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SIG Sauer P220 Legion

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SIG P220 Legion Specs:


CALIBER: .45 ACP

MAGS INCLUDED: Three single-stack 8-round steel mags (10-round extended SIG mags available)

SIGHTS: X-RAY3 Day/Night Sights

THREADED BARREL: No

PISTOL SIZE: Full Size

OVERALL LENGTH: 7.7″

OVERALL WIDTH: 1.3″

HEIGHT: 5.5″

BARREL LENGTH: 4.4″

WEIGHT: 30.4 oz.

SIGHT RADIUS: 5.7″

ACCESSORY RAIL: SIG Rail

TRIGGER ACTION: DA/SA

TRIGGER TYPE: P-SAIT

GRIP TYPE: Black G10

BARREL MATERIAL: Carbon Steel

FRAME FINISH: Legion Gray

FRAME MATERIAL: Alloy

SLIDE FINISH: Legion Gray

SLIDE MATERIAL: Stainless Steel

MSRP: $1,413


Beretta PX4 Storm SD Type F

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Px4 Storm SD Type F Specs:

ACTION: Single/Double

BARREL LENGTH: 4.5″

CALIBER: .45 ACP

MAGAZINE: Ships with one flush 9-round mag and two extended 10-round mags

OVERALL HEIGHT: 5.7″

OVERALL LENGTH: 8.27″

OVERALL WIDTH: 1.42″

SIGHT RADIUS: 5.87″

WEIGHT UNLOADED: 28.6 oz.

MSRP: $1,150



Heckler & Koch HK45


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H&K HK45 Specs:

  • CALIBER: .45 ACP
  • CAPACITY: 10+1
  • OVERALL LENGTH: 8.03″
  • OVERALL WIDTH (with safety lever): 1.54″
  • BARREL LENGTH: 4.46″
  • SIGHT RADIUS: 6.63″
  • WEIGHT (with magazine): 31.2 oz.
  • MSRP: $950



Smith & Wesson M&P45 2.0


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S&W M&P45 2.0 SPECS:


  • CALIBER: 45 AUTO
  • CAPACITY: 10+1
  • BARREL LENGTH: 4.6″ / 11.7 cm
  • OVERALL LENGTH: 7.9″
  • FRONT SIGHT: Steel – White Dot
  • REAR SIGHT: Steel – White Two Dot
  • ACTION: Striker Fire
  • GRIP: Polymer
  • WEIGHT: 27.0 oz / 765.4g
  • BARREL MATERIAL: Stainless Steel – Armornite® Finish
  • SLIDE MATERIAL: Stainless Steel – Armornite® Finish
  • FRAME MATERIAL: Polymer
  • MSRP: $599


SIG Sauer 1911 Fastback Nightmare


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SIG 1911 Nightmare Specs:

  • CALIBER: .45 ACP
  • CAPACITY: 8+1
  • MAGAZINES INCLUDED: 2 8-round steel mags
  • SIGHTS: SIGLITE
  • THREADED BARREL: no
  • PISTOL SIZE: Full Size
  • OVERALL LENGTH: 8.7″
  • OVERALL WIDTH: 1.4″
  • HEIGHT: 5.5″
  • BARREL LENGTH: 5″
  • WEIGHT: 41.6 oz.
  • SIGHT RADIUS: 6.5″
  • ACCESSORY RAIL: none
  • TRIGGER ACTION: single action only
  • TRIGGER TYPE: Skeletonized
  • GRIP TYPE: Black G10
  • BARREL MATERIAL: Carbon Steel
  • FRAME FINISH: Nitron
  • FRAME MATERIAL: Stainless Steel
  • SLIDE FINISH: Nitron
  • SLIDE MATERIAL: Stainless Steel
  • MSRP: $1,080

RANKING

This is purely my personal opinion. All of these handguns shot and functioned very well. But, we all like what we like.


#5 – Beretta Px4 Storm SD

I wanted to like this gun, I really did, but I couldn’t handle it well. The ultra-light frame topped with the heavy slide and barrel made the gun feel like a too tall conversion van when it had anything less than a full magazine in the grip.

The trigger was great, but I could not get used to the slide-mounted safety no matter what I did. Guess I haven’t spent enough time with the 92FS, but it was just too unwieldy for me. I also couldn’t get anything that felt like a solid grip…the frame felt too bulk and insubstantial at the same time somehow.


#4 – H&K M&P45 2.0

This is the most ergonomic pistol on this list, and I adore the feel of it because it is so similar to the P30 and VP9, just scaled up for .45 ACP. It was accurate and the single-action trigger pull was excellent, but the double action trigger pull felt sloppy and clunky.

I also felt like that was an inordinate amount of muzzle flip with this gun, and the only malfunctions I had during the long range day of shooting these .45s were with this pistol: two stove-pipes and one FTF. It only happened with one type of ammo, so maybe its finicky about velocity. Still, for its price, it lost some points because of this.


#3 – SIG Sauer 1911 Nightmare

This is only at #3 because it has the inherent limitations of the 1911 platform. It was bar far my favorite of the group to shoot—mostly because I was the most accurate with this pistol. And that’s no surprise. The trigger is excellent, as one would expect from SIG, but a single-action 1911 trigger pull is almost always a pleasure and really aids in accuracy.

The fast-back grip sat very comfortably in my hand and this 1911 ate every kind of ammo I fed it with a wide variety of bullet types. Plus, you have to give the Nightmare 1911 some extra points for esthetics—the black finish with the stainless controls and accents look superb.

The drawbacks? Single-action only, only takes an 8-round mag (though my 10-round Chip McCormick PowerMags functioned perfectly with it), no accessory rail, and its a little more difficult to take down and reassemble than modern polymer-framed pistols.

#2 – Smith & Wesson M&P45 2.0

Yes, you may have noticed that this is the only striker-fired pistol on this list. I generally prefer hammer guns and I prefer firearms with a manual safety. Why? It makes me feel better, and I shoot better with DA/SA guns. But the M&P45 is an exception.

It can fit 10-rounds in a flush-fit magazine with no extension needed and the design and low bore axis eliminate many of the problems I had with the Beretta mentioned above. The grip design and low bore allow recoils and muzzle flip to be controlled remarkably well, and I shot extremely well with this gun from the first round to the last. It’s easy to field strip and clean and really simple to use.


#1 – SIG Sauer P220 Legion

This pistol has everything I could ever want: it’s SA/DA with one of the smoothest double-action trigger pulls I have ever felt in a semi-auto, it has a 1911-style manual safety, the grip is extraordinary, just as it is on all Legion series pistols from SIG. It has all the attributes of a 1911, including a glorious SA trigger, and only one of the drawbacks. It only holds 8-rounds in a flush single-stack magazine.

However, SIG does make 10-round extended mags that function great, but the extend pretty far below the grip, as it is still a single stack. The finish makes it stand out from all the black and FDE guns out there and it cycled like a champ. Plus, it has an accessory rail for a light or laser. I simply adore this handgun.

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