||Very sturdy and well made pistol. With a few caveats. I waited until I had over 1000 rounds through one of mine before doing this.
BEFORE YOU DO ANYTHING- remove every trace of oil and cosmoline. ALL of it. Use a parts washer or ultrasonic cleaner (for the trigger group, especially) - I'm a froglube guy, so I baked in (185 degrees in a food dehydrator) 3 times. getit hot, slather it with froglube, put it back in for 10 minutes, repeat upside down or the other side facing down, repeat. repeat.
cool down and wipe it off (lightly on the springs, as good as you can on external surfaces. expect to clean some more out after the first range session. Also expect a 2-3 patch cleaning process, period. nice stuff)
Once you have it TOTALLY cleaned out and oiled, you are ready to shoot. It will slick up remarkably after 100 rounds, and more after 300-400.
My trigger pull, not polished, after 400 rounds, was 4 pounds. slide slicked right up as the machining roughness wore.
Sights might take us Americans some getting used to, but they are a great aid to racking the slide and work well.
Expect to shoot a bit low, especially if you use a 6 hold. You'll adapt, oil file the front sight a hair. (very small hair) - once you do, expect easy 3 inch groups at 15 yards without any major dinking around (basic weaver stance)
Safety works well, and also needs the lube to do so.
Magazines drop freely after you work the pistol in a bit, if there's any hangup, remove the grips and polish the retaining ears (that's usually the problem)
it just shoots and shoots and shoots. 1200+ rounds with one FTF on some critical defense that had been loaded in a spare pocket carry mag for over a year, so who knows. one in 1200 is fine.
Bluing is military, nothing more. and the slide release needs an aftermarket upgrade with double the width. Some of the machined corners are a bit sharp. that is, really, ALL the negatives.
everything- trigger group being hard to get out, gritty slide, gritty trigger, stiff trigger pull- is a cosmoline/lube cleanup issue or needs a few hundred rounds of breakin (or both?)
Yes, it's a single stack. Yes it only holds 9 rounds. Yes, it lacks the advanced features of the 1911 that it is based on.
but- yes, it is the equal of a $500 or even $700 pistol.
Rating: [5 of 5 stars!] |