I saw a Para Ordnance 1911 in all stainless yesterday, and the price seemed way too low for a stainless 1911. I haven't heard much discussion about these pistols. So I'm wondering what your impression or experience may be with them.
Can you fill me in quickly? If this is one to buy, I'd like not to miss the opportunity. If it's one to avoid it'll hopefully save me some money and aggrevation.
’ve been a sucker for a good 1911-style pistol ever since I owned my first one way back in the mid or late 1960s. There’s just something about a good 1911 that calls out to me. Sure, over the years I’ve had some real stinkers–clones or near clones of a 1911–that didn’t work no matter what I did to ’em. I’ve had gunsmith training, and I was also trained as a military armorer, one of my several MOS skills, on the 1911 as well as the M1 Garand and the M-14. So I know a little bit about the 1911, and I’ve built quite a few as well as customized a lot of 1911s. I keep a well-stocked 1911 parts box in my office. If I’m not working on a 1911 of my own, then I’m probably working on one for a friend or repairing one for the local gun shop.
There are more and more of these entry level pistols being offered from the major players in the 1911 market. Part of the reason is prices for the full featured 1911’s are increasing putting them out of reach for many shooters. Another reason is the import of such brands as Rock Island Armory and MetroArms to name a couple. These brands offer a lot of bang for the buck. People are buying them in quantities that have gotten the attention of American gun makers. This is really a good thing since it offers the consumer more options to choose from and still own a great pistol for concealed carry or just an afternoon at the range. With the Para GI you have an economically priced pistol, which is American made