As an owner of a Para GI Expert, I am very happy with it. I looked at several other 1911's but I wanted a very basic no
bells and whistles model as my first 1911. The Para fit the bill and I have yet to hear any bad reviews on it. Plus the price was right, got mine for $465.27 + tax. The only thing I have done besides shoot and clean it is change the grips. The factory panels are hard plastic and I found them uncomfortable. I put some Pachmayr American Legend
grips on it.