The story goes that when the local sheriff was asked “Why do you carry a 45?” his response was “Because they don’t make a 46.” The 45 is the big bore all others are compared to.
I’ve always been a huge admirer of John M. Browning. He was a mechanical genius. He designed everything from Old West lever-action rifles to hand guns to World War 2 machine guns. One of my favorite John Browning designed weapons is the 1911. The 1911 was the handgun used by the US Military from before World War 1 to well after the Vietnam War and today is probably the most popular handgun design for shooting enthusiasts.
The 1911 pistol and the 45acp round go well together. In fact, acp stands for Automatic Colt Pistol. The two were made for each other!
The 1911 design has proven to be incredibly reliable and functional. The big .45 acp rounds have also proven to be quite effective for military use, law enforcement and personal defense. The only way possible to improve upon the 1911 is to give it more capacity for ammunition. Para Ordnance has done that with the P14-45.
The name of the gun pretty well describes what it is. The P14-45 is basically a 1911A1 that holds 14 rounds of .45acp ammo. The 1911 typically holds 7 rounds of .45acp. The grip frame of the P14-45 is slightly wider than the 1911 so it will accept a double-stack magazine. Perfect for the guy with big hands.
Para Ordnance took one of the most popular and reliable pistol platforms and doubled its ammunition capacity. That means half as many magazines and half as many reloads as guys carrying a 1911. The Para P14-45 would be a good gun to have if you’re fighting a zombie horde.
Take one of the greatest pistols designs and improve upon it, you should end up with a great pistol. Unfortunately, we have a good pistol. Not a great one. The P14-45 has the same small sights as the 1911. Its finish and tolerances are just like a government model’s too. Things tend to be a little loose. When compared to my Kimber, the Para feels almost sloppy. It tends to shoot some pretty big groups too. Plenty accurate enough for personal defense, but not a target pistol. Like I said earlier, a good pistol.
If you are looking for a high capacity 45 with a familiar look and feel keep the P14-45 in mind. The P14-45 is rugged, tough and fires a show stopping round. If you think you might have to defend yourself against a large population of zombies, this Para would make a good choice. If you are looking for a tack driving, hair splitting target pistol, keep looking.
Mass zombie migrations are never seen in my neighborhood. However, I’ll keep room in the gun safe for the P14-45. This high cap 45 is fun to shoot and play with.