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Discussion in 'The Great Outdoors' started by SGT Rocket, Jan 29, 2012.
Getting back on subject, what ever happened to the .45 Gap? I remember when it came out, it was touted as the perfect compromise! Lighter then a 1911, but more punch then a 9mm Glock at just a little more weight.
Had both 45 ACP and 9mm in the same Sig p220. I love the 9mm. I also had it in .38 super.
My all time favorite has always been the 9mm for my Sig west Germany made p226.
When going through the academy I chose the Sig P-228, which is a "compact" version of the P-226, in 9mm (a handgun I still possess) and was awarded Top Gun Shooter for my class. Although later switching to a 1911 platform in .45acp, I never felt under gunned with the Sig.
Glock will still sell you a gun in that caliber. It's the Model 37. Although I think it was a solution in search of a problem.
Not many agencies are issuing it. I know the South Carolina Highway Patrol had it for awhile. The ammo is not cheap either.
Yeah. .45ACP performance at 2 or 3 times the price. It could only make sense to a government official.
You are right about that. Besides SCHP, FLA Highway Patrol and the NY State Police are the only agencies that I know of that still carry it. The city of Sandy Springs GA had it for awhile too.
Talking with some SC troopers today on a joint op they have scrapped the 45 gap and gone to 9mm.
I would never let a state police agency's choice of a handgun influence my choices. That's not to say nobody has. I probably came closest to having most of the guns Skeeter Skelton preferred. As far as the cost of the ammunition goes, if that were the overriding consideration, the only choice would be a .22 rimfire. But I've probably fired more .38 Special reloads than anything else, followed probably by 9mm, then .45 auto. Along the way I've had just about everything worth having that I could actually shoot and could afford in the first place.
I think I mentioned before somewhere else that I just bought a new gun a month or two ago. It's a Colt Government Model. That's what it says on the side. It doesn't say 1911 anywhere on it, so it must not be a 1911. Anyway, it's a .38 Super, my choice as the best gun for me. It isn't the only gun for me, mind you. I have others. But I've owned a similar gun before, a Springfield Armory. The Colt is better, although the ammunition is the same and that's what does all the work. The Colt is more expensive, too, but every other Government Model and imitation in the shop that I patronize was even more expensive. I like the plain versions, if what I have could be called plain. It is, after all, a commercial model. I'm sure that Parkerized would be better but they won't rust overnight unless you accidently leave in lying in the grass, in which case I assure you it will.
I might have chosen a .45 auto instead but they didn't have one in a plain version, which is good, because I probably wouldn't have been able to make up my mind and left without buying anything. As it was, knowing one of the employees there better than the others helped to make the sale. Either a .45 or .38 Super Government Model is suitably old-fashioned. It's a good thing they didn't have an N-frame S&W on hand. They must not sell.
I wouldn't sell my 27 either.
I see you like the old-style grips, same as I did, although I never had any like that. I also note from the condition that it's actually been used and carried in a holster. I also note that it appears to be a five-inch barrel, which I also like. They're hard to find, though.
I love the 5 in. Good eye. My Holy grail.
It doesn't say 1911 but it is. Actually the 1911 was the predecessor of the the Government model—so it is basically the same gun. And the .38 Super is a hot load. For some reason it fell out of favor 20 or 30 years ago, but it is now receiving renewed interest, which is only appropriate for this high performing load. You did well.
I don't own any side arms yet (soon!), but I just re-qual'd on the Browning 9mm, still Canada's military side arm for field deployments.
This is not me, taken at a range a few years back
^^^Anyone looking for a new and genuine Browning Hi-Power should be aware that Browning has just recently announced they have discontinued manufacture of this classic arm. The new-in-box examples won't be available much longer.
IXL: Thanks, didn't know that. Guess it is time to get one while I can.
I'm not a big 9mm fan but I do have a Browning hi-power in my gun safe. It is my favorite 9mm handgun.
I didn't use to be a 9mm fan either. I was a .45 1911/Combat Commander snob, and later the .40 Sig. Then, a number of years ago, Corban came out with the enhanced performance 9mm cartridge. Since then there have been other high performing brands as well. A few years, after the emergence of the "new" 9mm rounds, I realized my .45s and .40 were spending more time at home than with me. That is when I looked into the 9mm and switched over to the nines. Now my small and lightweight 9mm goes everywhere I go.
My Hi-Power is one of the few produced in .40 S&W. Other than having a recoil spring so heavy that it makes racking the slide something akin to cocking a crossbow, it is probably my favorite .40 cal. handgun. Sometimes I'll take it to the range during qualifications just for grins, and the 20-somethings there don't have a clue as to it's provenance. Most do think it is pretty groovy, though.