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First 1911......Rock Island Armory?

Discussion in '1911 Forums' started by Airborne Infantryman, Feb 4, 2010.

  1. Airborne Infantryman

    Airborne Infantryman 'Murica!

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    Hey guys,

    Looking to get my very first 1911......my gun dealer whom I'm good friends with is offering to to sell me one of these for $480 brand new in box. My question is this: how well are these for a first 1911? It'd be a range gun at first, until I proved itself to me. How do these compare in terms of "Bang-for-Buck"? I'm not really wanting to go all gung-ho on 1911s just yet, and want a decent one for the first. Here is what the one he's offering me looks like:

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  2. ilgunguygt

    ilgunguygt Enslaved in IL

    If its the tactical model, thats a fairly good deal, and a nice gun. If its the GI model, still a good gun, but not so much of a good deal. I bought the compact model for 375 a few months ago. It was a great deal for a reliable 3.5" 1911.
     

  3. RedsoxFan4Lyfe

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    My friend has a RIA, the standard GI model. It has been perfect for us. We shoot it every range session. We must have over 5K rounds through it, we have not cleaned it in months, and probably over 1K rounds. It eats any ammo, HP or FMJ and with Wilson mags, which I use in all my 1911 pistols, we have never had a malfunction in the pistol.

    It is accurate enough and loose as a GI spec 1911 should be. They are great and solid guns for the money. I have not heard a bad thing about them anywhere. Yes they are cast, but Ruger cast their frames and their revolvers are the strongest around. Beyond that .45acp is a low pressure round, it doesnt beat on guns so the RIA should last a long time in my eyes. So cast parts are not ALL bad, you cant go wrong with a RIA.
     
  4. bac1023

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    I like Armscor 1911s.
     
  5. Brucev

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    I have not fired a RIA 1911. I have handled a few at the local gun shop. Price on a used RIA in good condition in my area is around $450 or a little more. Recently I bought a virtually unfired SA 1911 Mil Spec w/ a box of .45 ACP FMJ for $400 OTD. This is in the same shop that has the used RIA at $450 plus tax. If you can get a new RIA for $480 then, given what I've seen new 1911's selling for in my area, I'd buy the RIA and head for the range. HTH. Sincerely. Brucev.
     
  6. joepa150

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    In my area I can get a full size RIA GI model for $399
     
  7. Tejasshooter

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    I bought my tactical RIA used last year and love it. The only down side I have with it so far is that the finish is not very tough. Mine has counter marks all over the slide, which does not really matter since I am going to have it hard chromed soon. I will try to post a pick of the scratches when I get home.
     
  8. jaxxx

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    Do u have the parkarized finish or satin nickel??
     
  9. Tejasshooter

    Tejasshooter

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    I have the parkarized finish. Not sure about the satin nickel finish. Either way you can't go wrong with the RIA.
     
  10. AF-Odin

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    I have 2 full size RIA GI .45s and a compact tactical. Love them.. All three eat anything I feed them as long as it fits in the case gauge. Accuracy is decent for routine range work and self defense. MOST I paid was $485 OTD for the compact tactical from Bellshire Hardware on Gunbroker about a year ago. Love these guns and they are more reliable than my Series 70 Colt.
     
  11. SouthpawShootr

    SouthpawShootr NRA Life Member

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    I think a RIA Tactical would make a very good first 1911. My first was a Colt and I paid $500 for it NIB in 1991. You run upon a deal like that, just buy it. What you quote is about what I paid for mine OTD about in October or November last year. It's not a smokin' deal for a Tactical, but not bad either. If it's just a plain GI-style 1911, then you can do much better, I think. I bought mine with the idea of it being a range workhorse. I like it quite a bit.
     
  12. jaxxx

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    Can u replace the sights on the RIA GI model??
     
  13. MD357

    MD357

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    Yes. There are few options with sights that will fit your stock cut or you can have the slide cut for several different styles.
     
  14. alabaster

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    My Dad has a RI GI model. nO IDEA WHAT HE PAID FOR IT, BUT KNOWING MY pOP, IT WASN'T MUCH! It's been dead stone reliable, but like one of the previous posters, we've only used Wilson mags in it. I don't even know if we ever used the factory supplied one(s). I haven't seen many of them around here(DC Metro), so pricing I haven't a clue of. Still though, they seem to be a reliable gun in my experience.
     
  15. Airborne Infantryman

    Airborne Infantryman 'Murica!

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    Thanks for all the input guys! I went with it, and I got it. He threw in a couple of Wilson 47D mags as well. I haven't shot it yet, but I've shot 1911s before; they definitely have a MUCH different feel than any Glock or any other pistol I've fired for that matter. Obligatory pictures.

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    I'm going to order some Ergo Grips for it; I prefer the thin, sandpaper feel of those grips. Does anyone know if the RIA 1911s use just regular grip screws, or are they different than any other 1911? Recommendations?
     
  16. SouthpawShootr

    SouthpawShootr NRA Life Member

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    :thumbsup: Glad to see it. I think you'll be pleased with it.
     
  17. Brucev

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    For $480 you have bought a very nice pistol. Clean it up, lube it up, buy some ammo and head for the range! Remember... take Pictures! Then post a range report. Good Shooting! Sincerely. Brucev.
     
  18. glock2740

    glock2740 Gun lover.

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    RIA is the best buy for the money in the 1911 world IMO.
     
  19. ParaBear

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    Yes, tell us how it shoots. Also you might want to order some Tripp Cobra Magazines for your 1911, expensive, but top of the line.
     
  20. JK-linux

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    They are $380 shipped on GB. Not a bad deal. Actually, an excellent deal IMHO.