Muzzleloading Forum
 
HomeGalleryFAQSearchRegisterLog in

Share | 
 

 Shopping around for a .40 or .45 Semiauto Pistol - any thoughts?

View previous topic View next topic Go down 
AuthorMessage
Jono



Number of posts : 176
Age : 49
Location : Eau Claire, WI
Registration date : 2011-01-06

PostSubject: Shopping around for a .40 or .45 Semiauto Pistol - any thoughts?   July 22nd 2011, 12:29 pm

Just looking for some opinions on semi autos in this caliber that any one has direct experience with.

I've been looking at CZ, S&W, Sig, Springfield, Ruger brands.

My budget is $400 to $600.

I am not opposed to buying used when in good condition. Would allow me to buy a nicer gun for the same money.

Intended use is home/personal protection. Not looking for a concealed carry weapon so a full sized model is fine. I'm more interested in accuracy, reliability, nice trigger.

Thanks,
Jono

_________________
I shoot



Optima 209 Magnum/Nikon Omega 1.65-5x36 BDC-250
CCI 209M/100 gn vol BH209/250gn .500 THOR BT
Back to top Go down
View user profile
chaded



Male Number of posts : 1194
Age : 30
Location : ohio
Registration date : 2011-05-08

PostSubject: Re: Shopping around for a .40 or .45 Semiauto Pistol - any thoughts?   July 22nd 2011, 12:30 pm

I have shot the Springfield quite a bit in 9mm and absolutely loved it. I also liked the safety feature in the back of the grip too.
Back to top Go down
View user profile
hawgslayer
Site Moderator &
Site Moderator &
avatar

Number of posts : 3706
Age : 69
Location : Sleepy Hollow IL.
Registration date : 2009-10-01

PostSubject: Re: Shopping around for a .40 or .45 Semiauto Pistol - any thoughts?   July 22nd 2011, 12:45 pm

Very Happy

I know you didn't mention this one but I carry a GLOCK 23, 40 CAL, for work and I think its the cats A$$ Exclamation Exclamation Made well and I find no problems in shooting them. It's easy to break down and clean. Spring, barrel, slide and grip. Thats it. Takes 20 mins to clean. IMHO, it's a good hand gun...........

Ray..... Wink

_________________
Colt 1911 .45 cal
Remington 1911 R1 .45 CAL

KEEPEM IN THE " 10 " RING   

Semper Fi...... '66-'69
Back to top Go down
View user profile
Jono



Number of posts : 176
Age : 49
Location : Eau Claire, WI
Registration date : 2011-01-06

PostSubject: Re: Shopping around for a .40 or .45 Semiauto Pistol - any thoughts?   July 22nd 2011, 12:49 pm

Ray, how heavy is the trigger on that Glock?


_________________
I shoot



Optima 209 Magnum/Nikon Omega 1.65-5x36 BDC-250
CCI 209M/100 gn vol BH209/250gn .500 THOR BT
Back to top Go down
View user profile
hawgslayer
Site Moderator &
Site Moderator &
avatar

Number of posts : 3706
Age : 69
Location : Sleepy Hollow IL.
Registration date : 2009-10-01

PostSubject: Re: Shopping around for a .40 or .45 Semiauto Pistol - any thoughts?   July 22nd 2011, 1:37 pm


Very Happy

I've read different info on the trigger pull and this is what I find. Factory standard around 5.6#'s.....With modified connection, increased to 7.9#'s and as low as 4.5#s. Then I read that they are around 7.5#'s. Sorry I can't help you any better with that.

Ray

_________________
Colt 1911 .45 cal
Remington 1911 R1 .45 CAL

KEEPEM IN THE " 10 " RING   

Semper Fi...... '66-'69
Back to top Go down
View user profile
Jono



Number of posts : 176
Age : 49
Location : Eau Claire, WI
Registration date : 2011-01-06

PostSubject: Re: Shopping around for a .40 or .45 Semiauto Pistol - any thoughts?   July 22nd 2011, 1:41 pm

No matter how you slice it, better than my SW40VE!

That sucker is heavy around 10# or so.

I will add the Glock to my list. : - )

Jono

_________________
I shoot



Optima 209 Magnum/Nikon Omega 1.65-5x36 BDC-250
CCI 209M/100 gn vol BH209/250gn .500 THOR BT
Back to top Go down
View user profile
muznut

avatar

Number of posts : 705
Age : 59
Location : Maine
Registration date : 2012-01-24

PostSubject: Re: Shopping around for a .40 or .45 Semiauto Pistol - any thoughts?   February 1st 2012, 11:07 am

I have a XD in 9 and 45 also an H&K 45.
Back to top Go down
View user profile
VAKnight

avatar

Male Number of posts : 245
Age : 52
Location : Richmond, VA
Registration date : 2008-10-28

PostSubject: Re: Shopping around for a .40 or .45 Semiauto Pistol - any thoughts?   February 6th 2012, 12:48 am

First choice - Kimber 1911...used.

Second choice - Tsarus PT-99....it rules.

If you are serious about basic home protection....cut your budget in half and buy a new Mossberg 500 12 gauge pump. It is about the best thing out there for home protection hands down. Studies have shown that just the sound of that pump action scares the hell out of bad guys.

_________________
My friends call me Scotty

Traditions 32 Caliber Crockett Squirrel Rifle - 70 gr Buffalo Ballette, 40 gr FFFG 777
CVA Stag Horn 45 Caliber - Bushnell 1.75x - 4.5x Scope, 225 gr Powerbelt, 2 - 50 gr 777
CVA Optima 45 Caliber - Bushnell 1.75x - 4.5x Scope, 275 gr Powerbelt, 3 - 50 gr 777
CVA Accura 45 Caliber - Bushnell 1.75x - 4.5x Scope, 275 gr Powerbelt, 3 - 50 gr 777
Back to top Go down
View user profile
Omega45

avatar

Male Number of posts : 553
Age : 42
Location : PA/MD Line @ 870ft
Registration date : 2010-04-15

PostSubject: Re: Shopping around for a .40 or .45 Semiauto Pistol - any thoughts?   February 6th 2012, 5:32 am

Hard to beat a Glock 27, which is in your price range. Factory pull is around 5.5lb, with no safety to deal with. You can get a 3.5lb connector if you want a lighter pull which is not needed IMO unless your shooting competition. Plain and simple design and as Ray mentioned Glocks are carried by many Law Enforement Officers.


Whats your intended purpose for? Whatever it's for there is a Glock model that will suit your needs.

You might find a used Sig 229 in your price range. Cool

Back to top Go down
View user profile
remmy1187



Male Number of posts : 136
Age : 42
Location : Bedford,Pa
Registration date : 2011-10-29

PostSubject: Re: Shopping around for a .40 or .45 Semiauto Pistol - any thoughts?   February 6th 2012, 3:48 pm

Smith & Wesson M&P is a really nice semi. Got one in the compact and it goes about everywhere I go. Would stay away from S&W sigma,triggers are horrible. Trigger on the M&P is way better. Also like the Ruger SR-9 and SR-40, looks like a lot of pistol for the price.
Back to top Go down
View user profile
johnp034

avatar

Number of posts : 155
Age : 72
Location : Michigan
Registration date : 2010-09-21

PostSubject: Re: Shopping around for a .40 or .45 Semiauto Pistol - any thoughts?   March 12th 2012, 2:24 am

Find a good used Sig P229, you'll never look back. It would probably be on the high side of your budget, but it will be worth it. Get a .40 & then later you can add a .357 Sig barrel to your arsenal if you really want to heat things up!

_________________
JohnP

CVA Apex .45 BH209
CVA Apex .45 Smokeless
Back to top Go down
View user profile
sqezer



Male Number of posts : 1743
Age : 64
Location : Portage, Wi
Registration date : 2009-11-06

PostSubject: Re: Shopping around for a .40 or .45 Semiauto Pistol - any thoughts?   March 12th 2012, 9:44 am

I love my Kimber Custom II 1911 but you can't beat a Glock.

_________________
.45 Knight Original 1-20 Laminated Thumb Hole
.45 Knight Disc SS, Composite Stock
.45 Knight Disc Extreme MHC Laminated Thumb Hole
.45 Knight Disc Extreme MHSDE SS composit stock
.50 Knight Mountaineer Laminated stock
.50 Knight Disc Elite
.50 Knight Disc Extreme X 3
.50 Knight Long Range Hunter
.52 Knight Disc Extreme Winter Camo stock
.45 CVA Apex & 7mm-08
.50 CVA APEX
.45 CVA MagHunter X 5
.50 CVA Buckhorn Mag X 4
.50 CVA Wolf Shorty
Back to top Go down
View user profile http://sqezer@yahoo.com
VAKnight

avatar

Male Number of posts : 245
Age : 52
Location : Richmond, VA
Registration date : 2008-10-28

PostSubject: Re: Shopping around for a .40 or .45 Semiauto Pistol - any thoughts?   March 20th 2012, 8:38 pm

I would have to disagree - A Kimber does beat a Glock for general quality of workmanship and raw sexiness.

Just a humble opinion of someone who may be a firearm collector and general part time gunsmith who may very well own over 200 firearms.

_________________
My friends call me Scotty

Traditions 32 Caliber Crockett Squirrel Rifle - 70 gr Buffalo Ballette, 40 gr FFFG 777
CVA Stag Horn 45 Caliber - Bushnell 1.75x - 4.5x Scope, 225 gr Powerbelt, 2 - 50 gr 777
CVA Optima 45 Caliber - Bushnell 1.75x - 4.5x Scope, 275 gr Powerbelt, 3 - 50 gr 777
CVA Accura 45 Caliber - Bushnell 1.75x - 4.5x Scope, 275 gr Powerbelt, 3 - 50 gr 777
Back to top Go down
View user profile
muznut

avatar

Number of posts : 705
Age : 59
Location : Maine
Registration date : 2012-01-24

PostSubject: Re: Shopping around for a .40 or .45 Semiauto Pistol - any thoughts?   March 21st 2012, 6:33 am

I have the original polymer frame pistol Glock likes to claim they are but the H&K P9s is Very Happy I have it in 45cal it was made in the 70s and its never failed me but lets face it most companys now can make a good auto loader I had a taurus 24/7 9mm a few years back and it was a nice gun.
Back to top Go down
View user profile
unknwn



Number of posts : 2
Age : 54
Location : Canton,Ohio
Registration date : 2012-05-13

PostSubject: Re: Shopping around for a .40 or .45 Semiauto Pistol - any thoughts?   May 13th 2012, 1:40 pm

Beretta Cougar for a metal framed gun, all the calibers stated. The Stoeger company has taken over production of the guns and added a rail to the 8045 model, other than a lower price, same gun / new production.
If you like the polymer framed guns the Beretta PX4 series can take care of your wants in the stated calibers.
All of the aforementioned guns use a rotating barrel lock up that smooths out recoil and overcomes some other problematic aspects of the Browning style of auto-feeding handgun engineering.
Back to top Go down
View user profile
Jono



Number of posts : 176
Age : 49
Location : Eau Claire, WI
Registration date : 2011-01-06

PostSubject: Re: Shopping around for a .40 or .45 Semiauto Pistol - any thoughts?   May 17th 2012, 12:55 pm

Hey guys, thanks a lot for all the input. Since I posted this, I got interested in 1991 and picked up two - a Rock Island M1911 TAC and a Kimber Ultra II TLE LG.

Love 'em both but the Rock struggles with the Winchester HPs I've been buying. Rock Island said they would do a "tune" for $80 that included some reshaping of the feed ramp but "no guarantees". Shoots hardballs reliably and is an accurate gun. Plus the price is right. Hard to buy a new 1911 for $450.

The Kimber is very nice. The first two clips I ran through it, I had a couple hang ups with the HPs rounds on the ramp but more go than no. I will have to keep shooting them to see where this ends up.

I'm done buying for right now but next round (late this year/early next) I'm thinking about a full size Kimber Custom. Also looking to go in a different direction with models like M&P, Glock, xD, etc.

Shooting .45s is expensive! any advice on cheap source for factory ammo? how bout the best way to go for reloading?

Jono

_________________
I shoot



Optima 209 Magnum/Nikon Omega 1.65-5x36 BDC-250
CCI 209M/100 gn vol BH209/250gn .500 THOR BT
Back to top Go down
View user profile
bubba

avatar

Male Number of posts : 135
Age : 58
Location : Northern New York
Registration date : 2011-03-17

PostSubject: Re: Shopping around for a .40 or .45 Semiauto Pistol - any thoughts?   June 8th 2012, 4:17 am

I just got a smith sd40. It shoots well good trigger and so far has worked flawlessly.

_________________
”A gun is like a parachute. If you need one, and don’t have one, you’ll probably never need one again.”
Back to top Go down
View user profile
Jono



Number of posts : 176
Age : 49
Location : Eau Claire, WI
Registration date : 2011-01-06

PostSubject: Re: Shopping around for a .40 or .45 Semiauto Pistol - any thoughts?   June 8th 2012, 9:20 am

Thank you Bubba!

As a follow up to my comments about hollow points and the Rock Island gun....I tried some Hornady Criticals in there and worked great. They cycled nicely in my kimber too.

I've purchased some reloading gear from Hornady and they are giving away bullets so I will get the chance to run a lot of them through both guns before betting my life on them.

Will try the 230 XTPs too and consider them for hunting. Anyone have experience with Hornady XTPs?

Jono

_________________
I shoot



Optima 209 Magnum/Nikon Omega 1.65-5x36 BDC-250
CCI 209M/100 gn vol BH209/250gn .500 THOR BT
Back to top Go down
View user profile
bubba

avatar

Male Number of posts : 135
Age : 58
Location : Northern New York
Registration date : 2011-03-17

PostSubject: Re: Shopping around for a .40 or .45 Semiauto Pistol - any thoughts?   June 26th 2012, 4:00 am

I am shooting 200 grain xtp's in my smith. I reload them. They shoot very well and cycle flawlessly. I can not say how they work for the intended use because I have not shot anything but paper. I also bought a box of 180 grain lead round nose from velocity bullets. I shoot a lot more of them getting used to the gun.

_________________
”A gun is like a parachute. If you need one, and don’t have one, you’ll probably never need one again.”
Back to top Go down
View user profile
Sponsored content




PostSubject: Re: Shopping around for a .40 or .45 Semiauto Pistol - any thoughts?   

Back to top Go down
 
Shopping around for a .40 or .45 Semiauto Pistol - any thoughts?
View previous topic View next topic Back to top 
Page 1 of 1

Permissions in this forum:You cannot reply to topics in this forum
Frontier Muzzleloading :: Modern Shooting :: Modern Shooters-
Jump to: