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Old November 22nd, 2010, 09:06 PM
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Question Para Ordnance 1911 A1?

What are these worth & are they worth owning? Local shop has a used one for $400.
I was looking to find another used RIA 1911, but coming up empty so if this is a deal I may have to snag it.
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What are these worth & are they worth owning? Local shop has a used one for $400.
I was looking to find another used RIA 1911, but coming up empty so if this is a deal I may have to snag it.
What are the sights on the Para. I picked up a Para GI Expert becuase i didnt want have the change out the mil style sights on the RIA. My para came with an okay set of three dot sights.
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What are the sights on the Para. I picked up a Para GI Expert becuase i didnt want have the change out the mil style sights on the RIA. My para came with an okay set of three dot sights.
I do not recall so let's assume they are the worst sights they can come w/from the factory.
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I have the GI Expert. Nice, tight, accurate pistol. Sights are excellent, for me.
I just swapped out the mags with Kimbers. I also replaced the black plastic grips with rosewood ones. Very happy with it.
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I 've been shooting a Para Ordnance P16 for about 5 years in local USPSA matches. I find it to be well made and reliable but did make alot of changes over the years. I changed the hammer, sear and trigger and added a Dawson magwell. It shoots as good as those similar 1911 style pistols that cost upwards of $2,000. I paid $800 for mine new with one mag 5 years ago. I have no complaints as far as Para Ordnance pistols go. Hoow does it look as far as wear or abuse? You may have found a decent 1911 that you can always upgrade later on.
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I dont have a Gi but i have these 2 Paras Tac-s and LTC, excellent firearms that have yet to fail , but bear in mind that thet are the second most hated 1911's right behind Taurus.

There are people on here who will tell you with a strait face that primitive RIA is better than a Para.

I wouldnt hesitate to get another one.
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I cn't afford some of the "hand fitted" 1911s. The Para will do.
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Look up the video on you tube of Todd Jarret torture testing the Gi by firing 1000 rounds of ammo through it non-stop.

It is rumored that thier Customer service is poor . I cant say it is because i never had to use it.
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I love my PARA , After 1000rd+ of steel and brass rounds. I have only had 2 malfunctions and they were when the gun was spanking new and I was using chip 10rd mags.

Since then she has run like butter. Only down side I have seen so far is the finish is not the best. I run a bunch of kydex holsters and pretty much try to spend an hr a week practicing my draw and dry fire drills and you can see a lot of wear.
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