Staring down the barrel of a 45

Staring down the barrel of a 45, 45

Rob Leatham breaks down the newest offering to the XD line – the XDs – a single stack .45 ACP.
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.45 is a very popular choice for personal defense during a home invasion and in law enforcement.
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This video discusses in detail about .40 vs .45 for home defense:
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A .45 ACP is anywhere between 20% and 60% more expensive than a .40.

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  • mr. tater head, I mean this in a nice way but you’re so far in left field you’re outside the ballpark. The vast majority of .45 users do not want an ambi safety. And, since you nor anyone you know has ever had a snag ‘since the early 80’s,,,,,,,,,,,,that means one thing, , it will happen sooner than later now.

    Tiberius,
    I’m with you on that one. I want one in 9mm. The .45acp is great but I want to shoot it for less money , keep a standard caliber with the rest of my handguns and have something else that the whole family can shoot.
    Wait a minute….that can’t be a real Ruger. The slide isn’t covered in two paragraphs of warnings.

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    45 automatic colt pistol ammo is the perfect complement for your 1911 pistol or other 45 ACP chambered handgun. You'll generally find .45 auto ammunition for sale loaded with bullets that range between 185 grain and 230 grain, with the 230 gr. variety the most common.

    November 13, 2006, 02:22 PM   #22
    King_chin0
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    Taurus, definately has the PT145. I have handled one before, and it is pretty good. The trigger pull is quite long compare to a 1911 style .45. I thought there was a compact XD45????
     

  • November 13, 2006, 02:08 PM   #21
    The Real Wyatt
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    Another vote for Taurus.

    I have the 24/7 Pro and like it a lot. I don't love it. I love my Thompson Center guns, I love my Ruger Blackhawks ... so you see that I'm really not into semi-autos but I really do like my Taurus a lot. Both the guns that I regularly carry are from Taurus, my 24/7 Pro and my M85 snubbie. With the 24/7 I've got 13 in the gun and 12 in the spare mag. Thats half a box of .45 ammo ready to go. That represents a LOT of firepower.

    Oh, I have over 3000 rounds thru the 24/7 with never a failure of any sort. I trust this gun. Should I ever have to use for self defense, and I hope to God I never do, I'm confident it'll go bang every time I pull the trigger.
     

    In the late 1980s, a small Canadian company called Para Ordnance introduced a “high capacity conversion kit” for US type pistols. This kit consisted of an updated frame with thicker grip, which accommodated a double-stack magazine (also supplied with the kit), effectively doubling the available round count for 1911 shooters. The kit also included a new trigger assembly with suitable dimensional changes to fit into the widened grip frame. With the initial success of these kits, Para Ordnance soon introduced a line of complete M1911A1-type pistols with high capacity magazines, available in 9mm, .40 S&W and .45 ACP calibers. Compact and semi-compact models followed, and Para Ordnance pistols found buyers among both civilian and police shooters. In 1999, Para Ordnance introduced the new line of LDA (Lightweight Double Action) pistols, which combined the established 1911-type general design with the double-action-only type of trigger, for improved safety. At the present time, Para Ordnance offers its pistols with either standard single action or patented LDA triggers, with single or double-stack magazines, and in a variety of sizes and finishes. It is believed that Para Ordnance LDA pistols have already found some customers among the police agencies of the USA and Canada.

commence bashing of single stack .45s…

While the FNX-45 wasn’t yet available for testing at the time of this writing, I have enjoyed range time with the FNP-45, the FNX’s predecessor. The FNP-45 I tested was factory stock with no special modifications, and shooting it, I got a glimpse at how the FNX will be received. First, the manual safety and decocker are easy to use and well positioned. You can carry the gun cocked and on safe, then release the safety by pressing the lever down one notch and decock with another, farther push. The whole process is simple and straightforward. I also liked the availability of the interchangeable backstraps, which allow the shooter to choose between a deeper grip and a thinner one.