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New 1911 Owner!

Discussion in '1911 Forums' started by 00Glazz, Apr 27, 2011.

  1. 00Glazz


    Apr 3, 2011
    Hey guys and gals,

    So I am crazy excited because my first ever 1911 should be coming in today!
    I have had many polymer pistols, but have always wanted a 1911. Never thought I would get one anytime soon between all the schooling I have to pay for and everyday bills etc. Well that changed when I bought a RIA earlier this week, for $387.00 brand new, shipped,and FFL transferred.:wow: It was an amazing deal that I just knew I had to have.

    So I am now jumping headfirst into this whole new information pool about the 1911. I just recently joined Glock talk and have been learning and reading tons about the glock pistols. Now I have even more information overload haha.:rofl:

    My main questions are, and I am sure these have been asked by many new owners, (I have used google etc to search for some but wanted your guys opinions) #1. What grips look very good on these? I am debating between punisher grips, or some nice looking tactical grips. #2. I am getting into reloading with my girlfriends brother. Him and I both have RIA's and are wondering what a decent standard target reload recipe is. Possibly wanting a reliable defensive recipe as well if you have any. #3 Are there any things I should immediately do to my RIA to make it more reliable etc, I am wanting to carry this sometimes as well as take it to the range A LOT.

    I will search more for the other questions I have rather than posting them all here since there would be hundreds :tongueout::tongueout: Thanks a ton ahead of time guys! I love this forum, and everyones insight is much appreciated.
  2. Hokie1911

    Hokie1911 >

    Dec 26, 2003
    NE Ohio
    Congrats on a great first 1911. That's a great price.

    #1 - No Punisher grips. That is forbidden here. :thumbsup: Hello Kitty is a better choice.
    #2 - Get a couple of reloading guides. Lyman is a good start. Do a LOT of reading first. I would focus on loading target ammo starting out.
    #3 - Clean, load, shoot, clean, load, shoot...keep repeating.

    Last edited: Apr 27, 2011

  3. snowcrash75


    Mar 15, 2010
    Recommendation for grips--google VZ grips, i'm guessing you will find something you like.

    Recommendation for increasing reliability--dont cook your own self defense reloads as a beginner ;-)
  4. Spats McGee

    Spats McGee

    Oct 19, 2010
  5. grips are all personal preference, so what might look good to one could be puke to another. I say, get what you want.

    But I will say this, if it's going to be a possible defense gun, then stay away from the Punisher grips. Don't give them any sign to add to the case for the state. But that's just my opinion.
  6. bac1023


    Sep 26, 2004
    Congrats! :cool:

    That's a very good 1911 at a great price.
  7. bac1023


    Sep 26, 2004
  8. Be prepared to get sucked in, hide your credit cards, limit your visits here.
    Like crack.....bad mojo.......
  9. Hey Moe

    Hey Moe

    Mar 22, 2011
    :supergrin: Yup. Welcome to the addiction.
  10. polizei1

    polizei1 It WAS Quack

    Feb 3, 2009
    Cincinnati, OH
    Hide Yo Kids, Hide Yo Credit Cards, Hide Yo Monies! Bac is rapin' Erabody's bank Account!!!!
    Last edited: Apr 27, 2011
  11. GioaJack

    GioaJack Conifer Jack

    Apr 14, 2009
    Conifer, CO
    If you have no experience in loading and do not have unlimited access to a very experienced loader may I suggest you pick up a copy of The ABC's of Loading.

    This will answer many of the questions you already have about loading and provide you fodder for questions that you may never have thought of otherwise. It will not only give you an excellent overview of loading in general but also introduce you to the different loading equipment available in the market place. While equipment recommendations from friends and other loaders are always well meaning they are often solicited from people whose experience might be questionable or don't take into consideration your current monthly round expenditure and foreseeable increase, number of calibers that will be loaded, available space for construction of loading bench(s), and the inevitable input but the household domestic engineer... if applicable.

    By far the most common range/target load is the 200 grain LSWC. They are the least expensive projectile when bought commercially and a very simple projectile to cast.

    Because the .45 is a low pressure round it is a very easy round to load for and depending on your intended use you have a plethora of powders to choose from.

  12. jrs93accord


    Jul 10, 2005
    Pensacola, FL

    I used some nice Rosewood double-checkered grips on RIA Gov't. (top right)
  13. 44terryberry


    Feb 18, 2011
    i had a few Glocks, and then got a Kimber CDP.I thought I would like the 1911.Wrong!I sold it before I even fired it. I`m used to Glocks.Sorry if I offend the 1911 guys.
  14. Hokie1911

    Hokie1911 >

    Dec 26, 2003
    NE Ohio
  15. Cerebrus

    Cerebrus Guest

    So you sold it before you even shot it?.. granted it is a Kimber.. but how would you know that you that you don't like it if you never shot it? :upeyes:
    no offense taken..
  16. Cerebrus

    Cerebrus Guest

    Damn you Hokie... =P
  17. Scamp

    Scamp Geaux Tigers!

    May 10, 2009
  18. glock2740

    glock2740 Gun lover.

    Jun 19, 2008
    NW Ark.
    Congrats! I like my RIA's alot. Great bang for the buck in the 1911 format.