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Old 07-13-2011, 04:16 PM   #1
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I have deceided to purchase my first 1911 ....I want a basic, reliable shooter .Im leaning towards the para ord. gi expert .45 .This pistol has a few extras ,but is in my price range $500.00 ....yalls thoughts and opinions on this or other pistols ,springfield ,taurus ,new remington r1 etc ....

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Old 07-13-2011, 04:27 PM   #2
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I would suggest you go to some local gunshops and see which ones feel the best to you and have the features you want, and maybe try a rental range if you have one in your area.

I've heard mixed reviews about Para Ordnance and Taurus so I would be cautious of those two, but Taurus in particular I've heard much more negative stuff. I personally have a Springfield Mil-Spec 1911a1 and I strongly recommend it. I don't have any experience or knowledge about the Remington 1911, but I have held it in a gunshop before and from my first impression it seemed to be pretty solid.

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Para makes a fine pistol and their products usually come with a few upgrades. GI models are typically bare bones "project" guns that many choose to customize to suit their tastes. You may find in the long run that it is cheaper to save a few hundred and invest in a higher end gun. Things like lower and beveled ejection ports and rounded hammers, extended safefy grips and beavertail may not seem important now but your attitude may change after a few hundred rounds, then you will have to spend those extra dollars at the gunsmith. Just my 2 cents...all gun purchases are subjective, my choice may not be yours. Whatever you choose pls post up some pics. Good luck

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Take a look at both the GI model and the MilSpec model from Springfield. The GI is bare bones and the MilSpec is a GI that's had a few upgrades.

The MilSpec was my first 1911.

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Take a look at the Remington R1.

http://www.firearmstalk.com/forums/f57/remington-1911-r1-does-anyone-have-one-38104/#post439878

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Take a look at both the GI model and the MilSpec model from Springfield. The GI is bare bones and the MilSpec is a GI that's had a few upgrades.

The MilSpec was my first 1911.
Agree-
My experience with Para has been hit 'n miss
You'd be hard pressed to find any bad press on Springfield
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I recently bought my first 1911. A springfield loaded stainless steel. The Para didn't fit my hand and I'm a lefty so the ambi safety was ideal.

I would recommend hiring them out and seeing what you shoot best.

Good luck with your search.

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I bought a Remington R1 a few months ago and I love it. It shoots great and feels great. Not one problem after 300 rounds.

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My GI Expert has been absolutely reliable and I would say it plenty accurate for a nice SD piece. It no Colt Gold Cup but it'll get dead bad guy all day.



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the second round through my para got hung up on the feed ramp,but the next 348 round have been flawless.i've added a set of houge grips with the finger groves on it now and it is by far my favorite gun.
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