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    Diving Deeper into .45 ACP Pistols Beyond the 1911: Emphasizing Power, Accuracy, and Diversity

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    One of the most enduring American classics, the .45 ACP, has been an icon since Colt released the M1911 in 1911, serving as the official sidearm of the U.S. military from World War I to Vietnam. However, in April 2023, attention was drawn to a variety of .45 ACP pistols that have stepped out of the 1911’s shadow to claim their own spotlight.

    For concealed carry purposes, the Smith & Wesson M&P 45 Shield M2.0 is a standout. This striker-fired polymer pistol ensures a steadfast grip with its aggressive texture. Its 6 to 7 round capacity and durable design with a stainless steel chassis and slide with an Armornite finish, make it a top choice for everyday carry. If you desire an upgraded version straight from the box, Smith & Wesson also offers the Shield 45 from their Performance Center with numerous pre-made enhancements.

    The Sig Sauer P220 Legion is lauded for its Cerakote Elite Legion Gray-finished slide, frame, black G10 grips, and the embedded Legion medallion that offers both aesthetic and performance advantages. Its P-SAIT trigger delivers a smooth and consistent pull with a crisp break and short reset, making it a well-made, reliable pistol with an 8+1 capacity. Notably, “it’s a hammer-fired DA/SA gun” and is shipped with Sig Sauer Electro-Optics X-RAY hi-vis day/night sights.

    Walther’s PPQ .45 ACP is another full-size gun whose curved grip, cross-direction grip surface, and the 5.6-pound trigger that is “surprisingly good” add to its appeal. With an ambidextrous magazine release and a 12-round capacity, the PPQ 45 is known for its reliable feeding and firing. Glock also enters the fray with its Glock 21 Gen 4, which is revered for being a “workhorse… meant to do a particular job,” and delivers on reliability and modularity with its 13+1 capacity.

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    Beyond the semi-automatics, the Ruger Redhawk revolver in .45 ACP offers a “triple-locking cylinder and no side plates,” showcasing its strength and ability to handle recoil, featuring a unique DA/SA trigger mechanism that ensures a smooth, even pull and a clean break. For those seeking tactical flair, the FNX-45 Tactical provides a stylish option with a threaded 5.3-inch barrel, 15+1round capacity, and suppressor-height Trijicon sights.

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    While each .45 caliber pistol offers its unique set of benefits and downsides, their selection relies on the individual’s preferences and requirements.

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