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Para Ordnance GI Expert 45acp
by Mike R Date Added: 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! [3 of 5 Stars!]
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