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The best 45 you probably never heard of

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by tuj, Aug 17, 2012.

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  1. tuj

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    Let me start this by saying I have a Les Baer 1.5"G Premier II and an STI Spartan. So I have some experience with 1911's. Both are bullseye guns as that's what I'm interested in and compete in.

    Now, over this last week I picked up a Pardini GT-45. I have to say, this gun is OUTSTANDING. If you've never heard of Pardini, they make the pistols that are generally used by all the competitors in the Olympics in the rapid fire event. They also make a line of pistols oriented towards defensive work / action-pistol games.

    First thing that's great about the GT-45; it holds 10 rounds. That's perfect for a lot of action-pistol games and the grip isn't that thick. Second thing, ambi-controls for the mag release and safety; not a big deal for everyone, but nice if you like to use your right hand fingers to release the mag rather than reaching around the grip.

    But the best part of the gun is the trigger. Now to give you an idea, my STI has a 4.5lb pull and my Les Baer came used setup with a 1.75lb pull :)eek:) but passed all the safety checks. I have since upped the Les Baer to 3.5lb for competition via a Wolff sear spring. And I have shot Nighthawks and some other high-end 1911's, so I know they all have great triggers.

    The GT-45 trigger puts every 1911 I have ever felt to shame. The GT-45 is much more of a target trigger, with a two-stage feel and is fully adjustable via screws (as opposed to bending sear springs). The trigger is just great, very consistent, very predictable.

    The accuracy is very good. The GT-45 doesn't use a bushing, its got a bull-barrel style lockup with the slide. It has a ramped barrel so it should feed HP and SWC loads well although I just tried it with 230 FMJ.

    All in all, the Pardini GT-45 is the best 45 I have ever shot. It has the accuracy required to hold the 10-ring at 50 yards while at the same time offering what I feel are substantial improvements over the 1911 trigger.

    If you ever get a chance to try one out, I highly recommend it. I am very happy with mine.
     
  2. tarosean

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    Your right never heard of it.. However neighbor, buddy ol pal... What side of town you live on?

    Interesting, I was expecting sticker shock when you were describing it, but it's reasonable.
     
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    Pardini? Does that mean excuse me in Italian?
     
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    Very funny!
     
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    That's all very good to hear but the grip-angle makes the Glock look like its 90 degrees! Wow!
     
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    Pardinis make very fine pistols, I used to shoot a .32 for bullseye (different design of course). Who carrys the Pardini in the US now?
     
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    Pardini? Pasta shaped like little golf clubs?
     
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    This Thread needs pics ASAP!!!!!
     
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    Yep pics.

    tipoc
     
  11. tuj

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    Oh, my! What will THAT set us back? :D I mean, without the mount and scope................
     
  13. Cherokee

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    About $2,500, plus you will need xtra mags. I would like to try one, fat chance.
     
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    You are right I have never heard of it, sounds pretty awesome though. If you ever need help shooting it let me know, I'm hot far away! ;). Lol, but that's prett awesome I must say. Nice find.
     
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    I have heard of Pardini pistols but didn't know they made anything for like IPSC/IDPA/Action Shooting type competition. The grip angle seems pretty steep; sort of reminds me of another Italian pistol, the Benelli B-76. At $2500 it's a bit out of my price range but still interesting to hear about it.
     
  16. tuj

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    The grip angle feels great to me; I always felt like the 1911 was a bit too upright. I know plenty of people love the 1911 grip angle, but I have always felt more comfortable with a steeper angle. I don't have any Glocks but I do have a Ruger MKIII and I love that angle as opposed to the Ruger 22/45.

    Oh and I got it used for a very reasonable price, around what you would pay for a higher-end 1911 used and well-less than the cost new.
     
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    Looks like it's based on a CZ, like a Limcat is based on a STI 1911
     
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    Pardini makes some of the finest target pistols around. They're not cheap, but they are very nice pistols. The northern Italians know what they are doing in the firearms world.
     
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    kinda like savage- shoots good but looks like poo
     
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    I used a Pardini Fiocchi for the rimfire/precision event at the "Masters" for several years.

    I have no doubt that for Bullseye competition the GT-45 would be hard to beat.
     
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    Sig X6 In my opinion.


    Tuj did you get it locally??
     
  23. tuj

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    It's not based on the CZ, it is its own design.
     
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    I first seen one months ago in your hometown at Collector's Firearms. The gun is proly still there. Yours is second one I have ever seen.
     
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