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Best .45 handgun for the price(vanity)

Posted on 02/04/2003 11:59:00 AM PST by Intimidator

Price is a factor here. I'm looking for a .45 auto pistol. Your opinions?


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1 posted on 02/04/2003 11:59:00 AM PST by Intimidator
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To: Intimidator
Sig P220 or a Kimber Custom Classic.
2 posted on 02/04/2003 12:03:06 PM PST by Puppage (You may disagree with what I have to say, but I will defend to your death my right to say it.)
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To: Intimidator
For the money and reliability - Ruger P97
3 posted on 02/04/2003 12:05:18 PM PST by stuartcr
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To: Puppage
Those are expensive aren't they?
4 posted on 02/04/2003 12:05:36 PM PST by Intimidator
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To: Intimidator
Glock 30 or 36
5 posted on 02/04/2003 12:05:43 PM PST by Bay Minette Redneck
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To: Intimidator
Springfield 1911


BUMP

6 posted on 02/04/2003 12:07:57 PM PST by tm22721 (Those without a sword can still die upon it.)
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To: Intimidator
Don't skimp. Buy the best .45 you can afford. I would recommend the Sig P220 as the best all-around use, if personal defense is what you intend. No other recommendations. I have two Sigs in 45ACP and they both run flawlessly.
7 posted on 02/04/2003 12:08:12 PM PST by toddst
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To: Intimidator
Gotta be a .45? I adore my Smith & Wesson .38.
8 posted on 02/04/2003 12:09:04 PM PST by Xenalyte
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To: Intimidator
Charles Daly Field 1911-A1
10 posted on 02/04/2003 12:10:52 PM PST by Illwind
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To: Intimidator
I hesitate to give opinions on guns to someone with the screen name "Intimidator".

Hit the pawn shops with cash in your pocket. The price on the tag is an initial negotiating position. The shops that I have bought guns at are very careful about legalities and background checks. Those are the places that you want to do business with.

Look for a used Springfield, Colt or Kimber. The Kimber usually get a higher price. The Norinco pistols don't carry a great reputation but they are quite functional (and cheap); just don't expect a target pistol. A blue gun with finish wear will be less expensive than a stainless piece.

cpu
11 posted on 02/04/2003 12:12:07 PM PST by Cpu
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To: Intimidator
The Kimber is, but I didn't know your price range. Also, what I pay here in Connecticut is most likely more then you'll pay anywhere else, including N. Carolina.
12 posted on 02/04/2003 12:12:28 PM PST by Puppage (You may disagree with what I have to say, but I will defend to your death my right to say it.)
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To: Intimidator
CZ 97. Good value.
13 posted on 02/04/2003 12:13:05 PM PST by AngryJawa
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To: Puppage
Yes. Kimber Custom Classic! Mine eats whatever I feed it and has never given me a problem!
14 posted on 02/04/2003 12:13:09 PM PST by Gman
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To: Xenalyte
That is what I was thinking... Why a .45? and why a Auto??

Get a 38 revolver... simple, MUCH cheaper... leaves the target in bigger pieces (easier to clean up after)
15 posted on 02/04/2003 12:13:32 PM PST by Mr. K (all your (OPTIONAL TAG LINE) are belong to us)
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To: Intimidator
If you can find one I like the Colt Combat Goverment.
I know they can be a bit expensive but I've had mine a long time with no troubles at all.
16 posted on 02/04/2003 12:13:56 PM PST by b fair
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To: Intimidator
Kimber! Or the AMT Hardballer. Or a Springfield. Try them all and see which one fits you best for the money you are willing to part with.
17 posted on 02/04/2003 12:14:16 PM PST by spodefly (This is my tag line. There are many like it, but this one is mine.)
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To: JackRyanCIA
I'm looking for something to carry in the car. I've got a Remington 870 super mag 12 gauge at home. I forgot to mention, I prefer a double action to a single action.
18 posted on 02/04/2003 12:16:47 PM PST by Intimidator
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To: Intimidator
Star PD. Not being manufactured any more but you can pickup a used one in excelent condition for about $250. It's a minni M1911.
19 posted on 02/04/2003 12:20:28 PM PST by fella
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To: JackRyanCIA
Colt 1991A1 is good quality and lower end expense.

I'll second that, only thing I would change about it is that it is very good quality.

21 posted on 02/04/2003 12:22:20 PM PST by ladtx (Hey, what's this line for?)
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To: Illwind
Good news - thanks. I just purchased one.

Blam.
22 posted on 02/04/2003 12:22:21 PM PST by lodwick
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To: stuartcr
Agree with you on the Ruger P97. Pretty accurate, to boot.
23 posted on 02/04/2003 12:23:58 PM PST by Paraclete
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To: Intimidator
I've got one that's an ace. It's an old Essex model with the straight backstrap. It never jams, shoots to point of aim, and seems to be an ammo slut.

But you can't have it.

I'm also not afraid to recommend ParaOrdnance but they aren't cheap or a budget item. My LDA shoot great and makes believers out of any who try it.

25 posted on 02/04/2003 12:25:23 PM PST by Eagle Eye (There ought to be a law against excessive legislation.)
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To: Intimidator
I see some comments regarding the Ruger .45 pistols. They are a great value, but not so hot for concealed carry.
26 posted on 02/04/2003 12:27:38 PM PST by Eagle Eye (There ought to be a law against excessive legislation.)
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To: Paraclete
It'll hit what you aim at, you can run over it with a truck, shoot 1000's of rounds, and it won't cost a fortune.
27 posted on 02/04/2003 12:29:57 PM PST by stuartcr
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To: Eagle Eye
Suggest you look for a used .40 cal Glock. A few police departments are trading these in and so they are 20 years old and pretty cheap. Have a competent gunsmith go over it before you bet your life on it. Some Glocks tend to jam but this can be cured with a tuneup.
28 posted on 02/04/2003 12:30:39 PM PST by Eric in the Ozarks
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To: Intimidator
Don't skimp on your personal safety. You can buy the best, IMO -- the H & K USP .45 -- for under $800........
29 posted on 02/04/2003 12:31:00 PM PST by tracer
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To: Intimidator
My Ruger P-97 has never given me trouble. It's the only semi-auto I own; my other handguns are revolvers

[Off topic]I finally bought a reloader kit. Last weekend the kids helped me reload 500 rounds of .45 and 700 of the .38 that I practice with. I wish I remembered who it was whom suggested this--great advice.
30 posted on 02/04/2003 12:39:10 PM PST by Sweet_Sunflower29 (020103... they slipped the surly bonds of earth to touch the face of God.)
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To: Intimidator
Despite my screen name...

Ruger is an excellent gun for the money. I favor the P90 over the 97. Has never malfunctioned, double-single action function, decocker lever, built like a tank. Not the most concealable because of its sturdy profile, but I carry mine a lot and no one notices. .45ACP is a great round!

You could check out www.thehighroad.org for tons of advice.
31 posted on 02/04/2003 12:41:38 PM PST by Glock22
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To: Intimidator
The Springfield Armory Mil-Spec 1911-A1

So9

32 posted on 02/04/2003 12:41:45 PM PST by Servant of the Nine (Republican's for Sharpton)
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To: Mr. K
Get a 38 revolver... simple, MUCH cheaper... leaves the target in bigger pieces (easier to clean up after)

I would rather risk having to re paint and re carpet than hope a mouse gun would do the job..

I use a .45 ACP because I can't do double taps with a .50 AE.

So9

33 posted on 02/04/2003 12:45:33 PM PST by Servant of the Nine (Republican's for Sharpton)
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To: Intimidator
I kinda liked the .44 Colt Walker Dragoon - 1847 vintage. A tad heavy and kindy smoky, but ti got the message accross
(good enough to kill six buffalo).
34 posted on 02/04/2003 12:45:42 PM PST by ZULU
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You say you want double-action? Go to a gun show and try the smooth trigger on the Walther P99. (It's available in .40 SW and will be in .45 ACP soon). It's a sweet handling polymer frame pistol, with Walther quality and three depth choices on handgrip to fit you right. I love mine!
35 posted on 02/04/2003 12:47:38 PM PST by AmericanDave
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To: Intimidator
Jericho .45 ACP can be had for 350.00 and it's a good pistol. Never had one jam on me.

Now if it's just .45 Colt I'd tell ya to go with the Ruger Vaquero ....you can turn that into a baby 454 with some heavy loads.

36 posted on 02/04/2003 12:48:08 PM PST by Centurion2000 (The question is not whether you're paranoid, but whether you're paranoid enough.)
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To: ZULU
I kinda liked the .44 Colt Walker Dragoon - 1847 vintage. A tad heavy and kindy smoky, but ti got the message accross (good enough to kill six buffalo).

I'm with you, I like my 1858 Remington .44 cap & ball revolver converted to .45 Colt black powder cartridge. Commands a lot of respect!

37 posted on 02/04/2003 12:52:02 PM PST by Inyo-Mono
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To: Intimidator
What is yours or your loved ones lives worth?
Kimber
38 posted on 02/04/2003 12:52:22 PM PST by joesnuffy
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To: ZULU
They make their own smokescreen don't they ?
39 posted on 02/04/2003 12:53:08 PM PST by Eric in the Ozarks
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To: Intimidator
Bump for later reading
40 posted on 02/04/2003 12:58:58 PM PST by goodnesswins (Thank the Military for your freedom and security....and thank a Rich person for jobs.)
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To: ZULU
Good thing about a Walker Reproduction .44 with the 80 grains of powder in each chamber is that you can buy it without the paperwork and the ATF bull. I like to buy good rifles like the Winchester 1895/1886 in various calibres and the Krag and Trapdoors. No paperwork and they are good home defense weapons.

I prefer the Para Ordinance P-14 for a carry or the Colt 1911A1 model for my .45 carry. I have a Cougar, Glock, Kimber, Springfield, and an original M-1911 from the first WW and the Para Ordinance is the best of them all.

41 posted on 02/04/2003 1:01:09 PM PST by vetvetdoug
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To: Intimidator
I have the Commander version of the Colt 1991A1; its a bit smaller than the full-size Colt, and I still see it at shows under $500. For a bit more money, the Kimber Compact Custom is an excellent choice.

On the other hand, if you want the full-size version, the new Springfield 1911A1 release is REALLY nice.

42 posted on 02/04/2003 1:01:36 PM PST by AzSteven
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I have owned maybe half a dozen Argentine military .45's. Some of these were made by Colt and some by the Argentines themselves.

It has been around 10 years since I bought one but the going price at that time was about $225 for a good clean one.

These are great pistols. In my experience they tend to be more accurate than most, in fact unusually accurate period. The ones made in Argentina used Swedish steel which was actually a little denser and heavier than American ones.

43 posted on 02/04/2003 1:08:07 PM PST by yarddog
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Colt 45 auto, get surplus military issue not used and have a good gunsmith polish the breech and rework (hone) the action. Enough juice to stop a 300 pound gorilla.
44 posted on 02/04/2003 1:09:30 PM PST by pankot
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To: Intimidator; Vic3O3
Check out the used or police trade in stuff in Gun List or Shotgun News. If your friendly with your local gun emporium they will probably be happy to bring something in for you for a small fee.

Look to Kimbers, Springfield's, (I've got an Ultra Compact for less than $500 that I love), SIG 220 or 245, or to be really different how about a Taurus Tracker in 45 ACP?

Our SIG 226's in 9mm are police trade-ins. The only maintenance work we have done is to replace the recoil springs. Back in the time of BEFORE KID(S) when we shot a lot, we were shooting 7500 rounds through the SIGS per month for several months. They never missed a beat unless we screwed up the recipe on our reloads.

My wife's Kimber has liked everything that we've thrown at it so far. We haven't had time to really wring it out as we now have a small child requesting our time.

My Springfield Ultra Compact has fed everything we've thrown at it. The thing I really like about it is that it's small and easy to conceal, (for when we end up in a CCW state) and that it fits my hand like a glove.

I tossed out the suggestion of the Taurus Tracker because it's a 45 and it is also a revolver. A revolver is the easiest firearm to operate, point and pull the trigger. No slides to operate and no safety to deal with.

Semper Fi
45 posted on 02/04/2003 1:11:42 PM PST by dd5339 (Home schooling is education, not indoctrination!)
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" H & K USP .45 -- for under $800........"

I second that. I have had one of these for three years (3000 rounds + through it) and it just keeps shooting better and better.
46 posted on 02/04/2003 1:17:23 PM PST by Constitutional Patriot (hillary is a marxist who wants to destroy our constitution.)
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To: dd5339
How convenient are the clips to load a revolver with .45 ACP ? Can this be done reasonably quickly ?
47 posted on 02/04/2003 1:17:46 PM PST by Eric in the Ozarks
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To: skull stomper
What it CDNN, do they have a website?
50 posted on 02/04/2003 1:32:41 PM PST by Intimidator
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