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Old 12-13-2010, 09:08 PM
Dentist Dentist is offline
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Para 1911 high capacity

Hello everybody,

Are the Para-Ordnance 1911 w/ double-stack magazines (14 rounds) used in competition shootings?

Are the slimmer single-stack 1911 generally more preferred for competition shooting than the double-stack 1911 are because they are easier to hold?

I'm just trying to figure why I shouldn't get the nontraditional double-stack 1911 as opposed to the single-stack versions because to me it just makes sense to have more rounds.

(I know it all comes down to preference but what advantages does the single-stack 1911 have over the double-stacked?)


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Old 12-13-2010, 09:34 PM
HardtAttack HardtAttack is offline
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Personal choice...

Hello Dent,
My P-O P14-45 Limited is for comp shooting. I don't know of any advantage in shooting other than 1/2 the reload requirement. I like the wider frame myself, however, I haven't noticed any difference in my shooting between either type. Having big hands is probably helplful though.

I think it's all about prefrence. That's it.
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Old 12-13-2010, 09:36 PM
Moose68 Moose68 is offline
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Advantages? Disadvantages? As with all things guns, it's completely up to the user/consumer. Some people with larger hands that like to plink would love a double stack. I would not recommend one for carry for but I'm sure people do so and enjoy it.
I think you should check one out. It would be a shame to not know for yourself the differences and you might find something you really like.

As for your question about competitions, I don't know.
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Old 12-13-2010, 09:40 PM
SFSMedic SFSMedic is online now
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If you are planning on shooting it for competition look what kind of competition you're planning on shooting and check the rules for the classes.

For instance I own a S&W 1911 with 8rd mags I shoot in CDP class for IDPA. I can also shoot it in the limited 10 class of USPSA because 10 rds is max allowed loaded.

I also own a Para P16-40 which is a high cap 1911 chambered in 40. And carries 19 rds in a magazine. I use this for USPSA limited class (no round limit).
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Old 12-13-2010, 09:53 PM
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My P-14 is a great gun and I like shooting it as well as a 7-8 round single stack. However it is a darn big gun. For open carry it would be fine if you want to carry it around. I would be carrying it if I heard shooting when leaving home. Otherwise its the 8 round Colt Commander.
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Old 12-17-2010, 08:04 PM
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It depends on the discipline you choose to shoot. In IDPA you will be in the CDP (custom defense pistol) division and will be limited to 8+1 rounds to start the stage with 2 - 8 round mags on your belt.
In USPSA you can shoot in 2 classes, Production which will allow 10 round in the magazine,(11 rounds to start the stage) and as many magazines as you wish to wear all being loaded to 10 rounds. The other division is Limited and there you will load magazines to capacity and again as many as you want to wear on the belt
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Old 12-21-2010, 08:10 PM
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I use a P16-40 for USPSA Limited division, and a Les Baer in USPSA Single Stack division. Both are fun but have different challenges associated with them.

In Single Stack, you have an 8+1 capacity, so reload every 4 targets (2 shots each). Planning reloads is very important.

In Limited division, you have a maximum magazine length of 140mm. You can add an extended base pad (from Dawson Precision or Arredondo) which add up to +4 rounds in 45ACP, or +5 rounds in 40 S&W, and still be within the length limit. 21 rounds of 40 S&W = 10 targets. You can focus on the rest of your game and do the one reload where you want it.

For Limited division, most people shoot 40S&W for the simple fact that you can fit more ammo in that 140mm magazine. The most common brand is by far STI, due to fit and finish and high quality magazines. Para is second, and work fine, the mags hold one more round too, but you pay with a big, bulky grip.

In the end, it's up to what you like to shoot, and which fits your hands better. I enjoy both.

Limited division generally has 4-5 times as many shooters as Single Stack. Both have equally good shooters, Limited is just more popular.

For more information see the USPSA rule book, pages 75 & 82.
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