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Skal098
February 8, 2013, 12:18 AM
I just put a Auto-Ordanance 1911 on Hold at the local FFL. Was just wondering what the general consensus was about that firearm. anyone have one? Common issues? Any feedback would be appreciated!

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fjr05
February 8, 2013, 06:48 AM
I've had my AO for over a year now and had no issues with it so far,the older models had some issues I heard but I'm happy with mine.

JERRY
February 8, 2013, 09:48 PM
did a group buy in the 80s when i was in the coast guard....they were all jamomatics until the gunner's mate worked all of them over....

Skal098
February 8, 2013, 09:54 PM
Thank you for the replies, i got to cycle it a few times in store, it felt pretty smooth, hopefully it shoots well, if not i dont have much of an issue gettin it worked on!

JTQ
February 8, 2013, 09:58 PM
Kahr bought Auto Ordnance around 1999. Quality has apparently improved significantly since they purchased the company.

Here is a well done review from M1911.org

http://ezine.m1911.org/AO1911A1.htm

Here is another from the "Sixgun Journal"

http://www.thesixgunjournal.net/auto-ordinance-1911-a-1/

One thing I've noticed within the last few months is the previously rather square front strap has changed to a more rounded profile much like the Colt's 1911's. I consider that an improvement for AO.

larryh1108
February 8, 2013, 10:12 PM
AOs made in West Hurley were hit and miss. I had a good one a few years back. They were the lower end of 1911s, though, like the Rock Island of it's day but Rock Island now makes a nice 1911. If it's made after Kahr bought it, chances are it's a decent gun.

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