Picked up last week. Took to the range today (4/11/05).
It come with many of the common extras:
1)Ambi thumb safety
2) Bevertail grip safety with bump
3)commander style hammer
4) skelatonized trigger (though I think this one is ugly... 3 rectriangular holes).
5) FLGR (to hard to take apart... now has standard rod)
6)Lowered ejection port.
7) Novak sights (no nite site or white dots though).
flat MSH (I think I like it better than the arched one on my other 1911's)
9)Front and rear serrations (you can see the machining marks in between)
Seems to be well made. Fit and finish is not that of a higher priced 1911, but good enough for what I paid. The blue finish is not too bad, I like it better than my Springfield GI's Park finish. It does have 3 spots where the finish shows imperfections. The trigger and grip safety have a little more wiggle than my Springfield or colt (with Brown Grip safety installed). The thumb safety is easier the disengage than my Springer (but that one is down right hard sometimes) but much "snappier" than the smith installed brown safety on my colt. I would like it to be a little stiffer on the disengage side, but not bad as is.
Trigger pull as not bad at all. Better than I or my FFL expected. about a 5 lbs trigger pull or so.
Not exactly an Ed Brown or even a springfiled loaded, but for the money I can't complain. If fact it nicer than I expected.
Also it comes with an external extractor and a ramped barrel.
AT THE RANGE:
Well I used a colt 7 rd mad, Springer 7 rd mad, 2 Wilson 8 rd mags and a McCormick 8 and 2 Mitchell 10 rounders (by McCormick I believe). The Colt mag fit so tight it was difficult to remove. The other mags worked just fine. I did have about 6 FTE's all with ball (S&B). It fed all the Hallow points though (Hornady and Golden sabers). Well see after a few hundred more rounds if it goes away. I found it shoots VERY well, and is very controllable. I was amazed by it accuracy. MUCH MUCH better than I expected. about the same as my colt maybe better! I have to take all three out and see witch is the accuracy King. My Springer GI only has one range trip with me. At any rate this Armscor Shot very well for me. I got more than I expected for the $409 I paid for it (including shipping and transfer). It extracted just fine. Better than my colt witch sometime has trouble in that department. It also didn't eject brass in my face or on my head like my colt like to do and the Springfield sometimes does.
UPGRADES I WILL MAKE:
Well, I had a bunch planed, but now sure I need many if any...
(1) I do want an extended slide stop.
(2) I may add a chip McCormick trigger because it just think the one it comes with is UGLY and I just don't like the thought of it being more wiggly than the others (though not by much).
(3) While I'm at it may also put a McCormick sear also, just because.
(4)Thought about a McCormick Trigger as well, but the one it has look very similar, but a bit larger (I kinda like it larger).
(5)Tan Gunner Grips (if I can find them)
(6) Debating a brown Bobtail MSH for carry.
(7) A SS recoil spring plug, just for looks. To match the SS barrel.
I try and post pics of my first groups with the Armscor.
Makes a great little inexpensive shooter. For the price it a winner.
Fit and finish aren't gonna win any awards and some recommend replacing springs and some small parts (ejector). Some purest would not tolerate the external extractor.
But if you on the market for a 1911 that shoot and well that is easy on the pocket book... the Armscor is a contender. It makes a great range gun. A car gun that can be thrown around or even a carry gun.
If your looking at getting one I hope yours proves to be the surprise mine is, at least to this point.
Now, when I can afford a high end 1911 (Less Bear) I will have the one of those too. I'm sure that will be a totally different animal (it better be!).