June 1999

.45 ACPs: Springfield, Kimber Beat Colt; Glock 21 Surprises

When we bought and shot three full-size 1911-style semi-autos, the “Loaded” Springfield showed the best features and make-up. But the Compact Classic ran a close second.

Recently, a friend of Gun Tests® named Bruce decided to buy himself a .45 auto. Although he had been a revolver shooter for several decades, Bruce recently received some intense instruction in the un-gentle art of rapid-fire shooting and handling of a 1911 .45 auto. His eyes were opened to the many possibilities of the caliber, so he went shopping and examined eight different .45s. Now, picking a .45 for some of us is a simple task because we impose a few personal requirements on the gun that greatly limit our choices.

However, there are many different kinds of full-size .45 autos available, and our friend didn’t have our strict prejudices, so he had a harder time choosing. He considered...

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