Para USA PXT LDA Single Stack Carry Safe

Description

The Para USA PXT LDA Single Stack Carry Safe are semi-automatic small-frame pistols chambered in 9mm and .45 ACP. Along with the Warthogs, the PXT LDA pistols are Para USA’s offerings for concealed carry. PXT LDA pistols are double-action only, differing significantly from the single-action only Warthogs. The LDA’s also cost more on average than the Warthogs, likely the result of “custom” touches like a match-grade barrel, lightweight alloy and stainless steel receivers and night sights. Para USA recommends PXT LDA pistols for concealed carry and self-defense.

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Specifications

Companion
Caliber: .45 ACP
Grip: Synthetic/black
Capacity: 7
Sights: Adjustable rear sight and fiber optic front sight
Features: Match grade barrel
Action: Semi-auto
Material/Finish: Stainless steel/matte black
Size: Small
Trigger: Double-action only
Website: http://www.para-usa.…
Weight: 2 pounds
Barrel Length: 3.5"
Length: 7.1"
Height: 5"
Companion II
Caliber: .45 ACP
Grip: Textured wood
Capacity: 8
Sights: Adjustable rear sight and fiber optic front sight
Features: Match grade barrel
Action: Semi-auto
Material/Finish: Stainless steel/matte black
Size: Small
Trigger: Double-action only
Website: http://www.para-usa.…
Weight: 2.1 pounds
Barrel Length: 4.25"
Length: 7.75"
Height: 5.75"
Carry 9
Caliber: 9mm
Grip: Synthetic/black
Capacity: 8
Sights: 2-dot rear sight and fiber optic front sight
Features: Match grade barrel
Action: Semi-auto
Material/Finish: Stainless steel/matte black
Size: Small
Trigger: Double-action only
Website: http://www.para-usa.…
Weight: 1.5 pounds
Barrel Length: 3"
Length: 6.5"
Height: 4.75"
Carry
Caliber: .45 ACP
Grip: Synthetic/black
Capacity: 6
Sights: Adjustable rear sight and fiber optic front sight
Features: Match grade barrel
Action: Semi-auto
Material/Finish: Stainless steel/matte black
Size: Small
Trigger: Double-action only
Website: http://www.para-usa.…
Weight: 1.8 pounds
Barrel Length: 3"
Length: 6.5"
Height: 4.75"
PDA (9mm)
Caliber: 9mm
Grip: Textured wood
Capacity: 8
Sights: Night sights
Features: Match grade barrel
Action: Semi-auto
Material/Finish: Alloy steel/black matte finish with stainless highlights
Size: Small
Trigger: Double-action only
Website: http://www.para-usa.…
Weight: 1.5 pounds
Barrel Length: 3"
Length: 6.4"
Height: 4.75"
PDA (.45 ACP)
Caliber: .45 ACP
Grip: Textured wood
Capacity: 6
Sights: Night sights
Features: Match grade barrel
Action: Semi-auto
Material/Finish: Alloy steel/black matte finish with stainless highlights
Size: Small
Trigger: Double-action only
Website: http://www.para-usa.…
Weight: 1.5 pounds
Barrel Length: 3"
Length: 6.5"
Height: 4.75"
MSRP$899.00

Editor Review

If you’re a “classic 1911" guy, you will likely hate this gun. But if you’re fairly comfortable with other modern semi-automatics, chances are you will find this an intriguing addition to your carry options. And in both cases, this is for the same reason: Para’s LDA trigger system.

The LDA stands for “Light Double Action.” Hard-core 1911 devotees usually find the idea of a 1911 with a double action trigger to be anathema, a wrongness from some mirror universe that deserves to be cast back into the darkness and then purification rituals performed.

But for those of us who aren’t quite true believers, having the 1911 platform available with a double action trigger seems to combine the best of all worlds. You have the stability and proven performance of the platform with the additional mental comfort of the safety of the double action trigger. This is the selling point behind the name of the “Carry Safe.”

I’ve shot both the 9mm and .45 ACP versions. The extra weight of the all-steel construction helps to soak up the 9mm snap, making it easy to get back on target. The .45 rolling push is likewise easier managed. In neither case are they hard to shoot well, even after multiple rounds, until you start to get tired from holding a heavier pistol.

Now, I’m biased. I own a Para Carry 12, an older and slightly larger version of the Carry Safe. It’s my primary carry gun, and I really like it. I’ve also owned a number of other Para Ordnance firearms over the years, and have generally had good experiences with them. The Carry Safe versions I’ve shot were up to the high standard of quality I expect from Para’s higher-end guns. Quality materials, good workmanship. Not what you’d get with a custom 1911, but favorably comparable to most everything else on the mass market.

The 3" barrel makes for a small package, making it easier to carry. But at 24 ounces, these are not pocket pistols. You’ll want to carry it in a secure and supported holster - the good news is that they should fit into just about any holster made for an Officer-sized or generic 1911.

Personally, with the short barrel in the .45 ACP, I prefer to go with a lighter weight bullet in order to get a bit more velocity - the 3" Para we used in the BBTI tests got over a thousand FPS out of all the Cor Bon 165 and 185 grain rounds.  I carry the 185 grain DPX +P in my Carry 12. They cycle just fine in my gun, and we experienced no problems with the Paras we used in testing, so I think that Para has these guns well tuned.

Dislikes? Well, there aren’t too many, to be honest. I haven’t heard of any problems with the Carry Safe guns, but in the past some Paras could be spotty in terms of quality, and for that reason you’ll find some pretty uneven opinions of them on the web. Plus like I said, the 1911 purists won’t like the LDA trigger.

So, if you like the 1911 platform, but carrying “cocked & locked” makes you a bit nervous, take a look at the Para Carry Safe guns. The LDA trigger makes for a very interesting package.