I had a buddy who looked into the Auto Ordnance .45 - he ended up getting a Colt.
He test fired two separate AO's, both jammed the slide on one magazine of regular hardball. The first one, the gunshop/indoor range operator managed to free with a mallet. The second stayed jammed.
I've steered clear of AO's since.
I figured I'd go with the original. My curent shooting buddy has the Springfield 1911A1 - decent pistol, not much more expensive than my 1991A1, but he has had the plunger tube come off the frame while shooting. Took us a halfhour to find it.
The only time my Colt hungup was when shooting Speer Lawman ammo - something about that stuff it doesn't like.
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Rock Island or Armscor - same manufacturer, they seem to be pretty good 1911's. I've got a couple right now and have had 3 or 4 of them over all. I've also seen Springfield govt. models at a local shop for 385 which isn't much more than an RI. One thing I like to point out when people start beating up the RI's for being "ferrin made" (Phillipines), quite a few Springfields are made in Brazil - by Imbel as I understand it.
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balister molina and the balister reguard are nice 1911 TYPE hanguns but for a true 1911 of that age you have to get a colt systema, the balisters have no grip saftey. witch makes them ideal for bulls eye shooters looking for a good frame to work up a good comp gun, the 1911's are usealy taken to a gunsmith and the grip safety is pinned down to allow for this type of competion shooting. there are grips now made by NIELLI (sp) that depress the grip safety on a true 1911 for this type of shooting.
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