Beretta 96 or Para GI expert?

Discussion in 'Semi-Auto Handguns' started by RfMcRae, Mar 8, 2013.

  1. RfMcRae

    RfMcRae New Member

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    I'm getting a pistol finally and it is down to these two. I've owned a beretta 96 and know how to maintain it. I really want a .45 though and Para had caught my eye. I already know about FTF and FTE issues as well as crappy factory mags and feed railrail needing a polishing and then there's the extractor thy usually needs replacing. I'm fine with replacing those things and some minor gun smithing. Suggestions?
     
  2. Jstrong

    Jstrong New Member

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    I wouldn't think any reputable 1911 makers would need all the work you mentioned out of the box. And even if that was true about para there's plenty of 1911 manufacturers in that price range that are great.

    Oh yes I'm a 1911 convert so if have to say go with a 1911,you won't regret it,para or not.

    Do your research and pick up the 1911 you decide on and then go shoot it,if it acts right (which it should) then don't fix what ain't broke.



    Also until you get up into the higher end production 1911's the next stop home with your new 1911 historically is to buy some wilson or tripp mags and throw the factory ones in the garbage.
     

  3. danf_fl

    danf_fl Retired Supporter

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    Everyone should try the 1911.
    The question of Beretta 96 or 1911 could fall in the category of "Chev vs Ford".

    The 1911 works better for me than the 96.
     
  4. bamashooter68

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    I have a relativly new para gi expert and it doesnt suffer from any of the problems you mentioned. Its had around 1000rds thru it and other than 3-4 failures to go completely into battery while cycling when it was new I havent had any issues with it. The magazines work fine in my para and in my brothers ruger. His ruger mags work good in my para but they do have a little play in them. The accuracy of my para is top notch. Its a very good 1911 and if you want to do some upgrades its a good platform for doing so.
     
  5. RfMcRae

    RfMcRae New Member

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    Cool thank you everyone I believe I will go with the 1911 since I've never owned a .45 before. I'll try something new.
     
  6. kiabe1

    kiabe1 New Member

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    Get the para with 3 dot sights
     
  7. RfMcRae

    RfMcRae New Member

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    Sounds good. Gonna get some nice grips too.
     
  8. Jericho1911u22

    Jericho1911u22 New Member

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    I know you already decided but to help reinforce your decision. I just bought a Para Ordinance 1911 Expert It's not the GI version it has the dove tail which is one feature I wanted. It's a great gun. The reason I wanted a 1911 is that there are tuns of parts for them and they have been made for ever so there are plenty of them around. Not saying there will be but in a SHTF situation you shouldn't have too much trouble finding parts for them.

    I also have a baby eagle which is sort of like the 92 probably very different but take similar magazines I modified a couple beretta magazines to fit my baby eagle. The only thing that is an issue with the baby eagle. Finding parts is not very easy. They are not impossible but not abundant.
     
  9. kiabe1

    kiabe1 New Member

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    How did you mod your mags for the baby eagle i would love to see pictures
     
  10. RfMcRae

    RfMcRae New Member

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    I'll have to look at the expert vs. GI expert, is dovetail main difference? I imagine finish is different as well but I'll check Para's website. It has been in the process of being updated for the past few months and tricky to navigate unless you go straight to pro shop.
     
  11. Jericho1911u22

    Jericho1911u22 New Member

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    From looking at yahoo images. Some of the differences are. Front Sight, Trigger Shape, Hammer Shape, and The dove tail. I think you can get both models in the standard para finishes. Mine is a stainless one.

    I think the GI has specific parts more resembling the original colt 1911 where the NON GI is a more modern 1911.
     
  12. RfMcRae

    RfMcRae New Member

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    Yeah the main thing I recognized were larger flared ejection port, polymer trigger and finger guard on magazine. The overall look hasn't changed too drastically since it was produced but some enthusiasts are very particular about these new paras being called "GI" when I'm reality they're more of a hybrid and not the true "General Issue"
     
  13. Jericho1911u22

    Jericho1911u22 New Member

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  14. kiabe1

    kiabe1 New Member

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