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  1. I did try 1911s with the “bobtail” or “fastback” and they felt good. I was going to go that way at first especially since a couple of the 1911s with the standard grip jabbed into my palm. However, the Sig 1911 Tacops didn’t stick into my hand and filled out my hand a little better than the 1911s with the rounded back. I just purchased the Truglo TFX sights which I’m looking fwd to trying with my aging eyes. Lol. Thanks for the suggestions!
  2. Just wanted to wrap up this thread with my "range report". I put it in quotes because it's not a detailed report from some experienced shooter, just a summary of my experience. I went to Garden State Shooting Center in Lakewood for the first time and had a great experience. The facility was nice and clean, the staff was nice. I didn't detect the aloof, arrogance that I've sometimes experienced at TTC. The facility was simply nicer than Shore Shot which is just down the road. So I brought my new Sig 1911 Tacops (of course) and my CZ (I have plenty of 9mm and like to get in practice with it). I shot what was remaining of the Blazer Brass 230 grain .45 cap from Heritage in Easton (when I tried out all the .45s) and some Federal (white box) which I had picked up the day before. I put about 100 rounds through the Tacops when all was said and done. I had no failures of any kind. The gun felt even better in my hands than the Emperor Scorpion and was very accurate right out of the box. The recoil was pretty soft and very manageable. I rotated all 4 magazines that it came with and had no issues whatsoever. I love how the gun looked, felt, and shot. I can't really say a bad thing about it to be honest. Thank God for the internet because it really allows one to do a lot of research (reviews, forums, videos) before making a purchase. I couldn't be happier about my 1st 3 guns: CZ 75 SP-01 9mm S&W 686+ 4" .357 magnum Sig Sauer 1911 Tacops .45 I feel like I've got quality and variety in my collection. Most importantly, they all feel good to me when I shoot them and they're all considered reliable, accurate handguns. Everybody has got their preferences. I have found that I prefer the feel of a larger, heavier, all metal gun (however, I still may consider a polymer gun in the future since I did enjoy shooting some of those). I also happen to be a pretty big guy with large hands, so these guns may not be for everyone. I am 45 and realize that larger, brighter, more visible sights may be in my future since I have to really focus to see my sights. I definitely can see them, but it would probably be easier with other types of sights. That's just a possible change I might make in the future. Thank you again everyone. All of your input was greatly appreciated. Hopefully this thread will help others make a decision if they find themselves trying to figure out which gun to buy next.
  3. Well, I FINALLY made up my mind. After my day at the range where I tried a bunch of .45s, I basically narrowed it down to the FNX-45 or a 1911. I was very close to getting the FNX, but I kept going back to my experience with the Sig 1911 Emperor Scorpion. I was really impressed with the accuracy and had been checking out the Sig 1911s (in addition to other brands like Kimber and Springfield) for the past couple of months at Heritage Guild in Rahway where they have a nice selection of Sigs to look at. When I held the Sig Fastback Nightmare, I liked it. Then the guy showed me the Sig 1911 Tacops and it felt better in my hand. I liked the look and feel of the Tacops. The Emperor Scorpion that I fired at the range is essentially the same gun as the Tacops, with a different look. The more I researched the Tacops, the more I found that this was a consistently well-reviewed gun. Many of the reviewers were highly skeptical of Sig 1911s, since that isn't what they're known for, but came away really impressed with the quality, reliability, and accuracy of the Tacops. Most felt that you really got a lot for your money with the Tacops (quality, features, accuracy, extra mags, etc). The negatives I would read had more to do with it not being a truly "classic 1911" since it has a rail and an external extractor. Not being some sort of 1911 purist, by any stretch of the imagination, those were non-issues for me. So after a few days of shopping/researching, I bought a new Sig Sauer 1911 Tacops from a reputable seller through gunbroker.com at a good price. It arrives at my FFL's today and I'll probably pick it up some time within the next week. I may come back here with a "range report" at some point, but it might be a few weeks since my wife just gave birth to our daughter a week ago and things are kinda busy. I want to thank everyone again for all of their input/suggestions! You guys have been very helpful. I feel good about my choice and, hopefully, it performs as well as I expect it to. Thanks again and have a great weekend.
  4. So, this morning I went to Heritage Guild in Easton, PA - that place is impressive. I was on a mission to try a bunch of .45s over the course of a couple of hours, and I did. I rented six .45s and bought 200 rounds of .45 ACP. I also shot my CZ 75 SP-01 a bunch. It was a fun morning :). So here's my "range report". I probably shot about 30 rounds with each - some a bit more or less depending on how I liked it. I don't consider myself an expert on any of this stuff at all obviously, so take what I say with a grain of salt. This is just what I felt today: HK45: Felt great in my hand ergonomically, was accurate, but had quite a bit of recoil. It also threw a steady barrage of brass in my face. I expected better recoil, and less brass in my face, from the pricey polymer. Glock 21 Gen4: Felt good in my hand, recoil was not bad at all (a little less than the Glock 41 if I recall correctly) and very accurate. I still hate that trigger which stings my finger. FNX-45: I really liked this gun. Unfortunately it had suppressor height sights since it had a threaded barrel. Those sights took some getting used to but, when I did, I pretty consistently put the shots where I wanted. The FNX had the softest recoil of all the polymer .45s that I've tried. It was enjoyable to shoot. It looked and felt great in my hand. It can hold 15 rounds and has a rail which makes it a strong consideration as a nightstand/home defense gun. S&W M&P45: This was a disaster. First, when I put the mag in, the slide slammed closed without me pressing the slide release. I looked at it and the slide was uneven. I showed the RO and he saw that the slide was out of its groove. The guy who cleaned the gun didn't put it back properly. The RO fixed that, but the trigger pull was horrific. I don't know if this gun was a dud or the trigger was just that bad, but I had to squeeze ETREMELY hard to get the gun to fire. It felt like something was stuck. Both ROs tried it and it felt funny to them too. I probably should have gotten a refund for that gun, but the ROs acted liked it was just a crappy trigger. Whatever. I stopped shooting it after about 10 rounds. Walther PPQ: Similar to the HK 45 in that it felt great in the hand, had considerable recoil, and was accurate. Unfortunately, like the Glock, it had a trigger that stung my finger. The Glock and Walther both had trigger safeties - so I assume that design simply does not work well for me comfort-wise. Unlike the HK, it didn't consistently hit me in the face with brass. This was a nice gun which I wish had a different trigger. Sig Sauer 1911Emperor Scorpion: I was NOT planning to try a 1911. Lol. However, the Sig P220 that they had there had a suppressor (which was "pinned" and could not be removed) so I didn't feel that would be a good way to try that gun since I would never have that in NJ and it would likely give the gun a different feel/balance. That was disappointing because I really wanted to try the P220. I was going to try a Springfield XDM45, but they were having "Springfield Day" and it was only available to rent with a certain promo which just didn't fit into my plan of trying 3 guns/hour for 2 hrs. At this point the person working there said "Just try a 1911 - how about this Sig?". I was like "What the hell.. why not?" I knew this would open a can of worms. Lol. And, of course, it did. Holy accuracy Batman! Why the hell don't most guns have that trigger design?! I'm sure there's a reason, but it certainly makes a difference IMO. Being all-metal, of course, the recoil was better than all the polymers - except maybe the FNX which really was "soft-shooting". The Emperor Scorpion appears to be very similar to the Sig 1911 Tacops, which I've held, liked, and considered, so it was good to try this out. So, if the FNX-45 didn't impress me so much, and meet all of my home defense/range needs/wants, I probably would be saying "Screw polymer, I'm going with a 1911 or an all-metal non-1911 like a Sig or CZ." I'm still not sure. I might just get an FNX-45 and then do the big 1911 search when I get more permits. If I decide to pull the 1911 trigger now (pun intended), I'll probably get one with a rail to mount a light for home defense. Was obviously hoping to be 100% sure at this point, but I've ruled out quite a few (and had fun/learned while doing it) I'd like to try the P220, and maybe another 1911, before making a decision but time is running out. I'm leaning towards the FNX-45, but I'm gonna think about it for a bit longer. Hopefully I'll decide before the year is over. Lol.
  5. I actually have extended the permit and it expires on 10/12. If I don't make a decision/purchase by then, then I'll just apply for more (at least I used 2 out of the 3 I got). Edison wasn't too bad as far as wait time. So, I've decided to take a trip over to Heritage Guild in Easton, PA. They have a pretty huge selection of guns to rent. I'm planning to rent a few non-1911 .45s. I apparently change my mind a lot on this. Lol. I have a feeling the 1911 will be a bigger purchase down the road. I definitely plan on trying the HK45 and the Sig P220. I'll probably check out the Glock 21 Gen4 to see if it feels any different to me than the Glock 41 (I have a feeling I still won't love the trigger but I want to try again). If I do the 4 gun "rent before you buy" program they have, I'll try a 4th - maybe an FN FNX-45 or a Springfield XDM-45. Knowing me I'll come back as undecided as ever, but I'm definitely having fun doing this shopping. Learning a lot and getting better at shooting during the process too. Thanks to everyone again. All the opinions are greatly appreciated and feel free to keep them coming.
  6. Thanks for the advice. I went there on Saturday and rented the Glock 41. I actually shot it pretty well, but I really didn't enjoy how it felt. I've watched and read plenty of reviews on the Glock 41 and some describe it as feeling "snappier" than the Glock 21. I think I understand what they mean by snappy. My trigger finger actually felt uncomfortable after each magazine. Now I'm leaning back towards the 1911. Lol. The point made about the NJ permits is dead on. You feel a pressure to get the 2nd or 3rd gun before time is up. I'm gonna keep shopping and try to get to the range within the next couple of weeks. If I find something I like, I'll buy it. If I have to let it expire and get some new permits, that's life. I definitely don't want to force it because of a permit expiration date. Thanks again everyone. More suggestions are welcome and I'll keep you posted when I FINALLY make up my mind.
  7. So after a few weeks of looking at 1911s and various other .45s, I've decided to go with a Glock. A nice 1911 is definitely in my future (when I get some more permits), but I think I'm going with the polymer, striker-fired Glock 21 Gen4 or 41. I like the idea of having 3 very different guns and, hopefully, becoming proficient with all 3. The decision between the 21 and 41 is not an easy one. They both feel good. Initially, I was drawn to the look and weight of the 21, but the increased sight radius of the 41 is appealing. Shooting both to compare is probably not going to happen before the permit expires so I'm relying on tons of videos and forums. A mounted light, which I may do, seems to look better on the 41 and might give it the slight increase in weight to make it similar to the 21. Does anyone have experience handling either or both? Any input would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!
  8. Thanks. I've seen those recommended on other forums as well. Are they larger than the Hogue round to square conversion grips? These:
  9. Damn, I saw "pistols" and made the thread here. Maybe a moderator could move it to the Handguns section if that would be better. Thanks.
  10. Hey everyone, I just got a S&W 686 plus with a 4" barrel and really don't like the grips (too small) Someone told me this is a square butt gun. Isn't it a round butt frame with a round to square conversion grip or is it actually a true square butt? I need to know so I order the right type of grip. I'm obviously new to this. Lol. My hands are large (XL gloves) and I'm looking for some grip suggestions. Thanks in advance.
  11. I actually lucked into it. I walked into my local gun shop (Heritage Guild Rahway - Sean is a great guy to deal with) and asked if they had a CZ 75B. They did and had an SP-01 also. It turns out the reason they had the SP-01 was that someone had put down a deposit on it then decided to put the deposit towards a rifle instead. The SP-O1 had night sights, an extended beavertail and a rail which gave it a little more weight in the front compared to the 75B. I liked all of those differences and the SP-01 was only $50 more. I knew from researching that they were not easy to get your hands on so I bought it the next day. Just a great gun IMO.
  12. The CZ 75 works well for medium hands too. My friends, who have medium hands, love how it feels in their hands. The Beretta has a fuller grip and actually fit my larger hands a little better, but I just loved the overall feel of the CZ and don't regret that purchase for one minute.
  13. Thanks for all the suggestions. More are certainly welcome! Despite not having loved the couple of polymer guns I've fired, and really liking the feel of a heavier gun, I definitely do not hate polymer and have an open mind about all this. What I do like is variety and quality. I've got, IMO, 2 pretty reputable guns (CZ75 SP-01 and the S&W 686+). I think the Gock 21 Gen4 .45 would round out my collection pretty nicely at this point. A striker-fired polymer .45 would be quite different from an all-metal, hammer-fired 9mm and a .357 revolver. I need to handle the Glock 21 (and maybe an HK45) to make sure but I'm leaning towards holding off on the 1911. I really liked how the Sig Nightmare felt and the V-Bob (probably with the duty finish because the stainless has a weak finish apparently) seems really impressive. The Sig gets some mixed reviews but I think it looks and feels like a quality 1911 (most reviews are pretty positive). The Dan Wessons seem to have the closest quality to the custom 1911s but are not over $2000 like the big names (like Brown, Baer and Wilson). Still the black V-Bobs are between $1500 and $2000 and I'm not sure I'm quite ready to spend that on a gun - maybe down the road if I really get into it. I plan to get to a couple of local gun shops and get my hands on a few more .45s. I'll definitely check back in when I've decided. Thanks again for all the suggestions/advice!
  14. I have a CZ 75 SP-01 9mm, I just ordered a S&W 686+ .357 magnum with a 4" barrel, and have another permit to purchase which is good until mid-October. The S&W revolver will be used as my home defense gun (probably will get Crimson Trace laser grips for the 686+). The CZ has been and will continue to be a range gun (can't say enough good things about that pistol). For my 3rd handgun, I'd like something a little different from what I already have and it will also be used at the range. I asked someone at my local gun shop (Heritage Guild Rahway) what he might get and he suggested a 1911 style .45. I held a few at the store and preferred how the rounded back ("bobtail, fastback") felt as opposed to the traditional style which cut into my hand. The Sig Sauer Fastback Nightmare looked and felt great. However, I'm not 100% sure that I'm going with a 1911. I'm open to suggestions. What would you guys get as a 3rd handgun? I have big hands so small guns are not an option. I would like a different caliber gun from what I have and I'm not a big fan of polymer. I would consider polymer for a 9mm if I didn't already own one. I don't love the feel of a polymer shooting larger caliber ammo - less enjoyable IMO. Thanks in advance for your replies!
  15. Thanks! Yeah, the Beretta was probably a slightly better fit in my hand size-wise, but the CZ was pretty close and felt much better than the Sig P226 as well as the others (which I felt were too small). The grip, weight, and balance of the CZ, as well as the superior sights, made the decision for me (over the Beretta). You're definitely right that the Beretta is probably the best fit for a big hand, and is a very nice gun. I just preferred the overall feel of the CZ and it felt like it fit in my palm better than all the others (except the Beretta).