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I have had a Taurus PT-111 9mm mil Pro for a short while and I am ready to move to something better. Don't get me wrong, the PT-111 is a good weapon, she's a little fat around the hips but she is dependable. Not bad for a 300.00 weapon. I like the controls because I can reach all of them with my shooting (right) hand. It's DAO with a striker system (no hammer).

I am torn between ParaOrd or Kimber. I have recent shot (100 rounds) through a rented Kimber Ultra CDP II 3" .45acp. As you may have read in other threads from me, I was VERY VERY impressed and fell in love with it. So know the questions:

1. I like Kimber because they are US. Is there any problems with sending weapons to Para because they are in Canada ? Any problems with customs or any other authority ??

2. Is there any problem with ambidextrous thumb safety while concealing ??

3. Is LDA really that great ?? Only thing I see with LDA is a longer trigger pull and not much of a safety advantage over SA. Am I wrong about LDA ?? (Yes, I read the other thread about LDA) For all intensive purposes the SA and LDA are the same and have the same safety mechanisims. They both have a hammer, grip saftey, and thumb safety. If the safety comes off, they both need about the same trigger pull poundage and the grip safety depressed to go off in the holster. I don't see the advantage of LDA. I am not so concerned about SA and cocked and locked any more.

4. On average it seems that Kimber is about 300.00 more than Para. Don't get me wrong, any amount of money is worth keeping my life. Is the 300.00 more average REALLY worth it ?? Why ?? I have no doubt Kimber makes quality wepaons as does Para.

Thanks for any info.
 

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When I was looking for another pistol I looked hard at the small Para with the LDA and several single actions including the Kimbers, all in .45caliber. The Para trigger pull was very smooth and light for a double action. However, I decided to go with the all stainless Detonics USA CombatMaster. I don't believe you'd have any problems shipping to Canada if need be. As to the ambi safety. Some previous postings have stated disengagement has happened, but I'm sure this is rare. Either of your choices would be good. Guess I'm partial to the 1911 types though. Keep us posted as to your decision and do a range report after the purchase.
 

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I have had three Paras (two LDAs), and three Kimbers.
I don't have any Paras anymore, but still have every Kimber.

Para quality just varies too much. You might get a really good gun, and you might get a bad gun. If many people resond to your post, you may see that pattern- some people will say there's have been fine, others who say they had a lot of trouble.
I had both extremes.

After owning two LDAs, my opinion is that they are for LEOs who would like to carry a 1911, but regulations prohibit single action guns. They are an ideal solution for that. Beyond that, I see little use.

Kimber is not without fault, like any other manufacturer. Almost any problem I've heard of with Kimbers is fixable. I've seen and heard Paras that needed things that were a lot harder to correct- tolerance issues, holes in slightly wrong locations, etc.

If you get a Kimber, check for a couple of things:

1) Extractor Type.
They went to an internal extractor a couple of years ago. I have one, and it's been flawless for 4600 rds. But, there are a lot of complaints about them. Kimber has (wisely, I think) bit the bullet and started to return to the original design with internal extractor. Odds are that if you get an external extractor, it will be fine. But if you have a choice of two Kimbers- one with internal extractor, and one with external extractor- that are otherwise the same, you might take the internal extractored gun instead.

2)Series II Firing Pin Block.
Some call it a firing pin "safety", but I refuse to call it a safety. Any Kimber with a "II" in it's name has one. There have been some problems here, but you can spot it in the gunshop if you know to look for it.
When the grip safety is depressed, it actuates a rod that lifts the firing pin block up, and out of the way of the firing pin. What point in the grip safety's travel that it releases can vary. Some guns release rather early in the movement, while others require the grip safety to be absolutey all the way in.
That's fine if you will always get a perfect grasp on the gun. But odds are, when you really need the gun, it will be the one time your grip will be sloppy. For that reason, I think the f.p. block should release earlier than that. I think it should release early in the grip safety's squeeze, but somewhere in the mid point should be OK.
You can check it by dropping a pencil in the muzzle of an EMPTY gun, pointing the EMPTY gun toward the ceiling, and dry firing the EMPTY gun. The pencil should "launch" out of the barrel. By doing that a few times, varying the amount the grip safety is squeezed in, you can get an idea when it releases the f.p. block.
If the grip safety needs to bee absolutelky positively all the way in, I'd pass.

Those two things may sound like Kimber has a lot of trouble, but not really. Just opt for an internal extractor if availalable (although probably 99% of internal extractor guns are fine), and do that quick check on the f.p. block.

Or find a pre "Series II" gun, and you have neither to worry about.

Regarding ambi safeties:
Unless you're left-handed, I wouldn't mess with one. They usually have split tounge-and-groove pins, which WILL loosen up, and may cause trouble. Also, the right-side lever of an ambi is not against your body, so is not shielded. Therefore, it can be hit or bumped, knocking the safety "off".
The standard safety can be taken "off" left-handed by reaching over the slide with the thumb. You can reengage it that way, but it's easier for me to use my trigger finger for that.

Good luck! And, I hope this helped. I really am trying to help, not just gripe about things.
 

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I luv my para 12-45- LDA. I purchased an older model without the newer extractor. I invested $29 for a Dan Brown HD extractor and installed it and voila !
Its tried and true with over 500 rounds of ammo through her.

The LDA does not have a long trigger pull. You have to shoot one to see. Thats the reason I love it so....
 

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Barry.. artz..That is the thing I don't want. I don't want a weapon that I have to modify out of the box.
As I said in the message...
I bought an OLDER model....
All the new ones that are at least a year old have the new HD extractor.
You will recognize it on one side of the slide that has an large "X" on it
 

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artz..not trying to fight, just asking for knowledge on this next question:

If the trigger is not long... what is the advantage of LDA over SA ?? Why did you choose the LDA ??

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I like it because its different and the trigger is so smooth.
Think of shooting a revolver D/A and when you pull the trigger you can see the hammer rise to the occassion and you hold it if you wish, without following thru with the strike. But when you do its quick, precise, and so easy...
I talked with alot of folks on them before my purchase and like yourself. I was pondering a Kimber. This one I have now, showed up used and at an excellent price. I tried the trigger and was sold. Not only that, but my magazine is a double stack that holds 12, and I have one thats extended that holds 14 rounds.
You can buy LDA's with the single stack also....
Go look one up and play with it. That trigger just might get you hooked... Hope that helps...
 

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I met up with a man and his wife not long ago at the range. He was practicing for his upcoming CCW class and had a Kimber Ultra (CDP possibly). We got talking and swapped weapons for a couple mags. His Kimber was extremely lightweight but felt recoil was much less than my 5" Mil-Spec and just as accurate. I was really impressed with it.

His wife had a similar sized (3") Para LDA and let me fire off a few rounds. The trigger was butter smooth and excellent break. I wouldn't say no if someone gave me one. I see the LDA advantage as being able to carry a 1911 chambered, hammer down AND ready to fire upon drawing the weapon. The trigger pull is different than traditional SA but not at all unappealing. You really should check out one or two to see what you think, they've got so many models of LDA I can't keep them straight but they're definitely worth a look.

As far as ambi-safeties: Yes, they CAN be swiped off accidentally but I don't think it's at all common place. A general gunsmith can swap it out for a std. single side safety without too much time or trouble. If you choose to leave it in place you'd probably be just fine - even if it DID get knocked off "safe," the gun's still holstered with a covered trigger and it'd need both the grip safety activated and the trigger pulled to fire a round ... pretty slim chance of all that happening at once.
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I have a newer Para SSP LDA with a power extractor. It works perfectly
with all kinds of ammunition. I like the LDA too, but it can take a little get used to
like a Glock.

If I wanted a Kimber, I would get one with the internal extractor. But, I would
rather get a S&W 1911...

John!
 

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Recently, I purchased a Para 745 LDA (stainless steel) for my new duty weapon. I couldn't be happier. I, for one, was never "comfortable" carrying a "cocked-and-locked" 1911. My Para is carried with one in the chamber, hammer down and safety off. Now I'm "comfortable". LOL.

I'm surprised at how well I can shoot the Para, given my previous experience with large-caliber semi-autos. I attribute this to the LDA trigger (which breaks at six pounds on my particular firearm). Of course, I couldn't leave well enough alone. I had my gunsmith install an Ed Brown arched mainspring housing, a gold-bead front sight, gold "dots" on the rear sight (works for me), cut serrations on the top of the slide and perform mods as necessary for reliability (all for $190, excluding the price of the arched mainspring housing). Tripp Research then hard-chromed the firearm (matte on the frame, the top of the slide and an extra Ed Brown mag, brushed on the sides of the slide and some smaller components, polished on the barrel). Just for good measure, I slapped on some mammoth ivory grips. Now I'm stylin'! LOL.

I now have over a thousand rounds of 230 gr. Winchester USA FMJ and 185 gr. Remington JHP (as well as a fair amount of my carry ammo, 185 gr. Taurus HEX) without a hitch...except for a follower hanging up on the window on one of the mags. My gunsmith quickly remedied the situation.

Anyways, I can't speak highly enough of the LDA trigger. For another opinion, check out the following:http://www.cylinder-slide.com/ldaarticle.shtml
 

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My girlfriend had a Para LDA. It was a nice shooter, smooth trigger pull and decent finish/fit. My buddy swapped a few guns for the Para and had nothing but problems with it. Para did fix it for him, and shipping was not a hassle.
All the small parts extra, I can't see the extra need for a LDA pistol over a SA pistol. More parts to break , or not funtion properly.
Just my 2 cents.
 

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Recently, I purchased a Para 745 LDA (stainless steel) for my new duty weapon. I couldn't be happier. I, for one, was never "comfortable" carrying a "cocked-and-locked" 1911. My Para is carried with one in the chamber, hammer down and safety off. Now I'm "comfortable". LOL.

I'm surprised at how well I can shoot the Para, given my previous experience with large-caliber semi-autos. I attribute this to the LDA trigger (which breaks at six pounds on my particular firearm). Of course, I couldn't leave well enough alone. I had my gunsmith install an Ed Brown arched mainspring housing, a gold-bead front sight, gold "dots" on the rear sight (works for me), cut serrations on the top of the slide and perform mods as necessary for reliability (all for $190, excluding the price of the arched mainspring housing). Tripp Research then hard-chromed the firearm (matte on the frame, the top of the slide and an extra Ed Brown mag, brushed on the sides of the slide and some smaller components, polished on the barrel). Just for good measure, I slapped on some mammoth ivory grips. Now I'm stylin'! LOL.

I now have over a thousand rounds of 230 gr. Winchester USA FMJ and 185 gr. Remington JHP (as well as a fair amount of my carry ammo, 185 gr. Taurus HEX) without a hitch...except for a follower hanging up on the window on one of the mags. My gunsmith quickly remedied the situation.

Anyways, I can't speak highly enough of the LDA trigger. For another opinion, check out the following:http://www.cylinder-slide.com/ldaarticle.shtml

Okay, lemme get this straight. You give a review like that and a detailed description of your customized Para but don't give us pics? Man, that's just not right ... sure sounds like a beauty, let's see it! :yup:
Jack

P.S. Anybody know if Para still offers a Commander length 9x19 (in any config or action)? Still trying to decide which 9mm to add to the collection.
 

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Jack, you're killin' me!

I forgot how to select picture quality on my Fuji camera...not to mention that I had to download a new photo editor. Anyways, here's a low-res pic of my Para (more hi-res pics to follow).
 

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both guns are good. but did you take a look at the glock 36 and/or the glock 30? The g36 is a small gun with that 45acp bite. the g30 is some what bigger.
 

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Now you're talkin', nice LDA there! I'd like to get something in the Commander length or under in 9mm, seems an LDA might work. The only SA that comes to mind is the 18-9.
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Twoguns... nice piece.

The one thing that I REALLY like abot the PARA's LDA 3" is how rounded on the backside and the very very bobb'd beavertail. I think it would make it very easy for the conceal clothes to just slide ride off the weapon and not get hung up on it.
 

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:congrats: Two Guns, awesome Para 745 LDA . My youngest brother, the cop wannabe-works for an armoured car company has one but not this nice.
He swears by them.
Gorgeous gun you got there. Almost too pretty to use.

Paul
 
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