While getting ready for a road-trip, I went looking around the local Pawn Shops for a good used .45 ACP pistol to take with me. I found one that perfectly suited my needs, it was a Para-Ordnance P-12. A very nice compact pistol, that surprisingly also had a high capacity magazine as well.
Para-Ordnance was founded in Canada in 1985 by two childhood friends, Ted Szabo and Thanos Polyzos. Szabo was born in Hungary and his family fled the country when the Soviets invaded during the Hungarian Revolution in 1956.
Polyzos was born in Greece and later emigrated to Canada. On March 28, 2007, Ted Szabo died at the age of 60. The company’s first product was a plastic paintball gun, the Model 85 “Dye Marking Tactical Machine Pistol”, designed for police and military training purposes.
Para USA (Para) is an American-owned firearms manufacturer. It is the successor to Para-Ordnance, founded in Canada in 1985. It specializes in making M1911-style semi-automatic pistols and components.
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After taking my P-12 to the range to fire, I knew I had made the right choice in this purchase. Call me old fashioned, but when it comes to semi-auto handguns, in my opinion…nothing beats a .45 ACP. Watch the video below and afterwards, I’m sure you’ll agree, that this is a very nice compact handgun.
H/T – Wikipedia