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Para Ordnance GI Expert 45acp Reviews

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33 Reviews. Average Rating:    4.6 of 5 Stars!
5 stars:
73% (24 of 33)
4 stars:
19% (6 of 33)
3 stars:
6% (2 of 33)
2 stars:
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by Mike R Tuesday 07 December, 2010
I've always owned very good quality 9mm handguns: Beretta M9, Sig 226 Platinum Elite, Sig 250, and XD9 Subcompact. All have been very good experiences. This Para was my first 45 and I wanted to go less expensive, get an 'entry level' version to see how I liked it. First impressions were not so good: -gun was very dirty as delivered fresh in the package. I assume it was test fired of course but funny that none of my other guns felt and looked 'used' as much as this one. Inside the gun was not 'clean and neat' with some residue. There were some blobs of grease, some parts that you would expect to be perfectly bright (just residue on them) looked worn and some black lines. Either it was bad machining or a lot of test firing. And the face of the firing wall had red stuff on it, like rust. I had to scrub to get it off...on a new gun? -the finish is indeed easy to mess up. Just rotating the barrel bushing using the provided tool, scratched the front of the slide. -overall feel of the slide was ok but not real smooth (not too unusual for a new gun out of the box). -putting in a clip was way more difficult than any gun I have ever owned. About halfway in it meets soe heavy resistance and needs a good slap to proceed and seat. Not a big issue but compared to any of my other guns it feels (and the magazine look) way cheaper. So I cleaned it all up, did my usual new gun prep by doing a real good cleaning stripping down and cleaning using some Remington gun cleaner and M-Pro-7, then relubing with Militec on surfaces that slide and Breakfree on other parts. Now it feels better as expected. At least its clean and slides more like like it should. I have not shot it yet but I'd expect it performs fine, GIVEN that i have cleaned it well and properly prepped. Summary so far: +nice looks, great prices (_$500 total with xfer fees included) +probably a good choice for a entry 45 -pretty poor initial impression of the factory prep and care in prep ? it better shoot better than the internal appearance and finish longevity suggests I'll give it a three because of price, external looks, and hopes that it shoots well.

Rating:     3 of 5 Stars!
by JEFF P Friday 26 November, 2010
One fine 1911 example. Nice finish and fit. This is a really nice 1911. I shot it for the first time on Thanksgiving day. From 25 feet it keeps 3 inch groups. very smooth trigger.I always bring gun oil to the range with me when I am shooting to make sure the gun is well lubricated. I put 120 rounds of the steel tula ammo(cheap stuff) through it, with no problems. I see alot of negative reviews about jams, feed problems etc, When firing alot of rounds in a new weapon, oil seems to be remedy, but remember that a new gun needs to be broken in. In the manual that comes with the gun, it does say that 500 rounds should be fired through it, before going into service.

Rating:     5 of 5 Stars!
by Louai A Sunday 18 July, 2010
Total RATING 2 OUT OF 5 :-( On the first trip to the range: Excellent Accuracy at 25 yards (Accuracy/ergonomics) 5/5 Put a 3 inch group (ONE HANDED) at 25 feet! I shoot .357, 44, and .327, magnums on a regular basis. This .45 is sooo easy to shoot. LOL Recoil is minimal. Gun jammed and failed to cycle 12 times after the first 50 rounds of target ammo (FMJ Winchester 230 g) (I think it might be a faulty extractor pin) (Reliability/Functionality) 0/5 Para's Customer service is like Taurus's (I have to pay for shippiing $75 dollar (overnight air)-they said they would eventually reimburse me but that is ridiculous, the rep knew nothing about the product , and it will take 2 months according to PARA to get back! (Smith and Wesson gives you pre-paid shipping and much faster service (Para customer service) 0/5 5/5 + 0/5 + 0/5 = 2/5 Total Rating..... .I love the gun's fit and finish, features, accuracy, but I am very disappointed because of its utter lack of reliability and dependability. This just reinforces the fact that revolvers TRUMP semi-auto's in reliability every time....This includes Glocks, XD's, I have owned those too!)

Rating:     2 of 5 Stars!
by James K Sunday 11 July, 2010
Monday the 5th I went up to a shop in Connecticut with the intent to buy a Springfield GI 1911 to build up as a project gun. This was the first time I ever went shopping for a gun not made of plastic. I drove all the way up and filled out all the paperwork to find out that DPS was closed and for some reason I failed the computer transfer authorization. This was one of the best things that ever happened to me. I handled the Springfield GI and it was "OK". The finish on them was pretty crude. I mean I was buying a $500 1911 not a Wilson Combat or a Les Baer right? I went home and started a Facebook chat with a friend of mine who had just gotten his Para GI Expert 1911 and was in love with it, and this is a true gun guy. I looked for it and found it for $485 on Bud's Gun Shop. I pulled the trigger and ordered it. When I went to pick up the 1911 from my FFL he had opened the weapon and looked at the receipt and thought there was a pricing error on Bud's end. I showed him the price there and other sites that had the gun for around $600 and he was amazed at the quality versus price. The finish on the gun was rich and smooth. It has a beautifully polished barrel and a skeletonized trigger and hammer. It also has a beveled mag well. All goodies you find on much more expensive pistols. I took her home, stripped and cleaned her and put her away for this morning. I took her to the range today and fired all sorts of FMJ 220gr loads from Winchester, Federal, and Remington Green Box, and Remington UMC with no hint of a failure. I then fired 40 rounds of Winchester PDX1 Supreme Elite (my carry round of choice) and again no hiccups. When all was said and done I put 640 rounds through her in a single afternoon with no cleaning or lube besides what I did the night I took her home. I have to say I love everything about this gun except for the trigger which is plastic and a little rough on the finger but I am upgrading it to an Ed Brown Match trigger. After today I put my Glock in the safe and I am now using this 1911 for EDC

Rating:     5 of 5 Stars!
by Lloyd R Sunday 04 July, 2010
I Just finished the 500 round break-in for my GI Expert.Wasn't necessary.Ran like a top.No problems.!80,200,and 230 grains.Hp.flat points,round nose.Sierras,Hornady,Rainier,Power Pistol,Unique,or winchester 231--made no difference-everything cycled perfectly.Shoots good,fits my hand nicely.Could I ask for more?

Rating:     5 of 5 Stars!
by Kenny L Thursday 19 November, 2009
Solid performance..good price. Now my wife wants one.

Rating:     4 of 5 Stars!
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