jhumphrey· ZRT Ready
A couple of years ago, I did the same thing. I had owned poly guns and decided I just had to have a 1911. So, I bought the Para Ordnance GI Expert ESP (its was their "upgraded" gi expert). I believe the cost was around $600 at the time. What a piece of junk it turned out to be. I couldn't shoot it (regardless of ammo or magazine used) without at least two FTF. It would jam, consistently, on the first shot of a new mag. I took it to my range master, who's a 1911 aficionado, and he couldn't get it working right. I ended up getting rid of it and bought a Xd. It hasn't failed on me once, thus far. I heard a couple of months ago that Para did a recall on those pistols due to the feeding ramp having a design flaw or something that caused consistent jams. I don't know if that's true or not, but I wouldn't purchase another one to find out.I'm ready to take a break from the heathen polymer and get some American steel. : The first thing I noticed when looking at different 1911s is the price difference between brands. Anywhere from $500 for a Springfield or Rock Island to $2000 for a Colt or Wilson Combat. Now that I've got the itch I want to scratch it as soon as possible, but I'm willing to wait and save up more $$$ for something truly superior. So the question is, would you recommend I lose my 1911 virginity on a $500 gun, or save myself for a $2000?
Now, with that being said, I swore off 1911s because of that. But, now, Im getting the bug back and am looking at other 1911s. I will not spend $1000+ on a pistol. I realize you may get "better" quality, but its a personal choice. A close buddy of mine recently purchased a Rock Island for about $350. He has shot several hundreds of rounds through it (various types) and never had a hiccup with it. I have fondled it several times and it seems like it is holding up well. The frame/slide is still tight. If I decide to foray back into the 1911 realm, Im getting that pistol. With it being mil-spec, it gives me the chance to customize later if I want. Personally, the one thing I don't like about his is the sights (low profile mil-spec). Other than that, it feels like higher priced 1911s in my hand. I have watched him shoot it on the range and the accuracy is what you'd expect from a 1911.
Just my .02 worth