Reviewed By: Charles B on 04/29/2016
Rating: [5 of 5 Stars!]
I\'m going to give this pistol a 5 star, because there are some things that would actually be 6 stars, and others that are... 4 or maybe 3. You decide.
The finish is perfect. The slide to frame fit is better than my Colts, better than my (old) Detonics, Viking, Springfield, or any of my Caspian based builds. It feels like an Acc-U-Rail setup. The slide literally glides on the frame rails, with so little play its hardly detectable. The fit of the barrel is near perfect, perhaps too perfect for a defensive pistol. The front has very very little play, the rear is fit well both horizontally and vertically. The under-lugs are well fit, there is almost no vertical play when in battery. The fore/aft play is also nil, and that is as important as any other fitment in a 1911. The trigger on my measures 4.5lbs on the dot. Crisp. At the back of the slide, the extractor surface meets the slide surface perfectly, seamlessly. Same for the slide to frame fit there, it just all meets up perfectly. Amazing for an inexpensive pistol.
The grip safety is horrible. The safety sticks out past the frame at the web part. It hurts just to dry fire this pistol, due to the sharp edges there. The trigger is also sharp - right in the middle of its grooved surface is a sharp ridge. Again, painful just to dry fire. Not trying to wimp out here, just that sharp edges should have been dealt with. How the slide and barrel could be fit so well, and the grip safety fit so poorly... dunno. The grips themselves are pretty on my pistol, but, they\'re a lot wider than they need to be, and shaped rather funny at the top. My rear sight came \"pre-dinged up\", with a nice ding in its top surface that makes the sight picture annoying.
Ok... bottom line... its an inexpensive pistol. The faults I noted, are easily corrected either at home, or by any \'smithy. My take on it - I don\'t like whale tail grip safeties. This is going to be a carry pistol. I don\'t want that huge safety there, so I\'ll fit up an Officers ACP grip safety, and even trim that back a bit. I don\'t want, or need, much in the way of a \"tang\" in back on my 1911\'s, the reasoning being that if there\'s nothing to pinch you against, you wont get pinched. That\'s just me though. The trigger can be smoothed in a few minutes time with a bit of wet/dry paper. No big deal. The grips themselves... are getting replaced anyway. The sight can also be smoothed, since while the ding is annoying, its not overly deep and I can hide it without removing a bunch of material (not enough to really effect the defensive range zeroing of the sights).
So what I got was an amazingly well fit pistol, where it counts the most, with a few sharp edges that can be dealt with very simply and easily.
In my little way of thinking, the fit and finish got the pistol a 6 out of 5... off the scale. The drawbacks of sharp edges... less than 5. I think they evened out, especially when you factor in the cost, which is pretty low in today\'s market.
Oh... and I forgot. The magazine is terrible too. Why an overly extended magazine on a carry pistol whose frame has been trimmed to make it smaller? Makes no sense. Can get Colt, Wilson, Springfield... whatever... Officers ACP sized mags to fit flush. The included magazine does work well though, and I\'m glad there\'s only one of \'em to never have to use!
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