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Thread: Just picked up a govenment model. What is the quality of these?

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    Just picked up a govenment model. What is the quality of these?

    Hey Guys,

    I just picked up a used government model and put 50 rounds through it. On the second to last clip, when I inserted the clip the slide went forward automatically. Only time it happened, maybe I accidentally released it. But, got me to wondering about the quality. I know it's not a high end 1911, but in general, what is the consensus on quality? Similar to a RIA? Better, worse?

    Pic below. The stainless clip, I picked up at a pawn shop along with the ammo and "adult" snap 'n pops.

    Thanks!

    Auto Ordnance M1911a1.jpg
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    Was your Auto-Ordnance made in West Hurley, NY, or Worcester, MA?
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    It looks nice, I'd guess it's the latter, Hawkmoon.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hawkmoon View Post
    Was your Auto-Ordnance made in West Hurley, NY, or Worcester, MA?
    Worcester, MA.
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    A-O pistols were made in West Hurley when the company was owned by Numrich. Quality control on the West Hurley pistols was "spotty," and that's being charitable. Then Kahr Arms bought A-O and moved production to Worcester. In general, quality was greatly improved under Kahr's ownership.
    Hawkmoon
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    Thanks for the info!
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    If you look at the list of forums on this web group you will find a thread about all the trouble I had with Auto Ordnance 1911. I bought a brand new Auto Ordnance 1911 BOKW in 2018. I had more trouble with that pistol than any other firearm I've ever owned. I put it on consignment and was delighted when it sold. I won't buy that brand again.
    i sold all my handguns. . . . . . . . . . except for the 1911 style pistols in .45 ACP.
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    You can see my thread below on my experience so far with the AO. Had some bad early feeding issues with some bulk ammo, but steadily improved with break-in. Since this was my 1st 1911 I can't tell you how it compares to other brands.
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    The couple of those that Iíve seen have been a very good value for what they cost.

    I worked on one for a friend who wanted some serious internal upgrades, and was surprised at the quality of workmanship that I saw as I detail stripped the pistol.
    "Sights are for the unenlightened."

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    I've seen lots of reports on quality that vary from good to bad, sometimes based on where they were made. I was wondering what experiences folks on here have had. It shot pretty much like the .45 I had in the Army, which is what I was looking for. I suppose only time and more rounds will tell about this one's quality.
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