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7 Best .45 Pistols That Aren’t All 1911’s

Pros/Cons of the .45 ACP

So we’ve established that one of the  biggest advantages of having a .45 ACP pistol is power.

What’s another?

The ammo variety.

There’s so much out there because of its popularity.  We help you narrow it down a little for cheap but reliable plinking ammo plus self-defense rounds.

.45 ACP 230 gr HST
.45 ACP 230 gr HST

The downside of buying a .45 pistol is that they’re usually more expensive than other handgun models.

Also, the ammo tends to cost a bit more and most .45 ACPs don’t carry as many rounds as their 9mm counterparts.

However, if you’re looking for a reliable gun with a lot of stopping power, nothing beats the .45 ACP.

(L to R) .45 ACP, .357 SIG, and 9mm
(L to R) .45 ACP, .357 SIG, and 9mm

The Best .45 Pistol For You

While .45 ACPs are a bit bulkier than some of the other handguns on the market, they’re still a very popular handgun for conceal carry.

If you’re considering purchasing your very first .45 ACP, make sure that you do some testing before you make a purchase.

Comfort is part of what makes some guns better than others.

Take some time to see how the gun feels in your hand.  Pay attention to how much it weighs, if the grips are slippery or not, and if you can easily reach all the levers with your hand.

Good Trigger Discipline Glock 17
It Fits

Some are better at range shooting and others are better for defense.  Take some time to think about what your .45 ACPs primary function will be.

While there are a number of high-quality .45 caliber pistols out there, the guns covered in this article are some of the most well rounded and diverse pistols on the market.  They are the pinnacle of craftsmanship, dependability, and accuracy.

Now…finally (in no particular order)