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USP 45 or ???

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I have been thinking I need to get a pistol I can beat up a little bit. My 1911 is kind of too nice. I would primarily bring it along when hiking or camping, for home defense and of course it would get a workout at the range.

Primarily I want a pistol that is reliable and easy to maintain. I have been thinking full size, and I would like to stick with .45 cal. A decent trigger is important. The more magazine capacity the better. Price is not a big deal but I don't want to get too carried away.

I have been leaning towards a HK USP 45. It seems to be my best bet so far.

I'm not a big fan of the Glock trigger. The Sig 220 is a contender, but it doesn't hold quite as much ammo as the HK.

Is there something else I should consider? I would appreciate any input.
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I own an HK Expert and Compact in 45 ACP. They are supremely reliable and well made guns but there are a few thing I am not wild about:

- high bore axis. In combination with the light polymer frame, both guns "roll" or "flip" more on recoil vs. a high-grip 1911 or P7

- for the USP, 10 round mags are very hard to load 10 rounds into, 9 seems to be the practical limit when loading by hand.

- the DA triggers on both guns are gritty, decidely not smooth. The "match trigger" SA on the Expert is OK but not like a SIG and a fare cry from a nice 1911.

- the 12 round "preban" USP mags are probably not pre-ban but unmarked post-ban imports. Very controversial in the HK community and not worth the possibility of a felony conviction.

If you're looking for a shooter - what about a loaded Springfield or a basic Kimber? If you want bullet-hose capacity, buy some extended 10-round mags.

[This message has been edited by psp (edited 11-14-2001).]
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