My New Para LTC in 9MM

My New Para LTC in 9MM

This is a discussion on My New Para LTC in 9MM within the Defensive Carry Guns forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; I just picked up my third Para. Here are some pics and the 15yard targets, shot freehand, using cheap Winchester White Box 147gr. JHP's. Not ...

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    My New Para LTC in 9MM

    I just picked up my third Para. Here are some pics and the 15yard targets, shot freehand, using cheap Winchester White Box 147gr. JHP's. Not a single problem with function. This is my first that is not stainless though and I am wondering how the finish will hold up especially on the alloy frame.


    I really like this rear sight much better than on my other two guns.


    Trying to see if it shoots to point of aim...it does!!!


    One full mag, at 15yards, as quickly as I could get back on target, which was very easy since there was hardly any recoil whatsoever. The accuracy is more than what I expected with this gun.
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    Nice, I was eye balling them on-line while looking for a new 9mm.

    I've had issues with the Parakote finish in the past.

    What is your opinion on the construction of the magazine(s)?

    Also, can I get a close up shot and some different angles on the newly redesigned rear sight?

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    How much do these go for?
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    That is my next pistol purchase...sadly it won't be for a long time.

    what does it hold 9 + 1?
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    My brother recently purchased a Para Warthog and I liked what I saw when I handled it. Any red blooded 1911 fan would be right a home with one even though there are internal mechanical differences.

    Very nice pistol, enjoy it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JD View Post
    Nice, I was eye balling them on-line while looking for a new 9mm.

    I've had issues with the Parakote finish in the past.

    What is your opinion on the construction of the magazine(s)?

    Also, can I get a close up shot and some different angles on the newly redesigned rear sight?
    The mags look as good as any I have ever owned. They do have polymer followers though and I dont know how well they will stand up.

    Here are a couple of the rear sight.

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    Thanks for the close ups Tex, I think I actually like that sight better than the other style of Para rear.

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    way cool..........
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    Para mags.

    Quote Originally Posted by tex45acp View Post
    The mags look as good as any I have ever owned. They do have polymer followers though and I dont know how well they will stand up.

    Here are a couple of the rear sight.

    I carried a Para P-14 as a duty weapon for awhile. The only problem I had with the mags was the factory springs soon needed replacing. I put in some by Wolff and that took care of it. Can't comment on the finish as mine was stainless, but all finishes wear off eventually.
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    I'm familiar with the Para double and single stack mags in .40 and .45 (double) I don't recall being overly impressed with the single stack .45 mags but that's probably due to the fact that I have a large supply of Wilson and Tripp Cobra mags, but non-.45 mags are tricky things, I'm just trying to figure out if Para is making a decent single stack 9mm mag.

    The polymer follower is a good thing in alloy framed guns as the steel follower can gouge the feed ramp as steel is "harder" than the alloy frame.

    If Para is making good 9mm single stack mags, they have a gold mine as the Kimber 9mm guns can accept those mags, I know a couple of people with the Kimber Aegis that weren't happy with the factory mags, and there aren't a lot of people making good 9mm mags for the 1911.

    The issues I had with the Parakote on two of my Paras was that the finish exhibited accelerated wear and the then exposed alloy/steel would still rust.

    With a lot of the "bake on" finishes, even after the coating is worn off, any exposed surfaces are still protected, I didn't observe this with my Paras.


    I don't know if I had some guns that had application issues when it came to the finish, but my NiteHawg looked like I had been carrying it for 6 years rather than six months.

    Any way, the LTC 9mm looks pretty sharp, I might go out this week end and try and eye-ball one in person.

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    What is the capacity? 9+1?
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    Quote Originally Posted by atctimmy View Post
    What is the capacity? 9+1?
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    Sorry atctimmy...I missed that one. Thanks JD.

    I will probably send the gun to Drake's Gun Works and have the Melonite finish done on it, if I have the same problems. I have a wrag that is impregnated with RIG grease that I wipe down all my non stainless guns with. Hopefully it will help to give the finish some longevity.
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    For those concerned about 9mm magazines . . . Wilson now makes a 10 rd that is strange to load but has functioned perfectly in my Springfield and friend's Kimber. But not in the STI we tried.
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