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#6234552 - 03/23/16 08:01 PM Para Double Stack 9mm 1911
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Hey guys,

A buddy of mine has been looking hard at hi-cap 9mm 1911's lately, and was trying to find more information on the Para Ordnance.

Ideally he would prefer an STI, but with the price tag, it's just too much right now.

Has anyone had any experience with the hi-cap Para's? Or any feedback on Para's in general?

Thanks in advance.
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#6234570 - 03/23/16 08:14 PM Re: Para Double Stack 9mm 1911 [Re: BobG]
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I shot and installed some grips on my buddy's double stack 45 Para. I thought the grip was a bit big for my taste, but the pistol was made well and shot well. The grips were a massive PITA because they aren't flat like 1911s.

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#6234638 - 03/23/16 08:49 PM Re: Para Double Stack 9mm 1911 [Re: BobG]
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I've had a stainless P-12 for years. Great piece. Bought a HI-cap a few years back and it shot high and left. Called them, got the return number, sent it in, they fixed it, no charge, turn around was less than a week. Both are .45s, love them both.
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#6234649 - 03/23/16 09:00 PM Re: Para Double Stack 9mm 1911 [Re: BobG]
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I've never been sold on Para, but I hear mainly good things, just like posted above
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#6234675 - 03/23/16 09:19 PM Re: Para Double Stack 9mm 1911 [Re: BobG]
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I've use an all stainless P-13 as my EDC for 20 years now.

Para-Ordnance was recently bought up by Remington, so if you need service you will need to go through them.

My Daughter chose a Para Carry 9 for her EDC, though she was free to get whatever she wanted.

Both of our pistols have been utterly reliable.

IF the Para you referred to has the 'Power Extractor', I would change that out for a EGW extractor, other than that... they are generally regarded as well made pistols.
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#6234684 - 03/23/16 09:24 PM Re: Para Double Stack 9mm 1911 [Re: BobG]
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The Para double stack 45 feels too big to me and I carry a Sig P226 with Houge grips everyday. My dad has the double stack 9mm from Rock Island/Armscor and it's a great fit in my hand.
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#6235266 - 03/24/16 11:31 AM Re: Para Double Stack 9mm 1911 [Re: BobG]
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I have a 16-40 that I shoot in USPSA and 3 gun. I have had no issues with it.
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#6236009 - 03/24/16 10:23 PM Re: Para Double Stack 9mm 1911 [Re: BobG]
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I don't understand how they made a double action that looks just like a 1911. I don't really see the point of it either since it still has a thumb safety. I've never shot one, I would be curious to see how the trigger feels.

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#6236272 - 03/25/16 10:23 AM Re: Para Double Stack 9mm 1911 [Re: gusick]
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Originally Posted By: gusick
I don't understand how they made a double action that looks just like a 1911. I don't really see the point of it either since it still has a thumb safety. I've never shot one, I would be curious to see how the trigger feels.


That's the LDA. Not all Paras are that way. And it is a decent double action trigger; miles away from other dao pistols, such as the Sigs. For me, there's only one to have with the lda trigger: the 18-9, so it would be legal in Production, while the controls are the same as my 16-40.


Edited by Tactical Cowboy (03/25/16 10:26 AM)
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#6236332 - 03/25/16 11:20 AM Re: Para Double Stack 9mm 1911 [Re: gusick]
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Originally Posted By: gusick
I don't understand how they made a double action that looks just like a 1911. I don't really see the point of it either since it still has a thumb safety. I've never shot one, I would be curious to see how the trigger feels.


The LDA is one of the innovations that helped put Para on the map. It is an amazing trigger system, VERY smooth and light right from the factory. But the pistol is NOT striker fired, it has a hammer that remains in the down position until a certain range of the trigger pull is achieved.

Many LE agencies require their officers to carry a D/A of some type. The LDA filled that niche for those who still wanted a 1911 style pistol, not to mention it was available as a high capacity pistol as well.

I can think of no 'safer' pistol for a civilian (1911 experienced) to carry. It is one of the reasons my Daughter chose one.

You have options as how to carry it, since the long trigger pull itself is basically a 'safety' of sorts, but consider this:

1. Has long D/A trigger pull.
2. Has traditional 1911 thumb safety.
3. Has traditional 1911 grip safety.
4. Has 80 series firing pin block.
5. Has a hammer down feature until the trigger is moved a certain amount.



More than accurate enough:

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