|08-25-2006, 01:55 PM||#3|
Join Date: Aug 2006
It's for IDPA Custom Defensive Pistol Divison and (FIRST FOR ALL! ) for shooting for a pleasure!
I have four revolvers (.22 LR S&W M34-2 Kit Gun 4", 7-shot .357 Mag S&W M686-5 Plus 4", Dirty Harry's .44 Mag S&W M29-6 6" with loveley Goncalo Alves grips and the last one is the legendary & excellent Czech .38 Spl WC ZKR 551 6" target revolver), one pistol (Glock 17 for IPSC Producton Division) and I kept dreaming of modern 1911...
|09-05-2006, 07:11 PM||#5|
Join Date: Sep 2003
I too, vote for the Smith & Wesson 1911. Nothing really wrong with the
Para SSP or LTC for that matter; but I like the look and feel of the basic
S&W 5" matte stainless 1911. With the Novak three dot sights this gun
(product code 108282) should be a joy too shoot. As a matter of fact,
I have owned a brand NIB Para SSP; but ended up trading it in on a
5" Kimber Raptor II. Then, after playing with the Kimber I traded it in
on a 5" Les Baer Thunder Ranch Special 1911. Last weekend, 09-02-6
I bought the 5" S&W that I spoke of. I haven't gotten it to the range
just yet, but that is 'bout too change, come 10-04-06~!
|09-06-2006, 01:07 PM||#6|
Join Date: Mar 2001
|09-07-2006, 05:12 AM||#7|
Join Date: Jun 2006
|09-07-2006, 01:41 PM||#8|
Join Date: Nov 2003
Location: Maurepas, LA
Draw straws, it all boils down to personal preferences. both pistols are excellent. I have 4 Para's and each one has been a joy to shoot. They are pretty darn accurate out of the box. I have one P 14 single action and three LDA's. My son has several LDA's and they are his favorite pistols (other than a new SIG X5 he bought last week).
I do not own the S&W 1911, but have shot several and have seen them run at some matches and they are really good pistols, too.
I know you didn't ask, but Kimber makes one heck of a 1911, also. I have a SS Target II in 9 mm that is bone stock and will shoot with most custom pistols. Every Kimber I have shot has been very accurate and reliable.
Good luck on your pick.
|04-25-2007, 06:29 AM||#9|
Join Date: Apr 2003
Owned and shot both a PO P16-40 and S&W SW1911 in USPSA competition. Neither had a problem handling the volume or speed of fire. Never a fault on the SW1911 in matches or range trips. The P16-40 had a few feed related problems until I perfected my 40S&W loads for it...then perfection. I'd be happy with either from a form and function perspective. Correct me if I'm wrong, but the PO are cast while the S&W is forged. Draw what conclusions you wish, but I prefer forged. At least I did until I read an article that debated the "current forging" methods and if they are true forgings.
Regarding customer service, I never had to use the S&W service with their SW1911. Hence, no comments to offer. The P16-40 did require a trip back to PO and it left me PO'd. I tried to disassemble the pistol for its initial cleaning and could not break the barrel bushing free....barrel wrench, wooden mallet, nothing would break it. During a phone conversation with PO they treated me like an idiot, even after explaining that I had years of experience with the 1911 pistol. When I got it back, they must have found the most out of spec barrel bushing in stock! Slop in bushing to slide and barrel to bushing. I replaced it immediately with an EGW match bushing and campaigned the P16-40 in USPSA competition for 4 years.
Both are fine firearms. Customer service was definitely a disappointment from PO.
|07-22-2007, 07:43 AM||#11|
Join Date: Apr 2001
I think S&W is nicer made but I trust neither of their mutations of the Colt design. Call me unresponsive to the original question, but I would recommend (and do shoot) Colt or Springfield.
|08-21-2007, 11:42 AM||#12|
Join Date: May 2006
I have six S&W 1911s, three Gunsite Commanders, two full size and one full size w/rail. All have been outstanding weapons and I have fired thousands of rounds thru them without a single failure of any kind! The one time I had to use S&W customer service was for a minor issue (barrel crown) and they had the gun back to me within 8 days!
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