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American Handgunner Jan/Feb 2010 - Page 68
Para’s ExPErt GI ost any US veteran sporting grey or missing hair and the aches and pains of age associated with service prior to the introduction of the Beretta M9 is intimately familiar with the M1911. I know I am as I sport all of the above. During basic training, my first day on the range started off with being issued my first M1911A1. After the drill staff finished with horror stories of mishandling and threats associated with safety violations, my squad steeped to the firing line for our volley. The command, “Fire one round and one round only at the target. Do you understand?” was quickly answered by M Para’s new GI Expert may look like a no-frills WWII gun, in reality it’s full of features and performance that belie its humble exterior. Yes, the trigger is a plastic composite but is crisp, smooth and adds a great deal to the shootability of the GI. Looking like a WWIIera gun, note the lack of recoil spring guide-rod and good quality fit and finish. The safety is slightly enlarged for just a bit more feel. 68 WWW.AMERICANHANDGUNNER.COM • JANUARY/FEBRUARY2010