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The Fantastic .45 ACP: Five Inexpensive 1911 Alternatives

EAA Witness .45 ACP semiautomatic pistol

Modern ballistics and bullet construction make a case for the idea that the .45 ACP’s glory days are long gone, in favor of the 9mm Luger. But, market conditions say otherwise. Never before have shooters had such a broad selection of handguns chambered in the big .45, ranging from inexpensive polymer-framed guns to stainless steel marvels of engineering.

However, not everybody can afford a high-end custom 1911. I’ve picked out the top five sub-$500, full-size handguns in .45 ACP, based on value and performance.

Here they are, ranked from least expensive to most expensive:

Hi Point .45 ACP

Hi-Point .45 ACP semiautomatic pistol
It won’t win any beauty contests, but it’s 100% made in America and is covered by a lifetime warranty.

Turn up your nose, if you will, at the homely Hi Point .45 ACP, but you can’t deny there’s a certain level of appeal to a big-bore semiautomatic that retails for less than $150. It won’t win any beauty contests, but it’s 100% American made and covered by a lifetime warranty.

Boring reliability is just one side benefit to the bulky blowback action that can only adequately be described as “industrial.” The soft shooting experience can also be attributed to a hefty 35-ounce weight. I wouldn’t recommend carrying it inside-the-waistband on a daily basis. These guns are really meant to be stashed until needed.

It’s also rated for potent +P ammo. Stoke it with some wickedly fast 185-grain loads, and dedicate it to your ATV or truck toolbox. Because for certain problems, a supersonic .45 bullet is the only fix.Click Here to Start Shopping Online at Cheaper Than Dirt

Kahr CT45

Kahr CT45 semiauto pistol with stainless slide and black grip
Cosmetically, the CT45 may be bare bones, but at its heart, it’s still a Kahr.

This slim CT45 has purebred DNA and possesses a level of quality inherited from Kahr pistols priced hundreds of dollars higher. Kahr streamlined the production process and reduced some slide machining operations to pass the savings to the consumer.

Other features, such as a pinned-on front sight instead of the dovetail-attached version on higher-end pistols, further reduce costs. Additionally, standard rifling was chosen instead of polygonal, and the model number was stamped into the slide instead of machined with a fancy font.

Does any of that matter, from the perspective of the bullet (or the target)? Not one bit. Cosmetically, the CT45 might be bare bones, but at its heart, it’s still a Kahr.Click Here to Start Shopping Online at Cheaper Than Dirt

Springfield XD45 Service Model

Springfield XD Service model pistol
The hallmark of the Springfield XD45 series on the whole is their fabulous accuracy.

This is the “best of the worst.” We all know there are good and not-so-good guns. The Springfield XD holds the distinction of being at the top end of the not-so-good list. But that doesn’t make it a bad choice. Far from it.

These plastic pistols hail from Croatia, and are imported with excellent ergonomics and a surprisingly skinny grip and short trigger reach for a duty-sized .45 ACP. Three redundant, passive safeties prevent most potential mishaps while carrying concealed, and features such as a loaded chamber indicator and striker status button round out the package.

The hallmark of the Springfield XD-45 series on the whole is its fabulous accuracy. With match-grade ammo, it will easily hold within the headbox of a standard IDPA competition target at 25 yards—as long as you’re up to the task.Click Here to Start Shopping Online at Cheaper Than Dirt

SIG Sauer P250 Compact .45 ACP

SIG P250 compact semiauto pistol
Overall, the P250 is about as cost-effective as a handgun gets.

Normally, SIG Sauer firearms aren’t put into the “inexpensive” category. SIG’s finely-tuned construction and impeccable accuracy are more akin to a Swiss watch than a cheap handgun. However, the P250 is an exception to these high prices.

When a company like SIG Sauer goes polymer, you can rest assured of two things—lower prices and high quality. And it doesn’t hurt that this double-action .45 ACP retains the buttery-smooth double-action-only trigger feel of its metal framed brethren.

Most of the controls—with the exception of the magazine release, which can be swapped to the opposite side—are fully ambidextrous right out of the box. The thick dust cover offers an obligatory Picatinny rail for your favorite white light or green laser.

As a bonus, the P250 gives users the ability to swap frames, slides, barrels and even calibers without tools. Overall, the P250 is about as cost-effective as a handgun gets.Click Here to Start Shopping Online at Cheaper Than Dirt

EAA Witness 4.5″ .45 ACP

EAA Witness .45 ACP semiautomatic pistol
If you want a single, inexpensive .45 ACP that’s capable of tackling just about any task, this would be the pick of the litter.

If you want a single, inexpensive .45 ACP that’s capable of tackling just about any task, this would be the pick of the litter. Whether you’re in the market for personal protection, home defense, range duty, or competition, EAA has made a name for itself in the versatility department. Specifically, this .45 ACP model features a heavy metal frame to keep follow-up shots fast and accurate for your local USPSA match’s production division. Yet, it also includes a tactical rail for affixing a white light when it comes time to pull nightstand duty. Add in the low recoil from a slide that rides deep inside the frame rails, a set of easy-to-see sights and crisp double/single action trigger, and you’ll find yourself leaving your other handguns in the safe more often than not.Click Here to Start Shopping Online at Cheaper Than Dirt

The .45 ACP still gets the job done!

Sometimes, you just need to go with what you know. Many of our readers grew up shooting “old slabsides,” and are dyed-in-the-wool fans of the .45 ACP cartridge. Thankfully, manufacturers typically take note of what’s selling well, and produce products (such as the above pistols) accordingly.

As long as there are guns, there will be the .45 ACP. And I couldn’t be happier about it.

Do you have a favorite full-sized (non-1911) .45 ACP handgun? Let us know in the comments below.

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Comments (108)

  1. I absolutely trust and can solemnly rely upon my FNP-45 Competition Model. Unbelievable 15 .45 ACP’s on board (15+1) and a red dot if I so choose. The competition model was the first with a pre-drilled piece of the slide that could be removed and a red dot installed. There are a few places that will make a gorgeous holster for this firearm with/without the red dot. they will even make the holster able to carry the FNP with a red dot AND a L/L mounted on the rail. (Dara holsters is one)

  2. H&K USP full Size. Some might say this gun is out of the price range being discussed, but, got it as a department turn in gun from a popular firearms website for $499 in 2012. Came with case and 2 mags and is my absolute favorite pistol. I own many other pistols now, some many times more expensive, but this is by far my absolute favorite. Beside me every night!

  3. I know the flash is gun powder. But it is enough to still make the 45 a bad bullet. I looked at what the bullet did after I shot the XDs. I would not want to be the recipient of such a bullet in a fight. The XDs is for defense mainly in close quarters, although it is effective up to 100 yards. I use my Desert Eagle 1911 45 for other fights.

  4. My Hi-Point .45 isn’t pretty but NEVER EVER jams. I have close to 1000 rounds through mine and have never had a failure. That being said, I have big hands and my thumb has hit the clip release a few times where the clip dropped out of the gun after firing a round. This is the only gun I have ever had that problem with. It’s a good buy, but make sure it either fits you well (my wife never bumps the clip release), or train sufficiently with it so you can adjust your grip if you have bigger hands.

    1. 1000 rounds, that’s not much. I have a Springfield Armory 1911A that has probably 50,00 rounds thru it. I just change springs on a regular basis and keep it tuned up and clean. I’m also on my second barrel.
      And remember, Clips go in girl’s hair and Magazines go in firearms.
      Stay Safe.

  5. Just wanted to take a moment to wish all of my Devil Dog aka Jarhead Brothers a happy 240th and Happy Birthday “Chesty” where ever you are,,, Even though I will not be joining in the celebration this year. Semper Fi, Steven King, Sgt. U.S.M.C., 1967/1975, RVN 1968/1971… OooohRahhhh.

    1. “Saepius Exertus, Semper Fidelis, Frater Infinitas”
      “Often Tested, Always Faithful, Brothers Forever”
      United States Marines… Semper Fi

    1. All that fire you see is just wasted powder that’s burning outside of the gun instead of pushing the bullet. If you reload, try backing off the powder charge a little and test fire the gun. I bet you’ll get the same or better velocity, or try a different brand of ammo. If you’re ever in a fire fight at night, all that flash just tells your opponent where you are.
      Stay Safe.

  6. I have had a Taurus 24/7 chambered in .45 ACP for several years now.
    The cost was under $500 and the gun still shoots well and has never jammed or had a misfeed.
    It feels very comfortable in my hands and with a 12+1 you are in little danger of running out of ammo particularly if you carry extra mags like most of us do.
    the .45 ACP is a hand cannon and it will only take a couple of rounds to get someone’s attention and stop them from whatever behavior they are choosing to do that is threatening you or your loved ones.
    I still have my Makarov and that also has never jammed or had a misfeed.
    But for my everyday carrying I still love my Taurus.

    1. I can say the same for my Taurus PT140. Smooth as silk in a .40 and easy to carry. I rotate it with my RIA .45 COMPACT tac. It is also a smooth shooting reliable carry.

  7. The fact that you left the Taurus 24\7 compact off this list and decided to put the ridiculous Hi-Point on here…well…you guys are stupid.

  8. I’ve had for several years a Ruger KP 90. Love the feal and accuracy. Also own the KP 89 in 9mm and several other Rugers as well. They are all well built and very reliable.

    1. I had a Ruger P97 DC that was fantastic, reliable around $380 in 2001 and was 1st gun with plastic I ever owned. Sold it to a Sheriffs Deputy who used it as his personal back up and he was on Tactical Response Team, retired now but that is his everyday carry. In Detroit area bigger is better and I grew up with a Combat Commander, but now so many double stack options but that classic 1911 can not be beat and 7+1=8 of .45 acp. Practice and familiarity can not be emphasized enough. I know to many people with HKs, Glocks that shot 1 mag when new and that was it.. I think a lot has to do with range time prices creeping up in last few years and a lot of the ” you can only shoot our ammo” There is a big one I will not name that is on 8 Mile and runs ads in Groupon in Southfield MI.

  9. I too was very baffled, and a bit offended, by the statement about the Springfield XD being the best of the worst. I have shot many manufacturer’s pieces and have found the XD series to be the best of the bunch. People seem to love the Glock but I do not see why/ It all appears to be quality of advertising more than quality of design and build. I own 4 Springfield XD pieces (2 9mm, 1 is a subcompact, the other is a service, and 2 .45ACP, an XDS and a tactical). My favorite piece of all of my handguns is the .45 ACP tactical and is the gun I used for my CHL quals, scoring 250/250. I usually carry this piece even though it is a big piece but I would rather have a cannon than a pop-gun. My back-up piece is a SS .380. If Springfield made a .380 ACP in the XD line I would have that too.

  10. I have owned an Auto Ordnance 1911-A1 that I did a full custom gunsmithing job which included polished feed ramp, radiused chamber mouth, flared and lowered ejection port, long trigger, Dwyer Group Gripper link and recoil spring guide, Wolff spring kit, trigger job – 3lb break, Novak sights and custom beavertail grip safety as well as ambidextrous thumb safety and flared magazine well and wrap around grips. From a rest it was capable of 1/2 inch groups at 50 yards.

    Now I have a Taurus PT 845 which I think is nearly as good as my custom Auto Ordnance. It has a double/single action trigger, and came with ambidextrous thumb safeties. It is by far easier to disassemble and reassemble than a 1911, has a 12+1 round capacity as opposed to 7+1, and the polymer frame absorbs some of the recoil as well as incorporates a picatinny rail under the dust cover. Despite many negative reviews, I have never had a problem with this pistol and it appears it will be just as durable as the old slab-sides. It came with Novak sights and a stainless match grade barrel and nearly duplicates the performance of my old 1911-A1 from a rest – 3/4 inch at 50 yards is not bad for an out of the box pistol in my opinion.

  11. While I was looking for a replacement for a carry gun, single stack to replace the 1911, I did find the Kahr and at a sub 250.00 price was attractive.
    Kahr advises a 200 rounds breaking time. Not really cool with the idea; found out why;seems the back of the trigger, inside the frame is oversized and binds into the actual trigger bar that connects to the sear.
    A little time and some needle files resulted in a 100%better trigger.

    Second issue I had was with big hands, the grip tang would roll back into the web of my thumb and after 40 rounds, I was done shooting. Not fun.
    A dermal tool and sanding bits worked great to rounding the tang back and blending with the side. Now the pistol is a lot of fun to shoot and preferred carry weapon, and even in church!

  12. I have a Sig P250 subcompact in 45ACP and I must concur with author that its DAO action is butter smooth and accuracy is impeccable. I have another 45ACP available for less than $500 (with some shopping around) that I think should be on the list, especially if you prefer a standard single/double action pistol: the Beretta Storm PX4 in 45ACP. The unique rotary lock up mechanism reduces muzzle flip for fast follow up second shots and there is no question about the quality and reliability of a Beretta pistol.

  13. my hi-point 45 has no problem with HP ammo, I never polished the feed ramp, but did use a little dry lube out the box. Another Good 45 is the Taurus 24/7 g2, 3.8 in. Barrel (12 shot)

  14. S & W 4506, 4516, and 4586. All well made, accurate, reliable 45s. I especially like the DAO 4586 with its amazing trigger.

  15. The only thing on this list that I own is the XD Service model, and I have two of them, .40 and .45. Personally, I’m curious about what sort of criteria you used to relegate it to a “not-so-good list”. I find them to be well made, reliable, accurate pistols, and am quite puzzled by your “best of the worst” remark. I consider them among the best that I own.

  16. The Springfield XD is an excellent firearm and has nothing to do with being “the worst” of anything. What an ignorant statement.

  17. I got the Hi Point 45, because I love my Rock Island 1911, but the Hi Point is heavy and bulky even for me, and I am not a small guy. I have a S&W VE9, and sent it back, it jams a lot- So if the 45 is anything like the VE, I would pass and stick with the Rock Island. Next to Colt it is the best 1911 I have ever owned, and most reliable, no matter what ammo used. Also it is less than 500, but well worth more.

  18. Why is the Springfield the “best of the worst”. My XD Mod 2 has functioned flawlessly. I also have a Hi Point that is my truck gun, that works great with hardballs but I would not trust it with HP’s. I decided to send it back to see if the factory could get it to work with HP’s. They were great to deal with, polished the ramp, replaced the firing pin and sent me a new mag. Not bad for the $12.60 it cost to mail to them. The gun was back in a week and a half. They said they shot 4 mags of HP’s without issues. At the range I got 3 shots off before a failure to feed. I was wondering what other Hi Point45 owners thought, do yours work with HP’s? I was thinking of just leaving hardballs in it.

    1. They always tell me it will need a lot of “breaking in” before hollow points will feed reliably. I do know the newer Hi-Points have a few design improvements that will aid this, and they do stand behind the warranty.

      As for ranking Springfield XD “best of the worst”, I was a little baffled by that too. There’s certainly no shortage of journalism and “best lists” that rank them highly.

    2. I put 300 rounds through my Hi Point before trying the HP’S, and I bought it new 6 months ago. Not any issues until I tried the HP’S. Hi Point does stand behind their products, just don’t want to send it back if it’s a problem that might not be able to be fixed. I’m going to try to find some ammo that might be more like a hardball.

    3. My HP .45 Doesn’t like the aluminum or steel cased ammo, same with my .40 and 9mm, but my 995TTS loves EVERYTHING! Go figure! So for .45 I will stay with the FE hard ball ammo and stay away from Hollow Points

    4. I’ve read some articles that say don’t use aluminum in any blowback designed gun. This was after I put 100+ through my Hi Point without any issues. It liked them.

  19. Sig Sauer P-220 stainless elite. Exceeds the $500.00 price point but the question was “do you own a full sized non 1911.”
    Magnificat pistol and if I ever had to liquidate my collection it would be the last to go.

  20. The Sig P250c .45 is a great pistol. Never had an issue of any kind and it will eat up and spit out anything you feed it. Excellent handgun.

  21. I don’t know what you have against the XD line. I have a 5″ tactical .45 that puts an entire mag into the 10 ring at 25 yards and my (52 year old) eyesight sucks. I call it “my other girlfriend” I love it so much. It’s NEVER failed to fire or eject, and I’d certainly (and do) trust my life with it in a bad situation.

  22. I own an XD45 as well as a Range Officer. I had such great success with my XD9 and XD40 I invested in the XD45. springfield did not disappoint me on this handgun. With 13rd mags it clearly surpasses the capacity of the R.O. 1911 and the accuracy is excellent.

  23. ruger sr.45, under $500.00 out the door has a better trigger than my kimber, only problem for me is the magazine disconnect

  24. HiPoint 45 is good if you lose your hammer because you won’t hit anything over 10 yards. I bought one to throw in the truck and my test firing was a real joke. I have carried 45 since 1970 I have 35 different ones and I had nothing as bad as HiPoint. I would rather carry a 22lr than that hunk of junk. I love firearms especially the 45 but that pistol is likely to get you killed than save your life

    1. @Scott

      My Hi Point 45 (pistol and carbine) generally resides in one of my emergency back-up stashes, but I decided to take the pistol out to the range a couple of weeks ago. Before I pulled the trigger for the first time, I turned to my wife and told her this was a really inexpensive gun so not to expect too much. I then proceeded to surprise both of us by putting all 9 rounds into the Red Center of a standard police silhouette at around 10-12 yards.

      I don’t know if there is a problem with your specific HP .45 or if its technique, but mine is very accurate and reliable. It’s klunky and ugly for sure, but the extra weight does keep the recoil down. Granted, it doesn’t get a lot of range time because we obviously prefer our Glock, Walther, Berettas and Desert Eagles, but it’s not a bad gun all things considered.

  25. I have shot the Pretty and The Pretty Ugly ones,

    My hands are Pretty Ugly

    Made in America has a lot to say to me

    Hi Point .45 is my choice it fits my hand just Right

    I can put 9 through it as fast as I can squeeze the trigger

    It will Bulls eye as good as the fancy ones

    Hi Point means what they say about repairs they are fast

    I am just a customer,

    chiefgraybeard@yahoo.com

    1. I’ve got one, and if you cant hit anything at 10 yards, it is not the HiPoints fault, Try again holding it with two hands or just throw it.

  26. The Sarsilmaz SAR K245 is one helluva pistol. Lotsa firepower and adjustable sights. Fresh out of the box the sights were spot on. This is a real tack driver of a weapon. All metal, it takes the CZ75 designed slide and makes the pistol easy for follow up shots. Less recoil and a tight bore axis both help. The pistol is worth a lot more than its $399 price.

  27. I have a couple of non-1911 .45s in my safe. While out of the price range discussed here, the one I’d grab first is a Glock 21SF. Ugly, reliable and combat accurate, it’s a little bulky for concealed carry but a comforting handful to have if carrying exposed.

    The other is a Springfield XDS 4.0. I like to think of it as the single column .45 that Glock should have built, but didn’t. With extended magazines, it’s a Commander-size package. With the short 5 round mag, it’s just a bit too long in the slide to pocket carry (my preferred method these days) but perfect in an IWB holster. I purchased mine for $405 plus tax from CALRanch on sale. In addition, Springfield provided a free goodie kit consisting of a gun bag and extra magazines, which makes it a very good deal indeed.

    1. Ruger SR45. While the SR45’s MSRP is $525, it can be found for much less. The SR45 is an excellent shooting pistol. With a good IWB holster and outerwear considerations, the SR45 can be carried concealed quite well. I would like to see a compact version of this pistol (Like that of the SR9c and SR40c)

  28. How about the Ruger SR45….I’ve got nothing but good things to say about mine. And Ruger’s customer service and product support are always top notch. 10+1 capacity and adjustable sights. Got mine new for about $475

    1. YES!!! I got mine for $369 online, after shipping and transfer fees…I was still only out a hair over $400. My only complaint with the SR’s is that they are ugly. However, it is accurate, reliable and now that Ghost is making some parts…I can rock it like I do my Glocks. Trigger is pretty good right outta the box. Big fan. It won’t replace my 21 or my 227 TacOps…but it’s a great gun.

  29. I am a huge fan of the XD and XDM in .45 and own one of each (the XD is the compact model). I nominate the Bersa Thunder 45 UC as one of the very best carry .45s for under $500.

  30. American Tactical, Para Ordinance and Century Arms, are a couple more I have an American Tact. and has fired a couple hundred rounds through it with no problem. I believe they are around the 300 dollar mark, I bought mine for only 125, a while back and is a great trunk pistol.

    However, if you look for them an experienced (hate the word used) or broken in Glock is the best imho and I prefer the 40 above both 9 and 45 as you get the best of both worlds.

    Airborne!!

  31. I have and enjoy shooting a HiPoint, None of my other weapons have a lifetime warranty, and they do stand behind it. I had to send my first Hi-Point (bought used) in for repair and they sent me a brand new gun no questions asked. I also have SIG, Glock and others. My favorite would be the Sig 229 in 40 but I am still partial to my Rock Island 1911 A-1. As soon as I can move out of California I want to look at getting the Sig P250, From what I have seen and read. Sig has out done themselves this time

    1. @canmandad

      Agree with you on the Hi Point. I’ve owned several over the years, and once had a problem with a .380 I bought at a yard sale. I called the factory and they sent me everything I needed to put it in top shape with no hesitation. They have been better to deal with over the years than many other higher end companies, especially DPMS. After owning two of their ARs, I will never recommend them to anyone. Springfield, on the other hand has been excellent to deal with.

      I wish you the absolute best of luck getting out of California. I “lived” there for 18 months after getting out of the Army. Never again! Make sure you move to a gun-friendly state.

  32. All five are great selections (OK, not the High Point – but its cheap). I would offer one more to make the list, the Sarsilmaz (Turkey) SARK2 .45ACP 14+1 5″ barrel. The SAR is built on the CZ75 style, and with a nod from CZ – no pirate operation. Sarsilmaz is a big time military weapons manufacturer and exporter using ISO 9001 methods (and is certified). My SARK2 is a tack driver, too. Check it out – at $399.

  33. The ONLY thing I have against these Hand Guns, is that their “Nearly” ALL POLYMER’S. And unless the Barrel’s air “Free Floating”, any Barrel Contact with the Polymer Frames are going to have an effect on the Polymers over a given period of time. Polymers, are Temperature Sensitive at temperature’s beyond ~+435F. And after a 100-rounds or so on a Warm Day. Those Temperature’s are going to be reached “Fairly Rapidly”…

    1. I’m not going to get all nerdy-chemical-engineer on you here…but do a little research on heat deflection/retention of polymers. Just because its hot outside and so are fired rounds of ammunition….does not mean that the polymer actually reaches that temperature…it’s not metal. Polymer just flat out doesn’t retain heat like metal does…this mainly has to do with weak bonds on the molecular level. Heat retention in polymers is actually a huge area of research right now. Chemical engineers are spending mass amounts of money and time trying to figure out how to alter polymers so that they actually HOLD heat.

      The fact of the matter is, while the barrel may be 800 degrees (at an extreme), the frame won’t even reach a 1/3 of that.

      And for the record…Nylon 6.6’s temp sensitivity range is actually 465 F.

    2. Hoppe’s #9 has a flash point of 378 F, yet somehow doesn’t get hot enough in a running semi-auto pistol to catch fire from the muzzle flash or other potential ignition sources. It’s also not the only common gun oil with a flash point below 400 F.

      Given that, it doesn’t seem realistic to worry whether heat in excess of 430 F will damage the polymer frame.

  34. I have owned several 45s and I finally settled on an older Ruger P90 that I picked up for $300.00 around ten years ago. There is something about this one piece that reminds me of the old 1911 that I carried as a young Marine in Vietnam, similar weight, size, feel that comforts me when I carry it inside my center back waist band holster and now I get eight round magazines and added this awesome laser grip from CTC and topped it off with new Tru Dot night sights… With double action and a smooth recoil this old girl lands right back on point after every shot, combine that with drop dead great looks and my old Ruger will stand tall among the best of today’s 45s no matter the price. +P 185 grain hollow points make any 45 a formidable weapon at any range within 50 yards. That being said there is an argument for the 9 mm Luger, I own one and I carry it quite often, It does make an excellent starter gun or a standard carry piece for the frail and the weak or a girl (that one’s gonna get some attention} no really there is nothing wrong with the 9 mm but that 45 will flood your mind with confidence knowing that a chest hit will not only stop your assailant, it will knock him flat on his back and (if it does not kill him) will drain all of the will to fight out of his body. No one I ever shot with my 1911 got back up, ever… Sorry about the rambling, but my 10 year old English Mastiff is dying and I’m losing my best friend. He had surgery for Nasal Squamous Cell Carcinoma in September last year and it recurred about 3 months ago and today for the first time in his life he refused to eat. Any way any further efforts would have cost fifteen thousand to start and he has already outlived most dogs of the breed so I’ve made him comfortable, treated him normally and will let him die with dignity… Semper Fi my Brothers.

    1. My prayers are with you and your friend. I have an english mastiff and she is a big part of our family figuratively and literally

    2. They are so personable and dedicated, my big boy was a sight to behold he stood three inches taller than the average male and weighed in at 237 pounds when the cancer hit, now he’s about 125 and has just quit eating so I guess he’s finally had enough. He would be 10 on November 18th if he makes it and that is a bit beyond the average lifespan and I believe he would have lived another three or four years, he has more heart than any dog I’ve ever seen and he had none of the normal problems. His joints were perfect, no cataracts just a perfect specimen with 5 National and 3 International Champions in his Pedigree, and he was never more than three feet away from my wife when she was home. I always meant to breed him for a puppy that could learn from him but I never found a suitable female and now it’s too late, I don’t expect him to make the weekend and as long as he is not suffering I’m going to let him go naturally, I can’t bring myself to put him down as long as he is comfortable. Anyway enjoy her while you can, these loving, loyal, head strong beasts have such a brief time with us but they will leave a mark on you that you can never forget… Thank you and God bless you and your big girl.

    3. Hey buddy, I just read your post and I am really sorry to hear about your main pal…that really stinks. We had to put down our chocolate lab last year, we had him from a puppy and was a great animal…he is greatly missed and will never be forgotten…

    4. Sadly my big buddy passed on at some time between three and five AM Sunday morning. It appears that he died in his sleep with no apparent signs of pain. It is exactly the way I had hoped he would . He was picked up by a local funeral home that also maintains a cemetery for pets and also maintains a crematorium where Moose will be cremated and his remains will be returned to me. It is difficult when you expect certain things to occur at certain times of the day (Moose would come to me when he needed to go out and at supper time) especially at seven PM exactly every day at supper time. I still see him lying on his bed and find myself feeling for him in the dark when I move through the bedroom at night. He will always be missed but hopefully the pain will eventually subside. Thank you for your comments… Semper Fi.

  35. Suzanne,

    I have two additional candidates for the list, as you thought might happen. My first is the Sarsimaz K45. It is a high capacity gun, all steel, decent trigger, acceptable sights and similar to some Sigs and H&K in operation. I found mine to be supremely accurate, rivaling or beating most production guns I have shot. I got mine just about a year ago for just under $400. Excellent gun, good shooter but admittedly heavy. I like mine quite well.
    My other candidate can be found, sometimes for under $500 still but is more often above it. It is the Rock Island 1911. It is another all steel gun, a 1911 in the classic sense but with a few modern refinements. It has an exceptional trigger on my model, is very tight and remarkably accurate shooter. It appears to be very well made, inside and out.
    While neither show quite the quality of my Wilson or my Smith & Wesson SCe, they are both fine guns and have performed very well for me. If I were discussing the issue with a beginning shooter looking for an entry level 1911 or single/double high cap, I would not hesitate to recommend either.
    Personally, I favor all steel guns with very good triggers and steel/metal sights. My personal preference, but I shoot so much better with one of my all steel 1911’s, or even my Smith & Wesson SCe with the scandium frame for light weight carry than any plastic guns with spongy triggers. I have tried and owned Glocks and Springfields over the years, along with the H&K and the FN models. I found them overly expensive (not the XD, or the Glocks but the H&K and the FN) but they are all long gone and the 1911’s remain. I think that the Sar K45 may stay a while, though. It is a fine shooter.

    1. I just looked at the Sarsilmaz Firearms website out f curiosity as I have never heard of them, located in Turkey, manufacture weapons for the military including an AR style assault rifle. All they show in semi-auto is several 9mm models and do not list a K45 but EAA corp. in Rockledge Fl. shows a K2 model SAR in 45 ACP, EAA corp is an importer of European firearms. Just some general info for anyone whom had not heard of this gun and might be curious as I was… It is a handsome piece particularly the polished stainless piece with the rail, nice gun.

    2. Stvenkng,

      You are correct in the nomenclature. I appreciate your pointing out my error and doing so in such a polite manner. It is the K2 and not the K45. I am getting old and forgetful.
      Still, it is an excellent gun in my personal experience. Working on over 500 rounds without any malfunction or problem whatsoever. Very decent trigger, high capacity, nice weight reduces recoil to the point where even my diminutive wife handles it well. Long and heavy for concealed carry, for some, but I carry a Combat Commander size .45 on a daily basis. I have had a number of other double action/single action guns and this one just works. Got rid of all the rest and kept this one — and it was the least expensive of the lot. Dandy gun and great shooter.

    3. 10-4 on the old and forgetful, but yeah it looks like this company is pretty much up on the quality control and the line up of weapons is impressive, if they work as hard on the civilian versions as they do for the military it should be an excellent piece… Semper Fi

    4. Stvenkng,
      I really like my K2. It is surprisingly accurate and has a decent trigger right out of the box. Given the weight, it is one of the mildest recoiling guns I own. It digests the Bufflalo Bore +P .45 like it was made for it. Besides, the price is really pretty good, considering what you get.
      My son just bought a Rock Island .22TCM/9mm combo and it is also spectacular. It was right at $600 and that is for two guns. Check out the .22 TCM.
      I gather you were in the Marines. Thank you for your service. I spent 31 years, 9 months and 19 days, active and reserve in the Navy. About 9 years active and the rest reserve.

  36. While I do not, nor have I ever owned any .45 Cal pistols, my father did have a 1911 Colt Gov. Issue back in the 70’s which he had sold for a 100.00 during trough times, and my brother does own a Hi Point, which I shot a few rounds out of. It worked just fine, and I hit the target without any problems. I am a Glock fan, but my weapon of choice is the 32 (.357 Sig) which has better billistics in general than the .45 or the 9mm unless you get a premium round like Buffallo Bore or +P ammo.1350 FPS and 504 ft/lbs of energy AND 14 rounds. Although the difference is not too life altering, the grip is somewhat large on the Glock 32. But, we all have our favorites. Plus .45acp ammo and 9mm ammo is so much cheaper and much easier to find. With that being said, many times, I have wished I had gotten a .45 instead, and just may sometime in the near future. Thanks for a great article, and thank you CTD for such a great site.

  37. I will say, that I have a Hi Point in 40 and not only is it very reliable but also very accurate out of the box. After 1000 rounds or so, I am thrilled with the purchase and will consider another one in 45 acp., based on your recommendation.

  38. I had a hi point .45. The gun was absolutely worthless. I wouldn’t own one again even to throw at an assailant. I have a llama 1911 and I wouldn’t trade it for any other gun.

  39. Assuming regular practice, you’ll easily spend several times the cost of the pistol itself on ammunition over its life of service.

    This cost is yet another point in favor of 9mm Luger over .45 ACP.

    1. Not true, the price reduction to reload 9mm isn’t that great. Meaning: you can buy it almost for the same price.
      .45 acp can be reloaded for close to the same price as buying or reloading 9mm.
      Shelf price of.45 acp is however much higher..

      I don’t don’t buy in bulk qualities and reload.45 acp for about $0.25 per round. My govt 1911’s love these 200 grain speedsters..

  40. I own a Hi Point 45acp that I love to shoot, yes its heavy, not a beauty queen, but its as good looking as any glock I’ve ever held and shoots as well as a glock or any other brand, lets face it we are spoiled into thinking that good looks means good gun? I have shot many rounds through it of different loads and both HP and FMJ with NO jams or miss fires! it’s stout for sure but 100% warenty what more could you want???

  41. I have owned a EAA .45 ACP for 13 years with a 3 in barrel that has been magna-ported. 10 round magazine, w/one in the chamber.. A very lovely two-tone rig, that has less felt recoil than the old M&P Model 10 with 5 inch barrel. this fine piece of machinery shoots straight right out of the box.. Both single and double action gun.

    1. Here, Here Adam. The space shuttle has a BUNCH of “plastic” on it, as well as the new Boeing Dreamliner. Something tells me if “plastic” can survive the rigors of reentry into the atmosphere from space…it’ll be fine shooting a couple thousand rounds out of a handgun.

  42. My carry piece became a 3.3″ XDS as soon as I was able to get my hands on the “Essentials” version ( saved almost $100 dispensing with a plastic holster and mag carrier!).
    It took a trigger/sear kit from PPC to make it sweet, which delngfwas certianly worth the cost. My first and -only- plasti-pistol, which I feel will stay that way.
    My Beretta 8045 Cougar is a far cry ahead of the Springfield or my Ruger SR1911 so far as quality of build, accuracy, and overall sexiness, and it also shares magazines with my Beretta CX pistol caliber (.45ACP ) carbine.
    Of all the pistols listed, an EAA -might- get my money, and a HiPoint to keep in a drawer to give to someone in need? But otherwise, I’ll stick with my Euro-guns. (I’d really like to score a nice example of an 8045 micro!)

  43. Make mine the EAA Witness, IMHO These fly under the radar. They fit my hands well, and are easy to shoot well. As far as the HI-Points go, To me they are like a Kia. They won’t win you any bragging points at the class reunion,but they do work, They go “bang!” when needed and put lead on target. Better than buying a used worn out auto (warranty…) if you have limited funds. (More money for training and ammo…)

  44. I own six Glocks, two that I carry are models 21& 30 both being 45 Semi Auto. Gold Dot ammo 230 Gr. GHHP I do own six other 1911’s just for keeping. As far as a HI Point 45 ACP is a Getto gun, used by want to be gang banger’s. Another good gun I have and you don’t list is the Stoeger semi auto 45 Series 8000 Cougar very nice weapon put a small magazine. I rely on my Glocks and they have never failed me.8

  45. Decent list, and no big disagreement from me on any of them. Of course, there will be plenty of other good guns named here when the comment dust settles. Not sure if I agree that the XD is the “best of the worst” or on the top end of the “not-so-good” list. I’ve never had a problems with mine, and the author fails to provide any details for his/her “opinion.” And we all know what they say about opinions, so I’ll just assume it’s a personality thing with him/her.

    Speaking of opinions, I can hear the irate comments now because the Hi Point was included, but I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. The Hi Point is a reliable, accurate gun that is well worth its low price. For someone who can’t afford even a moderately price gun, a new Hi Point is probably a better choice than some very used other brand they could get at the same price considering they are reliable, easy to work on and have a lifetime warranty. Along with all the moderate and high end guns we own, there are a Hi Point .45 pistol and carbine.

    1. Hi, Suzanne!

      How are you doing?

      Okay, I’ll watch for their reasons. I like my XD, but I’m much more accurate with my Glock 21, so I once had the IWB for it that’s my current EDC. But still can’t quite see the XD as bad, so it’ll be interesting to see what they have to say.

    2. I had considered an XD before I bought my small frame 9mm, price and capacity won out plus the XD was fairly new at the time and I wanted to see some real person reviews not some company hand picked shills before I picked one up for myself. Seems pretty mixed with satisfied winning out by a decent margin, but I haven’t made up my mind yet… Semper Fi

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