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Para Elite Pro or Desert Eagle 1911G or Ruger SR1911

Looking at getting back into 1911s. $700 is about what I'm willing to drop. The DE 1911G gets some good reviews (less the rollmark) and I know PARA is now basically DOA. I can get either of these locally for $699. I know the Para elite Pro is normally more expensive but it's on close out.

The DE has a nice trigger and great fit and finish and by all accounts shoots great.

I can't find much on the Para Elite Pro. It has a lot of bells and whistles
Out of the box that I like such as ambi safety and trijicon nite sites and VZ grips and flared magwell.

So now what? Take a chance on the Para or go with the DE.

My third choice is a the Ruger SR1911. Lots to like about it minus the Ruger warning labels all over it. I doubt Ruger is going belly up anytime soon so warranty should be GTG if any issues creep up.

What would you do?
 

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I'm on my second Para in the last year and both have had issues. Para could not fix the first Expert due to lack of ability and time so they bought it back. Suckered myself into a Pro Custom thinking lighting could never strike twice and 400 rounds later it needs a new safety fitted.
 

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For the price difference equivalent to a few boxes of ammo you can step up to a Springfield Milspec, Colt 1991 or STI Trojan.
 

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I am buying it for my son. He is 11 and shot a friends 1911 and now he has the bug. A colt or Springfield are also possibilities. Leaning towards Ruger more and more.

I think Para is a no go at this point.
 

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The DE 1911G would be my pick. My favorite 1911 of the dozen I have. My next will be the DE1911G stainless model if I can ever find one.
 

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I would go with the Ruger or a Springfield range officer.. The springer would be my first choice for sure.. Para wouldn't even be a option IMO.
 

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With the choices you listed, I'd go with the Ruger first, then the DE model.

The Para wouldn't be on my list being a non-existent company.
 

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Springfield "milspec".

A known quality for around that price range.

Classic styling on frame/slide.

No obnoxious billboards.

Readily customizable later.

See many customs built on them.
 
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