Range review of the ATI Firepower Xtreme GI commander 1911 in 45acp
During my trading I came across a great price on an entry level 1911 made in the Philippines and imported by ATI. This Commander sized 1911 cost me $349. I had some concerns because of the name firepower xtreme and not having experience with ATI's imports. However this pistol has reviewed very well and now I see why.
This is what you get in the box, just one magazine, paperwork, trial lube, and a manual. The gun was not overly lubed with shipping lube, in fact it was only lubed in a few places.
This gun was tight, the barrel bushing would hardly move, the slide stop is very tight and during reassembly finding the right position was critical. The slide to frame fit is the tightest I have seen outside of a Colt competition, so is the barrel bushing. Now some specs: This 1911 weighs 35.7 oz's without a mag. It is 7 13/16" long, 5 3/8" tall, .952" slide width, and 1.29" wide at the grip panels. The SA trigger pull runs 5.5lbs with a 1/4" reset. The LOP is 2.65". The magazine holds 8 rounds. The barrel is 4.25" long, and is made from 4140 steel. The textured grips are mahogany and feel very good. Another reason I chose this model was I don't like the GI beaver tail when shooting 45acp, it beats my hand up. This 1911 has an extended beaver tail with a memory bump.
The Pistol looks pretty good with the matte finish, I can't tell what was used to get the finish, but it is nice. The military style sights are correctly aligned, but the front sight was too high. I was hitting about 3-4 inches low at the beginning. The height was .166 from the factory, so I took .010 off at a time until I reached a good POI. My final height ended up at .124. Windage may be a bit left , but I am not ready to drift the rear sight yet. Now I have done a few things to make this even a better pistol. Did light polishing to the outside of the barrel, inside of the barrel bushing, inside of the barrel link, the slide rails, the frame feed ramp and barrel ramp. As far as functionality there is no real need to do any polishing, I just wanted it to smooth out and be easier to take down/reassemble.
So far it has run over 200 rounds of both factory and reloads flawlessly. The target was at 20 yards, and it took me a few shots to get my sight picture down. But after that hitting the bullseye area was easy. This inexpensive 1911 has really performed very well, and is a keeper. Thanks for taking the time to read my review.