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Review: Para Ordnance Expert GI45 1911

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Old 01-29-2009, 03:19 PM   #1
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Review: Para Ordnance Expert GI45 1911

ATTENTION! The new Expert GI45 1911 from Para Ordnance is the best 1911 on the market-- for the money, that is. Of course, I say this without any hint of hyperbole. We just received the first unit this afternoon, and let me tell you something, my friends: there is not a single gun on the market with as much intrinsic value. New models displayed at Shot Show are smooth as glass, but when the actual production models show up at dealers-- it's often a completely different animal. Not so with the new Para GI45 1911.

Out of the box, fit and finish are superb. The GI45's slide and frame glide against each another like two sticks of warm butter. The matte black finish is beautiful and contrasts perfectly with the brilliant stainless steel barrel. The Para Expert GI45 sports dovetail, three-dot sights that are quick and easy to acquire. The skeleton hammer and drilled trigger add a modern, semi-custom look. Trigger pull is crisp. However, all the rest of the features are standard mil-spec GI fare-- right down to the subdued black plastic grips. No fancy checkering on the frame, but for the price-- you don't expect a lot of custom features. This is a workhorse 1911, and the price cannot be beat: $453 dealer cost! The Para Ordnance Expert GI-45 ships in a hard case with two stainless 7rd magazines.

This one is sold (to me), but we should have more units on the way soon-- so stay tuned to the website for more inventory to arrive.

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-- Evan "Haven't been this excited about a milspec 1911 since..." Kostreva





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Old 01-29-2009, 04:59 PM   #2
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Doesnt look Mil Spec to me. Para owes me big after the last P.O.S. I bought with that name on the side. Never again.
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Old 01-29-2009, 06:45 PM   #3
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Looks like the Para Expert GI45 1911 just made it onto my short list of "gotta haves".

I'm a current and long time Para owner. Never had an issue with any of them and I carry one for my daily carry.

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Old 01-30-2009, 08:40 PM   #4
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Yea I just found something to start my Christmas list for next year with
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Old 01-30-2009, 11:20 PM   #5
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Can't wait to see it up close. Looks great to me. Wish it had been an option this past year, I would have considered!!
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Old 05-31-2009, 02:34 AM   #6
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i saw and handled one today at my local shop. course being in california, it is not yet legal and dont know if it will be for non-LE. it is a extremely high value piece at the price range. there was a little bit of finish built-up at the back end of the side on the left side. looks like when you over spray and the excess builds up on the corner. Other than that, the gun feels great in hand and everything seems to be put together extremely well. for a GI style gun, it is hard to beat.
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Old 05-31-2009, 06:14 AM   #7
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I've been ogling these since I saw one on the back cover of Shot Gun News.
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Old 06-10-2009, 07:43 PM   #8
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I got one for $550.00 out the door.Took it to the range and first the magizine wouldn't catch had to pound the hell out of it,Got a colt clip and it seemed to work better.But the thing would FTF.
Were going to do a polish job on it and check the magizine release spring,Glad I took the Colt with me.
I may just place it in my Tankers Holster and build a display case for it!
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Old 06-11-2009, 11:20 AM   #9
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I've been looking at the Para as well. Also the Taurus PT1911 which is in the same price range looks pretty good. Might haveta see if the local range has em both available for rent.
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I'd like to know why they call it "GI" when it has three dot sights, a lightweight trigger and a skeletonized commander-style hammer.

It may be a nice gun, but if I was going to get a GI gun, I'd go with a Springfield or a surplus gun.
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