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Auto-Ordnance 1911PKZ 45 ACP, $515 (Grade F July 2004)

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The 1911PKZ ran reliably with hardball ammunition, but we found that its ability to fire modern defense loads was limited. Also, accuracy was hampered both by the supplied sights andsome of the problems that have historically plagued this design when careful hand fitting was shortcut.

Auto-Ordnance 1911PKZ 45 ACP, $515 (Grade F July 2004)

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Home Defense
Concealed Carry
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Weight Unloaded
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Back Strap Height
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Trigger Pull Single
Trigger Pull Double
Trigger Span Single
Trigger Span Double

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Despite arriving as though it were an actual surplus pistol, the black Parkerized finish belied its recent production.
The thumb safety was left side only, like on the original design, but we were felt that its movement was loose and sloppy, undermining our confidence in its durability. We also felt there was a distracting interplay between the grip safety and the trigger, as though our grip was coaxing the trigger action along.
The small front sight was very hard to pick up compared to the taller one on the Springfield Armory Mil-Spec.

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