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Loving my RIA!

Discussion in '1911 Forums' started by bear72, Aug 15, 2011.

  1. bear72

    bear72 Member

    Feb 23, 2011
    So, after firing my friends RIA 1911 compact and recently obtaining my CCL, I bought one. My Glock 21 was to bulky for carry, so...with great inner conflict I traded my 14yr old Glock straight across for a new RIA 1911 compact at my local gunshop, and wow. This pistol is worth a closet full of Glocks! Ive put about 200 rounds through it without a single malfunction, it is suprisingly accurate for a compact pistol with small GI sights, it feels wonderful in my hands and am now in love with the 1911 design. I want a full-size badly now (going to try and save for a Wilson...maybe by christmas...of 2014,lol). I will never carry anything but a 1911 again, what a value, I cant beleive this is a $435 pistol, I would expect to pay twice that much for a pistol like this. I ordered black double diamond grips I think will give it a better look. I hope this pic isnt to small.
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  2. cowboywannabe

    cowboywannabe you savvy?

    Jan 26, 2001
    they are one of the best gun to dollar ratios out there.

  3. jrs93accord


    Jul 10, 2005
    Pensacola, FL
    I installed a set of black double diamond rubber grips on my RIA Compact Tactical.


    Be careful. RIAs are habit forming.


    I am very glad that you are well pleased with your RIA. More and more guys are finding out that the RIA 1911s are a real diamond in the rough. :supergrin:
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  4. limbkiller


    Mar 25, 2011
    Congrats on the new RIA. I put this one on lay-away and will pick it up for my 21st birthday. :rofl: I wish. Be 56 on Sept. 5. I can still out work most of these young guys. Need a new gun as I need something new to shoot. Hope I'm as happy with mine as you are.
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  5. bear72

    bear72 Member

    Feb 23, 2011
    Thanks guys. Very nice collection of RIA's! Thats the same grips I ordered, they look great! I hope they look the same on mine.
  6. GeorgiaRedfish

    GeorgiaRedfish Senior Member

    Jun 29, 2010
    Right behind you...
    Congrats man, I sometimes miss my old RIA compact. If I ever get a new one it will definitely be the Tactical model.
  7. faawrenchbndr

    faawrenchbndr DirtyThirty fan CLM

    Nov 24, 2005
    Congrats on the RIA Bear'

    Like many, I believe it's one of the greatest buys in a compact 45!
  8. 3rdgen40

    3rdgen40 .45 fanatic

    May 3, 2008
    Congrats ! I plan to buy one soon myself.Best bang for your buck in a 1911.I have never heard anything but good reviews about RIA's.
  9. glock2740

    glock2740 Gun lover.

    Jun 19, 2008
    NW Ark.
    Congrats! I like my Rock Islands alot.
  10. bac1023


    Sep 26, 2004
    Very nice

    I love my RIA. :)
  11. Nakanokalronin

    Nakanokalronin JMB & MTK

    May 13, 2008
    RIA really makes a solid 1911 that is very easy on the wallet. I used my RIA compact during the colder months for quite some time. Its now a back-up to my Ultra Carry II but I still carry it once in awhile because its just that great of a gun.

    I changed out a few things but only because I wanted checkered grips, bigger sights, extended thumb safety since I ride them when I shoot and a longer trigger. I've never had a single issue with it and even though I have 1911s costing much more, I'm going to have a hard time passing on their newest full rail model.

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  12. bear72

    bear72 Member

    Feb 23, 2011
    Very nice Nakan', I like the custom work you did. I just ordered the black rubber double diamond grips; both for comfort and to give it the 'blacked out look' common among higher end 1911's. I havent seen the full rail model yet. One of the coolest features on mine is the bull barrel, Ive never had a handgun with one, I'm guessing it helps the gun from over-heating, but does it have the improved accuracy like it does on rifles? I'm not sure it makes that much diference in such a short barrel, also, is it heavier?, the negative with bull barrels on a rifle is weight, they make great bench rest guns but hard to carry and hunt with...I guess my question is, what are the pros/cons of the bull barrel on a compact 1911. :cool:
  13. Nakanokalronin

    Nakanokalronin JMB & MTK

    May 13, 2008
    For the smaller 1911s, the bull barrel is there to keep muzzle flip to a minimum and ensure reliability.
  14. bear72

    bear72 Member

    Feb 23, 2011
    That makes sense. I can see how that would reduce muzzle flip.
  15. Looks like another guy gets bit by the 1911 bug.
    I wonder how many 1911's you will have in say five years or so...
    Accept it...
    There is nothing you can do about it!
  16. Magus

    Magus Deo Vindice

    Jan 24, 2009
    RIA's are good stuff. Pretty underrated for what they are. Had a "GI" model in 9mm and it was great. Don't have it at this point...traded for something I wanted more. Wasn't an issue with the pistol, just preference.

    Wouldn't hesitate to buy another RIA. They're well made for their level.
  17. Ken Rainey

    Ken Rainey 1 WILD PIG

    Apr 7, 2002
    Yep, I have to agree...I recently acquired a CS model with the GI sights from a friend..I installed some used checkered grips I got from a gentlemen on another forum and took it to the range yesterday and ran some Winchester 230 FMJ thru'll put'em in the X and 10 ring of a B-27 at 25 yds...yep, I'm impressed. Only issue was a last rd failure to extract the fired brass using the 7 rd ACT mag - empty was almost put back in the mag with a failure to lock the slide open. The factory GI styled 7rd mag and a new Colt 6 rd mag worked just fine.
  18. denn1911


    Oct 14, 2010
    New England
    After reading all of the positive reviews on the RIA 1911's, I may have to get one. It seems like a great value for the price.
  19. Kaybe


    Sep 30, 2009
    Not trying to hijack the thread, but I have been thinking for some time of getting a RIA pistol. But not sure which one. Commader size or compact? Magazines available for the compact with no problem? I have the money, not sure which way to go now. Thanks for posting the comments about the compact, that really helps.
  20. Damn_Yankee


    Jul 30, 2010
    Lincolnton, NC
    I decided on the compact (officer) model. I bought a Chip McCormick mag for it. Part # 14120.
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