The outside of the slide is very nicely done in a satin bead blast finish. Another little minor thing that I notice are tool marks inside the cocking serrations on the frame. They are vertical marks from the milling process it looks like. But on the other hand, the rear sight is very nicely fitted. I've a sucker for adjustable target rear sights in a Bo-Mar style and this gun has a very nice one that is serrated on the rear. I also really like the fact that Para recessed the rear sight down into the frame. I've noticed that a lot of companies are offering their "target" models with the rear sight that sits up higher on top of the slide as opposed to be recessed down. I always think that looks goofy and stands out to me like a sore thumb. So I'm impressed that Para took the time to drop the rear sight down on the slide.
The front sight is a truly awesome green fiber optic. I'm also a sucker for a FO front sight. I usually go with red, but I think I might be getting drawn to the green now. One thing I did notice is that the fiber optic is a small diameter and really just appears to used in helping you acquire the front sight quicker. I say this because the dot is smaller than I normally see and you still use the outline and top edge of the front sight as opposed to just using the dot. One thing I did see as a negative is that Para must use the same dovetail for all their front sights. The fiber optic sight is small and doesn't fill up much of the dovetail cuts. So there are open cuts from the dovetail all around the front sight. It doesn't give the look of a quality fitted front sight. Looks like an afterthought thrown on. This is probably my biggest negative that I can say about the gun.
The gun comes with two mags and they are not identified, but the follower looks distinctly like Mec-Gar to me. One thing I did find enjoyable was that the mag release shoots the mags out of the bottom like they're on a rocket! I wasn't prepared when I tried it the first time and I completely missed the mag. Shot right out of my hand.
So overall, I'd say that I'm definitely impressed with the gun. I'd say that it has a lot of features that really make it stand out from the other production guns in its price range, such as true IonBond finish, a nicely ramped, match barrel, fiber optic front sight, target rear sight, and a EGW HD extractor. It's definitely a looker with the reverse two-tone scheme. I would say it's closest competitor would be the Sig Traditional Match Elite. And having handled one of those, I'd probably give a slight edge to the Para. And that's surprising considering I'm a huge fan of the Sig 1911 lineup. So I'm looking forward to seeing and handling more of these Elite series guns from Para. If they can clean up some of the little details, I think they'll have a hands down front runner in the price category. But right now, I'd say they've still got a great product with a lot of high features if you can ignore the small details that seem to jump out at me.