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Double stack 9mm 17+1, though I can easily fit 18+1 in the factory magazine and it still feeds reliably
Full length guide rod
Full length dust cover with tactical rail
4-6lb trigger pull
Adjustable rear sight
Bright red fiber optic front sight
Weighs in at 3lbs unloaded (holy cow)
And 3.62lbs when it’s full of beans
But look at this thing. yup. It just looks flipping cool.
Out of the box the slide fit the frame perfectly: no slop, no rough burrs, no break in necessary.
The factory 17rd mag loaded up easy enough with 18 rounds surprisingly, and functioned flawlessly with a steady diet of round nose, hollow point, brass cased, steel cased, 115gr 124 gr and 147gr ammo…come to think of it…there was nothing steady about that diet. But it fed and shot everything I gave it…like…really well. Not only was it reliable (no failures of any kind), it was accurate, and with low recoi
Slide fit perfect to frame:
I handled this firearm in several gun shops and the fit and finish of every gun I handled was top notch. Now knowing that they all feel this good, I did what any capitalism loving American would do, and went home and ordered it online for cheaper! When it showed up at my ffl, he inspected it and even he too was extremely impressed with how well the slide and frame met together. No slop, no burs, tightly spec’ed and ready to rock. (Jump cut to jamming a guitar) Rock island boasts that they have a proprietary method for fitting their 1911’s effectively, and you can’t argue with results.
A big selling point for this gun is that it uses para 18 magazines, Which means magazines are cheap and plentiful…WRONG… factory para p-18 9mm mags are out of production and as rare as a gun loving liberal. they are currently going for nearly $100 each on gun broker! After reading some online forums I thought I’d try using a factory para p-18 .38 super magazine that I grabbed on gun broker for $23. The magazine works, but not at full capacity. Anything over 10 rounds and the bullets start to nose dive worse than a kamakazi.
Enter the liberal: but guns should be limited to holding only 10 rounds because that will make me feel safer.
Good thing mecgar stepped up to the plate and started manufacturing p-18 9mm/.38 super mags that appear to be the same as the factory mag that came with the gun. These mags work flawlessly, but two things you should know: they are backordered everywhere that’s sells them at a reasonable price, and they don’t come with the base pad that the factory mag comes with, as a result, they take a sharp tap to fully seat into guns magwell.
Something else you may want to know is that mecgar makes a non combo p-18 magazine that is specific to .38 super. These mags also perform flawlessly in this gun and can be found on gun broker for $20-25.
So what practical application does this gun have in your arsenal?
Can you use it to shoot competitions?
Due to the full length dust cover, this gun doesn’t qualify for any category in IDPA.
For USPSA you can compete in the open division, limited, or limited-10 which of course limits you to loading 10 rounds in your magazine (replay liberal clip)
But if you really want to compete with this gun, take it to a 3 gun match, because I’m pretty sure that’s what they had in mind when they designed this thing. As far as I know, this gun is good for any 3 gun match, and in my opinion will serve you as good as any gun costing twice as much.
If you’re not into competing, this gun would still make an excellent home defense gun. It’s reliable, high capacity, and you scuba ninjas are gonna love that full length tac rail:
Enter scuba ninja: with plenty of room for your flashlight, laser, bayonet, red dot, bipod, GoPro, or any combination to your hearts content
(Clip: GET OUTA MY HOUSE)
this guns heavy weight and blunt squared edges make this an excellent mele weapon.
Now you may be saying to me “Dan, what can this gun do that a glock 17 can’t?”
Well…a glock 17 can’t be a 1911…(cricket chirping)
What do you want me to say? Yes a glock 17 can do anything this gun can do and more…like compete in idpa. And do it for about $100 less and half the weight.