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Para Elite Commander

Discussion in 'Handgun Discussion' started by fairlanericky, Oct 17, 2013.

  1. fairlanericky

    fairlanericky Kent Member

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    Picked up my first 1911, Para Elite Commander, and promptly installed the VZ grips I ordered for it.
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    After
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    Range outing coming this weekend.



    Ric

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  2. Skang

    Skang WA Well-Known Member

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    looking good. :thumbup:
     
  3. MilitantBEEMER

    MilitantBEEMER Eugene Silver Supporter Silver Supporter

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    Looks good. I have the same style grips on my full size para. Pretty sharp!
     
  4. fairlanericky

    fairlanericky Kent Member

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    Took the Para to the range Friday after work today. 249 flawless rounds and 1 failure to fire( mag #16) that I'm sure was caused by my thumb pushing the safety up.

    Ejected the mag and the round in the chamber, reloaded the round in the mag and went off just fine. Man this gun is filthy now!

    Used the 2 Para mags included with the gun and 1 Wilson Combat mag I purchased when picking up the Para last night. The only other "issue" was the left side grip panel screws working loose.

    So 30 mags worth of PMC and PPU 230gr fmj and I'm very pleased with my purchase. It will need night sights though. The 2 dot rear and FO front are great in a well lit environment but not so good in the dark.

    Opinions on night sights appreciated.

    A better pic with the VZ grips.

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    Ric

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  5. PuddleMonkey

    PuddleMonkey Vancouver, WA Well-Known Member

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    Hold on... is that a QR code engraved on the side?
     
  6. orygun

    orygun West Linn Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    Nice lookin gun! Your experience so far is very similar to what I found with the one Para I owned.

    If you ever have a fail to fire again, pay very close attention to the primer of that round. If the primer strike is light, you may have a problem with the firing pin safety... If it never happens again, well then it's just a fluke.

    I'm assuming this gun has a firing pin safety, so I may be off track on my thought here. The FPS was the only part of my gun that gave me any trouble.
     
  7. fairlanericky

    fairlanericky Kent Member

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    It has an inertia firing pin and a firing pin lock.
    I had pushed the thumb safety up while adjusting my grip. When I ejected the round I looked at the primer and it had no mark on it. Reloaded it and finished the last 2 rounds in that mag.



    Ric
     
  8. fairlanericky

    fairlanericky Kent Member

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    Actually, it's on the frame just in front of the slide stop. Looks like it but I just tried to scan it and I got nothin'.



    Ric
     
  9. PuddleMonkey

    PuddleMonkey Vancouver, WA Well-Known Member

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    Dammit Ricky, I said side not slide. :D


    I wonder if it's just serial type markings.
     
  10. orygun

    orygun West Linn Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    :thumbup:
     
  11. fairlanericky

    fairlanericky Kent Member

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    Yes you did say "side" but I saw "slide" :eek:
    I think it's an "ez code" which my phone will read, if I can figure out how. :banghead:



    Ric
     
  12. TwinStick

    TwinStick In the wind Active Member

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    There may not be enough contrast on the engraved QR code for your phone to read. Usually those are black and white, but an engraved one is black and black. Just a thought.

    Nice gun BTW! Bring it here. Let me shoot it.
     
  13. fairlanericky

    fairlanericky Kent Member

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    Didn't think about the contrast aspect of the codes.

    Thanks, but yer a bit far. If you're in Seattle, hit me up, we can meet at WCA Bellevue or Federal Way. I have no problem letting another shooter try my pistols.



    Ric
     
  14. GOG

    GOG State of Jefferson Well-Known Member

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    I'd like to congratulate you on the new pistol, but since it had one minor failure it is obviously unsafe. Please send it to me and I'll dispose of it for you.


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  15. fairlanericky

    fairlanericky Kent Member

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    Uh... "I don't think so Tim." :funnypoint:



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  16. GOG

    GOG State of Jefferson Well-Known Member

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    Congratulations. Para makes a good pistol. :thumbup:
     
  17. PuddleMonkey

    PuddleMonkey Vancouver, WA Well-Known Member

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    I'm officially a Para owner, bought this new today. A bit nervous about how it's gonna run though.


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  18. fairlanericky

    fairlanericky Kent Member

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    Nice Black Ops! Some guys on the 1911 forum have had issues with these but Para has great CS. Look up some of threads on the BO



    Ric
     
  19. whiskeybill

    whiskeybill Battle Ground, WA Well-Known Member

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    I bought my Para Elite Commander in February (that's it in the avatar) and so far I like it a lot. Most of the shooting has been done with handloads at VRPC with Rainier Ballistics copperwashed lead bullets, around 850 FPS. Also got in on the factory rebate program for this year. I have nearly 1000 rounds through it, and it just keeps going.