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Just thought I would post about my range experience with a
(new to me GI Expert Pistol by Para USA) This pistol was used
but not much, and I traded a pistol for it after looking it over.
It is a stainless model and looks like new so I took it out to
the range to try it out.

I had some Winchester White Box 230 gr
FMJ ammo and had 6 jams in the first 16 shots. Aha! I said to myself,
this is why the pistol was traded in. So I continued shooting it but
took out the Para factory mag and replaced it with a Kimber Pro Tac
mag . This seemed to help a lot but the pistol still jammed occasionally.


I then went home and took the pistol apart and cleaned it thoroughly.
I looked everything over and thought it may still need broken in.
I decided to put in a full length guide rod with a buffer pad and changed
out the guide rod spring to a 18 lb one. Have now put over 125 rounds through it with out any FTF, it runs like a Bear and is very accurate.
Seems like Para mags were part of the problem but all is well now and
I dont regret buying this pistol! :D I am now a PARA Shooter :mrgreen:
 

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Here is a picture of it, I did do a few small mods such as a Full Length
Guide Rod with a shok buffer pad, a 18lb Guide Rod Spring,a KimPro Tac
Magazine, and a set of Hogue Fingergroove Grips. Other than that it is
Stock and shoots Very Well! :D
 

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Thanks for the information. I'm new to 1911s, just bought a Para GI Expert, but not the SS model. So far I've only put 200 rounds through it, not even half of the break in period suggested by Para, and I've had about 5 failures to feed with the Para magazines (100 rounds) and 7 or 8 failures to feed with Chip McCormick Shooting Star magazines (the next 100).

After next pay day I'll pull out the MidwayUSA catalog and order a full length guide rod, buffer pad and 18 lb. spring, and see if I have any improvement.

Thanks again for the information!
 

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The Para is a very serviceable sidearm and has a good reputation. Congrats to both new Para shooters.

I've shot them all and prefer my Colts and Springfields, but I have many friends who shoot the Paras with excellent results.
 
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