Edit: I now have a replacement for my first amigo in hand and will post shortly on the shooting review. Overall the this Amigo is not as fit an polished as the first, but is perfectly OK for the price payed. The First Amigo looked like a hand fitted custom, with out a machine mark anywhere. The second has obvious machine marks inside the slide, and some of the exterior corners around the grip safety and MSH show machine chatter at just tips of the corners. The trigger is slightly looser in this second one too. The second is more along the lines of what I was expecting. At first glance a gorgeous 1911, but as you get up close an personal you see some of the machine marks. Nothing a casual observer would notice.
Well I picked it up today. Opening the box, here was a 1911 with the fit and finish of a fine Colt(now an inside joke more later) Although I for some reason had it more pictured as a micro 1911 then it is.
Fit was tight, easy to hand cycle. Very oily and greasy with the smelly shipping grease. Got it home and cleaned it up.
First thing, I ditched the inexpensive redish grips for a set of Colt checkered wrap around grips. I cleaned it all up and greased with Tetra, and oiled with breakfree.
Off to the range. Signing in I picked up a Kimpro officers mag to go with the ACT Mag it came with. ( I honestly dislike the ACT mag, as this is a concealed carry gun why have a huge bumper pad hanging down? KimPro is flush fit.
Onto the range, load up 7 and 7. Sling shot it, and... it stops a 1/4" from going into battery. So I slap the rear and into battery it is. Fire, eject, jam. Locked the slide up 1/4" outta battery. repeat slap fire eject, jam 14 more times. Sometimes the slide would go into battery with a slap, sometimes I had to wrench it back and eject the round and start over. for 14 rounds and I had had enough.
Disappointed i went onto work to ponder it all day, I also stripped it down at work and cleaned the firing pin, and extractor(issue here).
When I got home, I tore it down, gave it another thorough cleaning. Then I got out the flitz and felt wheel, and polished the chamber and feed ramp.
I then took down the recoil spring and replaced it with a Kimber spring. Now for this initial testing I have left the spring as long as my Pro size spring. I very well may have over sprung it. But it is severely under sprung from the factory. This I confirmed from my neighbors defender when he got home. The ACA takes 1/4 the effort to rack then the defender. It also explains why it was throwing my casings 20ft to the right upon ejection.
RESULT: Ramp and chamber are MUCH smoother. The slide no longer shuts with a click, but a authoritative chunk sound. Much more effort is needed for the slide to rack it.
ISSUES: Extractor, the rear is cut too deep allowing it to clock in the slide. Although this has yet to be an issue, it does clock 5-8degrees of free play.
Slide stop, required some touch up with sand paper to be usuable to release the slide, the edges were very sharp and held too tight to the slide. (I could see the usefulness of a Extended lever here, although I prefer to slingshot the slide.)
This 1911 was not nearly the effortless 1911 of my springfield, Taurus, or Kimber, that all functioned flawlessly outta the box. BUT the fit and finish of this one is excellent. So much so that when I was in the range house with the Colt grips on it, all three VERY confident police armorors passed it around and no one figured out that it was not a colt upon inspection, nobody read the right side. They assumed it was a new model of the officer, since the fit and finish are excellent and the grips read Colt, and the feel and trigger were awesome.
The trigger has a deeper curve to it then most I have fired but it feels excellent to me, trigger is crisp and very light, 3-4#'s outta the box.
I have yet to check the extractor tension if it is too high. and it it becomes a problem with the clocking, I see a replacement or a Wilson in the future. EDIT tension tested and OK. Extractor remains a disappointment with the clocking issue though.
The quality is such that I have no issue putting a few more coins into my $489 Amigo (yes I got rung up wrong, I got rung up for a blued model since it was the only one in their books, and the boss wasnt there). This gun will become a primary carry gun if it pans out.
More next week as I get it back to the range and see how my tweeks have worked.