okhandgunner,I was going to ask the same question myself, i just got off their web site, and I don't live to far from Olympic arms, and their prices are not bad, but I don't know how good?or how well built?
Karl, there's a WAC show at the Puyallup fairgrounds this weekend. There is a table full of Olympic barrels and frames, maybe some complete guns, for you to take a look at. The guys who man the table are either employees of or distributors for Olympic.
I'm looking at getting one (or even 2) of these. I'm gonna start with a cohort, and if I like it, I think I'm gonna get a matchmaster w/ 6" barrel. The features and price combination seem hard to beat.
Olympic had a small table at Camp Perry last year, and I handled several models. Considering that table samples are usually assembled with extra care, these did not impress me. Basic rack grade rattletrap tolerances. Nothing wrong with that for a utility piece, but I'd need some convincing that their "match" models had anything extra going for them. To be fair, the display had a hasty look to it, and perhaps the production peices are better. Just my impression at the time. Of course, if you want one of those funky "finger groove" frames, these guys are the only place to go.
FN went from forged frames and slides to cast on the Hi-Power about 1994. From all reports, the cast items are significantly tougher and stand up better to high pressure ammo. I wouldn't be put off by the use of castings - it is the type of steel, heat treatment, that counts. I must confess to having been more confident with the term "forged". But the proof is in the eating, as they say.
Got a safari Matchmaster 1911. Haven't taken it to the range yet, but it seems VERY well made. Nice and tight, the finger groove thing is comfortable, fit and finish easily on a par with kimber. Unless it turns out to be a real dud at the range, I'd say this is a winner...
As an update, I took it to the range. Will post about it under range reports...
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Sned45, I also recently purchased a Big Duece. I am absolutely awed by it's balance, reliability, and accuracy. I have shot many 1911 variants, but none has satisfied me more. My third clip out of the gun put seven in the ten ring at twenty five yards.
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Sned, I cannot see how a Valtro could make my grin wider than the Big Duece has done. If the Valtro is lighter, I don't want it. If it's shorter, or has a larger mag capacity, I don't need it. I love that big ole Duece. I must admit that is not the perfect carry gun; makes you walk like John Wayne.