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Para 14•45 Limited

Discussion in '1911 Forums' started by Spiffums, Feb 12, 2012.


  1. Spiffums

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    Anyone have one of these? I am thinking about it as my choice for 2011 gun for USPSA and IDPA.
     

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  2. Jim S.

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    My brother has one and loves it.
    Never had any problems with it.
    I myself have reservations of Para products and so do a lot of people here.
     

  3. BuckyP

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    I have one now that was a friends. I've been trying to sell it for his widow, but in the mean time I've shot it a few times. To me, I think the recoil is less... or maybe better absorbed due to the wider frame than a single stack 1911. I can only really comment on the feel, as this gun is built on a Para frame, with the frame and mags the only thing Para about it.

    For IDPA, you might want to check the weight before you purchase. The one I have is 47 ounces, but you need to be 42 ounces or less. The one I have does have a tungsten guide rod and plug in it at the moment, so that will take some weight off, though doubt it will be the 5 ounces I am looking for.

    Another thing to consider is I think the factory Para has a ramped barrel (the one I have does not). For .45 caliber 1911s, many prefer the standard non ramped barrel.

    For USPSA, many use the .40 because of the capacity advantage. However, with the Para I know guys that were getting 18+1 (before the .40s flooded the scene) which is pretty competitive in my opinion.

    FWIW, I'm going to see if the .45 I have fits the IDPA box tonight. I'm seriously thinking of buying this one for myself.
     
  4. STI

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    I have an older one made in Canada and never had a problem with it at all, I shot many IDPA matches with it and it always passed the checks, I broke a front sight on it and they sent me a new one in 4 days with no questions asked at all, mine has the standard non supported barrel and recoil spring and bushing setup, always ran 100%. EXCELLENT trigger also.
     
  5. zhix

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    To be sure.
     
  6. Practical Use

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    I've been using one for IDPA and USPSA for years.
     
  7. Dwe

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    Yep. Got Three. The Latest is the American Para Limited. Repaced all of it's fire control parts just to get a usable trigger. Other that that I am happy with it. As for the Canadian versions, they are great guns IMHO.
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  8. Ruggles

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    They seem like nice guns. Para seem to be a hot button on here as far as who likes them and who does not.