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First 1911, RIA Compact

Discussion in '1911 Forums' started by Paddy, Feb 27, 2010.

  1. Paddy

    Paddy Glocktastic!

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    Just bought my first 1911, a Rock Island Armory compact/officer's model, for under 400. Has maybe 200 or 300 rounds down the pipe according to previous owner, finish looks damn near spotless. Performed all the safety checks as described in the sticky, passed everything. Field stripped it, wiped it down, re-oiled everything with some Break Free CLP. Picked up a wilson combat magazine for it, and some cheaper ammo, gonna take it out tomorrow.
     

  2. Paddy

    Paddy Glocktastic!

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  3. josp

    josp

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    I got a tactical 5" not long ago. Shoots great, very accurate, but mine wouldn't lock back on the Wilsons. Works fine with Chip Mccormicks though.
     
  4. Paddy

    Paddy Glocktastic!

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  5. ilgunguygt

    ilgunguygt Enslaved in IL

    I like mine. The RIA compacts are usually pretty reliable to boot
     
  6. watsoncb

    watsoncb CLM

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    I love mine! For the bucks this is one of the best buys out there.
     
  7. Paddy

    Paddy Glocktastic!

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    So I took it out today and put 100 rounds through it. Some of it went very smooth. But most of the time the round wanted to hang up on the feed ramp before even exiting the magazine. I also noticed the slide didn't want to lock open on the last shot several times, the magazine follower would slip up and over the part of the slide stop lever it's supposed to push up inside the breech. I also noticed that the slide would stop halfway open and the slide stop lever would be slid a tiny bit out the frame into the takedown notch on the slide.

    Any solutions besides lots of $$$ and a gunsmith? Replacement parts? Maybe a new slide stop lever that extends a little more into the breech?
     
  8. bac1023

    bac1023

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    Congrats on the RIA.

    I have a full size model and its been great. :)
     
  9. glock2740

    glock2740 Gun lover.

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    Great gun. That was my first RIA. It's going back to Arnel to have Trijicon night sights put on it next week. I'll post pics when I get it back.
     
  10. HAIL CAESAR

    HAIL CAESAR Senior Member

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    For under 4 bills you got a great deal. RIA make a good gun at a good price.
     
  11. bluelineman

    bluelineman Infidel كافر

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    I'm no 1911 expert, but I consistently hear recommendations to get Wilson 47D mags. Maybe one of the resident experts can chime in...

    EDITED: Just read your original post. Were you using the Wilson mags?
     
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  12. ilgunguygt

    ilgunguygt Enslaved in IL

    Man, sorry to hear about the bad luck. I know you dont want to hear it right now, but mine has been flawless in operation. I think you might be best off sending it to the RIA warrantely center and letting them have a crack at it. I think you have a definate mag issue for sure, along with something else. You could buy another mag, because you would want to do that anyway, and try it. RIA does stand behind their guns, and you will get it fixed by them if you contact them.

    On a different note, you are the third person this week I have heard that has problems with a new RIA pistol. Two were compacts, one a fullsize. Its common for the smaller 1911s to have problems, but it seems to be getting more common. I hope this isnt a sign that QC is slipping at RIA. Maybe they are selling too many guns and cranking them out too fast?
     
  13. Paddy

    Paddy Glocktastic!

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    I was using the mag that came with it, and I was also using a wilson combat mag, and both were having the same issue. I think the slide stop lever may to blame.

    As for the misfeeding, I have no clue. Maybe it needs to be shot more?

    Here's some pics:

    Gun has maybe 300 rounds through it, so it's been shot a bit, but it's still fairly new. Wilson Combat magazine was brand new when I first used it, and the factory mag had as many rounds as the gun.

    You can tell the followers are definitely rising high enough in the next two. The springs are fairly firm too.

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    I'm no expert but it sure seems like there's not much to grab on to for the slide stop lever. Check these out.

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