The Pro-Custom 18.9 isn’t your typical 1911. It might look like its ancestors, but it has a distinct difference. The double-stack magazine holds 18 rounds of 9mm. While I’m hesitant to call that an advantage, it does have its benefits. If you’re looking for a fast race gun, you won’t have nearly as many reloads with the 18.9 as you would with a .45 ACP 1911 (even one that’s a double-stack). And because it is a 9mm, you can still get a decent grip on the gun.
As this gun is built for fast accurate shot delivery, it has an easy-to-see fiber-optic front sight and a flat black target sight on the back. The stainless slide and frame hide a full-length guide rod. The fit is superb for a production gun. It runs smoothly and fast. Recoil from the 9mm is negligible. The weight of the gun holds it down nicely, so recovery time between shots feels faster than a traditional .45 ACP 1911.
Check out PARA’s 1911s. They’ve got a complete line of very well-made guns, ranging from the custom competition models to the adaptable carry guns. If you’re looking for a 1911 that’s a cut above the entry level models, but one that isn’t going to break the bank, Para is a fine choice.