I have an older Auto Ordinance. It had a couple issues and after a couple of failed gunsmith failed remedies, became a paper weight. Now I have a Kimber Ultra Carry II. I love my Kimber.
I was looking at a Hurley gun but after reading all the horror stories opted for the new version made in MA. My serious shooter 1911 is an STI Lawman Commander. Its just awesome and also more than 3 times the cost of the AO.
Nice pistol, good to hear it is tight and functioned well.
I had an older Auto-Ordnance I picked up in the mid '90s used that had slanted slide serrations, I liked it but it wasn't reliable and I ended up replacing everything I could with Wilson Combat parts. Sounds like yours is good to go!
Had it out again today, this time seated and benched with some recipes that have worked well in other guns. All fired at 50' hand held. Seemed to like the Unique load best, the group on the left was fired after a mag change. Changed my position a bit I guess. The Bullseye loads and 231 were 10 each. Had a few limp wrist related FTF. Realized I was holding it pretty loosey goosey.
Tinkered a bit with it today. I noticed the spring plug was a tight fit in the slide compared to my other 2 1911 guns, a Colt, and a Rem R1 with traditional plug, my STI uses a dual spring guide affair. I took note of the fit in these other guns and then took my Dremel and just buffed the sides of the plug flange down a tad to mimic the Colt and Rem and checked for fit and it slides a little easier now. I also am going to try another spring. I note also I had used a shock buff on the second shoot, perhaps its too soon for that, so I took that back out and will shoot it some more without it. Got a couple of mags off of ebay that came today, they looked fine, had all manner of official looking numbers on the bottom plate, but neither would easily fit into the mag well of the AO. Looking down inside I could see they were hanging up on the mag release bar inside the well. Got out my trusty 16 oz claw hammer from my carpenter days and gave the mags a little whack a couple of times and viola, they now go in and out without fuss. Loaded up some Power Pistol for the next range trip. PP works well in at least one other of my .45's so hope it will work here as well.
Tell you one thing. If you look in the Alliants manual for .45 ACP it will show a max load of 8.1 grs (I think) of PP using a 230 gr Speer Gold Dot bullet. I tried that load in my STI with another brand of bullet same weight and I think I saw stars when it went off! Its off the charts hot. I called and talked to Speer about that load and they insist its safe with THAT bullet and THAT bullet only. Guy I talked to said, believe it or not, that using that data with "any other bullet, might blow up your gun!" I asked why if they knew that load was hot and also knowing that many reloaders switch bullet brands all the time, did they not tone it down some, Didn't matter he said, just use THAT bullet only. I dropped that load a full grain as max at 7.1 using a Zero FMJ. Just a heads up.
I picked mine up today and ran a couple magazines threw it with no problems. I have other 1911's and just wanted a near WW2 mil spec unit. So far so good, will get around to running many more rounds through it soon. I had no problems banging a 8" plate at 20 yrds.