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First, I need to point out that this is my FIRST semi-automatic handgun, so I don't have much experience for reference. I've briefly fired a Glock 23 subcompact, as well as a Springfield XDm 9mm and I CAN say that I like the feel of this gun much more-so than any of the former. I have fairly large hands, however, so it might be a bit obvious that this gun would feel better in them.
Now, I picked this up at my FFL, which is also a range, and immediately took it back to fire with their range ammo. I had two fail-to-feeds, which, at this point I attribute to the cheap ammo, because it has fired every other round without a single problem. Accuracy was on the dot right out of the box, and the thing is built like an anvil. The slide had absolutely no play in it at all and everything was extremely tight. It didn't take very long to loosen things up for a more comfortable experience, however. At this point, the slide has the slightest bit of play and SOMEHOW, the gun seems slightly more accurate than when I first fired it. That could be because I've gotten more comfortable with it, but I figured it was significant enough to point out.
Again, I lack a good point of reference, but I feel like I've gotten a block of gold for an ingot of silver, if that makes sense. I briefly fired someone's Kimber 1911 after purchasing this, and I can say that there is a definite difference in feel. I'll try my best to explain it.
Essentially, the Kimber felt more "luxurious" with raised night-sights and polymer grips, and it had a bit less perceived recoil, despite feeling lighter in my hand. But THIS gun, the TISAS, feels more solid. It's definitely not a gun for luxury (out of the box), but you get a TON of bang for your buck. This is a replica of the classic design, so you really shouldn't be expecting luxury, because that wasn't something to be found in a military weapon of that time anyways.
If you want a 1911 for under five-hundred dollars that shoots like a thousand-dollar gun, but looks and feels like a classic... This is it. I can't recommend it enough and I'm proud to say this was my first semi-automatic pistol.
Thanks to Buds for allowing me to own this beauty!