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Old 06-25-2020, 01:51 PM
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Officer's ACP size frame, Commander size slide. .45 ACP. made in Canada in 2004. complete with box, docs and VHS tape. 3.5# double action pull. can't wait to shoot it. lee
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It's a shame that these are no longer in production as they seem to be the absolute best Double Action 1911s ever commercially produced.
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Old 06-25-2020, 02:48 PM
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I bought a full sized double stack 45 from them when Slick Willie was touting his "gun ban". It was a P-14 Lightweight, and it actually held 15 + 1 after the first year or so. I don't recall that gun ever having a hiccup or stoppage. And it was a very comfortable pistol to shoot.

I went a long time without shooting it when I started on a 3rd gen kick, and ended up swapping it for something or other. And wouldn't ya know it, suddenly I was missing it! "Why did I just get rid of my only high capacity 45?" The Canadian built Para's are reportedly the better built guns, but having only owned that one, I cannot confirm or deny.

I eventually latched onto another 14 round 45 (Sarsilmaz K2), and I'm hanging onto this one. It's a good bit heavier, but has a rotating barrel that really tames the recoil. 45's have never been painful to shoot anyway, but this one is a *****cat.

Congratulations on the Canadian Para! Bet you're going to love it.
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Old 06-25-2020, 02:50 PM
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Para made nice stuff back then. I used to live about a 1/2 mile from the factory in Toronto when it was up here.
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Old 06-25-2020, 02:55 PM
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Nice! I like CCO-size guns. I think it's a good size for carry. If I were going to carry a 1911, it'd probably be a CCO.

I always wanted to try the LDA guns. I like 1911s, but prefer a DA trigger for carry/self defense. 3.5lb trigger seems awfully light to me, but never having handled a LDA I could be wrong.

FWIW, back in the 90s I took a training course and one of the instructors was using a double-stack Para frame 1911. This was when they had just started making their frame kits and before they started making complete guns. He was a fan. While he didn't shoot it much during the course, I don't recall it having any function or reliability issues.
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Only shot an LDA once. It shot really well, but the "double action" is essentially just faked so it doesn't look like it has a scary cocked hammer, even though it totally still does. Couldn't get behind a 1911 with proprietary parts, that doesn't actually do anything different or better.
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Old 06-25-2020, 05:35 PM
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I had a P-14 frame built into a Comp Gun for IPSC shooting in the late 1980's by Mac's .45 Shop in Seal Beach, Ca. when I was stationed there. Shot it quite a bit and then changed the upper back to a standard slide. A friend that was a Marine Officer wanted it and bugged me for it for quite a while. I finally sold it to him and have regretted it ever since.

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I have a P-12 LDA and it has been perfect. I do not like safeties since I grew up firing S&W's DA, which made transition to "polymer wonders" simple. The P-12 feels very solid,it is very accurate, and has been problem free. Enjoy the Para, great gun. Be Safe,
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The Para 6.45 is my preferred carry when the Colt gets too big for it's britches..or my britches.. you know what I mean.
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fortunately, i have a few commander size holsters to choose from and if i tighten up my belt enough, i can probably carry it a while. LOL. lee
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I have a Stainless framed 3.25" 6 shot and a 4.25" alloy framed 12 shot. These guns are so accurate it is hard to believe.

First time I took the 3.25 out to CCW, we ended up with an impromptu shooting session. I fires 17 shots, at 20 ounce Coke bottles (plastic) and nailed them....at 45 yards! Ammo was my standard 45, 230 grain Federal Hydra-shok . Lots of people like the HS2 (FBI penetration) but I prefer the old stand-by!

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Have a TAC FIVE P18 LDA. Used it in competition until it became "unfair". Great fun, perfect record of reliability.
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I had downgraded the value of my personal safety back to a J-frame by the time Para-Ordnance came out with the LDA versions.

But for several years before I carried a P-12 in standard 1911 configuration as my primary CCW gun and found it reliable and accurate. And it gave me 12 rounds of .45 hydra-shoks in a gun much more comfortable to carry and easier to conceal than a K-frame snubbie.

If I had stuck with a semi-auto, I’m fairly certain I’d have migrated to the LDA version.
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Just did my yearly retired carry qualification today. I ccw a para C7.45 & have done so for the last 6 or 7 years. Never have failed to qualify with it & shoot in the high 80's or a 90 a couple of times. The 25 yard line gets me every time, ace the course from 15 yards in.
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45 ACP Not fired since it left the factory
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Congrats on finding that mint Para. One showed up at a local pawn shop several years ago and I tried it out. After feeling the trigger I knew it was coming home with me.
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I have two LDAs. Tac 4 and the Companion C7-45. Great guns but the amazing thing for me was I shoot the 3.5" barrel Companion better than my accurized Colt Gold Cup 5". Surprised the snot out of me.
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That is some DA trigger @ 3.5lbs.
Nice looking .45!
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shot it this morning. very accurate: more so than me with my shaky old hands and easy to get used to. spinning 4" spinners at 7 ft, i mean 7 yds and 10 yds. that's good for me. never saw a two piece extractor but then i don't get out much. these pics were taken prior to cleaning. lee
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The old Para guns before their move to US were reportedly very good guns. Only issue with the LDA guns that I remember when they started getting some use, some reportedly had problems with the trigger bar breaking.
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mckenney, i can see that with a lot of use. when i stripped it down for cleaning, i saw that the trigger bar is not very thick or wide. i think it is tempered. lee
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