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Posted: 6/17/2003 2:34:01 PM EDT
Anybody have an info on the new Auto Ord 1911 guns? I'm looking at saving up for a 1911 and wondered if these were anything to consider?

Link Posted: 6/17/2003 4:49:50 PM EDT
I know that Clark Custom Guns think that the slides are too soft for any conversion, accuracy, or reliability work.
Link Posted: 6/17/2003 4:49:56 PM EDT
I've had one for 10 years. The only problem I've ever had was FTE's. That was quickly fixed just by bending the extractor. No FTE's for 9 years running.
Overall, well worth what I paid for it.
According to some, there were QC issues for a time. I have no personal knowledge of this.
Link Posted: 6/17/2003 4:54:50 PM EDT
Link Posted: 6/18/2003 8:31:02 AM EDT

I've seen them for under $500.

Link Posted: 6/18/2003 8:38:09 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 6/18/2003 8:38:40 AM EDT by Matthew_Q]
I've only heard about some FTE's with AO 1911s. Simple bend of the extractor, and you're set.

I have NOT heard about soft steel from AO, but I have from Llama.

They had some QA issues, but they got a new guy running the shop, and their quality has gone way up. I almost got one, but they didn't have the parkerized, so I waited and found my SA Milspec.

When I have some bones to throw around, I'll get one and try it out.
Link Posted: 6/18/2003 8:46:18 AM EDT
Link Posted: 6/18/2003 6:18:20 PM EDT
Thanks for the replies!

Link Posted: 6/19/2003 7:12:09 AM EDT

The SA is rated a little higher than the AO in quality, as far as users' opinions that I've read.

You'll have a breakdown like this:

Top end like Baer and Wilson

Kimber, SA, Colt about on the top for 'stock' pistols

then Charles Daly, Rock Island Arsenal and Auto Ordnance slightly below, but coming up in the quality of late.

Then you'll have the real cheap ones like Llama and such at the bottom.

If you can scrounge the scratch, get the SA. If you can't, get the AO. I would if I were in that situation.
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