Used Para P13 or New Taurus 1911?
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December 16th, 2006 12:15 AM
Used Para P13 or New Taurus 1911?
Need a smaller CCW. Currently using a USP .45 full size and I want to stay with the .45 rnd. but I need something easier to conceal.
The Para is used 4.25" but in near excellent cond. for $629.
The Taurus will be new @ $525.
Will get pistol over time so the month or so wait for the Taurus does no damage.
I don't know much about either so any info would be appreciated. Thanx.
December 16th, 2006 12:35 AM
I love the "commander" length 1911s for carry, but the double stack mag on the P13 will be harder to conceal than the single stack on the Taurus. You didn't say how old it was. Is it one of the old black finish guns with the combat sights or one of the newer models? The older ones had some issues that seems to have been addressed in the newer models. Para double stack mags are pretty expensive compared to the standard single stack 1911 mags.
I don't have any experience with the Taurus 1911, but everything I've heard so far has been positive.
Since I consider myself a 1911 purist I'd go with the Taurus, but if the Para is a recent model it will serve you as well. I am not anti-Para either. I have a Para LTC that is an excellent weapon.
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December 16th, 2006 01:10 AM
P8ROIT, thanks for your reply. The P13 is black with fixed sights and I don't know how old it is.
One of the reasons I'm taking a closer look at it is the capacity and I didn't think about the thickness with the dbl stack and haven't compared the USP and P13 for grip thickness (something else for me to consider). Were those problems ammo "finicky" or factory based?
December 16th, 2006 02:05 AM
December 16th, 2006 03:26 PM
As you can see by my screen name, I am a big Taurus fan but, in this instance I would get the Para. They make a hell of a gun and the thicker grip is not harder to conceal in my experience.
December 16th, 2006 03:40 PM
Taurus also has the 24/7, 145 and 745 which would be options as well, though if your set on the 1911 frame, of the two choices you list, as much as I like Para's (have a CCO that I carry) I'd go with the Taurus (just don't like the fatter grip of the Para double stacks)
December 16th, 2006 10:52 PM
Have you considered the single stack Commanders? Para LDAs are getting great reviews if you want a DA/SA, or the Slim Hawg, etc. Then you've got the old standards: Colt, SA & Kimber if you want traditional SA 1911.
Lots of folks swear by Taurus but I've just never warmed up to them, personal preference thing mostly.
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