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thegriz18
12-28-2009, 21:45
I just can't get myself to like it.... Anyone else?

mikeflys1
12-28-2009, 22:12
Its ~100 years old now, someone must have :dunno:

HAMMERHEAD
12-28-2009, 22:22
It took me many years to warm up to it. Eight years in the Navy and I could barely qualify with the 1911. Bought a Kimber when I got out to teach myself to shoot, but it was an unreliable POS.
Went through a long progression of 9mm's and the finaly got a USP .45. Finally, a gun I could hit the target with and it was reliable. Now I shoot an HK 45 and it's all good. Lets see, it only took fifteen years, not bad.

fredj338
12-28-2009, 22:41
I just can't get myself to like it.... Anyone else?

Ok, I hate to even ask, what is wrong w/ the 45acp besides the fact that it recoils a bit more than a 9mm? In crap hole states like Kalif. the single biggest advantage to the 9mm is mag cap. Here you get 10, so why carry around a G17 or Berreta for 10rds when a 45acp is the same size & can hold 8+1 or in some models 10+1? My 1911PD is just as light as a G19 & thinner, so it carries just as well or better & I give up two rounds, but probably need the extra 2rds since it is a 9mm.:scared: Big bullets, big holes, what's not to like?:dunno:

Brucev
12-28-2009, 23:03
The very first handgun I ever bought was a COLT Commander in .45 ACP. As it was a light-weight aluminum frame, it kicked like a proverbial mule. I got rid of it and went to the .38/.357 and 9mm. But repeatedly I kept coming back to the .45 ACP in various 1911 designs as well as the Sig P-220. I now have a superbly accurate S&W 625-2 and a Springfield Mil-Spec. 1911-A1 in .45 ACP. We keep a G-22 at the house for HD/SD as my wife is most comfortable with it. However she is very effective with the 1911 pistol for target shooting. And she has never complained that recoil of the .45 ACP or .40 S&W was to difficult to control. If I had to choose only one handgun caliber, it would be the .45 ACP. For range, recreational shooting and SD/HD, it is outstanding. Sincerely. Brucev.

RMTactical
12-28-2009, 23:03
I just bought my first .45ACP. I like it. However, I am not so sure about the .45 in anything outside of the 1911.

coal
12-28-2009, 23:35
I just can't get myself to like it.... Anyone else?

Umm... no. While you may not be alone, you are in a company of few.

What is it that you dislike?

Gunnut 45/454
12-28-2009, 23:37
I guess it really goes to what firearm you shoot it out of -Mine have been all Rugers and I never had a problem 'Warming up to it" !! Always been 100% reliable and shoot where I need to shoot, easy to carry -except the P90!:upeyes:

MedicOni
12-28-2009, 23:44
I'm not a big fan of it either. It's an ok round but I have others I like more that are just as powerful

freakshow10mm
12-29-2009, 00:18
However, I am not so sure about the .45 in anything outside of the 1911.
Me too. Had a G30 .45 ACP. Loved it. Then got a 1911. Guess what got sold?

Free Radical
12-29-2009, 04:59
I still like it, but I no longer see it as the end all, best caliber for self defense. First, you have to be partial to the "flying ashtray" school of ballistic performance. Slow and heavy works, but it requires a larger, heavier frame in a handgun and a reduced magazine capacity. There are some exceptions to what I've just said about magazine capacity, but they have thick grips with reduced ergonomic efficiency. Even the smaller framed .45GAP suffers from the inherent reduced magazine capacity factor. So for my part, I still enjoy my .45's at the range. I have no plans to sell them, but I carry something else now.

PAPACHUCK
12-29-2009, 05:06
I like the .45 ACP and the 9mm. Two of my favorite handguns are chambered in the old grouch 45. I especially like the idea of carrying 11rds of 230gr JHP's in a CCW'able package like this;
http://i60.photobucket.com/albums/h11/PAPACHUCK/DSCN0014.jpg

Evela
12-29-2009, 06:41
It's simple. Like the Harley, it's become an American tradition. Old, outmoded but ego friendly. I like my Honda and 9mm Glock, both are better, faster, do more. But I sure like the sound of them straight pipes...

JRI
12-29-2009, 07:00
Ok, I hate to even ask, what is wrong w/ the 45acp besides the fact that it recoils a bit more than a 9mm? In crap hole states like Kalif. the single biggest advantage to the 9mm is mag cap. Here you get 10, so why carry around a G17 or Berreta for 10rds when a 45acp is the same size & can hold 8+1 or in some models 10+1? My 1911PD is just as light as a G19 & thinner, so it carries just as well or better & I give up two rounds, but probably need the extra 2rds since it is a 9mm.:scared: Big bullets, big holes, what's not to like?:dunno:

+1 what fred said

Gunnut 45/454
12-29-2009, 09:07
Bubbala
I don't consider a 200 gr bullet at 908 fps slow! Now a 147 gr 9 minimeter at 900 fps is slow and weak actually!:rofl: The thing I like about the 45 ACP it gives you 45 LC balistics in an Semi Auto. And we all know the 45LC was the king of SD rounds for quite awhile!:supergrin:

easyg
12-29-2009, 09:33
I like the caliber .45ACP, but I don't find many handguns in that caliber that I care for.
It seems that all of them either have huge grips or a low magazine capacity.
There's just no way to get lots of .45ACP bullets in to a medium framed handgun.

So, I'll stick with the .40S&W and the .357Sig.

fredj338
12-29-2009, 10:29
I just bought my first .45ACP. I like it. However, I am not so sure about the .45 in anything outside of the 1911.

Then you need to shoot the XD or M&P, great shooting guns that actually fit a med size hand, unlike a G21.

Dave T
12-29-2009, 12:55
Actually I've had a lifetime of trouble warming up to any other semiauto caliber/cartridge. I like the 10mm now and own both 9mm and a 40 but the 45 ACP is always my first choice for carry.

Now when it comes to revolvers I'm much more versatile. (smile)

Dave

BadAndy
12-29-2009, 13:47
I like .45...I'm just stuck with small hands that don't fit most .45 guns very well. Stupid index (trigger) fingers are just short enough that I can't get full contact on the face of the trigger without holding the gun in an akward position.

That said, I'm quite happy with my 9mm pistols and don't worry one bit about the performance of my rounds.

G26S239
12-29-2009, 14:16
I bought my first 45 ACP in 1982, a Colt MK IV Series 70 in electroless nickel and loved it immediately. All the crap I had heard of heavy recoil was proven to be bs the first time I took it out to shoot.

Joshhtn
12-29-2009, 14:23
I still like it, but I no longer see it as the end all, best caliber for self defense. First, you have to be partial to the "flying ashtray" school of ballistic performance. Slow and heavy works, but it requires a larger, heavier frame in a handgun and a reduced magazine capacity. There are some exceptions to what I've just said about magazine capacity, but they have thick grips with reduced ergonomic efficiency. Even the smaller framed .45GAP suffers from the inherent reduced magazine capacity factor. So for my part, I still enjoy my .45's at the range. I have no plans to sell them, but I carry something else now.


I agree.

beforeobamabans
12-29-2009, 17:08
The G30SF is my first (and only) weapon in .45acp caliber. What's not to like? It's a soft shooter, holds 9+1 or 10+1 or 13+1, accurate, reliable, concealable. You'd be a fool not to want this powerful and versatile weapon in your armory.

SDGlock23
12-29-2009, 17:49
I like the .45 but it's not my "go to" cartridge like the .40 is. When it comes to .45's, for me it's 1911's all the way.

moncoacp
12-29-2009, 18:09
The G30SF is my first (and only) weapon in .45acp caliber. What's not to like? It's a soft shooter, holds 9+1 or 10+1 or 13+1, accurate, reliable, concealable. You'd be a fool not to want this powerful and versatile weapon in your armory.

+1. My first was a Glock 30SF and it is my home defense pistol, but it is versatile enough to carry without much trouble. Also, being in NY, I too am restricted in mag capacity. Why not 10+1 .45 instead of 10+1 9mm. I have G26 and do carry it often, but am constantly paying a premium for pre-ban mags so I can have a spare mag with more rounds.

SHG21
12-29-2009, 18:15
I love the .45 but IMO it belongs in a big gun regardless if its a 1911, HK, Glock, sig, etc.

glock20c10mm
12-29-2009, 19:35
I just can't get myself to like it.... Anyone else?
Me neither. Never have.

From what I understand, it's already back to 4th place in LE circles, obviously behind 9mm and 40 S&W, but more surprisingly, now even supposedly dropped behind popularity of the 357 SIG.

Notice how many tie it together with the 1911 style pistols. IMO, the only reason the 45 Auto does exist with any real popularity is because the 1911 style platform is still relatively popular.

If it (1911) ever goes, the 45 Auto will follow right behind it. Don't see that scenario happening in my life time though. Still, in recent years, popularity for the 45 does seem to be falling short, and shorter as time goes by.

Good Shooting,
Craig

MinervaDoe
12-29-2009, 19:49
I love .45 ACP. It's super accurate, recoil is totally manageable and ammo is available everywhere. What's not to like?

:dunno:

fredj338
12-29-2009, 20:14
Me neither. Never have.

From what I understand, it's already back to 4th place in LE circles, obviously behind 9mm and 40 S&W, but more surprisingly, now even supposedly dropped behind popularity of the 357 SIG.

Notice how many tie it together with the 1911 style pistols. IMO, the only reason the 45 Auto does exist with any real popularity is because the 1911 style platform is still relatively popular.

If it (1911) ever goes, the 45 Auto will follow right behind it. Don't see that scenario happening in my life time though. Still, in recent years, popularity for the 45 does seem to be falling short, and shorter as time goes by.

Good Shooting,
Craig

After the first national high cap mag ban, the 45acp took a real jump back up among civilian users. I would expect the same thing to happen if they ever do it again. Really, why carry a gun the size of the Berreta or G17 for 10rds? I am stuck w/ 10rds here in kommiefornia. The only 9mm gun I consider is my G26. If I go bigger gun, I go bigger round too. WHy, because I shoot them just as well, why not?

glock20c10mm
12-29-2009, 20:25
After the first national high cap mag ban, the 45acp took a real jump back up among civilian users. I would expect the same thing to happen if they ever do it again. Really, why carry a gun the size of the Berreta or G17 for 10rds? I am stuck w/ 10rds here in kommiefornia. The only 9mm gun I consider is my G26. If I go bigger gun, I go bigger round too. WHy, because I shoot them just as well, why not?
I carry a G29 that "only" holds 10 rounds. That is, except when I plug a 15 round mag into it.:supergrin:

thegriz18
12-29-2009, 20:30
I have a few gripes about the 45. First, I can't find a platform that I like for carry. I had an S&W 4566, too heavy, didn't like the DA trigger. Traded it for an XD45c. Nice gun. Similar in size to my G23 (which is my go to for cc), and holds 10+1 in ammo. The XD is decent, but the grip is a little short for me. I like to be able to get all three fingers on the grip. With the XD my pinky is half on and half off the bottom of the frame and the magazine pinches me. Not too big a deal, but it has a high bore axis, and the trigger isn't as nice as my Glock, IMO. I like the way my G23 with Ghost connector resets better than the XD. The XD is single action, but the pull length reminds me more of a DAO. I just can't find a 45 that fits my wants. If Glock made a 45 the same size as my G23 I'd probably give it a try. Ok, I know Glock makes the 38 in GAP, but I want ACP. ACP is easier to find and it's cheaper. So gripe #1- Can't find a gun that I really like in a CCW size platform.

Next gripe is barrel length. The 45 is and was designed to be launched out of a 5 inch tube. CCing a 5 inch 45 is not easy. Most bbl lengths will be 3.5-4 inches, which means a loss of velocity. The 45 is already a slow round and the 35-75 fps of velocity loss could impact terminal performance. IMO, the 45 needs a 5 inch barrel to perform well. I shot 9 rounds of 45 230 grain ball out of my 4566 at 5 yards into a 4x4 piece of wood. The wood caught 7 out of 9 bullets. That really sucks. My 9mm and 40 ball rounds zipped right through it.
I guess I'll stick with .40. I get 12+ inches of penetration and my rounds still expand to .7 inch through 4 layer denim (RA40TA). I also get 14 rounds, no one has ever complained of having too much ammo in their pistol.

My issues summed up:
1- Barrel length for CCW pistol too short for 45ACP
2- Can't find a gun that I like in a CCW size platform.

I've got my suit on so hit me with the flame thrower.

blackbirdzach
12-29-2009, 20:31
I like the .45 ACP. I just prefer 9mm.

glock20c10mm
12-29-2009, 20:38
IMO, the 45 needs a 5 inch barrel to perform well.
:agree:

Ak.Hiker
12-29-2009, 22:25
I keep coming back to the 45 acp. My first handgun at age 15 was a S&W 45 acp revolver. I carried that gun on a lot of hikes. It also was and still is my house gun. In the old days it was loaded with 230 ball then I got myself some 190 grain Super Vels. It is now loaded with the Federal 230 HST +P. I have lots of other handguns but I still keep the 45 for my go to gun. I also have a Glock 36 for winter woods trips. Not to many handguns that weigh less than 22 oz. and can be loaded with seven 230 grain +P's. As far as penetration in wood goes try out the Buffalo Bore 230 grain +P FMJ flat point. That is one heck of a good load. DT also loads a 230 FMJ flat point. I have found that 230 ball will not penetrate as deep in wood as a hot 9mm or 40 fmj. However I have seen 230 ball zip right through moose leg bones with 100% weight retention and give 200 grain 10mm loads a run for their money. The 45 acp of today is really a very good all round load. You can pick any thing from a low penetration 165 grain JHP on up to a hot 230 grain HST +P loading. We have some very good field loads when selecting 230 grain FMJ +P flat points if deep penetration is needed. If you are restricted to FMJ 230 ball is not a bad pick. I like the 45 acp.

Dalton Wayne
12-29-2009, 22:32
I love 45's :cool:
Regards
DW

beforeobamabans
12-30-2009, 02:39
I have a few gripes about the 45. I've got my suit on so hit me with the flame thrower.
No need for that. You've got an opinion just like everyone else. No big deal. You know, I've spent a lot of time researching this ballistics thing and it seems you can find an argument to fit whatever conclusion you're looking for. I'm no scientist, just a common sense kind of a guy. I do know this--when I put one of my Ranger-T RA45TPs on the table next to any of my 9mms, I don't have a lot of trouble figurin' out which round I want heading toward my BG.

Interesting experience today. I recently bought a G26, partly in hopes that the women in my house would have an easier time with it and get interested in shooting. So, I take my 22 yo daughter to the range for the very first time today. We shoot the G26 and the G30SF. She has VERY small hands. Much to my surprise, she prefers the .45 and within minutes is knocking the eye out of the targets. Her only problem with the gun was the weight (little does she know!) as she had trouble holding it up after a while. I guess the moral of the story is that you never know what people are going to like.

xrmattaz
12-30-2009, 05:47
I enjoy, and always will enjoy, loading and shooting the .45 ACP (as well as the .44 Special!). These two rounds never needed *speed* to make 'em effective.

Something about 17-21K chamber pressure vs. 36-40K chamber pressure makes me feel all warm and fuzzy. Brass lasts "almost" forever.

Most of the good gun skools I've attended, or read up on, use the .45 ACP, a lot. (ie: Gunsite, Thunder Ranch)

82ndVet
12-30-2009, 09:26
All the crap I had heard of heavy recoil was proven to be bs the first time I took it out to shoot.
Exactly.

Plus the fact that with experienced shooters with good fundamentals, 'recoil' should not even be in the conversation.

stengun
12-30-2009, 19:37
Howdy,

I just can't get myself to like it.... Anyone else?

Gee, another newbie shooter!:rofl::rofl:

If you were shooting semi-autos 25 years ago you would have been shooting a 1911 .45acp.

For USA shooters, the 9mm onlt became popular after the military switched to the 9mm aand Glock started importing the G17.

Until then very few people considered a 9mm.

Paul

thegriz18
12-31-2009, 00:21
Howdy,



Gee, another newbie shooter!:rofl::rofl:

If you were shooting semi-autos 25 years ago you would have been shooting a 1911 .45acp.

For USA shooters, the 9mm onlt became popular after the military switched to the 9mm aand Glock started importing the G17.

Until then very few people considered a 9mm.

Paul

I'm not a newbie and I don't like 9mm. I am a .40 shooter. I started with 9mm and got a .40 less than a year later. That was 2003/2004, been all .40 ever since.

MinervaDoe
12-31-2009, 09:29
I'm not a newbie and I don't like 9mm. I am a .40 shooter. I started with 9mm and got a .40 less than a year later. That was 2003/2004, been all .40 ever since.
What is it that you don't like about .45 ACP? To save time I'll address the issues that I think it might be.

I personally, find the kick to be quick jolt. I don't fight it and I just let it ride up and then once the inertia dissipates, I pull the gun back on target. The kick actually seems lighter to me than other pistols I have since it is more of a quick pop. Some of my other guns have a longer kick.

Is it a problem with accuracy? If the kick bothers you, then your accuracy may be thrown off. But, I find the cartridge is amazingly accurate. My favorite load is with Unique, so I frequently fire a one hundred year old cartridge with an even older design powder.

I do believe that the effectiveness of .45 ACP as a self defense cartridge is only surpassed by .357 magnum. Is this the issue that you have?

Anyhow, the thread would be more constructive if you would elaborate.

What guns have you tried it in?

Why don't you like it?

fredj338
12-31-2009, 11:28
I'm not a newbie and I don't like 9mm. I am a .40 shooter. I started with 9mm and got a .40 less than a year later. That was 2003/2004, been all .40 ever since.
Well, in the big scheme of things, 6yr shooter is a newb still, unless you've been shooting 1000rds a month for tha last 6yrs.:whistling:
Still, Minerva is right, you never really explained your dislike for the round? Is it platform, recoil, mag cap, what? As noted, the 9mm has been around a bit longer, so you can't really call it antique. There are new designs, like the Glock & XD, M&P, Sig all offer something a bit diff if you just can't or don't like shooting a 1911.
If I were only allowed one handgun, it would be a 4" 44mag, because it will truely do anything. If I were allowed only one semiauto, it would be a 1911 in 45acp because it still gets it done, easy to maintain, easy to shoot, hits as hard as anything else you can effectively shoot from a semiauto. If a 230grJHP @ 950fps can't get it done, I doubt anything else will. The 10mm is the only other round that can run w/ the 45acp & you will pay for the extra performance in recoil & gun life.:dunno:

Kentucky Shooter
12-31-2009, 13:47
I just can't get myself to like it.... Anyone else?

Personally never had that problem-----I see it as a great round. I enjoy reloading for it and shooting it. 100 years old and still going strong------must be a reason for it.

dougader
01-01-2010, 13:12
To be fair, I do believe Griz listed the reasons he doesn't like 45 auto:

My issues summed up:
1- Barrel length for CCW pistol too short for 45ACP
2- Can't find a gun that I like in a CCW size platform.

You can't do much about it if you just don't find a gun that feels right in your hand.

But I think the shorter barrel in 45 auto is a very arguable point. The same can be said for any other caliber.... and has more effect on "light and fast" calibers than fat slugs like 45. You generally lose much more velocity in 9mm, 40, 357 sig and 10mm when you go to a short barrel than you do in a fat, low pressure round like 45.

Don't get me wrong, I carry 9mm and 45 both. Have carried 10mm as well... and 357 mag, 45 Colt, etc, etc.

I like the G26, G19 frames as well as G30 and the 20sf/21sf frames. So the platform isn't a problem for me. I love the custom 1911's but for me the weight is a huge consideration. Since the sf frame came out I am covered in every caliber glock makes.

The only reason I don't have 357 sig or 40 s&w (or even 45 GAP) is because i'm one of those guys who has to gear up to load for every caliber gun I own, too. Don't ask me why, I just have to do it... and at this stage in my life I don't want to be adding a bunch of new calibers.

I might have to get a 40, though.... I can't stop picking up all the free 40 brass at the range.... and it isn't worth it to pick it up and sell it. :)

stengun
01-01-2010, 14:23
Howdy thegriz18,

I'm not a newbie and I don't like 9mm. I am a .40 shooter. I started with 9mm and got a .40 less than a year later. That was 2003/2004, been all .40 ever since.


Well, in the big scheme of things, 6yr shooter is a newb still, unless you've been shooting 1000rds a month for tha last 6yrs.:whistling:




Fred beat me to it. You are what we call a newbie shooter.:tongueout:

I'm 45yo an I have been shooting since I was 5yo. I have been shooting handguns since I was 12yo.

I was probably 16yo before I ever saw a 9mm handgun and it was a Browning Hi-Power.

Paul

JRI
01-01-2010, 15:47
Howdy thegriz18,






Fred beat me to it. You are what we call a newbie shooter.:tongueout:

I'm 45yo an I have been shooting since I was 5yo. I have been shooting handguns since I was 12yo.

I was probably 16yo before I ever saw a 9mm handgun and it was a Browning Hi-Power.

Paul

+1

I'm 48,started shooting when I was 6,the 1st handgun I shot was my father's 1911 (45ACP) when I was 10.

I never cared much for semi auto's,so I've been shooting revolvers most of my life,however,I did add my 1st semi auto handgun to my collection about 20 yrs ago,now,I enjoy shooting semi auto's as much as I do my revolvers.

thegriz18
01-01-2010, 16:05
I shot my XD45c today. I think I am having a problem with the platform more than the round. I fired some 230 standard pressure and +p. Didn't notice much difference in recoil or control. The +P rounds were more to my liking than the non +P rounds. I also shot my G23. I thought about it a lot and looked over my own personal test data and realized that I didn't see much difference in performance between the two rounds (+P), even from 4 inch barrels. Then I look at the difference in pistols. The XD mas a lot more muzzle rise than the G23, which I think is due to the higher bore axis. The Glock seems to come straight back where the XD seems to jump. Capacity is basically a moot point, 11 vs 14, big deal. I think this is a platform issue more than a round issue. The +P variants of 45ACP seem to satisfy me. New tests, another experience, a new opinion to work from. However, I still can't find a compelling reason to safe queen the G23 and replace it with a 45 for carry. I really feel at the end of the day, if I have to use it for SD, the difference will be ME, not the caliber. I suppose my long (C'mon guys I'm 23, been shooting since I was 12, that's not a newbie for my generation! Most people my age don't even know what 45ACP is! :cool:) affair with the .40 leaves me a little biased. Either that or I was one of those lucky people who found the right carry gun the first time around. Carrying anything else feels like cheating! :wavey:

MinervaDoe
01-01-2010, 17:20
I shot my XD45c today. ..... I also shot my G23. ...... Then I look at the difference in pistols. The XD mas a lot more muzzle rise than the G23, which I think is due to the higher bore axis. The Glock seems to come straight back where the XD seems to jump.
So, it sounds like you are having issues with the recoil on the XD 45.
You are comparing a couple of light polymer pistols.

I didn't start shooting a .45 until I had been shooting 9mm and .357 for a while. Then I got a 1911 and a Glock 21. The recoil in both guns was no problem for me. Then, I rented a Glock 30. I put 50 rounds through the gun and shot a nice tight group with it. However, two hours later, I noticed that my hand was still really tight. I did not purchase a Glock 30 since I thought it would make me develop bad habits (specifically, a flinch). Instead, I bought a heavier, steel frame Paraordinance P10. The kick in that gun is really controllable.

I suppose my long (C'mon guys I'm 23, been shooting since I was 12, that's not a newbie for my generation! Most people my age don't even know what 45ACP is!
That would make you a relatively experienced opinion leader for your age group. Getting ribbed by everyone just goes along with being a shooter. If I remember back forty five years ago to when I started shooting, some old fart was trying to coach me on how to shoot. I guess he figured an eight year old wouldn't be able to hit anything, but I'd already been shooting a .22 for a year and a bb gun for several years. My dad told the guy to hold his opinions and check out my target during the cease fire period. When the guy saw that my target was way better than his, that was one of the first times I remember seeing an adult get embarrassed.

JK-linux
01-01-2010, 17:45
I like the .45ACP because I like to keep things simple. I think most modern handgun calibers greater than .32 would hurt quite a bit if I were to be shot with one. Any one of them would make me bleed alot and I don't tote spare blood around with me! I like the .45ACP and 10mm mostly because I just assume that if I ever need to defend myself, Murphy's Law will be in full effect. I'll probably wing the bad guy and not score a "one-shot-stop". Thus, I'm betting on bigger holes in the bad guy letting out quite a bit more blood than smaller holes. I'm also betting the bad guy doesn't carry spare blood around either. Additionally, I'm betting that putting a physically larger bullet inside someone's anatomy (where something else is suppose to be), is worse for them than putting something smaller inside their anatomy. Keep in mid I'm assuming I hit nothing vital. If we are talking vital areas, I'm pretty sure a .22LR to the balls would do as well as a .45ACP. :)

bac1023
01-01-2010, 20:20
I just can't get myself to like it.... Anyone else?

Its one of my two favorite calibers. The other being 9mm.

M&P Shooter
01-01-2010, 20:53
I just can't get myself to like it.... Anyone else?


You just need some weight behind you to handle the recoil :whistling:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hup7s93y02k&feature=related

Mrs_Esterhouse
01-01-2010, 21:12
Ha, I love that video.

Order of most fav to least fav for me: 357SIG, 10mm, 9mm, 40SW, 45GAP, 45ACP, 380ACP

unit1069
01-02-2010, 11:09
If I had the luxury of owning more than a few firearms I'd love having a full-size 1911 .45ACP.

I think the two handgun calibers I currently own (9mm and .357sig) are as fully capable as .45ACP with the added functionality of higher capacity.

fredj338
01-02-2010, 13:15
If I had the luxury of owning more than a few firearms I'd love having a full-size 1911 .45ACP.

I think the two handgun calibers I currently own (9mm and .357sig) are as fully capable as .45ACP with the added functionality of higher capacity.

Again, if mag cap matters.:dunno: You should never shoot a 1911 extensively. Once you do, you'll find other platform lacking. There is just something very right about the design that allows even novice shooters great success. I often let a new student try my 1911 w/ mild target loads of 200grLSWC @ 850fps, I they shoot it surpisngly well, even first time newbs.:dunno:

dakrat
01-02-2010, 15:48
I have glocks in 9mm and 40 S&W. but the full size 1911 45 ACP is its own league :)

rd3
01-02-2010, 16:18
I stared with a 38 special revolver years (many) ago. I would have loved to have had a 45 auto back then but couldn't afford it.

Just got back into shooting over the last year. I started with a .40 g23 and I love it for a ccw gun. I picked up a 9mm with a 5 inch barrel for target and fun. Great shooter. I got a g20 10mm for Christmas and I love it, absolutely love it after shooting it for the first time today.

I would love to have a 1911 45 and will add one soon just because they are beautiful and have so much great history.

I'm not sure how you could love guns and not warm up to the history if nothing else, but thats just me maybe.

citori59
01-02-2010, 16:19
I'm sorry, I don't understand the question.