I posed a question to the folks on the We The Armed forum. I asked them about the relevance of 45acp with the advent of more recent calibers like the 10mm. I mainly did this knowing the reaction I would get but, here in America, you mess with the 45 and it’s sure to stir up a hornet’s nest. In doing so it drove a lengthy discussion on the subject. I’ll let you read everyone’s reaction for yourself but there’s one thing that I didn’t do on that thread….give my own two cents.
But, that’s what Gundoc’s Doctrine is for, right? You come here to read what the Doc has to say on different subjects. So, here’s what I think:
What we have here is no normal caliber. This is something that has been with us a while. If you really want to get down to it you could say that the 45acp is the grandson of the 45 Colt. Despite what other calibers were around (and could have the same argument attached) you could say that the 45 Colt won the west. It was the caliber that most had, not only in their carry pistol (see what I did there?). It was defensive cartridge of it’s time.
Fast forward to early 1900’s. We need a caliber for the new semi automatics that have come on the scene. We have things like the 1911 coming on the scene. We have a military need for a SMG so what caliber are we going to build it in…..45 of course. As you’ll read in the comments of the above linked thread George Hill called it “America’s caliber” and he’s completely right. Whether the Colt version or the Automatic Colt Pistol version….it’s always been there for us. It’s defended against train robbers in the American West and it’s defended the lives of our military in the jungles of Vietnam. It’s our “go to” caliber and it stands for something in our hearts as well as our history.
So, with calibers like the 10mm powerhouse, is the 45acp still relevant? You’re damn right it is.