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I finally bought a 1911...looking for insight.

Discussion in '1911 Forums' started by MaximaDrvr, Dec 31, 2011.

  1. I decided I really don't like revolvers, so I traded my S&W 642 Airweight for this.
    It is a Caspian frame on a Para GI upper.


    The frame is in decent shape, with a few nicks here and there. Everything seams to function without problems.

    So, on to some questions.
    1. How do I break it down to clean it. I know different makes use different methods. Can someone link a youtube video for me?

    2. The seller recommended Chip McCormick mags. Are there others I should look at?

    3. Does anyone have a preferred vendor for new grips?

    4. I've heard some people show an 'idiot mark'. What is that from?

    5. I've seen skeletonized triggers on some 1911 pistols. How hard is it to change the actual trigger on the pistol?

    I'm excited to shoot this next week and see how it performs. I'm sure I will like it better than the revolver.
  2. faawrenchbndr

    faawrenchbndr DirtyThirty fan CLM

    Nov 24, 2005

    My replies in red,......a Para/Caspian would not have been my suggestion
    for a first 1911, but congrats!

  3. Why not? What is 'wrong' or bad about it.
    I know I could get a RIA for $500 new OTD, or a Springfield for $800 new, but this was a good trade and I wanted away from the revolver.

    I'm open to any and all info at this point.
  4. Bowtie

    Bowtie NRA MEMBER

    Dec 18, 2004
    As others have stated, Youtube has a lot of info to help with your questions.

    If the seller recommended CMC mags then that's more than likely what the gun likes so I'd go with that. I had one 1911 that would not function with Wilson mags. Find what works with the gun and stick with them..
  5. faawrenchbndr

    faawrenchbndr DirtyThirty fan CLM

    Nov 24, 2005

    Not saying anything is WRONG with it. I'm just not a fan of Para or Caspian.
    I would not recommend that build combo for a new 1911 owner.
  6. bac1023


    Sep 26, 2004
    Para slides are cast, which isn't a good thing. I have no problem with cast frames, but cast slides are another story.

    I do own two Paras that have ran perfectly. However, they are below average from a quality standpoint.

    Either way, congrats. I hope it serves you well.
  7. Giggity

    Giggity Holster Maker

    Feb 22, 2009
    NE Ohio
    Considering the used market value of a 642 I'd say you did quite alright.

    Although, personally I wouldnt spend a lot on "upgrades" on it. I'd slap some plain jane grips on it and shoot to poop out of it. Then if you decide you really like the platform, buy a new one of higher quality that is worth the expense and effort of "making it your own".
  8. Rally Vincent

    Rally Vincent Bipolar

    Feb 16, 2003
    The Bar.
    Don't like anything Para. But you can't go wrong with Caspian.