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Old 12-10-2017, 11:25 AM
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Originally Posted by ppine View Post
You missed "built by Ed Brown."
That is very correct - he did and a Brown 1911 is one of the best. I don't consider a Glock G21 to be a 1911 but it is an extremely fine 45 ACP pistol.

I prefer the Les Baer 1911 - the PII in particular, as being the best bang for your buck in 1911's relative to accuracy and dependability.

Once you get into semi-custom 1911's - it would be hard to return to the less expensive models, if you're into accuracy at longer ranges than 50 feet.
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That is very correct - he did
No, he didn't

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if you're into accuracy at longer ranges than 50 feet.
And this is the crux of it. If I want maximum long-range accuracy, I will probably be shooting .357 or .44, just personally.

The OP's question was "best .45 ACP." He didn't really define what he meant by "best," leaving it up to us to answer as we will.

An Ed Brown 1911 is a fine gun but it is still a 1911, for good and bad. And for general-purpose use, e.g. use as a service pistol or for home defense, I'd still rather have a SIG 220 ... which was my answer to the question. For a safe queen or for competition, I'd rather have the Ed Brown, but my answer focused on service/defense use, not safe queen or competition use.

I just found it amusing that in explaining why an Ed Brown 1911 was the best, he focused on elk and tree engravings. There are other good things about Ed Brown 1911s. Just my approach to this question is completely divorced from engravings of flora and fauna. Then again, since the OP didn't define what makes a gun "best," it would be legitimate to focus on cosmetics if someone wanted to, that's simply not my focus.
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Originally Posted by Tango-1 View Post
seriouslt thinking Firestar m45 , for the price it cant be beat!
I have owned and shot many .45s in 1911 platforms, glock, ruger, sw, llama, and probably another 1 or 2 I cannot recall. I currently use and carry a glock and the glock 21 is my bedside gun. But they are tools and I will never love them. they work, and work well. but my favorite is my firestar m45. I still carry it on occasion, I qualify with it, it shoots wonderfully, no recoil, it is small but heavy. I have a small stash of parts for it, it was truly a gun ahead of its time. in general, the STAR pistols were all good guns and if you can get them for a good price give it a shot.

eventually, ill probably get rid of my glocks, but ill keep my Firestar as long as it functions. kinda want a .45 acp revolver tho
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Two that haven't been mentioned yet but that have done alright for my family are the Bersa Thunder Ultra Pro Compact and the CZ-97B. I'm not sure I would claim them to be the "best", but they have gotten the job done for us.
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I really like my Ruger American Compact 45. Fits well in my hand and is heavy enough to mitigate some of the recoil.
Only issue I have with it is the guide rod spring. Won't stay captured, so have to be careful when cleaning.
But overall happy with this firearm.

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1911 Colts made between 1930 and

1960. I have several that were tricked

out by the old custom 1911 Gunsmiths

of the late 1940s and 1950s. Can't be


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45 ACP guns that I have personally owned or fired extensively, that have never jammed or had any issues, ever:

H&K P9S Combat


Sig Sauer P220 (German Made)

That's it. All 1911's and the rest had reasons/excuses for their failures to feed, extract, etc. The three above ate everything, although this was in the pre-Russian Steel Case Ammo Era. I also never shot aluminum case ammo in any of them either.

I suspect the H&K P9S would have ripped the rims off of any aluminum cased ammo, as it is a roller locked gun like the MG42/G3.and initial extraction is rather violent, although it has zero effect on the shooter.
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I guess I’ll jump in. My personal favorite that I own is Springfield xdm 45acp with 5.25” comp barrel. Very accurate, good round capacity, easy to disassemble, and fits me well. I shot a beretta last year that I believe was manufactured in the early 90’s that was a sa/da and it was horrible. Super long pull, second shot was way different than first, only held 8-9 rounds, and being mostly metal was very heavy. I guess it was a good car fun you don’t mind bumping around. Seemed sturdy.
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The ones I train with include: 1911 (Kimber SIS), H&K USP, Sig P220, Glock 41, Springfield XDm. Some may ask why 5 pistols? Why not train with just one? Those would be good questions and the answer would be it comes down to circumstances. I routinely rotate by OC weapons. I like a little variety in my life. Therefore, it makes no sense to rotate if I'm not proficient on the platform.

If I had to narrow this list down the first to go would be the USP. I shoot fine with it but I like the Sig and the Glock better. If I had to narrow further it would literally be a coin toss between the Kimber and the XDm. Eventually the list would be down to two and I'm pretty certain it would be the P220 and the Glock 41.
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I just bought the Kahr cw45 as a backup pistol. I modified a few 1911 7 round and 8 round magazines from Checkmate. I carry a full size 1911 Sig which is pretty heavy.My custom made leather shoulder holster works great for me in winter.My Taurus 945 has been a great gun and has never failed me.I also own a 1911 Llama that works great for me.My old 1970 Colt Gold Cup 45 is in the safe.

I really like the new compact Springfield 45 pistols and will buy one soon.
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