I need to purchase a firearm on my own where I am a self sponsor........The department uses .45 cal. What is the best or should I ask most popular .45 among police in MA.? Also any opinions on SIG P220?
I carry the Sig P229 both as my duty and my personal weapon. Basically the 40 Cal model of the P220. I love the thing. It's very ergonomic and a very smooth shot. A big change from the S & W 5943. What a piece of garbage.
Yes, go with the SigP220 and throw a set of night sights on it...you can't go wrong with that setup. I shoot very tight groups with that at 25yards. The only other .45 accurate out of the box would be a kimber 1911, but good luck finding one of those in this state.
I currently carry a 14 year old sig 220 with nught sights. The only complaint I have is that there are only two factory magazines made for it (7 round or 8 round). My dept. just got Glock 22c (compensated .40 cal). We dropped in caliber, but increased overall rounds carried. Also, the weight and size are slightl decreased even though the rounds are nearly doubled.
Hogue also makes a great REPLACEMENT grip for $21. I didnt like the toy feeling of the factory grips so I swapped the Hogue grip in. I loved it, and the dept firearms instructor liked it so much he's looking into retro-whatevering the rest of the armory.
The only problem with the .45's and the academy, is the limited magazine capacity. Two of the guys I went with had dept. issue .45's and they only held 7 rounds. Most of the shooting involves shooting groups of ten. This just means you have to keep reloading. You can do it, but it seems like a big pain in the @ss.
The Sig 220 is an outstanding gun, can't go wrong with it. I'm MSP and would trade in my Sig 226 in 40 caliber for a Sig 220 in .45 in a second. Then again I'm a huge fan of the .45 (especiall 1911-style) and own three I carry off duty (a Springfield Armory, a Colt Officer's Model, and a Kimber Compact). You should probably test fire it before you buy.
I currently own a Glock 21, I used to own a 220. I believe the G21 to be a far superior weapon. The 220 was okay, but the trigger pull sucked. The Glock 21 also holds 13 rounds in the mag. The only draw back to the G21 is as MPD61 said, it is a large handgun, so if you've got small hands you're sh!t out of luck.
I have a Glock and a Smith 45 I like the Glock better than the Smith.I seem to shoot better with the Glock. I've never shot a Sig 45 but my friend has one and he loves it. It I had to choose one...I go with Glock all the way.