I'm looking for a new companion gun for heavy use on the range and around the pastures - so I'm thinking of a double-stack 1911. It's a limited field of constestants and I've ruled out Caspian so I'm deliberating between the STI and the Para. The STI is lighter but more expensive, the Para is a little cheaper but has more heft due to the frame. Does anyone have experience with both of the platforms? How's the reliability of either platform? How about the reliability / interchangability of OEM magazines with after-market products?
I'm leaning towards the Para but the STI is made in Texas (Yes, I take off my hat and put my hand over my heart when I say "Texas") Tough choice. Opinions?
Thank you for your consideration.