Keeney

    Springfield XDM

    June 14, 2021 9:41 am
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      Agreed. Can’t believe it was omitted!

      July 30, 2021 9:13 am
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    Ernest Hooper

    You forgot about the hand made star compact .45 that out performed the Colt compact .45 in guns and ammo. I have one and it is smooth accurate and fast at 25 yards and packs one helluva punch. PD model

    May 14, 2021 12:41 pm
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    Big Al

    You forgot the HK 45. I own a lot of different 45’s my 1911’s are awesome but next under them comes the HK 45. Look it to the history of it I was made for the us special forces. I’m accurate and it’s easy to shoot. One of the best 45s ever made.

    May 12, 2021 6:34 pm
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      Big Al

      Sorry for the misspelling
      iPhone auto correct messed it up. Meant
      Look into the history of it. It was made for the US Special Forces. It’s accurate and easy to shoot. The military scrapped after they decided one gun for the whole military. Sig P320 was chosen. SF wanted a 45 cal and the HK won the trials. Larry bickers was one of the designers. It’s a good price too can get one for around $800

      May 12, 2021 8:54 pm
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    Larry Alvarado

    Any body familiar with the Magnum Research Baby Eagle? I haven't seen nor heard from any body regarding the said.

    May 2, 2021 9:31 pm
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    So..... The HK is simply, and only, 1 semi-auto spot below a HI POINT??? LMFAO. Are you serious????? I call B.S.

    I'll put my HK 45CT against all the above. Please.

    This article is officially suspect.

    I also agree that Springfield Armory should have a place here too. The High point should not even be on the list.

    May 1, 2021 12:17 pm
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      David, PPT Editor

      The numbers aren't ranks.

      May 1, 2021 12:34 pm
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    No mention of the most accurate .45 I have ever shot... Springfield XDM .45acp tactical.
    High point is one of the worst guns i have ever shot.

    April 28, 2021 11:07 pm
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      I just picked up the Springfield armory xdm 4.5 .45 acp and shot it the first time at the range the other day along side my 9s. Very comfortable shooting gun.

      May 26, 2021 9:08 pm
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        The 4.5 45 acp is my nightstand gun. Shooting it at the range is always fun and it goes bang everytime. My first 45. Just picked up a s&w shield 45 for my EDC. It should be every bit as reliable as the Springfield from all the reviews.

        October 1, 2021 9:11 pm
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      I'm glad you mentioned the XDM cuz that is a great damn 45

      June 5, 2021 12:16 pm
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    No FNX-45, this list just isn’t right. Especially the tactical edition w/ threaded barrel and optic cut, mine running a fast fire right now. It’s got everything the HK does plus more ammo and the optic.

    April 27, 2021 7:42 pm
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      Gary G

      I second this. No FNX 45? The 15 round grand mac daddy of them all? This list is a joke.

      June 30, 2021 12:34 am
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    Robert Downey Jr

    Why no mention of the FNX45? Hi-Cap magazine, ambidextrous safeties and mag release, polymer frame, changeable backstraps, the list goes on. Where is the love for FN?

    April 22, 2021 6:28 pm
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    Edwin T. Lee

    Sarsilmaz K2? SAR K2, copy of CZ, adj sights, steel frame, takes para-ord 14 mags or it's own mags made by meg-car, DA-SA, safety--not hammer drop. trigger about the same as 1911 without trigger job.

    April 17, 2021 1:45 pm
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    Dale Dow

    What a bunch of Kimber haters. CZ and no Kimber? bleh... advertisers paying you good...

    April 14, 2021 3:16 pm
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      David, PPT Editor

      No one paid us, we just don't like Kimbers.

      April 14, 2021 4:21 pm
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        I agree with you I had a kimber 45 3 inch barrel it was junk

        December 20, 2021 7:22 pm
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    Johnny... Johnny, Johnny...
    Mr. America Whoopi! Hillperson extraordinaire... Did you just really call that magazine a clip!?? I'm hoping it's part of the redneck presentation of this hunk of Americana... And, though people laugh at them, if I only had $150.00 and a need/desire to protect my family or moonshine still, the damned things work. And I guarantee that the bad guy won't be chastising you for not shooting him with a Colt.

    February 16, 2021 10:34 pm
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    If listing the CZ 97 then the SAR K245 is pretty much the same at half the price?

    February 16, 2021 1:30 pm
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      Damn wish I would've check it out before I bought my CZ but I love it.

      March 16, 2021 5:54 am
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      Damn wish I would've check it out before I bought my CZ but I love it.

      March 16, 2021 5:54 am
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      Damn wish I would've check it out before I bought my CZ but I love it.

      March 16, 2021 5:54 am
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      Edwin T. Lee

      I have some. I like them.

      April 17, 2021 1:47 pm
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    Hi-Point is in the lineup but not the FNX45? Was there a cost cap to make this list?

    February 1, 2021 7:31 pm
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      February 15, 2021 7:36 am
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      William M Jones

      Just got my hands on the FNX45 and I have to say I love the way it feels and 15+1 to boot definitely my new favorite

      March 27, 2021 4:59 pm
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    There has been enough data that shows there is no "Stopping Power" with hand guns.

    January 25, 2021 4:23 am
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      Robert Van Huss

      And yet according to FBI data, about 20 times more people die every year by a handgun, than a rifle of any kind, including the evil AR-15.

      January 30, 2021 2:05 pm
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        Fred Schloss

        I'm one of those that believe that stopping power in a handgun is a myth.

        January 31, 2021 4:26 pm
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          Ernest Hooper

          Remember those cops in California that went against the 2 guys with body armour, the 45 is known to break bones and stop people's hearts wearing body armour or a bullet proof vest.I respectfully disagree.

          May 14, 2021 12:48 pm
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      Mike Foley

      Stopping power is a MYTH. It’s all about PLACEMENT, and that’s no myth....

      February 26, 2021 9:19 pm
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      Keyser Soze

      Sorry, I disagree. A well placed round WILL stop the intended bad guy.

      June 20, 2021 11:02 am
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    I like the FNX .45 Tactical. I've used one for a while that is converted to the .460 Rowland. It's nice to have options.

    January 2, 2021 9:35 am
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    Springfield Armory XD 45 Service Model 4" barrel, 13 + 1 capasity, excellent trigger, super reliable, eats and ejects everything i've run through it, and mine is very accurate even out to 25 yards. I've had it for years and wouldn't trade for it. I do own an S&W Sheild 45 for CC. T Great hand gun!! They're both easy on the wallet as well! I have a buddy that owns an FNX 45. He loves it.

    December 31, 2020 8:54 pm
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      Bart Teutsch

      Had mine over 10 yrs and I can say that I haven’t been gentle with it by any stretch of the imagination and it keeps running n running !!!! Simple Accurate Reliable!!!!! All you should ever need in any firearm........ “ my humble opinion”

      February 11, 2021 11:34 am
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      Rob Wilson

      Of this list, I'd have to go with the G-21 but I also have a 4" XD service model in .45 like this poster and agree, it's terrific.
      My personal favorite? The Gen 2.5 and Gen 3 Glock 30's, bone stock.

      September 25, 2021 4:52 pm
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    J. C. Dutton

    I love my CZ 97 BD that I bought directly from Cajun Gun Works. They fit it with a 1911 style barrel bushing and it has the reach reduction short reset trigger with everything polished and hand fit. They have worked on all my CZ 75 variants, but the 97 they customize is phenomenal.

    December 29, 2020 2:53 pm
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    Tom M

    No FNP or the newer FNX .45 ? Im hearing FN is making an awesome .45

    December 18, 2020 10:16 pm
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    Your mom

    I carry my smith and wesson m&p shield 2.0 with a crimson laser daily, ran 2,500 round since I have owned it, perfect for what it is, very accurate even at 25 yards, I have a 1911 love that gun but a bit much to carry, the mp is a perfect handgun to carry daily.

    December 8, 2020 5:01 pm
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      Does the Shield kick like a mule in 45 acp?

      December 31, 2020 11:14 am
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        I own S&W 625, Paraordinance PC12, Colt 1911 Mk IV Series 80 AND Shield
        45. As far as I can tell ALL 4 recoil about the same,-HARD!!!

        April 17, 2022 7:28 pm
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    FNX45 Tactical?!?! You put a HIGH POINT on here for gods sake. How could you leave it out. What freakin order is this in anyway!

    December 5, 2020 11:50 pm
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    That should’ve said DA/S.A. trigger.... and I forgot to mention the threaded barrel and the patent pending low profile MRD mounting system that lets you use almost any red dot available

    December 5, 2020 7:53 pm
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    I would trust my life every time to my FN FNX Tactical .45. 16 rounds with one in the chamber. S.A./S.A., smooth trigger, carry cocked and locked and has a decocker... not to mention fully ambidextrous mag release, slide release, safety/decocker

    December 5, 2020 7:37 pm
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    I just used my S&W 45 Shield M&P 2.0 Very surprised at the accuracy And not much recoil, seems Even less than my smaller conceal carry 9mm's (I'm guessing because there is more to hold on to) Very happy with this gun!!!

    November 22, 2020 6:19 am
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    dennis Hawxhurst

    I'd put my Springfield 45 ACP XDM up against any of the aforementioned 45s.

    November 10, 2020 11:58 pm
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      Mortimer Plimpton

      So true. The 5.25 is a dream yo shoot.

      November 24, 2020 11:58 am
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      I have the Springfield XD mod2 45 ACP and it's a dream. shoots great, not alot of recoil and its super easy to disassemble.

      November 26, 2020 10:33 pm
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      jonathan mcgowen

      Agreed. I love the ergonomics and grip of mine -- so much that I plan on dumping my Glock 9mm to get an XDM Elite.

      March 23, 2021 5:46 pm
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    HK for the win, as usual.

    And while .45s may be "a bit bulkier than some of the other handguns on the market," that isn't necessarily always the case. My HK 45C is no longer, thicker or heavier than a CZ P-07 in 9mm, and thinner and lighter than a Sig P229.

    And people really need to stop using the term "stopping power" in the context of handguns - it's a myth. .45ACP may be more effective than some other options, but none of them have "stopping power" unless you hit a few specific places.

    November 1, 2020 7:33 am
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      Mike Foley

      “A few specific places.” Are you kidding me! I don’t care if they’re at a sprint and wearing soft armor. If you hit an assailant at center mass with a .45, the pain alone will bring them to their knees! Less of course they’re on PCP.....shoot til they stop.

      February 26, 2021 9:49 pm
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    No Kimber?

    October 27, 2020 8:35 am
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    Daniel Harrison Prewett

    The FN FNX could possibly be the perfect .45. Holds 15 plus one and shoot soft enough that the kids and women I have let fire it love it.

    October 26, 2020 3:19 pm
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      I'd agree that the FNX is one of the nicest .45s available. A top-tier choice, for sure.

      November 1, 2020 7:35 am
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      I 3rd that motion Hammer.

      November 4, 2020 10:22 am
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    Mo Better

    No Sig 227 on your list? I've carried one for years and found it to be an excellent handgun.

    October 26, 2020 8:05 am
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      Probably because it hasn't been made for several years.

      November 1, 2020 7:34 am
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    Tim Pierce

    Two of my favorite non 1911 45s are my XDE and all 13 rounds of SA-XD Springfield Armory

    October 23, 2020 11:28 am
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    Charlie Martinez

    I was also surprised to see the Hi Point but let's face it, a 45 ACP semiauto that "goes bang every time" for $125 is definitely worth mentioning. If I needed of a car/truck gun that I thought could get stolen or scratched up why buy one of the real nice guns when a cheaper one will do the job w/o worries?

    October 20, 2020 10:36 am
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    You put a Hi Point on here, and don’t mention the new Ruger .45? Sheesh....

    October 14, 2020 10:07 pm
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      I couldn't agree more. I have the Ruger American in .45 ACP and right out of the box was amazing. The smaller grip is perfect for my hand. Also have it in 9mm. They are both great. Far superior to my SRs.

      October 28, 2020 10:16 pm
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    Clay Thomas

    Hi Point gets honorable mention, but the FN X45 not any mention?

    October 6, 2020 7:29 pm
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      Scott Miller

      Love my FNX 45!

      October 20, 2020 7:39 pm
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    Robert Fitzhugh

    You lost me with the Hi Point. It doesn't belong on the same page as the other fine 45ACPs. That's like entering an Edsel in the LeMans.

    September 24, 2020 5:57 pm
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      David, PPT Editor

      Welp, at least we tried.

      September 24, 2020 7:11 pm
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        Don't apologize. You done good.
        Not everybody is Thurston Howell the Third.

        October 5, 2020 3:47 am
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      More like entering a Mack Diesel in coast to coast every day work. One of my first and it still shoots as accurate and reliable after years and thousands and thousands of rounds as my sexier handguns.

      October 11, 2020 6:01 pm
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    Great list! I’d like to get the Redhawk, and the Cz97 to start, then maybe a couple of those m&p shields.

    September 20, 2020 1:32 pm
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    My List:

    -HK USP compact or HK 45 Compact LEM
    -HK USP/ HK 45 Full Size
    -Glock 21
    -Beretta 8045
    -Beretta Storm in 45 ACP

    The sig P220 is interesting, lots of permutations of that pistol... so maybe I'd slot it in there.

    But the glock IMHO is better than the smith and the HK beats the walther

    September 8, 2020 9:17 am
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    jonathan mcgowen

    I recently picked up a used Springfield XDM .45 w/ a 5.25" barrel. I was impressed by how smooth it shot. I really like this gun.

    September 6, 2020 2:02 pm
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    I keep reading that the Sig P220 is a little too big for everyday concealed carry. It's not. I'm 5'8", 170lbs, and I find it about the same as a Colt Commander. I use a PJ iwb holster under an untucked shirt, and after a while, I almost forget it's there.

    September 3, 2020 8:16 pm
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    I have been using my FireStar in 45ACP for nearly 30 yrs...I guesstimate over 3000 rounds....hands down, my favorite EDC weapon...small, enough bulk to control, reliable (has only jammed twice, both after a squib), easy to disassemble/clean, feeds anything...

    September 3, 2020 1:49 pm
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    Captain Insano

    Kudos for including the CZ 97B this time around.

    September 2, 2020 9:51 am
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    To bad the Hungarian FEG chambered in .45 ACP, isn't still produced. My brother had one and it was smooth and accurate. Basically a Browning Hi-Power clone, except it was offered in 45 auto. He lost most of his collection to a train wreck of a divorce. I'd love to find one today, I'd snap it up with a quickness.

    September 2, 2020 9:00 am
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    I can not believe you did not cover the Glock 30s..

    September 2, 2020 8:30 am
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      September 2, 2020 1:24 pm
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    Jim Buck

    The trouble is nothing has the trigger that a 1911 has. The H&K USP Tactical is next best and the FN45 is the worst. I rate the Glock about in the middle.

    September 2, 2020 7:08 am
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    Douglas L Dicketts

    You left out the 45 caliber Springfield xdm. I have one with a 3.8 inch match grade barrel and fiber optic sights. It's listed as having a match grade trigger (I wouldn't know) but it's silk smooth pull, crisp break and short reset make me want to agree. It actually improved my results at the range. It came with three back straps. A short magazine for concealed carry (9 rounds), three larger magazines (13 rounds) that have sleeves at the base to make the hand grip longer. A paddle holster, A magazine loader and a well built carry case. All for $500.00

    September 2, 2020 6:49 am
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      jonathan mcgowen

      Agreed. I got a used one w/ a 5.25" barrel. It was very impressive when I took it to the range this weekend. It handled 5 different ammo brands w/o issue.

      September 6, 2020 2:05 pm
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    Mark S.

    Picked up a Remington RP45 w/tritium sites for a bargain price. Striker fired, 15+1 double stack, no separate safety, 4.5 barrel, easy take down. Has worked fine for me. First run had teething issues. Used as a home/truck gun. No problems running hp's, normally loaded with 230 HST's. Happy so far.

    September 2, 2020 12:17 am
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    I will take my FNH/FNX over any of the ones mentioned.

    September 1, 2020 9:01 pm
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    Did you really mention a high point,, yet pass on FNX45 or Springfield XD45.. Normally your articles are pretty good, but this time you really missed the mark

    September 1, 2020 8:15 pm
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    I ended up with four Glocks, 2 21's, a 30, and a 36

    September 1, 2020 7:50 pm
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    Connie in KC

    Own a P97 decocker Ruger my (deceased) wife gave me 20 years ago. Soft shooter. My under the pillow buddy. Too heavy for me to carry, but many police depts issued at one time. Big ole fat mean lookin' jhps should just about do the job on uninvited.

    September 1, 2020 7:26 pm
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    Ken Gilbert

    I am sitting here wondering why the FNX 45 didn't make your list. Could be you never had a chance to shoot this lovely tool. Even with a double stack 15 round magazine you don't have to have Hulk hands to feel hoots smooth the action is. I have several 40 S&W's and a couple of 9's and this is by far my go to EDC.

    September 1, 2020 7:23 pm
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    todd hoopman

    I love the job you did for the high point 45 video! I laughed a few times!

    September 1, 2020 6:56 pm
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    I endorse the PPQ 45, I also think the Springfield XD should be on this list, especially in light of the fact that he HK Mk23 got so much "press" in the USP section and you detail up the Hi-Point (neither of which I have shot - only "held"). I have personally spent time with all of these with the exception of the Legion variation of the P220, P97 and the Gen 4 Glock 21, the before mentioned P97, MK23 & Hi-Point. My Gen 3 Glock 21 was the worst 45 ACP I have ever owned, from a felt recoil perspective it was a palm buster and a real flinch inducer. Everyone's hand is different, grips are different and our fingers "squeeze" differently, your mileage may vary, but short slow stubby is a War Horse killer.

    September 1, 2020 6:53 pm
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    Kevin White

    FNX 45 Tactical isn’t to shabby; 15+1, night sights, rails, threaded barrel ...surprised it’s not on the list.

    September 1, 2020 6:52 pm
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      Ken Gilbert

      Love mine

      September 1, 2020 7:26 pm
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    TB RugerFan

    So disappointed that the Ruger SR45 is not mentioned. I have a number of the SR series and they are excellent , accurate guns.

    September 1, 2020 6:45 pm
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    Mick M

    Great article....but I almost stopped reading after my favorite. 45, the Sig P220 but I'm glad I read on because my next pistol will be a CZ 75 B. I have to agree the HI Point is good enough for those who have to shoot once and throw it in the Chicago river.

    September 1, 2020 6:34 pm
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    And what about the excellent Springfields? You should have upped your count to review and included at least one of the Springfields! Isn’t the XD-S 45 one of the all-time best sellers, quantity wise? Just saying....

    September 1, 2020 6:26 pm
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    Jack Reacher

    Why isn't the Springfield XDS mentioned?

    September 1, 2020 6:14 pm
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      Kevin White

      Good question

      September 1, 2020 6:53 pm
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      Very good question, I carry and shoot mine all the time. Love the size, easy to conceal.

      October 29, 2020 5:18 pm
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    Ollie Barry

    I'm trying to figure out how an M&P shield takes the number 1 slot over the 220 Legion, Glock 21 and the USP45 tactical? Are you insane?

    August 7, 2020 5:35 pm
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      Donn Jacquin

      The lead in did say "in no particular order"

      September 1, 2020 6:07 pm
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      Russ W

      Nope, not insane. She mentioned they were in no particular order. Whew, right?

      September 1, 2020 7:18 pm
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    FNX-45 Tactical anyone???

    July 30, 2020 7:02 pm
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      Right! To me the baddest Out...

      Followed by HK and CZ

      September 1, 2020 6:37 pm
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      September 1, 2020 6:41 pm
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      Kevin White

      Love mine. Great capacity, threaded barrel, night sights... perfect for the range and the nightstand but you’d have to be Santa Claus to EDC with it.

      September 1, 2020 6:50 pm
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      Ken Gilbert

      Love mine

      September 1, 2020 7:25 pm
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    Rick Shootster

    The only gun on this list worth considering for EDC is the S&W Shield. The rest are all too bulky and heavy for EDC IMO. The guns left off are the smaller 1911 version like the S&W Champion or Colt Commander types also made by Kimber, etc. If you're going to carry a Glock in .45, look at the G30s or G36 models. The Glock 21 is huge to carry concealed. The Glock 22 in .40 S&W is a bit better, easier to grip, but again, the baby Glocks would be better for carry. The big revolvers are ridiculous for CC although they would be good for home defense but trying to carry a Redhawk is just too much for EDC/CC. Even when hunting on a hip holster it's like hauling a boat anchor on your hip. Stick to guns made for EDC if you are going to do EDC. I own Glocks, Shield, 1911s, LC9, GP100, and Rossi revolvers. Full size frame revolvers are not terribly good for CC either. Overall, I'd go with the Shield for CC/EDC.

    July 22, 2020 3:04 pm
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    Robert Knigh

    The HK USP Tactical you show is NOT the Tactical. It is a standard USP. The Tactical has a longer and threaded barrel, also stamped "Tactical". The price link is also not for a Tactical.

    July 16, 2020 6:12 am
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    Russell Rackley

    CZ 97B (or B D for carry) are required for this topic. $800 gun that shoots better than a custom 1911 at half the cost.

    July 4, 2020 5:27 am
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      Mick M

      2nd that

      September 1, 2020 6:38 pm
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    Charles Hand

    The Cadillac on this lot is the PPQ 45. Check performance on YouTube. What a great bang for the buck.

    June 21, 2020 8:10 pm
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    I chose the h&k .45 tactical 51/4 inch variant

    June 11, 2020 10:29 pm
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    Have Colt Comp and PPQ45. Colt is sexier but Walther is softer shooter and MUCH easier to maintain. 4 more rounds - a no brainer! Sig Legion, Glock 45 only other options, but Walther trigger is incomparable. PPQ Walther .45 is a bargain. Buy it and enjoy and feel confident in your choice.

    May 5, 2020 5:40 pm
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    I have a S&W Performance center .45acp Shield as my carry gun. LOVE IT! Thankfully I've never had to use it as a defensive weapon. But it has punched many holes in paper, rang many AR500 plates.

    April 8, 2020 11:25 am
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    Sweet article! I wonder what you think of the CZ?
    Thanks Kat!

    March 26, 2020 2:08 pm
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      I was thinking the same. No 97?

      April 7, 2020 5:17 pm
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    Reggie Caruso

    The only thing is; A Ruger Redhawk is not a pistol?

    March 23, 2020 8:52 am
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      David, PPT Editor

      "Pistol" includes revolvers :)

      March 23, 2020 10:21 am
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      Fruit of the loom

      What is it then, a fruit? Pistol comes from the French word “pistolet,” it included both semi auto and revolvers. Don’t be a fruit next time.

      April 29, 2020 6:41 am
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    I have the Ruger 5032 and can attest to the greatness. It will take time to overcome the heavy and long trigger pull, but you will shoot everything else so much better if you do. Keep in mind that the .45 ACP has some cylinder jump to overcome because the case is shorter than .45 Colt. This will affect accuracy some, and you'll have to find the particular cartridge your gun likes. Also, you might adjust your sights for Ruger only hot loaded .45 Colt rounds, and then your point of impact will be off for .45 ACP, or vice versa. Keep these factors in mind.

    EDC is P320 in .45, I know SIG has basically abandoned .45 ACP for this line (no X Frames, no red dots, models dropping out of catalog) but it's Sig accurate and just like the 9/40/357 you can swap frames. Subcompact frame when its hot, full size when you have a coat on. Even a used P250 in .45 (sometimes lower than $300) has a fairly smooth DAO trigger and can swap frames as well (plus you can use a LaserLyte trainer in it without racking the slide every shot).

    March 15, 2020 12:17 pm
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    1) USP compact
    2) CZ 97B
    3) s&w 4506
    4) Sig P220
    5) FNX-45

    February 7, 2020 7:55 pm
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      Sorry 6) Glock 30

      February 7, 2020 7:57 pm
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        Would you recommend a Glock for a 45. Planning on using for home defense

        March 3, 2020 9:01 pm
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          I know this is old but...do yourself a favor and put your hands on the Glock before you buy it. Note that I am not a Glock fan, but I have shot Glock 17, 23, and 43 and didn’t hate them. However, I also shot a Glock 21 (.45acp) and didn’t like it at all compared to any other .45 I had shot before. The .45 being a much bigger round than the 9mm, the grip on the Glock 21 really feels like you’re holding a brick imo. I have fairly large hands too, and it still bothered me, enough to distract me when I was shooting. In contrast I really like the ergonomics on the S&W MP, FNH FN series (both FNS and FNX), all Sig Sauer I have ever touched, and CZ. Nothing wrong with Glock if it works for you, but please try to put your hands on one first when things return to normal and brick and mortars gun store are open.

          April 29, 2020 6:39 am
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    R. Ellis

    Thank you for the information, well considered and well presented. Always nice to hear from a pro.

    January 22, 2020 12:03 pm
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    LOL, as my fellow FN fan boys (girls) mentioned multiple times, the missing of FNX 45 TAC is UNFORGIVABLE (kidding). But yes, there are tons of reasons that why FNX 45 TAC can easily make the list:
    Optic ready. I believe FNX 45 TAC is one of the few first (if not The first) mass produced pistols that has optic ready slide. Plus, I consider co-witness is a must-have for red dot, due to reliability reasons. Knocking down rear sight for optic is never going to happen to me.

    Highest capacity of 45 ACP (As far as I know). 15+1 rounds of 45 ACP, that won’t look bad even compared with some 9mm pistols with 17+1 capacity.

    Super tough and reliable. Originally designed for military service pistol, toughness and reliability is pretty much guaranteed. I have been shooting the cheapest Wolf FMJ 45 ACP for about 2 thousand rounds with zero malfunction (after the breaking in period, 500 rounds, give or take). I know I can trust it with my life.

    Nevertheless, your effort for putting together this article is much appreciated. I just want to share my two cents to make other readers more informed.

    January 19, 2020 8:59 am
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      FN Herstal is incredibly underrated by the general public. I own the FNS9 and it is by far the best striker fired 9 I have shot to date. They make excellent, although pricey, rifles. The FN509 looks outstanding and the older FNX line is good to go in all calibers. I think anyone on the market for a new gun should check FN as well as CZ.

      April 29, 2020 6:44 am
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    I like my Kimber Ulta-Carry ll titanium. It is accurate out at 25 yards, it doesn’t jam and it is very easy to conceal.

    December 29, 2019 4:53 pm
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    Nice choices. There are only a handful of .45 pistols capable of living life as a combat sidearm, recreational toy, self defense tool, or even a competition shooter: HK45/HKUSP, SigP220, FNX45, and any number of $1300+ 1911's such as the Springfield Armory Tactical model 1911, and any Wilson Combat or Ed Brown 1911. It's the rare combination of reliability and pinpoint accuracy that gets a handgun into this elite club. If I left out a worthy gun please remind me, I actually put a bit of thought into my little list, but my brain only works so good.

    December 23, 2019 5:55 pm
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    Grumpy 49

    What about the KAHR .45??? Nice option for those who also own a Colt .45.

    December 21, 2019 12:35 pm
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    Dave W.

    I have 3 a tle customll an hk4c and a fn45tnx may be one day I'll have a 2011

    December 6, 2019 1:50 am
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    kenneth tripp

    FNX-45 Tactical. As a owner of many .45 ACP's ranging from Kimber Desert Warrior to a SVI double stack race gun I have to say that my FN is my go to .45. As a Marine (not active any longer) I obviously know first hand how great FNH weapons are and the FNX-45 meets those same expectations. I think either this particular weapon was never handled and shot by the author would be a acceptable reason for not being on the list. That would be the ONLY reason why a Glock or any of those chosen would be yet not the FNX.

    November 21, 2019 8:40 pm
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      William Dove

      Agree I love my FNX 45

      December 1, 2019 4:35 pm
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      Totally agreed. FNX 45 TAC is my first .45 acp. And I never bothered to look around for another .45.

      January 19, 2020 8:36 am
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    Tony Vega

    FYI: SIG P220 only comes with a safety in SAO otherwise it comes with a decocker.

    November 17, 2019 11:57 pm
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    Fair try; but... always a 'but', eh?...you left out my Springfield XD. I opted for 4" bbl since I have 4 5" 1911s and am well-pleased. mw

    November 7, 2019 9:37 am
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      Not a XD

      Every time someone tells me they have an XD I get the same feeling I feel when someone tells me they shoot 40 caliber.

      November 16, 2019 10:23 am
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        Joe Valdez

        Have to laugh at ignorant people in regards to the .40S&W( also the XD line of firearms). Don't just look at the ballistics, that are far superior to 9mm & .45acp. , but energy ft. lbs. and wound channels. The only thing better is a 10mm!!! I do understand that some of the limp wristed idiots just can't handle the recoil

        December 3, 2019 5:08 pm
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          Brian N Johanson

          Check out the "tough" guy...LOL. You go 10 mike mike, make love to it...

          December 14, 2019 3:59 pm
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        Brian N Johanson

        Every time you write, I get the same feeling I believe I would have by kissing my sister...

        December 14, 2019 3:57 pm
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      Brian N Johanson

      Hear, hear !

      December 14, 2019 3:56 pm
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    Bill Dove

    Where is the FNX45. It has the highest capacity Magazine and is perfect with shooters with big hands. The Sti Staccato P and the Baretta PX4 Storm should be on this list over a few other of your choices

    November 6, 2019 1:47 pm
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      Rod Ortiz

      I was going to mention the FNX45 (great gun) also. I have 3 45s, my Colt Combat Elite is obviously a 1911 so not on this list, my M&P 45 is, but what about my CZ 97?!? 10 rds + 1, and an amazing shooter. No, it's not a carry gun but a sheer delight on the range and an excellent home defense option with its tritium sights (this one sleeps under my pillow).

      November 7, 2019 11:01 am
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    Where is the Glock 42?

    November 5, 2019 8:31 pm
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      The Glock 42 is contained in a different article, as it is a .380 caliber, while this article is about non-1911 .45 ACP handguns. (Please pause to review the title of the article.)

      BTW, I am devoted to my XD Tactical 5" - somewhat big & heavy, but a very stable .45 ACP platform for my use.

      June 28, 2020 8:50 pm
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    What a ridiculous list!

    I'm sorry but I can't fathom this list, you got half of the contenders wrong.

    4 of the contenders are USP Tactical/USP full size, USP Compact, HK 45 Compact, and HK 45 tactical/Full size.

    From there the sig is a great choice, so is the glock. But that is your 6, and the reason being, is the 45 compact in LEM or the USP compact with the LEM is the best Carry 45 size and ergos ever.

    But the USP/HK45 and the permutations are the best 45's still to this date. I like the glock, but the LEM trigger is just so perfect on the HK's that striker goodness is a mute point.

    November 4, 2019 2:08 pm
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    T. Racine

    Good article. Though the Glock 21 would be rather reliable, it’s grip is just too big. I settled for smaller USP 45 then later an Expert 45 which I competed with for 14 years. It was forgiving to shoot and utterly reliable and accurate! At 1” for 25 yards it would ring 12” steel 9/10 x at 100 yards.

    November 4, 2019 12:50 pm
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    Is .45acp still a relevant cartridge? Yes its a load not to be sneezed at and in certain applications is perfect. However Imho the 9mm as come a long way the past 10 years. There are some loads that have some devastating violent knock down power. I’d rather carry 15-21 rounds of 124g+P HP. I know plenty will disagree. Just a thought.

    November 4, 2019 12:45 pm
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      Your list is OK. But, Glock forever! I have a 21 a 30 and a 36. All three are EDC weapons (not at the same time of course), Been carrying for about three and a half years and I live in Orange County California.

      November 4, 2019 10:42 pm
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      William Dove

      I live in the Kiladelphia area, I carry my 45 as primary a 9mm as a secondary.

      November 6, 2019 1:52 pm
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    Where is the FNX45? Really?!?

    November 4, 2019 10:12 am
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      T. Racine

      It’s my next pistol acquisition. Between a CMMG MK Guard holding 30 rounds of 45 ACP (soon to get an 8” barrel pistol configuration), and the FN FNX, the only missing parts are a laser and lights for both and my SLP or JP slung on my back then I’d say I’d be ready.

      November 4, 2019 12:57 pm
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    Like to see a review on CZ 97. Super .45 acp that most people don’t know about. High quality and competitive price.

    November 4, 2019 8:39 am
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    victor castle

    DennyC said a lot. I have had a Kimber custom .45 for many years and it has never failed to fire and only had one jam early on during break in.
    I believe on of the most important things on any gun is the trigger pull. If it is not smooth and easy, you will more than likely pull to the right.
    A old Nam combat Vet.

    November 4, 2019 12:03 am
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    I conceal carry a Glock 36 e/w night sights when I'm not carrying a Kimber compact pro e/w night sights. Lately I've been shooting a lot with an FN FX-45 tactical and it should be considered one of the top non 1911 handguns available. Mine has the factory high night sights and Trijicon RMR optic. I think this pistol shoots better than my Glock SF21 and almost as well as my Sig P220.

    November 3, 2019 10:39 pm
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    Fnx for the win imho. Trigger on the hk tho is fire

    November 3, 2019 10:08 pm
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    Love my Ruger P97 decocker. Never fails to fire. Heavy, but soft shooter.

    November 3, 2019 9:10 pm
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    I know that these types of articles are by nature not all inclusive, but I've had a Springfield Xdm compact for a couple of years now. I love my 1911, but wanted larger capacity in .45 cal.
    Having shot close to 3,000 rounds of different brands, weights, and bullet types, I have never had an FTF or jam. This is a quality firearm. I'm older, so I did swap out the standard sights for TruGlo tfx 3dot tritium sights.

    November 3, 2019 8:38 pm
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    Doug Riding

    Gee... I'm seein' a LOT of Browning in these 'way beyond Browning' pisolas…

    The internals weren't much discussed, but it looks like they're mostly breech-locks...
    Lessee, magazine in the handle, check - cocking / chambering slide, check - A lotta thumb safety's I see, check...

    I dunno Kat, They all look pretty 'Brownish' to me !
    ( 'cept the revolvers... They look like Colt had sumpin' to do with them ! )

    November 3, 2019 7:22 pm
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    Peter Miles

    I own a Redhawk 45 ACP/45 LC, and love it. It is one of the best looking handguns ever made, imho. With ACP loads it has minimal recoil, but hits hard. The full moon clips make for easy reloads too. And because its a Ruger you can use the hottest 45 LC loads available for bear-stopping power in a very easy to carry handgun.
    My other 45 ACP is a Sig 320 full-size. A very capable gun that I carry OWB quite a lot on outdoor trips. I am in search of a smaller CCW 45 ACP. A review of the Ruger American compact would be helpful. The 10 +1 capacity sounds great in a small package. I had hoped Sig would develop a concealable 320 in 45 ACP, especially since the fire control units make for easy swaps between different size frames.
    The other handgun on my wish list in 45 caliber is a Ruger Blackhawk with ACP and LC cylinders.

    November 3, 2019 7:13 pm
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      I know what you mean about the Redhawk .45 ACP/.45 Colt. I love mine. I actually seen to shoot more accurately with the ACP. If you also are seeking a good, compact .45 ACP then, yes, the Shield is a good choice. I put a Hogue grip wrap on mine because the aggressive stippling becomes uncomfortable during extended range sessions. AND, I just acquired a Gen 4 Glock 30. The mag holds 10 so with one in the chamber that’s a decent capacity. Didn’t need it but my LGS had an insane deal on it. Taking it out this coming Tuesday.

      November 3, 2019 8:09 pm
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    Sua Sponte

    Picked up a Rock Island 45, not quite as inexpensive as some, but, not quite as expensive as some. Been running great.

    November 3, 2019 7:02 pm
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    Glock 30. Perfectly balanced and concealable in a pocket holster. Recoil isn’ bad either. Fits in my Glock 26 pocket holster. 10 round capacity.

    November 3, 2019 6:58 pm
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    Why it the Springfield or FN-FNX? The FNX is built for war with a 15 round capacity. The m&p 45 2.0 is best value, excellent sights, single stack 10 for people living in communist states.

    November 3, 2019 6:37 pm
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      Virgil Hill

      That is a fact. The M&P .45 2.0 is a fantastic pistol. The grip angle and texture make it very. very controllable and fun to shoot. I intend to buy one asap.

      July 17, 2022 4:38 pm
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    Marcus Aurelius Tarkus

    If you're big enough to pull it off comfortably and without printing--and, obviously, can shoot it well--a 1911 carried condition 1 is a fine .45acp CC choice, at least for the colder-weather/more-clothing months. I look forward to the latter so that I can carry concealed a full-size .45acp or 9mm semi-auto, or an equally hefty (e.g. S&W 686+) wheel gun. My Sig P365 or Walther PPK/S does great for the rest of the year.

    November 3, 2019 5:53 pm
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    Derek F Foreal

    How can the Glock 21 make this list and not the FNX 45 tactical?

    November 3, 2019 5:17 pm
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      Mike W Long

      + 1 Completely agree. I cant say enough about my FNX 45 tactical. I like it so much I am thinking about getting a second. lol

      November 3, 2019 5:59 pm
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      Antonio Mills

      I was wondering the same thing

      November 3, 2019 6:16 pm
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    Captain Insano

    No CZ 97B? Get out of town. You don't really know much about .45s.

    November 3, 2019 5:01 pm
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    Tim S

    Just wondering if CZ-USA Model 97B was under consideration ? Great shooting DA/SA pistol.

    November 3, 2019 4:24 pm
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      November 3, 2019 4:44 pm
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    Does anyone know what gun is best for a petite, thin female who's never owned a gun? A 9mm? If so which 9mm? I only want to own ONE gun, so I don't want to get a beginner gun. They're expensive.

    I want to buy one good gun for home defense that I can have forever. Also, what prices points are good and where is the best place to buy one so I can get a deal? Thanks!

    April 13, 2019 7:42 pm
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      I would go with a Glock 19 (my first pistol and I have had it for 30 years). Price point is in the $450 range. Great gun and easy to shoot. I recommend going to a local range and trying out a few. You should be able to rent some for about $10 per gun (most will require you to buy the ammo from them). Good luck!

      April 16, 2019 3:15 pm
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      Smith and Wesson M&P Shield 9mm 2.0 is an excellent gun for smaller to medium size hands. I'm a 26 year old man and I find this gun to be really comfortable and concealable.

      April 17, 2019 8:25 pm
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      Gina Huff

      Listen to Bob.
      Get a full size Glock 9mm.
      Don’t try to get one pistol that you can carry but also serves as a “home” gun. One can’t do it all.

      April 29, 2019 6:14 am
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        Nonsense. I have the same size hands as my wife, and a full-size Glock is absolutely useless to me. Furthermore, you should practice with the gun that you carry, and the gun that you are most familiar with should be your go-to for home defense as well..

        November 3, 2019 5:01 pm
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      Thanks for all the info you guys! I appreciate it!

      April 29, 2019 10:37 am
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      Shaun Emmons

      My wife is a small woman of 110 lbs and we recently got her the S&W M&P .380 Shield EZ For self defense and she has since Fired a few hundred rounds through this gun and she loves it. It fits her hand well, is easy to rack, and the minimal recoil of the .380 is no problem for her. We shopped around for quite a while and this was overwhelmingly the best choice and fit for her.

      October 9, 2019 8:09 pm
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      get a sa 9mm nice gun

      November 2, 2019 5:06 pm
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      get a sa9mm made by Ruger nice gun light and has plenty of power
      with hp

      November 2, 2019 5:08 pm
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      If you are only going to own one gun, I would recommend a S&W Shield 9 M2.0.

      November 3, 2019 4:56 pm
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    Wilbur Post

    But, but, where's my Walther PPQ M2 in .45 ACP? Removable backstraps give it the edge over the Glock 21 IMHO.

    March 25, 2019 9:17 pm
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    There is no finer handgun than the FNX45. Invalidates this list that it is not included . Accurate, reliable. I have both the HK45 and the FNX45, and the FN offering is a better pistol. Plus, my HK is finicky with ammo brands.

    March 5, 2019 7:18 am
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    Dennis Bechtel

    why is the fnx ,.45 acp pistol not listed ? it holds 15 rounds in the magazine and one in the chamber 16 total.is more accurate than most v1911 pistols is reachable under 800 bucks and has a double single action trigger ,tunable to 2 lb trigger pull ?

    February 4, 2019 4:39 am
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    Ruger P90 thats all you need to know

    January 22, 2019 7:26 pm
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    Have you looked at the CZ 97 B / BD.......

    January 10, 2019 6:00 pm
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    title says (that aren't a 1911)

    FIRST GUN ON THE LIST IS A 1911?!!?!?!?!?!? WTF

    January 7, 2019 8:49 pm
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      The first gun is Smith and Wesson M&P 45 Shield M2.0. How is that a 1911? Or did you just look at pictures without reading a word of it?

      November 3, 2019 5:44 pm
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        David, PPT Editor

        This article was updated today but was originally published over a year ago, the comment above yours is 9 months old from before the update. At the time of their comment, they were correct.

        November 3, 2019 7:59 pm
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    Paul Metz

    #6 the Sig Sauer P220 Match does not have double action. It is a SAO .

    December 29, 2018 12:10 pm
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    ron ronson

    1. Title is misleading; it should read "6 guns that aren't 1911's, and a 1911 because I can't google very well". 2. You excluded some of the best options on the market to make way for what I can only imagine are your sponsors. 3. The article has many areas which are poorly written, and the unwarranted advice about self- protection makes me cringe. 4. Please don't write your bio like you're an expert on anything.

    November 10, 2018 9:57 pm
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    Daemon Richman

    The Cz 97B Is one of the most accurated 45 acp, i have all guns of the list except for the Beretta and i will said, to me the Cz 97B is the best of them.

    October 11, 2018 8:17 pm
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    Hi Point 45 should not only be on this list but it should be number 1.

    September 24, 2018 6:08 pm
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    How can you leave the Hi Point 45 off this list? Its number one by far.

    September 24, 2018 6:07 pm
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      Lol from what I hear it's reliable enough, but I don't like my women or my guns ugly.

      December 2, 2018 11:17 pm
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        Lee schaefferkoetter

        It actually is quite reliable. I have one but dang is it heavy and ugly

        December 13, 2018 2:36 am
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    The FN FNX 45 should be near the top of this list. The fact it's not even on it makes me wonder about this article.

    June 18, 2018 9:47 pm
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    Hi country Rick

    I'm just curious how you can leave the FN tactical out of this group.. you are very well versed but that pistol should of definitely been included..

    May 23, 2018 3:38 pm
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    Joe Blow

    7 Best .45 ACP Pistols (That Aren’t 1911s)

    And the first one is a 1911.

    May 15, 2018 9:28 am
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      Eric Hung

      Keeping you on your toes!

      May 15, 2018 10:23 am
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    Why isn't the FN on this list? Also the Taurus 24/7's were all recalled so I wouldn't buy one, also the magazines for the G1 taurus 24/7s have been discontinued for years so it's very hard/expensive to find one... ask me how I know.

    April 25, 2018 9:17 am
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    Don't forget about the Walther PPQ 45!

    12+1 rounds of 45 ACP and Walther's incredible PPQ trigger, selling for ~$650 around here

    April 21, 2018 7:45 am
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      I would say possibly the best two were left off this list... FN Tacticle and the Walther PPQ 45 ... both are AMAZING!!

      August 24, 2018 12:17 pm
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    Where is the CZ 97 B ???

    April 18, 2018 3:29 am
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    Hk45c, I love it. My new favorite.

    March 31, 2018 5:16 am
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    Want a great trigger on a .45 pistol? Try a Pardini GT45. Mine breaks at 1.5 lbs but easily adjusted higher if desired.

    February 13, 2018 7:04 pm
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    I have an HK45c. Awesome pistol. Accurate. Easy to shoot. Great mag release. Better than my Sig P220, by a bit. Great ergonomics!

    February 6, 2018 6:16 pm
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    I'd consider the hk mark 23 as a top pistol design. Yes, it's big but designed to outlast any of us.

    January 23, 2018 10:14 am
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    public Adjuster

    The 16 Round FNX-45 Tactical (Fabrique Nationelle/Winchester) is far superior in in its features if a tad bigger handgun is Ok. Mine is outfitted with a Grizzly Muzzle Brake in SS-Dark Earth Finish, has the Laser Sight and low-profile rail Laser. Custom gun leather was made by Kevin Nightingale in Ohio.

    Re-think your position; no benefit is more important than capacity.

    December 31, 2017 1:36 pm
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    Umm the FNX-45 Tactical isn't on here.....Serious loss of credibility here. I never comment on these things, but was completely floored when I saw that the FNX was missing....15+1 capacity, DA/SA, decocker, night sights standard, threaded barrel standard (none of the listed guns had that) was a serious contender to replace the M9. The list goes on, go ahead and look it up.

    I love this blog, but I'm very glad this is an old post....... .

    December 1, 2017 9:01 am
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      Eric Hung

      Yup, we're looking to do a lot of updates in the new year...thanks for reading, Zach!

      December 14, 2017 12:42 pm
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    Your article sparked some interest as I started searching for a .45 and did not necessarily want a 1911 frame. I recently fired an FN and a griffon(1911 frame). I really like the FN but out of my price range. I started researching Taurus 24/7 OSS. I own a 909 and it is great. I was able to locate a new in the box 24/7 oss. but just learned it is on the Taurus class action claim. What feedback information etc. as the author can you follow up with. The reviews I have read regarding the OSS have all been great. Thank you for your feedback.

    October 19, 2017 12:41 pm
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      Eric Hung

      Hi Mark, actually not familiar with the class action claim. I'll get back to you on any updates we find.

      October 26, 2017 2:23 pm
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    Title of article "7 Best Non-1911 .45 Pistols"...first pistol mentioned? A 1911. Come on man, seriously?

    September 29, 2017 7:55 am
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    Lol 19+1 45acp xdm.

    September 24, 2017 4:08 am
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      Eric Hung

      Thanks for catching that, Bud!

      September 28, 2017 9:33 am
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    John T

    the supermatch is SAO .................... and I have one and its excellent .......... but if you have smaller hands like myself, the gorgeous wooden grips are a tad large........ but hogue grips offered by sig for this model are excellent and reduce the grip size significantly.

    September 20, 2017 11:59 am
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    Thanks for the review. I am interested in the Springfield XD(M) in .45 caliber. But I believe your links and information are pertaining to the XD(M) 4.5 inch barrel in 9mm with 19+1 capacity.

    September 4, 2017 8:36 pm
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      Eric Hung

      Thanks for catching that Bonnie...fixing now!

      September 6, 2017 2:08 pm
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    Can I get some comments on the Kimber Raptor 45

    July 7, 2017 6:16 pm
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    Michael P

    Thank you for all the information you provide here. I just recently started buying and collecting guns. I feel like im buying my first car, dont know quite what is good or bad, but anxious to own. I have a dpms ar15, a century arms ak47, and a glock 19 gen4. i have not fired either of them yet because i do not want to screw anything. i know they need to be cleaned and oiled, i assume anyway, before any of that activity happens. reading your articles and browsing your site gives me confidence to get started. i think this is a hobby that will grow on me. i will be spending alot of time here.

    December 20, 2016 10:55 pm
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      Hi Michael, welcome to the hobby and thanks so much for your kind words. We'll see you around!

      December 20, 2016 11:41 pm
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    Gene Black

    Taurus has some newer 24/7s now that are supposed to have OSS DNA in them and look pretty promising.

    That aside though, did you consider the Sarsilmaz K2-45? (EAA SAR K2) I have one I've been pretty happy with. 14+1 capacity, DA/SA trigger, sturdy and well built, accurate, etc. It's also quite cheap - but I believe it performs much better than many of it's more expensive counterparts.

    December 20, 2016 10:11 pm
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      Hi Gene, thanks for the update on the OSS. That Sarsilmaz...even I had to google it since I've never heard of that Turkish manufacturer.

      December 20, 2016 11:40 pm
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    Handgun Caliber Smallest to Largest
    you left out the 25 and 32 acp cartridges in common handgun ammo, also 41, 44 Magnum,
    5,56 isn;t really a handgun cartridge,

    32acp jhp w baretta 32 lynx, best POCKET pistol by far,

    great job, u r better than guns and ammo !!

    here's a good one, repeat if you wish, i ordered a bb gun magazine from Midway USA and they refused to ship it because i live in Kalifornia, and it was more than 10 shots! Larry Potterfield supports gun control. I had to explain the diff bet a firearm and a toy gun to them

    December 20, 2016 8:09 pm
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      Hi Rick, yup I tried with the ones I had on hand. 5.56 for reference! Thanks for reading!

      December 20, 2016 9:39 pm
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    Lou Szabo

    Great review! It must be really difficult limiting the list...

    I found an older model that I really like: Para Ordnance P12. Compact size for easy carry, but with a 12 round double stack magazine. My P30SK has more muzzle flip. If you like the 1911 style trigger and feel of the 1911, this is a nice alternative. I almost went with the M&P shield 45 when this came to my attention.

    December 20, 2016 7:11 pm
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      Thanks for the suggestion Lou!

      December 20, 2016 9:38 pm
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