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Loving my RIA!

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

  1. bear72

    bear72 Member

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    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?

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    they are one of the best gun to dollar ratios out there.
     


  3. jrs93accord

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    I installed a set of black double diamond rubber grips on my RIA Compact Tactical.

    [​IMG]

    Be careful. RIAs are habit forming.

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    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

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    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.
    http://centerfiresystems.com/AC-RI1911-CS.aspx
     
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  5. bear72

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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.

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  10. Nakanokalronin

    Nakanokalronin JMB & MTK

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    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.

    [​IMG]
     
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  11. bear72

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    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:
     
  12. Nakanokalronin

    Nakanokalronin JMB & MTK

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

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    That makes sense. I can see how that would reduce muzzle flip.
     
  14. 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!
     
  15. Magus

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    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.
     
  16. Ken Rainey

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    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 it...it'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.
     
  17. denn1911

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    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.
     
  18. Kaybe

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    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.
     
  19. Damn_Yankee

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    I decided on the compact (officer) model. I bought a Chip McCormick mag for it. Part # 14120.
    http://www.cheaperthandirt.com/2CMC14120-1.html
     
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