September 1999

Jumbo Shrimp .45s: Factory, Factory Custom, or Custom?

Do you really have to spend $1,000 or more for a “You Bet Your Life” mini-1911? Based on our testing of three ultra-compacts from Springfield, Kimber, and Cylinder & Slide, we answer yes.

When it comes to the argument over which is the best defensive handgun caliber, shooters bent on the survival of the .45 Automatic Colt Pistol (ACP) will defend their favorite round’s honor to the death. Even after the U.S. military switched to 9mm and word comes of electronically ignited firearms, it is likely that the .45 ACP will live on into the next millennium. In the next century, your grandchildren will likely read in their daily electronic newspaper about a battalion of lost soldiers found in a cave reloading this venerable round for their aging 1991A1s. Such is the strength of allegiance this caliber attracts.

Not surprisingly, then, .45 ACP shooters want to see the round’s usefu...

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