I think that the long reset is what set the system apart for us to carry. We used to be the only agency in Hawaii authorized to carry the 1911, but due to liability, that was pulled. This seems like a good alternative to those of us who REALLY like 1911s. Does anyone know what the trigger pull out of the box is? What about aftermarket parts like the thumb and grip safety...do they use the same parts as a 1911? Thanks in advance!
Grip Safety is not the same as standard 1911. Thumb safety is pretty much the same, but would most likely need to have a smith "in the LDA know" do a fitting. Trigger pull out of the box is 5 to 7 pounds.
Im used to doing the minor stuff like safeties myself because I hate waiting for someone to do a 1 hour job in 6-8 weeks because of a tremendous workload, but this is a whole different animal.
You guys recommend any smiths out there for the LDA. Westcoast better, but anywhere is good. Remember....Im on an Island.
In2Deep - Ed Musaki (spelling??) here in Hawaii should be able to help you out, he has a very good reputation here. I can't seem to find his phone number but if you call Daniel Oshima at "Kaneohe Gun Shop" in K-bay he should be able to point you in the right direction (247-3036). But if you want a mainland smith I am told that Cylinder and Slide does good work with Para's LDA.
I agree about the long trigger reset - I dislike it greatly. One of the advantages of the 1911 design is the quick (short) trigger reset. I recently was considering a LDA for a duty gun (dinosaur administrators forbid 1911 and currently carry Glock 22). Someone suggested a Double Eagle. I found one and liked the trigger feel and 1911-quick trigger reset, however I'm unsure as to the DE's reliability, plus, I think you'd need a custom holster made for it.
Whats the point. The 1911's one main advantage over other more modern, rugged reliable designs is its shootability. It has a short trigger that breaks like glass making shooting easier. With this advantage taken away its nothing. 1911's are more fragile and not as reliable in harsh conditions as glocks,HK's,Beretta's and Sigs. So why bother with a DOA 1911.
Ya See! These forums are great. You get all kinds of feedback. I like the shootablility of the 1911 design, and I am very comfortable with it. Im not real keen on the long trigger reset myself, but hey, I think thats a training issue.
Right now, I carry a G30 regularly, and a G21 when thing call for something a bit bigger. I am confident with both, and was the first person to qualify with the Glock when I was in the PD. Having moved jobs, I have a lot of options available to me. Any more comments out there? Looking for the good, the bad, and the ugly.