Metro Arms - Firestorm 1911 Goverment

by Wayne Kissinger
(Kansas)

Firestorm Govt 1911 DLX

Firestorm Govt 1911 DLX

My experience extends back to the mid 70's when I started into law enforcement. I have owned and fired nearly every make and model of standard law enforcement pistols and revolvers. The sheriff accused me of "clanking" when I walked.

My latest acquisition is a new firearm manufactured in the Philippines by a relatively new company called Metro Arms. Not to be confused with the Firestorm brand of pistols, this is definitely a Government model 1911. I was amazed at the quality of the blued finish when I first opened the box. The checkering of the grips was as clean and precise as any I have seen. Upon visual inspection I was pleased to find a very well fitted frame, barrel, and slide that all moved as if it were custom fitted and polished on the Firestorm 1911 Government model. This however seems to be the way Metro Arms makes them. There is none of the rattle you may be familiar with on some .45s and the tolerances between the parts are pretty good.

The best part of this Firestorm 1911 Government though was the price. I got mine at our local gun shop for $409. I think the advertised price is $481. I have never been so pleased with a new gun as I am with this one.

The proof is in the shooting. I have fired over a thousand rounds of every kind of load there is including some of my own reloads. I had one failure to go into battery, but discovered that one of my reloads had a bad case that escaped me while I was loading. Everything else I fired fed and fired smoothly. The Firestorm 1911 Government is still as tight as new and the finish has stood up to several different types of holsters. I just can't find anything to knock this pistol on.

It looks good, and shoots just as good, and didn't send my wife into orbit for what I spent on it.

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Aug 06, 2013
my new classic II NEW
by: old cop

i just bought my new metro arms American classic II this morning. I took it out to the range to test fire it. Not the best day here in Texas for shooting, being 100 degrees. I shot 4 mags through it at 7,10, 15, and 25 yards. the gun shot flawlessly. It is very accurate for a brand new gun. The slide works smmothly ( better than many higher priced guns I have tried). The fit and finish is oustanding. I think this is the beginning of a long frienship.

Oct 29, 2012
Great Guns NEW
by: Anonymous

I own many 45s,i bought a metro and found the gun to be a very well made.ive put over a thousand rounds through it and it never failed.i now own three of them and shoot them much more than my high dollar 45s.i go to the Philippines every year,i hope i can visit the plant and tell them to keep up the great work on there guns.

Oct 29, 2012
Great Guns NEW
by: Anonymous

I own many 45s,i bought a metro and found the gun to be a very well made.ive put over a thousand rounds through it and it never failed.i now own three of them and shoot them much more than my high dollar 45s.i go to the Philippines every year,i hope i can visit the plant and tell them to keep up the great work on there guns.

May 09, 2012
Metro arms vs high end NEW
by: Doc Eric or ericmd98

I have now fired 9800 rounds thru my metro arms 1911, had 30 FTF probably due to reloaded ammo, since my last post I have acquired a colt rail gun, Springfield xd, Glock 17, sig 220 Sao out of curiosity, I see no difference between a high end pistol and the low end metro arms except for availability of night sights, but I recently found out that trijicon hd night sights have the same measurement as the sights on the metro arms 1911, will order one then if it works, the high end 1911s no longer have an advantage over the metro arms 1911

Mar 31, 2012
Lower Price NEW
by: Anonymous

The first and most obvious reason is that Metro Arms is manufactured in the Philippines. I would imagine that labor is higher in the States. They probably don't use the same manufacturing techniques or make as many as Colt or the others. The craftsmanship is just as high or higher because each gunsmith would have more time to spend on each gun. That, combined with US makers spending so much on their brand advertising has a great deal to do with it too.

Mar 31, 2012
Why. NEW
by: Pilosopong Basyo

Why are Metro 1911s' price so cheap when the quality and performance are great? Does it mean 1911s are really not expensive to make or is it because Kimbers, STI, Wesson etc. 1911s are overpriced?

Is there anybody who can enlighten me? Anybody who can explain why?

Thank u!

Oct 07, 2011
FIRESTORM
by: Anonymous

parating palang next week ung firestorm commander ko...i just saw it in the internet..hopefully maganda performans.

Aug 11, 2011
virgin at .45
by: Anonymous

i used to have the taurus pt92. great gun. no complaints except for the thick grip. had it for ten years. never had a reason to buy another pistol. made an exception with the firestorm commander .45. never had a .45 before. friends been telling me how good the gun is and inexpensive to boot. always liked the grip of a 1911. not too big and not too small. just enough for my hands. weight, though heavy, is good. like 'em heavy enough for stability. i feel like shooting a toy gun when i grip a polymer pistol. just my thing. bought the commander last monday, firing this weekend. excited.

Jul 20, 2011
Metro arms
by: Doc Eric

As an update on the metro arms 1911 contender which I bought last year, I now have fired 6 thousand rounds using it, i had 18 FTF probably due to bad range ammo, the finish is still the same, the slide to frame fit is still tight, from 5 inch groups at 5 meter I can now shoot 4 inch groups at 20 meters. I compared it with a colt 1911 government model, cant see the difference in terms of quality.I bought an HS 45 and glock 17, I shoot better with the metro arms. The metro arms is so worth it, the price is so cheap, its even cheaper than the shoes I wear at work.

Sep 07, 2010
Thanks for the metro arms review
by: Anonymous

I bought the metro arms 45ACP 1911 contender the day after your post. Buying a kimber custom II for 66 thousand pesos($1400) is a hard pill to swallow. The metro arms hard chrome 45 only cost me 25T pesos($543). Im happy with my purchase, the pistol is more accurate than me, had 1500 range reloads thru it, had 9 failure to feed, most of it while racking the slide, was babying it. Will spend the 857$ i saved on ammo and shooting lessons. Thanks for your review.

Jul 16, 2010
Reply to DOC Eric
by: Wayne

To try to answer your questions comparing pistols, as I said in my review I have had the unique opportunity to shoot a great many of the available guns on the market. Police officers in my day were required to provide their own weapons and whenever we shot we compared them up close. This one from Firestorm shoots as well as any and better than most. My requirement for a pistol was that it always go "bang" when I pull the trigger and that it puts the bullet where I tell it to every time. I do like my guns to have a nice fit and finish too. The fit is more important though as that is what controls the function. I have seen many Colts and other more expensive guns that did not operate nearly as well as my Firestorm because of their fit and finish. I see no reason to pay extra for the same function, kind of like whether a person wants to ride a Harley when a Suzuki or Honda will do the same thing just as well, only for less money.

Jul 16, 2010
I got mine in Ottawa
by: Wayne

The Gun Guys gun shop is where I go when I look for anything. Their price may be a little higher than some of the internet sites but by the time you add on shipping it usually more than makes up for it. They have been able to get the Metro Arms 45s. They are good people to talk to too.

Jul 16, 2010
Metro Arms?
by: Watchman on the Wall

Wayne, where are these available?
I saw a gunshop in Wellington listing them for $420, but were out of stock. Goddard Gunnery wants too much, $499.
Metro Arms website is under construction at this time...
Mike
Wichita

Jul 16, 2010
Firestorm comparable to a kimber?
by: Doc Eric

Im a begginer in target shooting. Im interested in purchasing a 1911 pistol, is the firestorm delux by metro arms comparable to the kimber, and paraordinance? If its comparable, i will be hesitant to spend extra money on a kimber and paraordinance, and will just get the firestorm.

Jul 16, 2010
Firestorm comparable to a kimber?
by: Doc Eric

Im a begginer in target shooting. Im interested in purchasing a 1911 pistol, is the firestorm delux by metro arms comparable to the kimber, and paraordinance? If its comparable, i will be hesitant to spend extra money on a kimber and paraordinance, and will just get the firestorm.

Jun 14, 2010
Firestorm Commander 1911
by: Doc Ron

this is my first time to own a Philippine-made gun, my previous pistol was a Para-Ord .45, i am very impressed with the craftsmanship of this Firestorm Commander. I fired 1000 rounds from this gun and it delivered flawlessly. All I can say is this gun is very reliable and not heavy on the pocket.

Apr 01, 2010
Good gun
by: Anonymous

I can tell you that the one I own is a perfect fit and function 1911. All the Colt parts interchange if you want to change something. I have shot them all and this one does as well as any Colt I ever shot. Why pay double for a name?

Apr 01, 2010
new firestorm owner
by: jhe

I decide to buy Fire storm 1911 but some of my friends disapoint me kc bihira p lng my ganito s amin. i order already pero dko pa nahawakan kinkantiawan n nila ako. colt kc ung datingakin. please give me some advice. tnx po n godbless

Feb 28, 2010
Nice pistol
by: Richard

Nice to see some good quality 1911's popping up that are reasonably priced. This gives me the motivation to start seriously looking at one for myself...hope you will keep us updated on how it performs as you use it more.

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