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I’m curious as to what the build quality was like on Para Ordnance 1911’s *before* Remington killed it. I’ve always liked the little Warthog they use to make.

Thanks!


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A Deputy friend of mine purchased a Para Warthog in 45, new in box back around 2005-6. He wanted a 45 for off duty/court days.

We went to the local range to wring it out. First shot - his gun fired then stopped. The outside of the recoil spring tunnel in the slide had fractured with the recoil spring assembly going down range.

IIRC, he went round and round with Para Ordnance to get it fixed/replaced. Eventually they did replace the gun. And he promptly dumped it at the next gunshow.

IMO, Para had interesting designs - LDA, Double stack compacts ect - but extremely poor QA/QC. They are not missed. Good luck! Regards 18DAI




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Hmmm. Bummer, that’s a shame. Thanks for the input though, I appreciate it.


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It was a long time ago (circa 1999 or 2000), but I had a P12-45 that not only would not fire more than two consecutive shots, but chewed a hole in my hand. It wasn't hammer bite, more like pinching or abrading by the grip safety. No more P-O for me.
 
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Hey.

I spent some quality time working at a gun shop, but also I've enjoyed many 1911s for years.

I would never recommend a Para Ord to a friend.


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Solid engineering, worthless quality control. Just my opinion. You can make a really nice pistol using the para frame kits.


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Garbage. I've seen unfired guns that wouldn't lock a magazine into place and others that wouldn't lock the slide back. I'm talking brand new guns.


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I had a P18 9mm, I tried to make a go of it.

I replaced the magazine innards with Arredondo innards and then they worked better but $$$. I had to get a new slide stop. Gun came with a fitted Kart 38 Super barrel that I had to use the old slide stop with.

It was alot of work, fun to shoot, and I learned a few things. I sold it 5 years ago, just too much hassle.

A friend of mine has a 45ACP and he uses it in matches and it runs for him. I'm afraid to ask what our gunsmith had to do to get it running well.




 
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I have two LTCs in 9mm. One wouldn't run well until I removed the series 80 safety parts. It was made in Pineville. The second one is from Canada and has never had a failure.
 
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Well, so much for my Warthog aspirations. I appreciate all the feedback. I guess I’ll look at the new baby Rock Island 1911 coming out. It’s basically a clone of the Warthog..except it should function!


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I’m curious as to what the build quality was like on Para Ordnance 1911’s *before* Remington killed it. I’ve always liked the little Warthog they use to make.

Thanks!


I had nothing but bad experiences with the two factory Para Ordnance pistols I have owned. Could never get them to function properly. In my opinion, Run Away!


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My 1st gun was a P13, great carry gun on paper...never could get it to run reliability.




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I have owned three Para 1911's. My first was a 1911 LTC Commander made in Canada. Finnish did not hold up well, but it worked fine. I had a stainless 1911 full size and only shot it a few times and no issues. I got another 1911 LTC Commander about a year or two before Remington bought them. I have put about 1,000 rounds through it with no issues.


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Have a P-12 purchased new in 93 or 94 when first introduced. Ejected brass would cut my forehead and chip my glasses.
Wayne Berquist tuned it and it has been flawless except for an extractor tune. It went through training classes firing 1500 rounds in a weekend, no issues. Still have it.
IMO they made one salvageable gun.



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I had a P18 9mm, I tried to make a go of it.

I replaced the magazine innards with Arredondo innards and then they worked better but $$$. I had to get a new slide stop. Gun came with a fitted Kart 38 Super barrel that I had to use the old slide stop with.

It was alot of work, fun to shoot, and I learned a few things. I sold it 5 years ago, just too much hassle.

A friend of mine has a 45ACP and he uses it in matches and it runs for him. I'm afraid to ask what our gunsmith had to do to get it running well.


For years I wanted a P 18 but it was so danged expensive. I used to look at the catalog like Sears at Christmas. Several times I almost bought the mags from CDNN for future use. I wanted that LDA trigger like a nerd wants the high school prom queen. Then a used P 18 showed up at the LGS, less expensive but still spendy. As I held the long-wanted P 18 the thought occurred, 'this does not do anything more than CZ/Steyr/HK/Sig/Glock/XD... ' The spell was broken.


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In 2003 or 2004 I bought a new CCW 745 LDA. Beautiful weapon. (I might have sent it back for feed ramp polishing, as I recall speaking with their North Carolina technicians.)

Later I had a pre-owned but new-looking double stack, the P10-40. 100% perfect. Sold it to a enthusiastic collector who loved it.

A third I bought used, the C7.45 LDA. From a New England gun shop, it came to me filthy and rattling like a jalopy. It took a week to get them on the phone but it went back for a refund.
 
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I had a P12 and a P14 frame with a SA barrel and slide.

I bought both of these back in the mid '90s. The P14 didn't like aluminum cased ammo, but other than that, ran like a raped ape. No problems with the P12 either, but I hardly ever carried it so I sold it to an Army buddy.

The Para Ord parts appeared to be made of a lower grade metal, but like I said, they always ran fine.




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Also I owned the C6.45LDA "Para Carry" with the 3" barrel for a time. Other than being a handful to shoot, I do not remember anything wrong with it.

The Para Carry is a sexy gun; I remember at the time people bitching about the LDA trigger and inadequate striker force, but I shot lots and lots of FMJ from my handguns back then, and they always fed and ejected properly
 
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The Rock Island 3.10 will be hitting the distributors any time now. I think it will scratch my Warthog itch. Lots of interesting replies... I appreciate them!

https://armscor.com/firearms/ria/bbr-series/BBR-3.10


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I’ve owned 2 Canadian P14-45s, one stainless standard and one blued Limited. Both have been great with original mags. Recent mags need some love to the followers.

I wouldn’t buy an American Para without a steep discount and hands-on eval.


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