Got my Para Ord P16 today from gunbroker.com. Went to pick it up and register it this morning. It's the one in my avatar. If you haven't checked out my blog about this Para P16 40 to 10mm conversion, here's the http://freakshow10mm.blogspot.com to it.
10mm fits in the ejection port and all mags are 40 caliber ( 3x 16rds and 1x 18rds) and 10mm rounds fit too. Very, very tight fit. I think the 200gr CCI Blazer FMJs are 1.25" OAL. I seriously doubt the 1.26" rounds will fit. I heard DTs are only 1.25" OAL so this won't be a problem.
I am going to replace some parts right off the bat. Thumb and grip safeties, both Ed Brown replacements. Going with a wide thumb and a beavertail grip w/ speed bump. Has a C&S trigger kit installed and I am guessing it breaks between 3-4 pounds. Definately sweet. Also has a shock buffer.
The front sight is a joke. Isn't combat, but more of a fiber optic wanna-be. Doesn't look like Para DT at all. Has a orange insert, but looks welded or something instead of DT'd to the slide. Some scratches around it too. Rear is 100% factory two dot white. Will replace the sights with XS BD 24/7s.
Some wearing from holster around sharp edges. This was a work piece and not a BBQ gun. When I send it it for the Cobra Chrome (Tripp) I will have it Bobtailed and dehorned before the chrome treatment.
Haven't shot it yet. My 'range' is under 4 feet of snow still so it may be a while before I get to an actual range to test fire it before I send it to Hunter Customs for the 10mm ream job. I think I will leave the Hogue wraparound grips on it for now. They are comfy and will do the job until I can think of something else, maybe Carbon Creations or VZ Grips?
Took it apart down to the thumb safety removal. I was going to go all the way, but had to put it back together and store it so I could go back to school. Maybe tomorrow I will do it again and clean it real good. I didn't have a manual, just went by the NRA Pistol and Revolver Assembly book. I got some powder residue off of it today when I was learning how all the parts looked and what they did. Gun looked like it was oiled up good not too long ago.
My finace has the camera in her car so you will have to wait until tomorrow for pics. I got some questions about normal 1911 parts wear. It looks to me like normal, but I was just curious about some stuff. Particulary the pattern of the barrel wear on the outside. Bore looked very, very clean. Almost eerie.
Just wanted to share my enthusiasm of becoming a first time 1911 owner. Thanks.