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My first 1911

Discussion in '1911 Forums' started by fendertele87, Apr 22, 2012.

  1. fendertele87


    Apr 7, 2011
    I paid $400 for this RIA 1911. Everything on it is super tight, nothing loose. Can't wait to shoot it.

    Advice before I shoot: would you recommend giving it a good cleaning before I take her out?

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  2. jg420


    Dec 17, 2007
    SE Texas
    Congrats you just became an owner of an extremely addictive style of firearm. I will usually just take mine out and shoot it without cleaning first, but I am sure others will suggest otherwise. Either way you will love the 1911, I just like to take my gun out and see how it performs right out of the box.

  3. Ruggles


    Jun 13, 2005
    Nice :) Congrats, I predict more in the future for you. I hear great things about ATIs :)

    I would lightly lube the slide/frame (where they meet and interact) and then shoot the snot out of it.

    Have fun.
  4. TSAX


    Jun 5, 2010
    Id recommend this 1911, for is price $400 a solid 1911

  5. itstime


    Apr 9, 2006
    I shot one out of the box. Worked fine. Still works fine. Great pistol to start off with. You should have no regrets.
  6. bac1023


    Sep 26, 2004
    Congrats on your fist 1911! :cool:
  7. Nice RIA and congrad's,

    I always clean a brand new weapon prior to shooting it to make sure theres no debris left behined from fabrication and I remove the extra oil from the inside of the barrel.

    All loading is done via magazine, don't drop a rnd in the barrel and let the slide drop! The extractor will have to jump the rear of the casing and in doing so you ruin the extractor tension or may chip/break the extractor hook.

    Pay attention to the recoil spring, the opened loop end is at the muzzle end and closed loop at the rear sight end of the weapon.

    The slide stop is just that not a slide release. If you don't wan't to wear out the notch in your slide then relase the slide by simply pulling it back with a loaded mag.

    Never let the slide slam closed on an empty 1911, ride it closed. The trigger job can be ruined and you needlessly batter the locking lugs of the barrel/slide.

    Before reassembly beware of "idiot scratch", happens when you put the slide stop back in the gun if you're not careful. Look on youtube or do a search on the topic. The plunger tube plunger needs to be cleared (use a ball point pen to push it to the side) to snap the slide stop back into place. A corner of a buisness card to protect the finish helps to.

    Good luck!
    Last edited: Apr 22, 2012
  8. Danimal3805


    Feb 20, 2008
    Concord, NH
    Congratulations!! Those seem to be great guns for the money!! I'd do at least a field strip before your first outing with it. Then after you get home, DETAIL strip it. Really get to know your 1911. It isn't as scary as you'd think. Youtube helps a LOT:rofl:
    I love mine!! Of course mine is the uber-cool "Tactical" model! :rofl::tongueout:
  9. Kegs

    Kegs Ol 8 fingers ;)

    Oct 26, 2009
    Cold side of conus
    These are great guns! Wow will that trigger feel nice compared to a Glock...

    I always recommend a good cleaning before shooting a new gun and a good cleaning after each outing. You never know when you may NEED it - and a clean gun jams less than a dirty one does.
  10. TN.Frank

    TN.Frank Glock4Life

    Oct 11, 2004
    Avondale, AZ.
    Clean it, lube it(slide, barrel at the bushing end, little bit down where the hammer is when it cocked back and on the slide stop where it goes into the barrel link) and shoot it. Eventually once you shoot it a bit you can see what you like and what you think you'll want to change. Do a google on 1911 Reliability Tips and Tricks. Certain areas like a bit of polish on em' so they'll run smoother but if you shoot it a lot those areas will polish out on their own eventually. Congrats on the new gun, if you end up liking it you'll be hooked for life. 1911's are almost as bad as black powder firearms, once it gets into your blood that's it, you can never go back.LOL
  11. fendertele87


    Apr 7, 2011
    Thanks guys! I'll definitely give it a good cleaning then before I shoot it. I know some people complain about how much keep up a 1911 is compared to a glock but I like that kinda stuff. Taken apart and cleaning and what not. I can't wait to get this baby going. I've been dry shooting it for a bit. Just getting a good feel for bringing the sights in and the trigger pull.

    Is it ok to dry fire a 1911 like it is a glock?
  12. TN.Frank

    TN.Frank Glock4Life

    Oct 11, 2004
    Avondale, AZ.
    First thing that I would do when funds allow is to ditch those plain, boring looking grips and get a set of Double Diamonds from CDNN OR if funds really allow get a set of VZ Grips. I really like the DD's I put on my ATI BUT those VZ Grips keep calling my name, may need to break down and buy a set. Lots of guys have posted pics of their pistols with the VZ Grips, they're awesome lookng.
  13. fendertele87


    Apr 7, 2011
    Yeah, grips are defiantly on my list.
  14. Folsom_Prison

    Folsom_Prison Brew Crew

    May 2, 2010
  15. okie

    okie GT Mayor

    Oct 28, 2001
    Muskogee Ok.
    Many congrats my friend:thumbsup:
  16. Wetrudgeon


    Feb 10, 2001
    Beyond the beyond
    In our experience, a good cleaning is prudent. One or more good mags are also indicated. For us, Wilson 47D mags enhanced reliability over the factory mags.

    We trudge on.
  17. Camu Mahubah

    Camu Mahubah 9=Fine

    Nov 11, 2010
    Did you keep your Glock? If so you are well armed.

    Yes you can dry fire the 1911...that said snap caps are cheap...
  18. fendertele87


    Apr 7, 2011
    I actually didn't keep the glock. The grip is just a bit to wide. I'd like to get a g19 for when I start to carry.
  19. gen423mike


    Apr 22, 2012
    very nice! ive heard a lot of good things about RIA...
    1911's are a blast to shoot!!
  20. TN.Frank

    TN.Frank Glock4Life

    Oct 11, 2004
    Avondale, AZ.
    My ATI really likes these mags, might give em' a try in your RIA.
    Of course a lot of folks like an 8 round mag, CheckMate makes those too, just check around the site a bit and you'll find em'.
    I like my DD grips from CDNN but these would really look killer IMHO.
    It's just I have a few other things I wanted to upgrade before I spend any money on another set of grips.