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Straight Trade (Para Carry 9 Review)

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by Nushif, Sep 5, 2010.

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  1. Nushif

    Nushif Member

    Mar 21, 2010
    Corvallis, OR
    So after not having shot my New Agent for uh ... about ten range trips or two months, I decided I'd trade it in. I went in to the gun store/range and fired its last hurrah and went looking for something that sparked my interest. It had to be something unusual and something I'd shoot.

    I saw this lovely little carry 1911 and almost skimmed over it from my last visit ... until I saw the skinny trigger and lack of hammer, again.

    It's a Para Carry 9. Flat Black or uh ... "Tactical Black" or somesuch and weighs slightly more than my New Agent. Also it has normal sights, rather than a trench sight. Boo. However it is rather nifty insofar that it is DAO. You heard me right. I have a DAO 1911... in 9mm. And no, the world is not caving in. Now for a short review, based on the first 50 rounds and I suspect the second set of fifty rounds ever to be shot from this gun.

    The fit is very, very tight. As in, I can shake it vigorously and it doesn't move at all. The finish is matt and black, as expected, but I read online that it is really weak and shows wear. That may be true, because it does show some holster wear and I don't know how much the last owner actually carried it.

    The internal works are very tight and stiff. When I opened it up it took part of my nail when snapping shut again and is sitting in the "breach open" position right now for that. The entire internals were pristine once I got the factory gunk off of them, which in hand with the fact that it was only very slightly dirty goes to show that it really wasn't fired, ever. So, I took it out to the range and sent a box of factory ammo through it.

    The first thing I noticed is how light and short this ... DA trigger pull is. It's marketed as a "Light" double action pull and oh boy ... it lives up to its name. The trigger reset is about as short as that of my G26 and the trigger pull is lighter, to boot.
    Accuracy was about as accurate as I am, so no surprises there. My group was nicely in the black of a target with some slight left leanings, much like my aim and myself. This may or may not have anything to do with the massive barrel that says "Match" on the side of it. I honestly couldn't tell you. The sights are two white (now yellow luminescent) dots in the back and a green fiber optic rod in the front. Good stuff.

    Now for reliability. It has about a 10% failure to do *something* at this point, but I do keep hearing that guns like this (as tight as this one) do need some work-in. So that's my plan. 50 rounds minimum for the next ten range trips and then we'll talk reliability.

    Now for the feature that stood out the most though. The thing sounds different. Instead of the normal 9mm POP it has a very sharp BOOM. For some reason it produces a bit more of a concussive force than my G26. Very nifty as I do enjoy that kind of thing.

    And if after 500 rounds it works right I may carry it. Or get some nicer grips for it. If not ... I'll trade it in for some other range toy.
  2. wgp

    wgp Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Apparently you were unfamiliar with the Para LDA (Light Double Action) trigger, designed to allow you to carry a round chambered in a 1911 without the traditional hammer-back mode that some are uncomfortable with. I have found the system to work very well with zero problems. I prefer the single-action trigger of the traditional 1911 but the LDA is, to me, much better than the double/single action trigger of other autoloaders.

    I've had a Carry 9 (9mm) and a Carry 12 (.45 ACP) for a couple of years. They are very nice pistols. The 9 is particularly accurate and everyone I have let shoot it has like it very much. The Carry 12, a double-stack with 12+1 rounds of .45, is a bit on the heavy side for daily carry. The only issue I have had with either arose in the 9 from using UMC ammo-- the firing pin was piercing the primers and causing bits of brass to accumulate in the gun and prevent firing. At Para's suggestion I quit using that brand and have never had a reliabilty issue since with any other ammo.

    Good luck with your new pistol, I think you'll like it.
  3. mesinge2

    mesinge2 Member

    Feb 12, 2009
    Central Florida
    I know this is an ancient post but I am geared up to buy one of these and I checked to see if your were still active here and you were on today.

    My question is how has the reliability held up over time?
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