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    FNX.45 or 1911

    I'm looking into picking up a .45 and have been mulling over the options. Of course the FNX and FNS come to mind so that is one choice; the other is a good old fashion 1911. I've not shot either of the FN pistols but I did like the trigger feel when I was in the store. There is an FNX available right now for $699 with a fourth mag free with purchase.

    lots of manufacturers to choose from in the 1911 category and a lot of different price points. The other option, and not too likely was the Sig Scorpion 4" barrel but it may be too pricey for me.

    What do you think I should do?


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    Buy both. .that's what I did. Indecision fixed. .......

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    Kinda depends on what you want to do with it. I have an FNX-45 and a couple of 1911's, including a very accurate Range Officer. Really hard to go wrong with either. Some 1911's are a little finicky. Some are not. You don't want finicky in a SD handgun. I really like the option of carrying 16 rounds of .45 in a gun, but it is not as flat as a 1911.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CWPINST View Post
    Kinda depends on what you want to do with it. I have an FNX-45 and a couple of 1911's, including a very accurate Range Officer. Really hard to go wrong with either. Some 1911's are a little finicky. Some are not. You don't want finicky in a SD handgun. I really like the option of carrying 16 rounds of .45 in a gun, but it is not as flat as a 1911.
    Great points, these exact things crossed my mind, plus the Range Officer was the top of the list, it's price point was comparable with the FNX. Is the RO a finicky 1911? And yeah, a 15 round .45acp is pretty appealing next to the 7+1 1911 mag. Yeah, the FNX is thick but I don't think I'd use either as my ccw sidearm; I carry a G27 for that; if I went .45 for ccw I'd consider the XDS. Every firearm I buy an SD sidearm, concealed or otherwise.

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    Get the one you would shoot the most. My FNP 45T is an amazing weapon and have never been enamored with the 1911, but can appreciate it's heritage and beauty. Just don't need to waste money on a Safe Queen. I'm not a collector,but a shooter!

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    My recommendation is the fnx. Fnx shoots like a soft 9mm. Great well balanced handgun. 15 round capacity. Perfect for home defense. The 4th mag is free with purchase of an already nicely priced brand new fnx45. Can't go wrong my friend.
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    Sorry for the length in advance. The RA 1911s are solid guns. Also some 1911s need to be taken to a gun shop to be cleaned up after the "break in" period. In my opinion I would go after a Springfield, Remington, or an SR1911 as my 1st. No true reason, just my preference.

    I would get both too. I was saving up for a 1911 when an AR15 crossed my path.

    I've shot both and here's my pros and cons about both:

    1911

    Pros:
    Great trigger, lots and lots of aftermarket parts, slim design, full metal make up (some like that), handles recoil very well

    Cons:
    More difficult to break down, more parts to clean, limited mag capacity

    FNX 45

    Pros:
    High mag capacity, handles recoil great, easy maintenance, feeds all kinds of ammo with no problems, has a rail system

    Cons:
    Not a lot of aftermarket products, magazines come at a premium, could be the biggest 45 known to man
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    Get the FNX. Shoots as good as production 1911s, and holds 15+1 rounds of .45 goodness!

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    Double stack FNX-45 for the win.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bixby View Post
    lots of manufacturers to choose from in the 1911 category and a lot of different price points. The other option, and not too likely was the Sig Scorpion 4" barrel but it may be too pricey for me.

    What do you think I should do?
    You've got a lot of options, and it really boils down to personal preference. Personally, I'd go with a quality 1911. I have and quite enjoy the full size Sig Scorpion, and would recommend it to anyone. It's meaty enough to control any .45 round I've put through it, while slim enough to make an excellent carry gun. Mags are plentiful, relatively cheap, and you've got a variety to choose from. In my mind, it makes the better carry gun. That said, I recognize that the 1911 isn't for everyone. Capacity is going to be the big selling point here for the FN's.

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