Para Ord for IDPA


May 9, 2005, 10:03 AM
Is anyone shooting a Para for IDPA. If so which model. Are you pleased with it?

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Father Knows Best
May 9, 2005, 10:20 AM
Yup. I've used both a CCW (LDA, single stack, commander slide on officer frame) and an SSP (SA, single stack, full size). The former is my daily CCW piece, which is why I often use it in IDPA -- for really "practical" practice. Neither is really set up as a competition gun, but both work great. They're plenty accurate and 100% reliable.

Note that the LDA system is not the quickest. It is indeed very light, but it has quite a long trigger reset. Any of the SA or DA/SA pistols can be made to run faster, except in the most highly practiced hands. Also, you lack the second strike capability of a true DAO design. If you're familiar with Glocks, however, you'll know how to use the LDA, as they are quite similar.

May 9, 2005, 11:48 AM
I'm currently using a Beretta. I like it in general but I do not like the DA first round, which is often a thowaway as the change from DA to SA is pretty dramatic. I'm looking for something where the trigger pull is the same for each round. I shoot 9mm due to cost and plan to stay with 9mm for IDPA. Any other thoughts would be welcome.

May 9, 2005, 02:37 PM
I'm also considering a Springfield XD or a Glock 17. The Glock, however, does not feel nearly as good in my hand as the Beretta. Is there a Springfield shooter that can shed some light on my question?

May 9, 2005, 02:37 PM
While I don't shoot IDPA anymore (haven't in over a decade and never will again) I use a 9mm Para 18.9 LDA for USPSA and think it is one of the most practical and enjoyable pistols I have ever fired.

Jim Watson
May 9, 2005, 05:01 PM
Uh, Krag, there hasn't BEEN an IDPA for a decade. Organized in 1996, first full season and Nationals 1997.

May 9, 2005, 06:10 PM
Jim - excuse me for having a "senior moment." Let's just say that I competed in it when it first began and was so pis...well, let's just say I decided to pursue a different game. :rolleyes:

May 9, 2005, 06:13 PM
Tahoe - I agree, the XD feels a whole lot better then the Glock but neither feel as good as a Beretta. I have used all for USPSA matches and love them, but not as much as my Para LDA. ;)

May 9, 2005, 09:59 PM
I shot an IDPA match with my P14 and some of the guys looked at me like I was from Mars, oh well. It works great, I shoot it well and that is that. I shot another with my glock also, and had fun.

May 10, 2005, 10:52 AM
I checked each of them out yesterday. The Para felt really good, but was really expensive. The Glock still felt like a brick. But the HD actually felt pretty good, although not as good as the Beretta. If I could get the triiger pull issue resolved, that's what I would continue to shoot, but I have not yet found a way around that first DA round without cocking the hammer, which is really hard when your shooting weak or strong hand only. Even with a 2 handed grip it takes time. There is always the decision of going ahead and using the DA mode for the first or taking the time to cock the hammer. I'll probably go with the HD. :banghead:

May 16, 2005, 03:49 PM
I've shot my P14.45 in IPSC, IDPA, and steel matches since February. I never had problems before starting to compete. For the first two months I had very few failures.

In April I started having problems with the slide failing to go into battery, stopping three quarters of an inch or so short. I diagnosed the problem as a weak mainspring and/or running out of lube on the slide rails. The problem cost me respectable finishes in two matches, but I think I have it mostly fixed now with better lube and a new spring.

I also had problems with mags failing to feed, but I was using an extended baseplate with stock springs. Put the old baseplates back and mostly solved that problem.

Slide release broke a couple of weeks ago. Replaced it, but last weekend in the first match after the switch, the slide kept locking back over loaded mags. The problem got better near the end of the match, so hopefully it will break in soon.

The two worst problems happened in the IPSC and IDPA qualifiers. I'm mad enough that I'm looking for another classifier in the area, so I can qualify based on my shooting rather than my lack of gun maintenance ability.

May 16, 2005, 06:55 PM
I use a Para LDA P-18-9 for IPSC shooting, production class. Right now we're bonding. :p Trigger takes some getting use to.

May 16, 2005, 10:22 PM
Tenn - believe me, you're going to love it! I've got many 1000s of rounds through mine without a hiccup. Accuracy is on a par with the SA 1911s and recoil - well, there just isn't enough of that to talk about. :rolleyes:

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