The Kahr/Auto Ordnance M1911A1
I honestly could not help but compare it to an authentic M1911A1, after all, that is what it was trying to imitate. The stainless steel barrel shone through the ejection port like a million candle spotlight. The trigger appeared to be plastic with two small holes through it. The frame appeared to be cast. I was pleased to see that the thumb safety was styled after the GI "nubbin" safety, and the lanyard looped mainspring housing was steel. The wide spur hammer was a nice touch. The rollmark was discreet, a simple small "Model 1911A1 US Army" mark on the left side of the slide. The slide serrations were vertical. The parkerized pistol came with one magazine. The store was asking $499 for it, a good deal judging from the auction sites.
All in all, the Auto Ordnance pistol looked the part. With a bit of wear, a stamped M1911A1 trigger, a blackened barrel, and some real surplus grips, It could initially fool those who are not really familiar with GI pistols. I could not place my finger on exactly what, but something seemed to be out of spec dimensionally. Before Kahr took over Auto Ordnance, the reported reliability of these pistols was spotty. They have supposedly improved now. At $500 though, I think I would just buy a Springfield GI45 instead.