Reviewed By: Martin K on 05/22/2015
Rating: [5 of 5 Stars!]
To start I have to say I found buds through gunbroker. I saw the colt defender and decided to come here and buy it directly from Buds. When I came here to do the deal I saw this little gun for less than half the price. I figured I have a full size Norinco that's great, so why not try it.
After doing the purchase, I immediately wanted cancel the order. I had seen so many reviews that weren't good and had me second guessing it. Well Buds processes and ships so quick, it was already on the way. I got the gun it 3/4 days.
When I opened it up, it looked well built. It felt good, hey maybe this is a good piece after all. For $363 it can't be that bad right? I did see the reviews about a poor design on the guide rod. I figured I would nip this right away. As soon as I could get the Kimber replacement I ordered it. I bought a set of Hogue wrap arounds before I had the gun.
So these accessories put me at about $425/$435 total. I had this gun for several months before I even shot it once. Well today was the day. Finally!
I took this baby to the range, with another piece to fire them up. This gun just feels so good in your hand! I have always wanted a compact 1911 45. The beauty is, I can use the mags from my full size too. Well with guide rod, and the grips in place I got two boxes of blazer aluminum brass round nose to put through it.
I loaded up several clips, the gun only comes with one, again people have whined about a bad oem clip with this gun. It is an act mag that holds 7 rounds. I wish I could post a picture here to show my 1st shot. It surprised me, it was a dead bullseye at 10 to 12 yards! That was the best one, but the gun did have some nice groups, shot well, and felt great in my hand.
I didn't clean it oil it, nothing. Just replaced the grips and guide rod, and away I went. I put 100 rounds through it and had 2 FTF. Not too bad, when it's right out of the box, no oiling, no cleaning at all. Those came as the last bullet in the clip from my full size. The clip that came with this gun worked perfectly.
So it's only 100 rounds, but I would buy it again, I would recommend it to a friend. My only complaint would be like most 1911's, the sights are not too great. I was able to get good grouping, and a few bulls eyes, but I would like better sights.
But this is a great little gun! Don't believe me? Look up Hitchcock and ATI on you tube. He says the same thing. He is a much better shooter than me. Look it up and see how good of a gun this is.
If you read this far..... Just buy it, you won't regret it.
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