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Popular .45 ACP Handguns for Competition Shooting

The .45 ACP is an extremely popular round not only for the regular range but also on the competitive range. Some competitions even require competitors to use .45 ACP pistols or more specifically a 1911, but what are some of the most popular .45 pistols out there for competition shooting in general? Here I have compiled a list of those pistols and why shooters love them. Let’s dive in.

Sig Sauer P220 Legion 

The P220 is a gun that is reminiscent of Sig’s origins. They have been producing guns like this for decades and they have always lived up to the hype. It is finished in a Legion Gray coating and features some nice G-10 grips with the Legion medallion in the middle. Their stainless steel slide is smooth and features their high visibility day/night sights.

Compared to previous models, this one has an improved beavertail that allows you to grip the gun without having to watch out for the slide. The trigger guard has also seen improvement with their x-five undercut for improved grip and control. The trigger itself is now an SRT, a short reset trigger that lets you shoot faster and smoother when it counts. Plus their all-steel guide rod adds a little weight keeping this gun smooth and easy to shoot.

All and all this gun weighs 30.4 ounces unloaded and is 7.7 inches long, 1.3 inches wide, and 5.5 inches tall. From the factory, its magazines hold 8 rounds. Currently, these pistols will cost you around $1200. This isn’t a gun that you would want to use in every competition, but if the rules require a low magazine capacity .45 that doesn’t necessarily have to be a 1911, the Sig P220 is a perfect gun.

Glock 21

We all know that Glock makes some of the best pistols out there and the Glock 21 is no exception. If you go looking for opinions, plenty of users will say that the Glock 21 is one of if not the best option out there for a 45 caliber pistol.

The Glock itself is a fairly simple gun. The body is made up of polymer, while the slide is made of carbon steel that adds a bit of weight. Weight is not all bad in a gun this size though. Glock has put a lot of time into adding the right amount of weight to counteract the comparatively large 45 cartridge. There are not many bells and whistles that come along with this gun, but that is what keeps its price down to around $600.

The Glock 21 is smooth and easy shooting. They are super simple to break down and clean, plus the opportunity for customization is nearly endless. With a gun that costs half as much as your typical entry competition firearm, you have the option of having a little work done. Unloaded the Glock 21 weighs 29.28 ounces. It is 7.6 inches long, 1.34 inches wide, and 5.5 inches tall. Plus the standard magazine holds 13 rounds.

Walther PPQ 45

The Walther PPQ is not only a great competition shooter but an extremely popular gun all over America. They are known to be quality shooters and are well built. They are super accurate and have smooth triggers. This nice build quality does not come with a super high price tag though. It costs around $700, which is much cheaper than most competition shooters.

The accuracy is the best thing about this pistol. If you are in a competition where you will be shooting a little bit farther distances with a pistol, the Walther PPQ 45 is the pistol that can reliably reach out and hit those targets and still be accurate. Plus the trigger is to use and keeps you more accurate.

Unloaded, this pistol weighs 28.2 ounces. It is 7.4 inches long, 1.3 inches wide, and 5.8 inches tall. Its steel magazines can hold 12 rounds, and it comes with two of them. If you want to see this pistol in action, check out this video by Hickok 45.

CZ 97 B

From another company that has been making quality pistols for decades, the CZ 97 B is a great contender to any pistol competition. This pistol is a bit heavier than others we have seen here today so that leads to it being able to handle that .45 ACP recoil even better. This is a nice pistol that is built well and shoots smoothly.

In reality, the 97 B is a scaled-up version of the 75 B, which is 9mm. They are both great guns and many people use them in competitions. It has a bit of a heavier trigger, which a lot of people like with a gun this size.

These guns are fairly easy to break down and easy to clean when needed. Overall it weighs 41.3 ounces when not loaded. It is 8.3 inches long, and 1.4 inches thick. This is a big and heavy gun comparatively, so if you have smaller hands, this may not be the gun for you.

It will not take you long to find a CZ gun in any pistol competition you go to. They are really good guns that shooters love to use. Their 9mm models are the most popular, partly because 9mm is a typical go-to for competition shooting. Although if you have decided on .45 ACP, a CZ is worth a look. 

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