Well about 3 weeks ago I picked up a Para Ordnance P18 in 9mm. I have started shooting IDPA again and always had a soft spot for the 1911. I also liked the 9mm caliber but a single stack 9mm 1911 magazine is usually nine rounds. (I now know Wilson makes ten rounders.) Well the double stack 1911's looked interesting but I thought the grip would be too big. While visiting my local gun store, they had the P18 and I figured to just take a look at it. Well, the grip was great as it fit my hand and the balance was all 1911. I was sold.
I spent the last couple of weeks putting about five hundred rounds through the gun with very little problems. (I did need to fix one of the magazines, as it would hold the slide open with a round still in the magazine, but no problem to fix.) Today I shot my first match with the gun and all I could say is WOW! So natural in my hands and quick to shoot, very little recoil, reliable and accurate to boot.
After I bought the gun, I started reading all the horror stories about problems with the Para Ordnance guns on the internet however, I am one very happy shooter with my Para Ordnance!
I don't know about nightmares but I bought a Para 14-45 Limited shooting IDPA and it improved my scores dramatically. It has a fiber optic front site that is great. I'm going to put one on all my handguns. It really helps with target acquisition (my vision is not what it used to be). I'm happy with mine. After I got through the break in it's been running great. Good luck.