I'm looking at adding a "modern" .45 ACP to my arsenal.
My favorite handgun of all time is my CZ P-01. It is pretty much perfect, and I don't shoot anything better. It is also utterly bulletproof reliable.
So, what better .45 ACP than the P-01's big brother? Unfortunately, 97 really isn't, because to date the 97 doesn't seem to do alloy frame.
So, I'm looking at the whole field of .45's against the following spec...
- DA/SA Decocker, DAO or "Light DAO"
First shot trigger pull >6 lbs & subjectively "DAish" (e.g. stock Glock trigger is too light, "NY-1" OK)
Manual safety OK as long as I can safely ignore it (e.g. a Beretta 92 FS)
Weight (empty) not to exceed 39 oz (GI M1911)
Barrel length 4.25-5" (Commander to M1911)
Magazine capacity at least 10 rounds
Tritium night sights (can be aftermarket but factory preferred)
The purpose of the weapon is self-defense in contexts other than concealed carry, so suitablity for concealment or competition is not a factor. However, I'm not looking for a "crew-served handgun" (e.g. HK MK23). I had occasion to wear a GI M1911A1 on my hip during a loooong day working for my Uncle Sam, and it gets heavier than you think after the first 8 hours
So, what do folks that have experience with the 97BD think about it vs the likes of...
Beretta PX4 Storm .45ACP SD
SIG P220 Combat
SIG P250 Fullsize
Springfield Armory XD 45 ACP
Taurus PT 24/7 OSS