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Best 40 cal 1911 hicap?

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by john l, Oct 4, 2003.

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  1. john l

    john l Member

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    I would like to know opinions on the 40 cal hicap 1911s out there, as I will be purchasing one in the next 6 months.
    What say ye?

    thanks,
    john l
     
  2. Smoke

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    I haven't fired one, but have been admiring the Para Ordnance P16 for some time.

    I have 3 Paras and had another LDA which I sold. I have been very pleased with all my Para's.
     
  3. Zak Smith

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    SVI, no question.

    If you want cheaper or sooner, STI. They are virtually identical.

    There's a reason basically everyone shooting IPSC or 3Gun seriously shoots one of those two.

    -z
     
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    What's it for?

    I've seen too many problems with Para's to recommend them.

    SVI looks good, but I've no personal experience.

    Also consider a USP40 - similar in action and feel, durable, reliable and accurate, but only if it fits your hands. Mags are probably more common for it, as well.
     
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    SV is the best. STI is close (in fact, nearly identical functionally), but the SV is more of a full custom job, whereas the STI is more of a limited production type gun. On the other hand, SV is extremely expensive and has long lead times to get your gun made for you. A STI Eagle 5.0 is about $1,500, while a similar SV Infinity is more like $2,500+.

    Not only is Para not anywhere near as good as a STI or a SV, which is an unfair comparison given the price difference, it is also not as good as the 1911s made by other companies at the same price point, which is a fair comparison. And I for one don't suggest buying a crappier gun just because it holds more rounds in the magazine. There really is no such thing as a good, affordable, high-capacity 1911 right now.
     
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    Just as an addition to what Sean said, there are several dealers that stock SV guns (such as SpeedShooters.com), for example:
    SVP40ED4.jpg

    For about $2100 from SpeedShooters.

    Alternatively, there are a bunch of gunsmiths whose market is primarily IPSC and 3Gun shooters who can build you a SV for between $1800 - $2400, like Limcat Custom, JP Enterprises, and Triangle Shooting Sports.

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    STI Trojan or Eagle would be the 40SW 1911 for me.
     
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    Incidentally, the there's virtually no difference between a .40 SV and a 10mm SV - I think it's just barrel. 20+1 rounds of 10mm gets interesting. Alternatively, you could do, I think, 24+1 rounds of 9x23.

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    The Trojan is not a high-cap .40, but it is a great single stack 1911.
     
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    That applies to pretty much any .40 S&W 1911. 10mm is just a barrel swap (or reamed chamber) away. :cool:
     
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    I had a Para P16 w/ a few 16 round mags. Ir worked very well, I just never liked the 40 S&W round :( But in terms of performance, it was fine ;)
     
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    Thank you all,
    I think I am leaning toward the STI 5.0.
    I am using it primarily for 3 gun and other hicap games.
    john l
     
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    John,

    The hi-cap SV or STI is a great choice for 3Gun. I'm looking at buying one myself.

    If you shoot USPSA/IPSC with it, you'll want .40SW. Most of the big non-USPSA 3Gun matches such as RM3G, SMM3G, MGM have no power factor or caliber restriction, so a 9x19/.38S/9x23 would have a slight advantage there.

    -z
     
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