More than 20 years ago Canadian-based Para Ordnance introduced a true double-column, high-capacity M1911 pistol. The firm then went one better and turned the American classic into a double-action. Today, Para USA produces its guns in Pineville, N.C., and has recently added two new models to its line.
In this review we will evaluate three 1911 45 ACP pistols relatively new to the market. Each one was manufactured by names first associated with pistols other than the single-stack Browning design. For instance, Para-Ordnance is a Canadian firm most famous for introducing high capacity to the 1911 by enlarging the receiver to house a double-column magazine.
It is well know that the “Para-Ordnance” company was founded in 1985 by two schoolmates – Ted Savo and Tanos Polizos (Both European emigrants to Canada). In the beginning, they made only pain ball models, only to quickly begin the manufacture of real weaponry (combat and competition handguns with M-1911 system), and they gained worldwide fame when they made the first true, high quality (and to this day, the best) metal double-stack with high-capacity magazine for M-1911.