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Para GI Expert

Discussion in '1911 Forums' started by C J, Jul 6, 2012.

  1. C J

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    I was thinking about a Para GI Expert for an entry level 1911. I had looked at them awhile back, but put it on the back burner. I know all about the 'made in Canada' argument. I do know they had moved to Pineville,NC and later sold to another company. Freedom maybe? I do like their 'power extractor'. I've also heard about the mushy polymer trigger and the finish on the pistol flaking off if it gets bashed around. Is there any truth to all of this? Opinions please. Thanks. Stay safe.
     
  2. bac1023

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    The country of origin isn't the issue. Para uses poor quality parts, average fitting, and cheap finishes.

    I do think the GI Expert is probably Para's best value, but there are still better options in that price range.
     


  3. Jason D

    Jason D INFRINGED Silver Member Millennium Member

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    Springfield GI or Milspec.
    I would take either one of them over a Para any day of the week.
     
  4. zhix

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    Don't do it, everything bad you've heard about Para and the 'GI Expert' is most likely true.
    And a Springfield Armory MilSpec is definately a way better choice for a little more money.
     
  5. ftw13

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    after making the mistake of owning a couple from the king of casting years ago, you couldn't give me another para gun. no thanks
     
  6. tim12232

    tim12232 Pistolero

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    If you cant spring the extra dough for the Springer GI or Mil-Spec, you can look at the RIA 1911's. Listen to what Bac1023 says, he knows a thing or 2 about the 1911 platform.
     
  7. ctfireman

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    Hey just bc he has a picture of every 1911 known to man on his sissy grey carpet doesn't mean he knows about them! :tongueout:
     
  8. bac1023

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    :rofl::rofl:
     
  9. DaverZ

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    My older brother was talking about buying a PARA GI expert,I kept telling him that I would'nt buy one because I've read more bad than good on PARA handguns.He kept arguing with me about it saying he thinks they are a helluva gun.He finally ended up with a regent and if I'm not mistaken I've read a few good reviews on them,I could be wrong,forgive me if I am but I think BAC said they were a good weapon.As much bad that I've read about PARA I shy away from them.
     
  10. Disregarded9-side

    Disregarded9-side Armchair IPSCer

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    I wish Para produced a better gun as they're made here in the Carolinas, but they simply don't.

    At least they don't charge through the nose like Kimber :steamed:
     
  11. lotsasawdust

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    I've had one for about 6 months. No FTF or FTE in about 2000 rounds. It was very accurate out of the box. I also have an 18-9 and it has about 4000 rounds thru it. Sorry guys I don't get the bad press Para gets. I have 2 excellent guns that I love to shoot.
    Rick----
     
  12. bac1023

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    Most of the full size models are very reliable. Unfortunately, the parts quality is not good.

    They use a cast slide for crying out loud.