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

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 1911’s that have the fun…

We’ll cover what we think are the top seven .45 ACPs on the market.  

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

Each of these models have set the standard for reliability and accuracy.   They’re excellent for home defense and will make a great addition to your firearms collection.  

If you really want a 1911 (everyone needs at least one) check out our Best 1911’s for the Money.

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.45 ACP

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

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

Popular Pistol Calibers
Popular Pistol Calibers

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 more stopping power.

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

However, once you learn how to accurately shoot the .45, you’ll appreciate that raw power that other most other handguns calibers just can’t offer.

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 a little for cheap but reliable plinking ammo plus self-defense rounds.

.45 ACP 230 gr HST
.45 ACP 230 gr HST

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

Also, the ammo tends to cost a bit more and 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 stopping power, nothing beats the .45 ACP.

.45 ACP (230gr)
.45 ACP (230gr)

Big Bullet, Big Hands

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

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

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

Some are better at range shooting and others are better for defense.  Take some time to think about what your .45 ACPs primary function will be.

While there are a number of high-quality .45 caliber pistols out there, the guns covered in this article are some of the most well rounded and diverse pistols on the market.  

They are the pinnacle of craftsmanship, dependability, and accuracy.

Now…finally (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.

If you’re after a not-a-1911 .45 ACP for use as an EDC this gun is well worth it. This gun can be had with or without an external thumb safety (mine doesn’t have a thumb safety).

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Prices accurate at time of writing

Prices accurate at time of writing

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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Prices accurate at time of writing

Prices accurate at time of writing

Factory white three-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.

Just take the time to get familiar with the gun and your chosen ammunition to be sure you understand what it can and cannot do.

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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Prices accurate at time of writing

2. Sig Sauer P220 Legion

Right off I’ll say 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.

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.

There’s more to the Legion line that looking pretty, though. The P220 Legion’s greatest feature just might be its P-SAIT trigger. The Legion’s trigger pull is smooth and consistent, the break is crisp, and re-set is short. It rocks.

Yes, this is a hammer-fired, DA/SA gun. It is available as SAO but I admit to preferring the DA/SA model. Even the double-action pull is smooth, making it among my favorite DAs to shoot. 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. It has an overall length of 7.7-inches, a height of 5.5-inches, and an overall width of 1.3-inches.

Basically, you need a good holster and sturdy gun belt to carry this gun (you should have those things anyway).

This gun is ridiculously comfortable in my hands. That doesn’t mean it will be in yours; my hands are long and narrow so I do tend to prefer double-stacks to single-stacks, but I like this particular single-stack just fine.

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Prices accurate at time of writing

Prices accurate at time of writing

The SIG P220 Legion in .45 ACP has an 8+1 capacity. It’s also precise enough to drill all those rounds through a single hole at 15 yards as long as you do your part for accuracy.

Bottom line? This is a well-made, reliable pistol capable of stellar performance. (I have a P220 in 10mm, too.)

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.

Playing card drill, anyone? The SIG P226 Legion produced this beautiful ten-round playing card drill the first magazine through the gun.
SIG P226 Legion produced this beautiful ten-round playing card drill the first magazine through the gun

3. Walther PPQ .45 ACP

Walther manufactures some stellar handguns. More than once I’ve pulled a review Walther from its box and nailed beautiful single-hole groups with the first magazine.

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 ever 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. It has an overall length of 7.4-inches, a width of 1.3-inches, and a height of 5.8-inches. You might have noticed these guns have similar dimensions and while that is true their grip shape and overall ergonomics differ noticeably.

For instance, the PPQ 45 has 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 which can come in handy 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. I’ve had excellent success with PPQs.

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Prices accurate at time of writing

Prices accurate at time of writing

Not only is the design a nice fit to a wide variety of hands but it’s accurate. I like accurate. Walther did its usual good job on the PPQ 45.

4. Glock G21, Gen 4

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

It’s a Glock so it’s kind of a given that it’s reliable. Of course, that also means it isn’t a pretty face like the aforementioned SIG P220 Legion.

Glock21
Glock 21, not pretty to most people but it’ll shoot for sure.

No, the G21 is a workhouse. It’s a tool. It’s meant to do a particular job and it does it well.

The Gen 4 G21 is a full-size, striker-fired handgun. It’s a double-stack, of course, and has a capacity of 13 +1. The barrel on this gun is 4.61-inches long, a detail that does lend it accuracy and some reach, and it weighs 26.28 ounces, empty. Once you load a mag that jumps to 38.80 ounces.

With an overall length of 8.07-inches and a width of 1.34-inches it’s a sizeable handgun. So yes, this is a heavier gun, but that doesn’t mean you should avoid it.

My first handgun – nevermind when – was a Glock and today I have…let’s just say quite a few.

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. I rarely end up using those back straps but I know a lot of guys who use them with great results.

Yes, your grip fit matters. You might be surprised how much of a difference it makes when your gun fits your hand properly.

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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Prices accurate at time of writing

Prices accurate at time of writing

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

Want a new trigger? Get you one.

Velocity Glock Trigger
Velocity Glock Trigger from the Best Glock Triggers

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

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Prices accurate at time of writing

Prices accurate at time of writing

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5. H&K 45 USP Tactical

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

The HK 45 USP Tactical is similar to the HK Mark 23 only a bit more compact. It isn’t exactly a small pistol but it is technically smaller than the Mark 23.

HK45 USP with mounted light
HK45 USP with mounted light

The Mark 23 has an overall length of 9.65 inches, an overall height of 5.90 inches, and an empty weight of 39.36 ounces and the HK 45 USP Tactical has an overall length of 8.64 inches, an overall height of 5.90 inches, and an empty weight of 32.8 ounces. 

The HK 45 USP Tactical has a host of features to recommend it. It has a 5.09-inch threaded, polygonal bore barrel and is wickedly precise – you’ll get your sub-two-inch groups at 25 yards with this one if you do your part.

This is a DA/SA, hammer-fired gun with a left-side decocking lever so if you like having the use of a decocker, here you go. The trigger is match grade and has an adjustable trigger stop; the trigger guard is oversized to facilitate use with gloves.

All Tested Tactical Shooting Gloves
All Tested Tactical Shooting Gloves, Read More About The Best Shooting Gloves!

One thing that’s made this an uber-popular .45 ACP is because it can be converted to one of nine variants to accommodate right or left-handed shooters (the controls can be installed on either side as needed in any manner of combinations). 

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

It ships with two mags – one 10-rounder, one 12-rounder. Basically, this is a cool gun. If you’re interested in a not-a-1911 .45 ACP capable of producing one-hole, five-shot groups at 15 yards and sub-two-inch groups from the bench at 25 yards, this is it.

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Prices accurate at time of writing

Prices accurate at time of writing

Totally recommend.

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 has a stainless-steel frame – actually, everything is stainless-steel – 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 admit 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.

Quick rundown of features. 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 and has features like a triple-locking cylinder – something that goes far to maintain good alignment and reliable cycling – and no side plates.

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No side plates on this revolver

Why does it matter there are no side plates? Well, 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 thanks to the extra metal in the top strap and sidewalls. It was made to be used. 

The six-round capacity might be seen as lacking to some, but I have a suggestion: learn to use a speedloader. Six rounds is equal to or only one or two less than a lot of other popular carry guns out there. Think on that. Speedloaders are fast, efficient, and just as easy to carry as a spare mag.

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.

Don’t just stick to single-action. It has a nice trigger firing both ways, so take advantage of it. 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.

Of course, if .45 ACP just doesn’t cut it — the Super Redhawk might be what you’re looking for. Especially if you get it in .454 Casull!

Super Redhawk Toklat

Conclusion

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.

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

You’ll be thankful that you have that extra round or two if you are in a situation where you need it.

Best .45 ACP Self-Defense
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Prices accurate at time of writing

Prices accurate at time of writing

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.

The .45 ACP is a great gun to have.  Not only will it be an excellent home-defense tool, 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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  • Tony Vega

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

    1 second ago
  • MIKE WEBB

    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

    1 week ago
    • 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.

      1 day ago
  • 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

    1 week ago
    • 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).

      1 week ago
  • Herman

    Where is the Glock 42?

    1 week ago
  • Joe

    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.

    1 week ago
  • 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.

    1 week ago
  • Ryan

    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.

    1 week ago
    • William Dove

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

      1 week ago
    • Yogi

      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.

      1 week ago
  • Mark

    Where is the FNX45? Really?!?

    1 week ago
    • 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.

      1 week ago
  • Ken

    Like to see a review on CZ 97. Super .45 acp that most people don’t know about. High quality and competitive price.

    1 week ago
  • bernard castillo

    LOVE MY RUGER SR45

    1 week ago
  • 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.

    1 week ago
  • DennyC

    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.

    2 weeks ago
  • Daim

    Fnx for the win imho. Trigger on the hk tho is fire

    2 weeks ago
  • Connie

    Love my Ruger P97 decocker. Never fails to fire. Heavy, but soft shooter.

    2 weeks ago
  • Dennis

    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.

    2 weeks ago
  • 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 ! )

    2 weeks ago
  • 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.

    2 weeks ago
    • LazrBeam

      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.

      2 weeks ago
  • Sua Sponte

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

    2 weeks ago
  • Mark

    Glock 30. Perfectly balanced and concealable in a pocket holster. Recoil isn’ bad either. Fits in my Glock 26 pocket holster. 10 round capacity.

    2 weeks ago
  • Alex

    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.

    2 weeks ago
  • 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.

    2 weeks ago
  • Derek F Foreal

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

    2 weeks ago
    • Antonio Mills

      I was wondering the same thing

      2 weeks ago
    • 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

      2 weeks ago
  • Captain Insano

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

    2 weeks ago
  • Tim S

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

    2 weeks ago
    • Jim

      +1

      2 weeks ago
  • Sami

    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!

    7 months ago
    • Sam

      If you are only going to own one gun, I would recommend a S&W Shield 9 M2.0.

      2 weeks ago
    • rock

      get a sa9mm made by Ruger nice gun light and has plenty of power with hp

      2 weeks ago
    • rock

      get a sa 9mm nice gun

      2 weeks ago
    • 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.

      1 month ago
    • Sami

      Thanks for all the info you guys! I appreciate it!

      6 months ago
    • 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.

      6 months ago
      • Sam

        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..

        2 weeks ago
    • Ryan

      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.

      7 months ago
    • Bob

      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!

      7 months ago
  • Wilbur Post

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

    7 months ago
  • Scott

    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.

    8 months ago
  • 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 ?

    9 months ago
  • Joe

    Ruger P90 thats all you need to know

    9 months ago
  • Levi

    Have you looked at the CZ 97 B / BD.......

    10 months ago
  • james

    title says (that aren't a 1911) FIRST GUN ON THE LIST IS A 1911?!!?!?!?!?!? WTF

    10 months ago
    • mountainhobo

      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?

      2 weeks ago
      • 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.

        2 weeks ago
  • Paul Metz

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

    10 months ago
  • 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.

    1 year ago
  • 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.

    1 year ago
  • cyo

    Hi Point 45 should not only be on this list but it should be number 1.

    1 year ago
  • cyo

    How can you leave the Hi Point 45 off this list? Its number one by far.

    1 year ago
    • Shawn

      Lol from what I hear it's reliable enough, but I don't like my women or my guns ugly.

      11 months ago
      • Lee schaefferkoetter

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

        11 months ago
  • Natasha

    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.

    1 year ago
  • 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..

    1 year ago
  • Joe Blow

    7 Best .45 ACP Pistols (That Aren’t 1911s) And the first one is a 1911.

    1 year ago
    • Eric Hung

      Keeping you on your toes!

      1 year ago
  • Ryan

    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.

    1 year ago
  • Timothy

    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

    1 year ago
    • Pete

      I would say possibly the best two were left off this list... FN Tacticle and the Walther PPQ 45 ... both are AMAZING!!

      1 year ago
  • Taiel

    Where is the CZ 97 B ???

    1 year ago
  • Keith

    Hk45c, I love it. My new favorite.

    1 year ago
  • Doug

    Want a great trigger on a .45 pistol? Try a Pardini GT45. Mine breaks at 1.5 lbs but easily adjusted higher if desired.

    1 year ago
  • Dan

    I have an HK45c. Awesome pistol. Accurate. Easy to shoot. Great mag release. Better than my Sig P220, by a bit. Great ergonomics!

    1 year ago
  • SBH

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

    1 year ago
  • 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.

    1 year ago
  • zach

    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....... .

    1 year ago
    • Eric Hung

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

      1 year ago
  • Mark

    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.

    2 years ago
    • Eric Hung

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

      2 years ago
  • Wes

    Title of article "7 Best Non-1911 .45 Pistols"...first pistol mentioned? A 1911. Come on man, seriously?

    2 years ago
  • Bud

    Lol 19+1 45acp xdm.

    2 years ago
    • Eric Hung

      Thanks for catching that, Bud!

      2 years ago
  • 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.

    2 years ago
  • Bonnie

    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.

    2 years ago
    • Eric Hung

      Thanks for catching that Bonnie...fixing now!

      2 years ago
  • Rick

    Can I get some comments on the Kimber Raptor 45

    2 years ago
  • 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.

    2 years ago
    • ehung

      Hi Michael, welcome to the hobby and thanks so much for your kind words. We'll see you around!

      2 years ago
  • 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.

    2 years ago
    • ehung

      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.

      2 years ago
  • rick

    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

    2 years ago
    • ehung

      Hi Rick, yup I tried with the ones I had on hand. 5.56 for reference! Thanks for reading!

      2 years ago
  • 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.

    2 years ago
    • ehung

      Thanks for the suggestion Lou!

      2 years ago
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