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Why isn't this 1911 more popular?

Discussion in '1911 Forums' started by bac1023, Jun 9, 2010.

  1. bac1023

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    The Thompson Custom, to be exact...

    http://www.auto-ordnance.com/PA-1TH_c.html

    Maybe its due to it being an Auto Ordnance, which had a poor reputation in years past with their 1911s. However, they have improved a great deal over time.

    The Thompson, is an attractive, clean looking, American built enhanced 1911. For $650 you can a very nicely finished gun. The grips are beautiful, in my opinion, and not only does it have checkering, but its very well done checkering. In fact, the checkering is better than some 1911s twice the price. Even the laser engraved rollmarks look good, in my opinion.

    I bought mine in late 2007, which was shortly after they were introduced. Granted I only have maybe 200 rounds through it, but it works great.

    Where else can you get an American 1911 of this quality for this price? The new Remington should give it competition, but its more of a GI, without all these features.

    My only compliant is the trigger. Its not overly heavy, but a bit "wooden" in feel. Still, its not terrible.

    This is a well done 1911. Unfortunately, there isn't many being built, which is probably a huge reason it isn't more popular.



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    James, when are you going to pick up one of these? ;)



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    The MSH looks oddly out of place. JMHO.
     

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    I was looking at a parkerized WWII model the other day the shop was asking $599.00 it seemed fine. The one you have looks a lot nicer then what I looked at.

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    Wow if I knew about this when I ordered my Springer.. I am thinking I would have ordered this instead..but somehow I am getting the feeling that it is not legal to buy her in the PRK..:steamed:
    I hate this place.. June 2011 cannot get here quick enough..
     
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    I have been looking for a Thompson GI model locally.
     
  6. bac1023

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    Well, its plastic, like some Kimbers, Colts, and STIs.
     
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    But they should have made it match like the other plastic "stainless" MSH's. It is a sharp looking gun and it's reasonably priced. I haven't ever seen one at any of my gun shops.
     
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    I have that one too.

    It is a good replica, one of the most authentic looking on the market. Its also more accurate to original spec than most of the GI replicas on the market today.

    Most have lowered ejection ports, but the AO does not.

    This is a horrible pic and when I get some good lighting I'll take another.


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    Yeah, they could have used lighter colored plastic. Since the grips are black, it doesn't bother me much.
     
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    I know the Spartan isn't American made but how do the two compare.
     
  11. Hokie1911

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    No biggie...easily remedied if one so chooses.
     
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    The Spartan has a better trigger and nicer sights (for range use, anyway), and a bit smoother overall. However, the Thompson has a much nicer, styling, finish, grips, and attention to detail. Also, the Spartan has no checkering, while the Thompson has some of the nicest checkering below $1000.

    As a pure shooter, the Spartan is better, but the Thompson is a "nicer" gun, if that makes any sense. I'm not too sure it does. :headscratch:
     
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    Brian, which is better. :supergrin:
     
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    I like the Spartan better, since you forced me into it. :wavey:

    However, that's not saying its a better 1911, its just better for me. I imagine many would pick the Thompson from sheer looks alone, not to mention it has much nicer features.

    I'm a big fan of the Spartan, so my opinion is a bit biased. I like it better than a lot of 1911s. :supergrin:
     
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    Not sure why it isn't popular with those looking for a budget 1911, except there seems to be a perception that foreign-built gets you more workmanship for the same price (labor costs?).

    Personally, I've owned enough different guns to have a strong set of preferences, and the Auto Ordnance guns, like most of the imports, STIs (and mid-year Springfields), have that too-square front strap/dust cover profile. It simply turns me off.

    Life's too short to own guns that don't make me :supergrin: !
     
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    Very true. :)
     
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    I had posted about this 1911 awhile back, was fixin to buy one...until some of the posts here made me decide otherwise. I went with a RIA and haven't looked back, but I still find myself looking at the Thompson. It is a sweet looking gun
     
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    Bad prevous reputation and the fact I have never seen one in real life. For some reason they can't dealers to stock it. Too bad, from the pics it appears really nice -- incidentally your pics are probably the best I have seen of it too :)

    I didn't realize they had checkered front straps! How is the quality on the internals?
     
  19. itsveryniiice

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    Wow. Bump so that maybe someone else sees this thread. Thats a GREAT looking gun for $650!!

    To answer your question, as it pertains to me....they dont have them on display at my local shop :/