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Does anyone like Para Ordnance??

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by Ughh, May 19, 2010.

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  1. Ughh

    Ughh Member

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    Hello, what do you guys think about Para Ordnance 1911s. Are they reliable as far as 1911s go?

    What's your experience with their customer service/warranty services??

    Any input is appreciated,
    Thanks
     
  2. kenno

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    I met one guy in Tribal Police that used one. The good thing about 1911's is that they are like the old school AK-47. If the Mfg is sticking with the original design they can't ef it up. If they cut corners effulent will hit the fan.
     
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    i bought my girlfriend a nice used para 1911. it is a commander with a nice black finish. i thought it had an issue with feeding but i found that my girl hadnt lubed it properly and it was running pretty dry.

    i gave it a good clean, lubed it up. no problems 200 rounds later. i have alot of 1911s and i really like the type of black finish para uses. looks sharp. it reminds me alot of the the finish kimber uses on their pro carry 2 and the like.

    ill say +1 para quality

    edit: the para GI Expert series is a great value. excellent reviews.
     
  4. jsnake

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    I have a 16-40 LTD as my only para. I love it and it treats me well.
    Joe
     
  5. Echo9

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    Their LDAs have stunningly nice triggers.

    There's no 19 or 11 in those things though. The outside looks and feels like a 1911 but that's about as far as it goes.

    I plan on picking one up, probably the 9mm PDA.
     
  6. Gordon

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    I use an Old school P-14 as my go to gun fight gun on a war belt. It has properly fitted all GI issue internal parts that would fit the wide body. Carbon Fiber double diamond thin stocks slimmed the grips a bit and 10-8 sights are sighted in at 25 yards with ball ammo. I use +2 floorplates on Wolfe springs in good canadian mag bodies and do not have mag issues in 1000 round 3 day courses. Nothing like a 14 shot 1911 to make your day!
     
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    I have a P16 double stack that runs great and only cost me $450 but I prefer STI's/SVI's due to weight and grip. I also had a P18 LTD LDA that I was going to use in IDPA SSP before the last rule change. I couldn't stand the long double reset of the LDA trigger and sold it.
     
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    I know I hate their magazines, they are replaceable with better examples though.
     
  9. P-14

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    Same for me. I shoot IDPA with mine, limited to 10 rounds for the competition.
     
  10. Sheepdog1968

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    I have a friend that owns four and his are utterly reliable. Having said that, he didn't reccomend I get one as he knows many others who have had problems with theirs. I trust this person and I have passed on the PARA's.
     
  11. BridgeTooFar

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    I love my GI Expert. No issues with it yet with 2000+ rounds through it. I've heard the customer service sucks, but I've yet to experience it (in a good or bad way).
     
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    I've owned my P13 since 1996. It has been massaged by 2 gunsmiths, but I still don't trust it to feed reliably enough to consider mine as a SD/HD pistol. Mine is mostly a problem with the magazines and FTE problems. They all get spring replacements every 1000-1500 rounds, but I just can't trust it compared to my other pistols.
     
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    +10 for my P14 - never had any issues in the past 20 years with it.

    Love my Para-Ordinance.
     
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    I just sold a P.14 Signature to a guy that has probably five or more Para's. They have had spotty periods in their history, but my limited experience indicates that they run fine.

    Some do not like the double stack configuration, but it fit my hand just fine.

    RMD
     
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    Mine is new and only has a little over 50 rounds through it so far, but it was flawless, comfortable, and very accurate. The ESP is probably the best value.
     
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    I like 'em, but I'm a little skeptical of 'em. I owned a 5" .45 ACP Para SSP
    very briefly; but used it in trade, before I ever fired it. Eventually, I did
    end up with a brand NIB Les Baer Thunder Ranch Special to replace the
    SSP; and I have NEVER looked back. I'm glad too see that Para decided
    to move into the lower 48 (North Carolina). Maybe that will cause Para
    USA sales too pick up~? :scrutiny: ;)
     
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    I won't buy one for any cost. Friends have had them and report the absolute worst customer service in the business. None for me.
     
  18. Full Metal Jacket

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    had an issue with my gi expert--the extractor was too long, causing jams.

    para's cust serv sux (they told me to buy a new one from brownells, or pay $70 to ship the whole gun to them :eek:).

    replaced the extractor with a wilson bp, but not sure if i'm going to keep it. there's a lot of threads on 1911 forum about parts breaking and slides cracking.....


    one thing's for sure, i will not buy another product from this company.
     
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    Wow this is starting to sound bad. 1911s are said to outlast the shooter, but if the manufacturer has bad cust service then that 'guarantee' that the pistol will last is sort of... gone.

    I was thinking about getting a High Cap P18 9 from Para. Not a lot of High Cap 1911 manufacturers. What do you guys think??
     
  20. Full Metal Jacket

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    springfield armory just came out with a hi-cap GI model.

    [​IMG]


    i would avoid para like the black death.
     
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    I had a Para Nite-Tac single-stack, stainless. I was quite happy with it, only sold it to fund another purchase.
     
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    Had a P12-45, HATED anything but hollow points. Not a good first gun for me and I couldn't hit the broad side of a barn. My buddy could though, so I guess my only gripe is that it wouldn't eat WWB.
     
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    Very happy hi-cap Nite-Tac SS owner here, mine has been flawless.
     
  24. Ughh

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    Sigh... there are more bad reports than there are good.

    I looked it up, apparently Para Ordnance has a lifetime warranty for the original owner: http://www.paraord.com/new/service_lifetime.php

    Notice how it says "Gold Medallion Lifetime Service"!

    Would you guys say that the finish and the reliability of Para's 1911s are just about as good as others, e.g. kimber, springfield armory??
     
  25. Full Metal Jacket

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    my gi expert has a better slide/frame & and barrel/slide fit than SA milspecs. i've actually found no better for $500.

    the finish sux, and is wearing prematurely.

    para will refinish it for free under warranty, if you argue with them and take it to the right manager's attention. however, they keep it for at least 4 months, only to put the same crappy finish back on. (most likely won't reimburse shipping either).

    their "gold medallion warranty" is a joke.
     
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