When it comes to handguns…nothing is more of an American classic than the .45 ACP. It’s big, powerful, and packs a mean punch that can stop nearly anything that comes in its way. The .45 ACP has been an American icon since Colt released the M1911 in 1911.
Whether you are a recreational gun owner, one who uses a gun for home defense, or a first-time buyer of a gun, you will highly appreciate this article, an in-depth discussion and review the top ten .45 pistols available based on performance.
5. Springfield XD(M) 45
The XD(M)® pistol from Springfield Armory sets the standard for what a polymer pistol can be. The XD(M) has everything you want and need in a pistol – superior ergonomics, reliable performance, and features that make it easy and intuitive to use. The XD(M) .45” Full-Size is the perfect pistol for those who are looking for full-size performance, sight radius, and handling.
Springfield Armory has built a well-deserved reputation for producing excellent firearms. The XD(M) .45 continues this reputation by providing a gun that has a perfect balance of power and ergonomics. The XD(M) is much easier to control than some of the other .45 calibers on the market, yet it still packs the same punch as bigger, bulkier pistols.
WEIGHT: 31 ozs.
BARREL: 4.5″/ 1:16 Twist
4. Glock 21 Gen 4
The Glock 21 gives you everything you would expect from a .45 pistol. Countless law enforcement units swear by this superior pistol for more than just its above-average magazine capacity of 13 rounds.
The Modular Back Strap system makes it possible to instantly customize its grip to accommodate any hand size. The reversible magazine catch makes it ideal for left and right-handed shooters The Gen4 system is the perfect complement to the 45 Auto caliber cartridge.
Caliber: .45 AUTO
System: Safe action
Mag. Capacity: 13
Barrel Length: 4.61 inch
Weight: 26.28 oz
Trigger Pull: 28
Length: 8.07 inch
Width: 1.34 inch
3. Taurus 24/7 OSS
The .45 ACP OSS is a sleek gun that feels great to hold. It was designed to work with both left and right handed shooters, and all of its levers can be depressed without any issues. If you’re looking for an affordable gun with advanced features that don’t come with the average pistol, consider the .45 ACP OSS.
Built to meet and exceed all requirements laid down by USSOCOM (United States Special Operations Command) for its new sidearm, this extreme duty pistol offers unprecedented reliability, durability, accuracy, and ergonomic functionality.
Capable of firing thousands of failure-free rounds in virtually any environment, whether it be jungle humidity and mud, desert heat and sand, or arctic ice, we packed the 24/7 OSS with features that real-world professionals need.
Grips: Checkered Polymer
The rate of Twist: 1:9.84″
Capacity: 12 +1
Barrel Length: 5.25″
Caliber: 45 Auto
Weight: 31.4 oz
2. Beretta Px4 Storm
When it comes to self-defense, there’s hardly a better handgun on the market than the .45 PX4 Storm. What this pistol lacks in extra flair and features, it makes up for in performance and improved handling.
The Px4 Storm is available in three calibers: 9mm, .40, and .45. The Px4 Storm uses a proprietary Beretta design with an innovative locked breech with a rotating barrel system—the strongest action to date. This design is supposed to minimize recoil from each firing, thus increasing the shooter’s overall accuracy and producing more accurate shooting during rapid-fire situations.
Weight: 27.7–28.2 oz
Barrel Length: 4.0″
Sight Radius: 5.7″–5.9″
1. Heckler & Koch HK 45
Constructed for the US military based on the proven USP .45, the new HK45 and HK45 Compact models combine tried-and-tested characteristics with new features. The o-ring mounted at the front of the barrel minimizes any barrel play. The patented recoil system increases accuracy and service life – even under the toughest conditions.
You’ll find that the HK45 fits comfortably in your hand. Its adjustable grips allow you to have a good hold on the gun regardless of your hand size. The HK45 isn’t as bulky as some of the other .45 ACP on the market, which makes shooting it an absolute pleasure.
Weight: 27.7 oz
Barrel Length: 4.5″
Sight Radius: 6.6″
These are 5 top 45 ACP pistols, according to my research. However, each and everyone has their own experience with every gun model, so I highly recommend that you test shoot any weapon before buying.