Para-Ordnance Manufacturing, Inc. of Toronto, Canada (operating in the US as Para USA, in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.), produces a wide range of pistols based on the Colt M1911 semiautomatic pistol series. They are known worldwide for being the originators of the high-capacity M1911-style pistol. Another of Para-Ordnance's claims to fame is that they produced the first Double-Action Only (DAO) M1911-style pistol. Para-Ordnance also sponsors professional shooter Todd Jarrett, and they have produced a pistol bearing his name.

The PistolsEdit


Introduced in 1990, this was the first of the Para-Ordnance line. It is basically a high-capacity 1911, with a few cosmetic differences. The P14-45 is a favorite of competition shooters, and is an effective weapon with good reliability.


  • Caliber: .45 Automatic Colt Pistol (.45 ACP)
  • Action: Semi-automatic, single action
  • Magazine Capacity: 14 rounds plus 1 chambered
  • Length: 8.5in/216mm
  • Barrel Length: 5in/127mm
  • Weight (Unloaded): 40 oz./1334g


At the time of its introduction in 2002, the Para-Ordnance Carry was the world's smallest Double-Action Only (DAO) pistol, and was the first in the Carry Option line. This was not the first to be designed with the Para-Ordnance "Light Double Action" (LDA) system. The pistol can be carried with the hammer down, ready to fire, the hammer remaining flush against the pistol when not in use, and each trigger pull produces a smooth, clean shot. The Carry comes equipped with night sights as a standard


  • Action: Semi-automatic, Light Double Action (LDA)
  • Magazine Capacity: 6 rounds plus 1 chambered.
  • Length: 6.5in/165mm
  • Barrel Length: 3in/76mm
  • Weight (Unloaded): 30 oz./850g

Concealed Carry Weapon (CCW)Edit

This Carry Option pistol was introduced in 2003, and provides a near-perfect balance between concealability and ease of firing.


  • Caliber: .45 Automatic Colt Pistol (.45 ACP)
  • Action: Semi-automatic, LDA
  • Magazine Capacity: 7 rounds plus 1 chambered
  • Length: 7.7in/196mm
  • Barrel Length: 4.25in/108mm
  • Weight (Unloaded): 30 oz./850g

Carry 12Edit

Introduced in 2004, the Carry 12 is small enough to be concealed with ease, and also gives the user a great deal of firepower.


  • Caliber: .45 ACP
  • Action: Semi-automatic, LDA
  • Magazine Capacity: 12 rounds plus 1 chambered
  • Length: 7in/178mm
  • Barrel Length: 3.5in/89mm
  • Weight (Unloaded): 34 oz./963g