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The .45 Auto, Is It as 'Good' as Its Reputation?

The classic .45 Auto is well-regarded as a fight stopper, but where does it stand today?

The .45 Auto, Is It as 'Good' as Its Reputation?

Is the .45 Auto as effective as its reputation makes it out to be? At left is a Winchester 230-grain JHP which failed to expand properly while at right is a Winchester Ranger Bonded 230-grain JHP which expanded to an impressive diameter.

The .45 Auto, also known as the .45 ACP (ACP is an acronym for Automatic Colt Pistol), is likely one of the most famous American handgun cartridges of all time. It was designed by John Moses Browning in 1904 for what was an experimental semi-automatic handgun. This evolved and ultimately was adopted as the U.S. Pistol Model 1911 and its cartridge as the U.S. .45 Caliber. The U.S. M1911 in .45 Auto is one of the longest-serving handguns of the U.S. Military, with it issued from 1911 until its replacement in 1985 by the Beretta M9 9mm service pistol. Even with this "replacement", many U.S. Special Operations Forces still used and issued the M1911 .45 caliber handgun. Recently the U.S....

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