Re: Looking to buy a 45 handgun
Since the Pandora's box has been opened and as an ex-Navy Petty Officer I'll go ahead and throw my 2 cents worth in.
The 1911 is - in my opinion - the finest pistol ever created. As a concealed carry weapon, not the first weapon of choice. As a home defense weapon, perfect. As an open carry weapon perfect.
The simple reality is that a .45 that is ACCURATE at 50 ft. is simply not a good conceal carry weapon because of it's size. There are small, short barrel 45 ACP pistols out there, but due to the size of the bullet when you fire it through a 2" barrel you are sacrificing accuracy for the size of the bullet.
Accuracy is in direct proportion to 5 variables. The size of the projectile, the length of the barrel it is fired trough, the degree of rifling in the barrel to give the projectile spin, the pressure exerted on the projectile from the explosion of the combustible inside the cartridge and the distance required for the best possible accuracy. If all 5 variables are matched perfectly you get the most perfect accuracy for a given projectile size at a specific distance with a specific length barrel.
So, my 5" barrel 1911 is definitely my preferred handgun of choice. My preferred concealed carry weapon is a .380 with a 3.5" barrel.