Was able to pick up Thompson Auto Ordinance 1911A1 by Kahr Arms the other day and thought I'd share. My background on the 1911 platform isn't much, I'm actually pretty far from an expert however I have owned a Springfield and a Kimber in the past so I wouldn't say I'm a newb.
My first impression are pretty decent for a $550 1911. The fit and quality are pretty impressive for the price point. There is absolutely no rattle or upper to lower play which I like in a defensive pistol. The controls are smooth and operate very well, the feed ramp is bright and the trigger is short and crisp. There are no machining marks and all components look very well made.
The finish of the gun is parkerized which usually I'm a fan, however the finish is somewhat uneven (darker) in one small spot on the slide but you have to be looking for it to see it. That is so far my only complaint if that is if you can even call it a complaint. After all it is a GI model gun...
Function is 100% so far which only consist of 3 mags (21 rounds) to test function upon acquiring the gun. The "test" situation was 20 ft standing with Federal red box ammo from walmart with a Coke can as a target. Mags used where Kimber and Metalform. I can't really comment on accuracy as I haven't shot a 1911 in 2 years so I've got to get back into the swing of things. At a later date I will take it to the range and get something on paper.
I did put new Crimson Trace Grips on as the only upgrade, as of now I'm content with it but maybe some upgraded Wilson parts are in my future. If anyone is interested I can come back and post some updates after a few hundred rounds... I'll keep tabs on this thread for sure.
So what do you guys think? Any opinions, questions or thoughts? I'm eager to hear!