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nyycanseco33
01-24-2012, 05:30
I was at my LGS and noticed there was a Para 1911 handgun for sale for a little over $500... I'm assuming it's used but I'm honestly not sure and didn't really pay much attention to it but once I got home I really started to think about it a lot... Is that a good quality company? I don't know anything about Para... Also is that a decent price? What are some things that I should look for if/when I go check it out again? Any info would be greatly appreciated, thanks :)


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jknight8907
01-24-2012, 06:28
They're pretty good. You can get them new for the mid-500s.


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RussP
01-24-2012, 06:49
I was at my LGS and noticed there was a Para 1911 handgun for sale for a little over $500... I'm assuming it's used but I'm honestly not sure and didn't really pay much attention to it but once I got home I really started to think about it a lot... Is that a good quality company? I don't know anything about Para... Also is that a decent price? What are some things that I should look for if/when I go check it out again? Any info would be greatly appreciated, thanks :)


Outdoor Hub mobile, the outdoor information engineWhich model Para?

I just picked up a new, very tight fitting, GI Expert for $519.

B_RAD
01-24-2012, 07:17
You may look at the RIA 1911. Should be around the same price. Maybe lower. Good reviews on these.


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bac1023
01-24-2012, 08:44
Para is below average quality.

Which model did you see?

bac1023
01-24-2012, 08:49
They're pretty good. You can get them new for the mid-500s.


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Good compared to what? :dunno:

MD357
01-24-2012, 08:51
Your money is better spent elsewhere, Para doesn't put out quality 1911s, even relative to other 1911s in it's price range.

ca survivor
01-24-2012, 10:08
Good compared to what? :dunno:
Taurus :rofl::rofl::rofl:

jknight8907
01-24-2012, 10:27
Good compared to what? :dunno:

Good enough to probably function fine. Certainly not a work of art. For the money, I would save another 150 and buy the Ruger SR1911.

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melensdad
01-24-2012, 10:42
I have 2 Para 1911 pistols.

One is the compact 10 shot Warthog. I bought it used for $500 from a guy who said it was totally unreliable. Its NEVER jammed or failed in any way while I've been shooting it and I have a couple thousand rounds trough it. The same gun, in the hands of one of my friends, has had multiple failures to feed/eject while he's been shooting it standing right next to me. One a couple occasions I've take the jammed pistol out of his hand, cleared the round, and then shot the remained of the magazine without problems. I think he limp wrists or otherwise does something wrong.

The other model I have is the CARRY 9 model with the LDA trigger system. The grip safety snapped in half one day. The gun still functioned perfectly. The safety was replaced, free of charge, and the turnaround time was less than 2 weeks.

Overall I like the PARA USA guns. The finish does tend to chip off their aluminum frames, but the steel frame pistols seem to hold the finish very well.

RussP
01-24-2012, 10:58
Good enough to probably function fine. Certainly not a work of art. For the money, I would save another 150 and buy the Ruger SR1911.

Sent from my SAMSUNG-SGH-I777 using TapatalkKnow where I can get one for $650? PM me if you do.

dakrat
01-24-2012, 13:43
Know where I can get one for $650? PM me if you do.

:rofl:

jknight8907
01-24-2012, 13:48
Once people calm down about them, 650-700 should be not too difficult to do.

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RussP
01-24-2012, 14:59
Know where I can get one for $650? PM me if you do.:rofl:Once people calm down about them, 650-700 should be not too difficult to do.

Sent from my SAMSUNG-SGH-I777 using TapatalkAhhhh, I'm 65. Do I have enough time left? :rofl:

jknight8907
01-24-2012, 15:14
Ahhhh, I'm 65. Do I have enough time left? :rofl:

Better go with the Para, old man. :tongueout:



Seriously though, all very popular guns have a period immediately after release where they go for MSRP or more. Give it 6 months and production will have caught up, and prices will be back to the usual $100+ under MSRP.

zhix
01-24-2012, 18:44
As I have stated here many times, I had a GI Expert; the ejector pin sheared off the frame at under 250 rounds and their customer service sucks. They didn't answer or return phone calls, were very rude when they did, and took nearly 5 months before I had my gun and $60 for shipping back.

RH45
01-24-2012, 18:58
Friends don't let friends buy Paras.:wow:

TxGlock9
01-24-2012, 19:04
Ahhhh, I'm 65. Do I have enough time left? :rofl:

You can find them for $593 shipped no tax... But as you know everyone is out of stock.

itstime
01-24-2012, 19:11
I would pass. Very poor cusomer service. Many netter options out there.

R0CKETMAN
01-24-2012, 19:17
Friends don't let friends buy para

bac1023
01-24-2012, 19:46
Taurus :rofl::rofl::rofl:

:animlol:

craig19
01-24-2012, 21:14
Para? No thanks.

genecole
01-25-2012, 20:31
You will hear a lot of bad things about Para guns. However, I have two of them, a SSP model and one of the 3.5 inch LDA's that I got for a graduation present in 2002. The only problem I have had with either of them have been my own fault. A cracked slide on the LDA due to me not changing the recoil spring.
In fact the SSP is my current duty weapon. It has not had a single malfunction of any kind. I know that Para has had some issues lately, but I still trust my life to mine every day that I put on my uniform.

bac1023
01-25-2012, 20:39
You will hear a lot of bad things about Para guns. However, I have two of them, a SSP model and one of the 3.5 inch LDA's that I got for a graduation present in 2002. The only problem I have had with either of them have been my own fault. A cracked slide on the LDA due to me not changing the recoil spring.


Yeah, I'm sure it had nothing to do with the slide being a cheap casting. :whistling:

Para is mostly junk, period.

smith10
01-25-2012, 20:41
You will hear a lot of bad things about Para guns. However, I have two of them, a SSP model and one of the 3.5 inch LDA's that I got for a graduation present in 2002. The only problem I have had with either of them have been my own fault. A cracked slide on the LDA due to me not changing the recoil spring.
In fact the SSP is my current duty weapon. It has not had a single malfunction of any kind. I know that Para has had some issues lately, but I still trust my life to mine every day that I put on my uniform.


First off, i am glad that you like/trust your Para.

But the broken slide thing REALLY bugs me about them. yours is the FOURTH cracked slide on a 3.5" that i have encountered. And all with Para blaming the CUSTOMER and charging them to replace the slide!! It is not isolated and really puts me off of them. I have had a coupe P13s that I liked. But i just can't tolerate shady business practices like that.

bac1023
01-25-2012, 20:43
First off, i am glad that you like/trust your Para.

But the broken slide thing REALLY bugs me about them. yours is the FOURTH cracked slide on a 3.5" that i have encountered. And all with Para blaming the CUSTOMER and charging them to replace the slide!! It is not isolated and really puts me off of them. I have had a coupe P13s that I liked. But i just can't tolerate shady business practices like that.

Poor quality and poor customer service don't go together real well.

Taurus is the same way.

smith10
01-25-2012, 20:47
Sent a taurus .22 back once as it was keyholing and shearing lead. they fixed it and sent along a note not to shoot reloads in it. :supergrin:

NeverMore1701
01-25-2012, 20:59
Sent a taurus .22 back once as it was keyholing and shearing lead. they fixed it and sent along a note not to shoot reloads in it. :supergrin:

Gotta watch those .22 reloads!

:rofl:

bac1023
01-26-2012, 04:45
Gotta watch those .22 reloads!

:rofl:

:animlol:

Ruggles
01-26-2012, 09:43
Owned 2 Paras (LTC & Warthawg) and was very happy with both. I would buy Para again if I saw one I wanted.

bac1023
01-26-2012, 17:51
Owned 2 Paras (LTC & Warthawg) and was very happy with both. I would buy Para again if I saw one I wanted.

I had an early Warthog that wouldn't feed anything. I did hear they improved the later models.

genecole
01-27-2012, 01:49
When Para replaced the slide they didn't charge me a dime and I had the gun back in 6 days from the day I sent it off if I remember right. It was actually my local gunsmith who said that the spring was worn out. As soon as he cycled the slide he told me that it was way too weak and that was what had caused the problem.

To be honest though, I have just heard too many bad things about the new ones, and the price has gone up to where they aren't much cheaper than other reputable models. So I can't really say that I would buy a new one anymore. I just know the two I have work great.

bac1023
01-27-2012, 04:39
When Para replaced the slide they didn't charge me a dime and I had the gun back in 6 days from the day I sent it off if I remember right. It was actually my local gunsmith who said that the spring was worn out. As soon as he cycled the slide he told me that it was way too weak and that was what had caused the problem.

To be honest though, I have just heard too many bad things about the new ones, and the price has gone up to where they aren't much cheaper than other reputable models. So I can't really say that I would buy a new one anymore. I just know the two I have work great.

My two current Paras work great as well, but the quality of the parts and durability have been Para's issue.

Ruggles
01-27-2012, 21:08
I had an early Warthog that wouldn't feed anything. I did hear they improved the later models.

This was 5-6 years ago I would say. It shot fine for me, it did require a firm hold or it would have issues ejecting as my wife found out. It is a stout little gun for sure to carry, kinda like a overweight Ultra or Defender. 3" 1911s are 3" 1911s, either they work or they don't, very little middle ground in my experience. Worst one I ever had was a UCII with the EE, worst 1911 I ever owned, heard about, thought about, dreamed about, well you get the ideal....had a Raptor Ultra and it was a great 3" 1911. Who knows :dunno:

faawrenchbndr
01-28-2012, 04:27
I'd recommend you buy a Taurus before a Para

Para Prdnanve is very poor quality, detail strip one and have a look! :wow:
-Cast parts
-Fit by stone mansons
-Finished by house painters
-Marketed by used car salesmen

bac1023
01-28-2012, 06:04
I'd recommend you buy a Taurus before a Para

Para Prdnanve is very poor quality, detail strip one and have a look! :wow:
-Cast parts
-Fit by stone mansons
-Finished by house painters
-Marketed by used car salesmen

:rofl::rofl:

shays4me
01-28-2012, 12:29
As someone who has not been formally schooled in Para's pistols, I made my own conclusion upon seeing how many used ones there are for sale. Look at Buds, there's a ton of Paras constantly on the used gun page. That can't be a coincidence!

Narkcop
01-29-2012, 18:52
There were 3 Para 1911's in a LEO course I took a few years ago. Two broke on the second day and the third limped thru the week long course with the officer planning on trading his. Not very good quality.

The most impressive 1911 used that week was a Les Baer Thunder Ranch.

bac1023
01-29-2012, 21:29
There were 3 Para 1911's in a LEO course I took a few years ago. Two broke on the second day and the third limped thru the week long course with the officer planning on trading his. Not very good quality.

The most impressive 1911 used that week was a Les Baer Thunder Ranch.

The TRS is a great 1911.

GOOFA
01-30-2012, 02:56
Para and POS are often mentioned in the same sentence.

genecole
01-30-2012, 07:48
My SSP made it through the police academy with no issues and earned me top shooter.

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