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Para-Ordnance Regrets To Inform Of The Passing Of Ted Szabo

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by G. Wedge, Mar 30, 2007.

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  1. G. Wedge

    G. Wedge Member

    Dec 2, 2003
    It is with a sense of profound sadness that I regret to inform you, the Shooting Public, of the passing of our Co-Founder and President, Ted Szabo. Although we are doing business as usual, in the next few days, Para Canada, Para USA, as well as some of our World Operations Offices will be experiencing a reduction in operational resources to allow Ted's Family, Friends, Colleagues, and Employees to mourn their loss.

    We ask you for your understanding through this emotional time.


    George Wedge
    Para MFG., Inc

    Please see the official press release below.


    Para USA, Inc.
    1919 N.E. 45TH Street
    Fort Lauderdale, FL 33308
    North American Call Center: 416-297-7855
    Press Contact: Kerby Smith, Director of Communications


    Ted Szabo, 60, Leaves Behind a Legacy of Innovation at Para-Ordnance

    Ted Szabo, the innovative president of Para-Ordnance Mfg. Inc., passed away on Wednesday March 28, 2007 at the age of 60. Szabo, a gifted engineer and designer, founded the company in 1985 with his friend, Thanos Polyzos.

    From its inception, the company displayed an innovative capacity that has characterized its products ever since. Their first offering, introduced in 1987, was an all-plastic, selective-fire paint ball gun called the Model 85 “Dye Marking Tactical Machine Pistol.” In full-auto mode, this unique pistol fired at a rate of 1,200 rounds per minute, and was designed as a close-quarters-combat training device for law enforcement and military personnel.

    In 1988, Para-Ordnance introduced an innovation which Szabo had dreamt about since his college days: a high-capacity frame and magazine for Model 1911 pistols. This solved the classic handgunners’ dilemma—choosing between the superior stopping power of the .45 ACP cartridge and the impressive magazine capacity and firepower of the 9mm Parabellum.

    For the first time in history, Model 1911 pistol owners no longer had to compromise, and could enjoy an 86% increase in magazine capacity—from 7 rounds to 13. The high-capacity frame assembly became Para’s first step in a long series of needed improvements upon the original John M. Browning design.

    Szabo’s passion was the 1911 pistol, or what he called, “the best platform for an auto-loading pistol.” While he was intrigued with John Browning’s original designs, Szabo had no interest in replicating them. “I have always wanted to pick up where his design left off and carry the technology forward to the next level,” said Szabo.

    And that is what he did in 1990 with the introduction of the Para P14·45 pistol with double the magazine capacity of a standard 1911. Szabo’s creative genius drove him to continuously seek ways of improving handgun design. Szabo pondered why there could not be an easier, smoother double-action trigger system. His development of a true light double-action (LDA) trigger system won his company an unprecedented four “Gunny” awards from Guns & Ammo magazine.

    Never content to rest on his laurels, Szabo was constantly looking for ways to improve the 1911 pistol. The design of the extractor, he felt, was a weak link that needed to be improved. The result was Para’s patented Power Extractor™ with its 50% larger claw that produces controlled feeding and positive extraction of the empty case.

    While Szabo’s desire was always to “significantly improve a product” he had another passion, and that was championing gun rights. His family fled his native Hungary after the tanks rolled into Budapest in 1956. “I know what it means to have your dreams of freedom crushed by a totalitarian government,” said Szabo.

    Para’s new Gun Rights models, the PXT 1911 SSP and the PXT P14·45, were designed to give consumers significant value and make a contribution to NRA-ILA. “We all need to support the NRA and the work they are doing for all of us. We are facing a lot of challenges as we go into 2008,” said Szabo.

    In the spirit that Para-Ordnance was created, the company will continue to champion value for gun owners and their continued rights. Co-founder, Thanos Polyzos, and his strong management team will continue to produce the innovative pistols that Ted Szabo created, as well as his new designs that are in development.
  2. Gunslinger686

    Gunslinger686 Member

    Jan 21, 2004
    South of the masondixon
    God speed
  3. Hoppy590

    Hoppy590 Member

    May 25, 2006
    MA :(
    I realize this is a revived thread, but having just bought one of your fine pistols, i now have first hand experience about the quality and innovations brought about by Mr. Szabo and others at this fine company. my sincerest condolences, as late as they may be.

  4. bruss01

    bruss01 Member

    Oct 21, 2005
    I have been a fan of Para Ordnance for years, and I have appreciated the innovative genius that was Ted Szabo. This is a sad occasion for the firearms industry.

    Not to be morbidly curious, but I always take an interest to see what was the modality of expiration. I have not, so far, seen any COD listed for Mr. Szabo. Does anyone have this information?
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