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Choosing a .45 Pistol or Revolver

If you are looking for a good, solid handgun for home protection or to wear as a sidearm while hunting or trekking through the woods, a .45 is a good choice.  Whether you are trying to ward off a home invader or bring down an angry bear, you can rely on a .45 to keep you and your family safe.

Black Powder

There are a lot of options when it comes to choosing a .45 caliber weapon.  If you are into historical reenactment, the Colt .45 Peacemaker revolver, designed for black powder, is a good choice.  You can make your own blanks for battle and you can buy or make live rounds for competition or hunting.  In my experience, there’s nothing quite so satisfying, when it comes to shooting as the smell of powder after you pull the trigger – and there is something that is definitely exciting about being a good shot with a historically accurate weapon.  Black powder revolvers are often exempt from tough restrictions – more than likely because street thugs are simply too lazy to load them and maintain them properly.

This being said, if you choose a black powder revolver, you’ve got to clear it often.  You can keep it loaded for about two months if your environment is bone dry, but it’s best to discharge it every couple of weeks.  You also need to be fanatical about cleaning and maintaining it, if you want to keep it in good working order.  A gun like this does not come with a modern safety, and you can burn yourself if you’re not careful.  In addition, it packs a heavy recoil, so get in shape if you want to get the most out of this gun.

If you want a modern .45 pistol, you’re in good company.  Police officers and the armed forces rely on .45s to keep them safe, and any crook who’s greeted at the door with the working end of a gun like this will think twice about continuing.  Here are a few good .45 pistols to consider.