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Old 08-25-2006, 04:19 AM   #1
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S&W 1911 vs PARA-ORDNANCE PXT 1911 sigle stack

First 1911 for revolver guy: S&W 1911 or P-O?

Best regards!
DH
 
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Old 08-25-2006, 01:17 PM   #2
 
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Welcome to the Forum.

What is your intended use of the pistol?
 
Old 08-25-2006, 02:55 PM   #3
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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...

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Old 08-25-2006, 07:45 PM   #4
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I vote S&W. More interchangable with other makers and their customer service waaaaaaaayyyyyy better than P-O.
 
Old 09-05-2006, 08:11 PM   #5
 
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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~!
 
Old 09-06-2006, 02:07 PM   #6
 
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Originally Posted by James O Johnson
and their customer service waaaaaaaayyyyyy better than P-O.
Hmmmm.....not many manufacturers offer better customer support than Para.
 
Old 09-07-2006, 06:12 AM   #7
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Originally Posted by Shane1911

Hmmmm.....not many manufacturers offer better customer support than Para.
Maybe in the Great White North but not here in the Lower 48 though the folks in Fort Lauderdale.
 
Old 09-07-2006, 02:41 PM   #8
 
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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.

Buddy
 
Old 04-25-2007, 07:29 AM   #9
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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.
 
Old 07-22-2007, 07:30 AM   #10
 
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By far and away, I feel like the S&W 1911's out distance the Para's~!
 
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