A friend of mine got one when they were new on the market. It didn't work well, but he was a skilled handtool gunsmith and he tinkered with it until it shot reliably. This involved a lot of Colt small parts and refitting. But it then shot. He kept it lubricated and had no problems with galling. It was not at all soft, he shot it thousands of rounds of what we would now call +P and there was no real wear, just a little burnishing of the coarse finish on the frame rails. Another early buyer here is a toolroom machinist. He welded and cut on his until it worked, too. It has the oddest looking feed ramp I have ever seen, but it feeds any bullet he has tried over the years.