Originally Posted by indyfan
While my sister and her boyfriend were shopping for a .22 rifle at our local gun store, I was talking with the other Dealer working at the counter.
I told him I was thinking about getting a .45 ACP and I told him I was leaning more towards a good 1911 but I didn't want to pay too much.
Right away he showed me a 1911 called "American Classic 2"
He explained all the nifty features and specs and then mentioned it was made in the Phillipines.
Hearing "Made in Phillipines" made me shrug, but before I could say anything, he placed the gun in my hand and said "Give it a feel"
It was wonderful, felt great in my hand, but I still wasn't so sure about buying it. I don't like jumping into buying a Gun (especially a 1911) without reading reviews or getting a second opinion from people here on the forums.
So I was just wondering if anyone owned an American Classic 2 or has fired one before?
I tried researching it, but didn't find out much about it, other than I think Bersa makes it (yikes)
any feedback or comments would be great. I decided to get a 1911 as a little Christmas present to myself this year.
This'll be my first 1911.
Wow, You guys are one tough crowd here.
I read through all the replies to the OP request and not one of the replies was from any one that had actually held or owned or shot one of the American Classic ll's (that is made by Metro Arms not Bersa by the way) I love how everyone jumped on the band wagon to say what a piece of crap this pistol is with no actual first hand knowledge of any facts.
The pistol is manufactured by Metro Arms in the Philippines. It is imported to the USA by Eagle Imports out of New Jersey.
The frame is made from 4140 steel. Thats steel not pot metal. The forward and rear serrated slide is made from hammer forged 4140 steel as is the throated barrel. It is available in either a blue or hard chrome finish.It comes standard with low profile Novak type sights(3 dot) dovetailed in slide, extended safety and slide stop, flared ejection port, beaver tail safety, adjustable combat style trigger, skeletonized combat hammer, hardwood checkered grips and an eight round ACT blued magazine in a nice plastic case.(oh yea...and a Lifetime warranter too)
When I picked mine up from my FFL he made the remark that he was very impressed with how well fit and tight the pistol was. He was even more impressed when I told him what I paid for it. The slide is as smooth as a babies bottom and the trigger has an over travel adjustment with a smooth crisp break. The ACT mag runs flawlessly with both ball and hollow-point ammunition. I picked up a couple of CMC Match grade 8 rounders that run just as well. I have had zero jams, zero FTF and zero FTE with both factory loads as well as my own reloads. I am getting 2-3 inch groups at 25 yds from a rest with Winchester white box 230gr FMJ. The pistol is more accurate then I am.
I do have a couple small complaints about the pistol.
1. The back of the barrel bushing had some grit and scratched up the front of the slide when first disassembled.
2. The slide stop also had some grit under it too and scratched the frame underneath it.
(Both of these were easily fixed with a bit of polishing and a touch up with some cold blue)
3. After about 6 months the grip safety started to rattle a bit. I pulled the grip safety and bent the spring a bit to add a little more tension to it.
The only changes I plan to make with the pistol are to have a gold bead added to the front site as my eyes are as good as they used to be.(getting old sucks LOL)
I love this pistol. It is more then I expected. I know that when the time comes my sons will be fighting over who gets it! It resides in a custom holster("Convertible" model) that Carl at CC Holsters made for me. It looks great and shoots great too.(3000+ rounds and still counting)
Yes, you can spend more and Yes there are better 1911's out there. I will put this pistol up against any RIA, Citidel, Springfield GI, Remington 1911R1 and the host of others out there and I am confident the American Classic ll will stand tall and proud!