PARA USA Big Hawg .45 ACP 1911 Handgun Review

The PARA USA Big Hawg .45 ACP pistol is a trim and reliable big-bore 1911 with high-capacity firepower!

I’d always had two reasons for staying away from double-stack .45 ACPs. One was the bulkiness of the grips, and the second was the sheer weight of lead that you have to lug around. Fifteen rounds of 230-grain .45 ACP ammo weighs over half a pound. Add to that the 40-ounce empty weighs of a high-capacity 1911 and you’ve got over three pounds of firearm hanging from your belt. I wanted a high-capacity .45, but it had to be one that wouldn’t pull my pants down.

The answer for me was Para USA’s Big Hawg. By building the frame out of an aluminum alloy, Para is able to get the weight of a fully stoked Big Hawg down to 2.25 pounds. It doesn’t sound like much of a reduction, but that 0.75 of a pound weight loss makes a big difference when you’re carrying a gun all day. So I bit the bullet and ordered the lightweight double-stack, and I haven’t regretted it for a minute.

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