Brought it home today.
Out of the box review--
Like any Thrilla from Manila, it's literally dripping oil. I've wiped it down a couple of times, and it's still oozing lube. Better than rust, though...
The trigger--I think is going to be quite nice. It's got very little take up, breaks crisply, though a little heavy (I'd guess 5-6# or so...not horrible), nice reset. Surprisingly, it's not gritty at all like a lot of Philippine pistols. I'll bet that after a 500 round trigger job, the weight will come down a little bit.
Speaking of the trigger--it's got an interesting texture on the face--kinda checkered, but with rectangular cuts, not square. Not sure how it's gonna feel after a long range session...
I kinda like the FO front sight, couple with the white dot, adjustable combat-style rear. The front tube pops quite nicely--at least in daylight. To be honest, though, if this pistol works out and becomes a serious social pistol, they will be replaced by tritium...personal preference.
I've hand cycled a few magazines (and different magazines) worth of snap caps through it, and function is as reliable as can be...even when I pussyfoot and ride the slide shut, no problems at all.
It's got a FLGR, which as I often say is an elegant solution to a nonexistant problem...but I can live with it right now. Since it's a true Commander-length barrel, I can drop in a GI setup later...and probably will.
I like the chainlink style checkering on the front and backstraps. However--why on a blued pistol couldn't they put a blued backstrap on?
The grips have a Kimber Raptor-style texture...not bad.
All in all, I'm looking forward to taking this one to the range; hopefully it dries up at some point this week and I can give a report.