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What 45 do you prefer?

Discussion in 'Guns & Hunting' started by IluvTEA, Dec 16, 2010.

  1. Dec 16, 2010 at 5:11 PM
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    IluvTEA

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    Hopefully my husband doesn't get on here and realize I am taking over his name on tacoma world. lol

    My husband and I have a Smith and Wesson 45 ACP. But he will be graduating Air Force OTS here soon and I am thinking of surprising him with another one. We love the 45, so I think I want to stay there. I was even thinking of getting it personalized. But I have absolutely no idea where to even look, What brand name is best,... or anything for that matter. I know he has ideas that he likes, but I very well can't ask him... since I want it to be a surprise :)

    Do y'all have any suggestions on what 45 you have had good luck with? We have also thought about getting a shot gun.. so if you are familiar with those, can I have that input as well?

    Thanks in advance! :)
     
  2. Dec 16, 2010 at 5:13 PM
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    I know this isn't going to help much, but I wouldn't buy him a gun until he shoots it first and finds one he likes. :eek: Don't want to be stuck with a gun that he doesn't find very comfortable to shoot. Has he said anything in the past about other guns he likes that he has shot?
     
  3. Dec 16, 2010 at 5:18 PM
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    I agree with Colton. The worse thing would be buying an expensive gun for him that he isn't comfortable with. You can't just take a handgun back after shooting it and get a refund.
    Dig around a little bit. You can find out what he likes without giving the surprise away.
     
  4. Dec 16, 2010 at 5:18 PM
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    :) Thank you Colton. I know he was talking about a Kimber before... but I don't think he has shot one. Maybe we could go "look" at guns for the future and see which one he likes lol. I would hate to get one he doesn't like, as well. Decisions Decisions. :) Maybe some input on here as for how they shoot and such would help though. :) So I know if they handle good and what not. :)

    Thanks so much, again!
     
  5. Dec 16, 2010 at 5:19 PM
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    Thanks, Matic :)
     
  6. Dec 16, 2010 at 5:24 PM
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    Colton is correct.
    People have different tastes and preferances in pistols.

    I love 1911s and shoot them better than any other pistol,but I carry a Glock 30SF because I would cry if I dropped one of the expensive 1911s.

    I know you can make the 1911 as reliabe as a Glock but dollar for dollar the Glock is what I carry.

    Nothing purttier than a dressed up Colt or Springfield but if it is a carry pistol I go with the Plastic Fantastic.
     
  7. Dec 16, 2010 at 5:26 PM
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    Hmm.. well looks like if I can't get him to spill the beans on which gun he would love.. then I will have to think of another awesome graduation present lol. Thanks so much for all the input! :)
     
  8. Dec 16, 2010 at 5:37 PM
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    Though I agree with the above, Nothing says "Congrates" quite like a new Sig P220 :p
     
  9. Dec 16, 2010 at 5:45 PM
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    If he has tried Kimbers then they may be a great pick.
    I have not shot the S&W 45s so I cannot say if the grip angle is compatible with the Kimber or other 1911.
    That is usually the biggest difference in pistols for your personal preferance.

    There are a bunch of Kimbers out there and with all the options I think you may have to work him to find out what he is thinking on which one.
    Good luck.
     
  10. Dec 16, 2010 at 5:58 PM
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    dito....
    I like my G30 though
     
  11. Dec 16, 2010 at 6:20 PM
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    I would suggest a Kimber Ultra CDP, they come with many features standard from their custom shop. I up until recently shot in many IDPA competitions and can say with certainty the Kimber is one of the tighest shooting handguns you can buy in the $1k price range. Of course you you can upgrade to a Thunder Ranch or Wilson but you will get in the $2k range with those.
     
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    Glad I could help... I have shot a Ruger P-series .45 and loved it, very smooth and comfortable - for me. I've heard good things about Sig, Glock, Springfield, Smith and Wesson, etc. but I have not personally shot them in the .45 ACP caliber. :)
     
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    Have you thought of gift wrapping a box of .45 ammunition? Tell him that a .45 handgun of his choice is included. I agree with the folks that said to have him choose his own handgun. I own several .45's and love them all....but I only carry one of them… He needs to have the one that fits his hand as though it were an extension of his arm.... When he holds and shoots the right one, there will be no doubt... Everyone goes home a winner... Good Luck!! Congratulations to your Husband!
     
  14. Dec 16, 2010 at 6:42 PM
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    That's a very good suggestion.

    I personally like my G36 although it is not a 1911 style. I do have a late 50's colt 1911A1 that my grandfather brought back from Korea.
    You might look into the "thunder ranch" .45's from les Baer.
    If my gf bought me a colt, kimber, springfield for Christmas, sure I would be happy. But if I opened up a box with a Les Baer custom in it....I'd rock her world for a long time!!!
    Again, I wouldn't purchase something like that for him unless he had a chance to shoot one. I think most would agree that Les Baer makes premium .45's and are in a league of there own.
     
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    OP, you remind me of my wife. For that alone, congrats to your husband! The quote above is a great idea, if you're not commited to a surprise package. Otherwise-

    Someone mentioned the Kimber Ultra CDP earlier, which is a 5" 1911. A great weapon for match shooting but a bit long for CCW. And at $1300, might be a bit more pricey than necessary. For years I carried a Commander size (4.25") Kimber or Colt, and competed with the full size Gold Combat. If a carry weapon is the primary objective, I'd stay with the Commander or Officer's (3.5") models, in a less expensive version(say, between $500-$750) and leave the pretty hardware in the house. Once you've decided on a 1911, there's a whole herd of nearly identical pistols to choose from, and every shooter will have a brand preference... but it comes down to how much you want to spend.
     
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    And I have a brand new Blackhawk Serpa holster that I'm lookin to sell, just for that gun ;)
     
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    Have you posted it on here?
     
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