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Got a Rock Island GI

Discussion in '1911 Forums' started by jethro21, Dec 1, 2009.

  1. jethro21


    Nov 28, 2003
    I sold the boat anchor impluse buy AMT I bought a few months ago and bought a RIA on black friday, no sales tax. I had gone to check it out about 2 times before deciding to buy it.

    I am very impressed at this gun. I am not experienced in 1911's, but since getting bit by the bug I have been going to every gun shop around and handling their 1911's. I gotta say that for a <$500 gun I am pretty impressed. The fit is tight, the action is very smooth and I can't find any machine marks on it.

    I put 50 rounds through it today (can't find ammo anywhere) and it didn't so much as hiccup. It was only ball ammo, but from the reviews I have read I am not worried about hollow point. The trigger has a slight up and down play, not sure if this is normal/acceptable or not....?

    The sights are friggen small, and it shot high consistantly. I am planning on changing the sights when I get some funds.

    The only odd thing was the slide wouldn't lock back for my Wilson mags. It functioned perfectly with the factory mag and with a Colt mag, but it refused to lock back with the Wilson, whether when shooting or hand cycling.....Not sure if anyone has any thoughts on why.

    Anyway, we will see if my small purchase pans out in a couple thousand rounds, although with ammo scarce that may take a long while (I guess it is time to start reloading again).

    Just wanted to let anyone looking for a cheap 1911 my early thoughts on this gun.


    HAIL CAESAR Senior Member

    Mar 1, 2007
    In my shop
    The trigger play is fine and normal, especially for a $400 gun.

    It should feed HP's fine.

    Wilson mags may have weakened springs.

    RIA is a great bargain gun.

  3. bac1023


    Sep 26, 2004

    Mine has fed FMJ and JHP with no problems.
  4. glock2740

    glock2740 Gun lover.

    Jun 19, 2008
    NW Ark.
    Congrats! Rock Islands are the best gun, especially 1911 for the money on the market. I have 3 and love them all.
  5. GoodGuy


    Oct 27, 2000
    I've had one for several weeks now and for the $425 that I paid for it I think it's an awesome gun. I only have about 75 rounds thru it but it's perfomed admirably. I've had several 1911's in the $2000-2500 range and they may be a little prettier and such but you can't beat this one for less than a fifth the price. Mine fed the Hornady HP's fine but choked on the "flying ashtrays" but then again most guns probably would. I bought it as kind of a "play" gun to learn more about 1911's and I'm really impressed.
  6. cowboywannabe

    cowboywannabe you savvy?

    Jan 26, 2001
    some of the best $325.00 i ever spent.
  7. ilgunguygt

    ilgunguygt Enslaved in IL

    I have a 3.5" compact model that will feed anything. Nice little pistol, extended beavertail, commander hammer, but has the GI trigger and sites. Shoots well and reliably.
  8. willis68


    Nov 9, 2007
    That is if you like 1911's that are made in the Philippines, sorry guys but I wouldn't own one if it was given to me for free!! :whistling:
    Last edited: Dec 1, 2009
  9. ctap105

    ctap105 Monkey D Luffy

    Nov 5, 2009
    I have never owned one. Just kimber and colts. For a person not really wanting to dish out the money, from what I hear, they're the ones to buy. If I bought one and tricked it out, I still couldn't be happy. Especially if it ain't be no colt.
  10. ilgunguygt

    ilgunguygt Enslaved in IL

    Then you sir, are downright silly. There are every bit as good as any of the entry level 1911s and kick the crap out of some of them. Like, say, a taurus.

    To say you would not own one if it was given to you is silly because everyone here knows that isnt true.
  11. Quack

    Quack Rent this space

    Jan 7, 2002
    NE Ohio

    if the vertical play bothers you, just buy a new trigger and fit it, by a little filing.

    Wilson's seem to do that on other guns too, so it's not your RIA.
  12. willis68


    Nov 9, 2007
    You obviously do not know me, and to say I am silly for not wanting to own a 1911 made in the Philippines, well if one is ever given to me, I will sell it to you I would never OWN one, and I am very serious about that...
    Last edited: Dec 1, 2009
  13. cowboywannabe

    cowboywannabe you savvy?

    Jan 26, 2001
    everybody has their quirks....if it aint the big three then they dont want it...
    so what. doesnt detract from the filipino guns at all.
  14. jethro21


    Nov 28, 2003
    I am very happy with my Philipino made gun, when comparing fit and finish with the springfield gi and para gi expert that were at the shop the RIA I bought felt and looked better, hands down. I am sure that may bring up some comments that I am a newbie who doesn't know the difference, but for me the look/fit/feel, positive reviews, outstanding customer service reputation and price made the purchase easy for me.

    Someday when my department decides to give me a raise again (not for at least the next 2 years they say) I will sink some money into something of higher quality and price point, but I have this strange feeling this gun will still be kickin butt when that time comes.
  15. den888


    Sep 4, 2009
    SF Bay Area
    Congrats !!!
  16. willis68


    Nov 9, 2007
    Congrats on the pistol. As I have heard from several people they are well worth the money, I just have a problem with the 1911 being built anywhere but the USA, it is one of the best designs that ever came out of this country and I feel that it should be kept here, call me a purist, enjoy your pistol and my apologies if you took any offense to this :cool:
  17. mikegun


    Jun 22, 2006
    I think the commander size RIA has the best balance of any 1911 ive held, i say that as i own 2 kimbers, nut would not hesitate getting another RIA...
  18. jethro21


    Nov 28, 2003
    Willis, none taken. I just think we have to be willing to accept the fact that good things can be made outside of the US, just as bad things can be made in the US....My former 1911 being a bad thing...

    That being said, I will sink some money into a good US built gun hopefully sooner rather than later.
  19. okie

    okie GT Mayor

    Oct 28, 2001
    Muskogee Ok.
    Congrats my friend:wavey:
  20. Oaklands


    Nov 25, 2009
    I just took one in trade for an old beater pickup I was selling. It feels fine but needed a good cleaning. Practically looks new now. I will take it to the range and give it a test run.

    I own 2 other 1911's. One is a Kimber Pro Carry II in stainless I just received a couple of weeks ago. The other is another Phillipino Metro Arms AC II Deluxe.

    The AC II is a great little gun. Cheap like the RIA. It is very accurate and has not hiccuped one time since in the 175 rounds I have put through it. I trust it for carry or in my nightstand.

    Yes the trigger does have an up and down movement but does not seem to be a problem when dry firing.

    I can't comment on mags since I have not been to the range yet. I will firing mine with some new Kimber Pro-Tac mags.

    Enjoy your gun. If you are happy, that is all that matters. I too will have different sights put on if I decide to keep it for a while. For now I put some orange paint on the front and some green on the rear to help my older eyes see them better.