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ScottA 07-13-2010 02:46 PM

Para hi-cap 1911's
What is your take on Para's high capacity 1911's? Good design? Bad design? What is the grip like? Too big? Any quality issues?

I haven't been able to put my hands on one yet, and I'm curious to find out what people's experiences are with them.

NGIB 07-13-2010 03:25 PM

I had a P16 (2 of them actually) for a couple of years. These are .40 S&W guns but very similar to the P14 in .45 ACP. The grip is large but not as chunky as a Glock 21. My P16s ran perfectly with no problems. The only negative stuff I've read regarded the small double stack Paras with short barrels.

I believe masterPsmith carries/uses a P14, I think stalkingbear has a Para double stack as well - these would be votes of confidence in my book...

masterPsmith 07-14-2010 02:07 PM

I have an early P-14 that I got many, many moons ago. It is my main carry gun. When I go out for serious practice, I usually cap around 500 rounds in a session. I have well over 30,000 rounds (conservitive) through this pistol. You can shake it and it has no rattles and still shoots well under 2" @25 yards. It has also been the most reliable 1911 I have ever owned.
The only things I have done to mine are, match bushing, full length recoil spring guide, extended safety, high grip extended beavertail with memory pad and large mag well.
I have also built many competition guns based on Para's wide body frames until STI started making their wide body frames. If you go with the Para, you won't be disapointed.


c3shooter 07-14-2010 06:52 PM

Recently got one of the smaller Paras- the C-7/45. Single stack, so has smaller grip than the doubles, but I have been very impressed with accuracy and reliability of a VERY small .45 auto. And I has small hands. :p

Westy 07-19-2010 02:31 AM

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Proud owner of two of them- A P13 (s.s.) and a P14. Both great guns!

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