Can you give your opinion of where the canadian and us made para 45s fit in the 45 hierarchy where reliability, fit, finish, and accuracy are concerned. There are a ton of 45 makers out there now... Have a 14.45LDA and am wondering...keep or move it out.
I was never crazy about Para's until I fired one. It turned out to be the most accurate 1911 I have ever fired, and that includes models from the boutique high-end makers as well as some of the more commonly seen 1911's.
I attribute the accuracy and performance of that Para to its ramped barrel, which seems to secure the barrel in the frame more solidly and consistently than most of the other brands I have fired. I am not sure if all Para models have ramped barrels, and I am not a 1911 guru by any means. Perhaps the Para I used was a fluke. All I know is that it shot exceedingly well.
I have a 14-45 and a 16-40 both the limited models. Accurate, reliable, feed everything. The .40 spent 10 years in action pistol competition and has 10's of thousands of rounds through it, generally shot as fast as you can pull the trigger. The outside has a lot of scratches and there are places where the finish is pretty thin, but it still puts a hole where I aim it every time. I would recommend them.
Para P14 frames had a obvious casting flaw on the left side of the frame near the slide stop for years. Later ones are better. The need a ramped barrel to feed consistently, if fit just right it can add some case support, it doesn't add strength. For years Para made ok guns the main problem is the small parts, they are mostly poorly done castings so you should replace all the small parts. The LDA had many problems, mainly because it had more of those poorly made small parts. The new made in the USA Para's look very good, time will tell if they keep the quality up but for now they are good. My opinions are based on my experience shooting thousands of rounds in competition with these pistols and I have no intention to disparage any product or company.
Para firearms outwardly seem fine as I have never owned one. I can verify their service and parts department lack a lot. I tried to order a hammer for one of their guns and was flatly told to "send it in". I advised the gentleman that I worked in a FFL gun shop and could take care of the repair. I also reminded the gentleman that I could buy hammers from various suppliers for colts, Kimber and Sprinfields etc. No response! My take is the Canadian company Para is operating in the business model practiced in Canada. Never was able to get a hammer. Just an FYI for any perspective Para buyers. Jerry
IIRC, last American Rifleman mag had an article where PARA was fully a USA operation now. Improvements in everything from weapons to customer service. I don't own one. So the info is from a magazine. Check the link above.
i own 4 para ordnance .45 1911's. They are fantastic guns. They are right up there with high end Kimbers and Springfields. I have a Para Signature Series .45 that I got about 17 years ago and have shot many standard and handloaded ammo in IPSC competitions and have had no issues. The only times I may have had feed issues are with very low powered low weight handloads. I made these for speed shooting and reduced recoil. the only problem I had was 1 magazine out of about 20 quit feeding on me.
I have a bunch of friends that use Para's in action matches mainly because of the double stack feature.
To a man all of them have been extensively modified for reliability. Many small parts need replacement if you're going to see hard service.
I'm a RO at a large club and I've never seen a Para single stack. I don't know what that means if anything.
Had a 14 .45 and couldn't get it to run more than 5 or 6 shots before it would stovepipe. Tried every load, had the ramp polished, ete. etc. etc. Finally had the ejection port enlarged and that fixed the problem. Ran good then, accurate and a lot of fun to run rapid fire with.
Thanks to David Miller, Para has left Canada. I don't blame them, the gun making environment was getting decidedly unfriendly. Our loss. The LDA trigger is like no other, I really liked the ones I had.