Sorry Bro - I must have missed the thread, or held my tongue... LOL
Okay, here's my problem with Para:
First off, they are a Canadian company that doesn't sell their products to the very people who work at the damn shop. They don't contribute any money to redefining handgun laws for our good friends from the North, and they just continue to do business that way as if it's okay.
In their low end guns, they use MIM parts from BUL in Israel - which is fine, I guess, but if I am spending my money on a 1911, I want real parts, not pot metal crap.
Springfield - on the other hand - had some serious quality control issues back a few years ago. There were HUNDREDS of pistols that left the shop without firing pins in them
However, they got their act together, took a step back and are turning out some quality products these days in my opinion.
Of the two, I would put the Springfield well ahead of the Para - unless it's a high end Para and a low end Springer. Apples to Apples, I would go with the Springfield.