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Old 08-27-2009, 11:15 AM   #1
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Picking up my latest addition today, a Para P16.40 double stack. While it's not a "purist" 1911, it's feel is very similar. I had a P16 LDA version and it was a great shooter but I just could never get used to the LDA trigger. The one I'm picking up today has the normal SA trigger.

The 1911 is my favorite platform and I wanted one in .40 as I have a boatload of ammo on hand. A fella working at my local gun shop has a Kimber Classic stainless in .40 but he just refuses to sell it to me. I'll post some pix when I get it home...

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I'm very interested to hear your opinion on this gun. I want a 1911 but I am already invested in .40 and don't want another caliber if I can avoid it and Para is one I have seen lots of online but not at shows or dealers.

Do you know what the difference between a P16 and an S16 are? I don't see the P16 on their website.

How does the doublestack feel? Is it a wider grip than other 1911's?

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I'm very interested to hear your opinion on this gun. I want a 1911 but I am already invested in .40 and don't want another caliber if I can avoid it and Para is one I have seen lots of online but not at shows or dealers.

Do you know what the difference between a P16 and an S16 are? I don't see the P16 on their website.

How does the doublestack feel? Is it a wider grip than other 1911's?
I have no idea of how the S16 differs from the P16 as it was the replacement model, fairly similar I think. Yes, the double-stack models are quite a bit wider than a regular 1911 but not as "blocky" as a Glock 21 IMHO. I really liked the other P16 I had with the exception of the LDA trigger. While smooth (like a Kahr), I could just never get used to it.

I just have so much .40 ammo that I've been looking for another 1911 pattern pistol in this caliber for a while. While I'm not a huge fan of .40 in general as I find it "snappy" compared to .45, in a steel pistol it's a different animal. This one will be my secondary bowling pin gun, especially when I'm low on .45 ammo...
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Here's the picture. I'm not hugely fond of the Para "painted" finish so the slide on this one may get Cera-coated...

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Great gun. Para makes some fine weapons. I really like the LDA trigger and I'm shopping for another Tac Four. I also have a double stack Springfield 1911,and it uses the same wide body frame as the Para along with Para 14rd magazines.

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Here's the picture. I'm not hugely fond of the Para "painted" finish so the slide on this one may get Cera-coated...

Nice pistol,the PAINTED slide kinda gives it a duo-tone look. The Paras ive fired have been pretty accuraue. Range report soon? Eye (Eddie)
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I'll get this one to the range early next week. My next bowling pin match is September 21st and I want to smoke test this one as I may give it a go. Ordered a couple of spare mags yesterday, and I already have lots of holsters that will work.

I shot a pin match a while back and my Sig 229 in .40 and I did pretty well. This one should do a bit better with the 5 inch barrel and longer sight radius (may shoot JHPs though to make up for the difference in bullet weight)...

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The new mags came in (bought Mec-gar's as they're half the price) yesterday so I stopped at the store/range on the way home from work. I ran a box thru this one with my usual pin warm up routine, 10 yards rapid fire, and I kept everything centered in a fist sized group.

If y'all haven't shot .40 in a steel gun I can tell you there's a world of difference. I find .40 very "snappy" in the poly platforms with significant muzzle rise; however, in this chunk of steel it feels very tame. The new ignition group from Fusion should be here tomorrow and I'm looking forward to shooting it again after the switch. There's a bit of slop in the factory plastic trigger and the kit should make this a sweet shooter.

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