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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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Variant 9?

Well, you could always get the HK in a Variant 9, which has a 1911-style safety lever (not decocker) on the left side of the frame, facilitating carrying "cocked and locked" if you desire.

I know from IPSC/IDPA events that one big complaint about having a Variant 1 HK is that when you "load & make ready" and re-holster cocked and locked, when you draw you can inadvertently de-cock the gun rather than just off-safe.

I also detest the DA pull of the HK's but have no objection to the SA pull, so that's the primary benefit of cocked and locked carry.

I like the DA and SA pull of my SIG P220 much better than the HK.

One more thought on capacity. Assuming you have a spare mag with you, I would say that if you need 20 rounds of .45 RIGHT NOW, you are very much in the wrong place...and the odds of 16% more ammo helping seems woefully unlikely.


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