Reviewed By: Robert H on 01/25/2015
Rating: [5 of 5 Stars!]
Just picked up my Para Elite Carry from my FFL, went home, cleaned it and went back to the range. This is my first 45 and I wanted to do things the right way. I shot 250 rounds consisting of 230gr hardball from federal, UMC, and S & B. Also 50 +p lawman flat nose fmj AND 200gr +p speer gold dot HP and 230gr Federal HST +p.
I'm telling you this because after 2 hours and no oiling, I experienced ZERO failures of any kind. Every round loaded, fed, and went bang. This gun is very tight but I think the heavy double captured recoil spring absorbs a lot of the 45's punch. I would say recoil is about the same as my sig 938.
A lot of people say be wary of 3" 1911's. This gun disassembles more like a cz than a 5" 1911.
One thing to complain about and be aware of, this is the shortest 1911 I can find, there are NO aftermarket grips or mainspring housings for this gun. It is smaller than the defender. If you want a pistol to customize, get the officer/defender sized one. If you want the smallest, Thin 45 you can get your pinky on, this is it.
I will be buying from Bud's again and It will probably be another Para Ordinance.
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