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ok so ive opened up a little... Kimber PCII, SA champion GI, or RA compact

Discussion in '1911 Forums' started by glockfan9, Jul 14, 2010.

  1. glockfan9

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    alright well i realized that all 1911s are'nt thousands of dollars and im excited.. now i love the Pro carry just as it is for about $750, I like the SA champion GI but for sure needs grips and beavertail, hammer, maybe trigger. same thing with the RIA compact except its much cheaper.
    - should I wait to just get a kimber
    - should I get the SA and swap grips for now and slowly do the rest as time goes on?
    - should I get the RIA compact for $350 and get as many mods done now as possible.
    -Ive also been reading about a "tactical" version of the RIA? anyone have info on that? and do they make a 4' version?
     
  2. Tactical black

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    The tactical seems to be pretty nice for the money all tough they don't have a four foot version. :tongueout::supergrin:

    They only make that in a 5" gun.
     

  3. glockfan9

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    lol ya either 4ft or 4in. whatever is easier to conceal :p
    - but that sucks, im hesitant on 4" so no way im going full size.
     
  4. glockfan9

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  5. brzusa.1911

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    I personally stay away from Kimbers, they are nice guns but I personally don't like the fpb. SA will give you lifetime warranty, excellent customer service (based on other's reviews) and a series 70 1911. I have no experience with RIA but some seem pleased with them.
     
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    If you're fine with a 3.5" barrel that one would probably work. I'm pretty tall and I find the 5" guns petty easy to conceal and they tend to be more reliable then the micro guns.
     
  7. glockfan9

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    well i wasnt planning on going anything smaller than 4" but it seems like most companies don't have problems with the smaller. even the kimber ultra series is fine now for the most part. but the 3.5 is literally a halfway point. but i cant find a lot of info on RIA. seems like everyone that has one loves it but not many people have them.
    -would it be a good choice for my first 1911?
    - also noticed its parkerized?? can that be refinished later on?
     
  8. Tactical black

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    You can always have it refinished later I don't own any micro guns I think A lot of people have had good success with them but they tend to be the ones that have problems the most if I ever do get a micro 1911 I think it will be a EMP. I had a Kimber Pro for a while it was a 100% reliable. As for a first 1911 I would go with a 4" or a 5" gun something with a full size frame at least they are much easier to shoot and get use to imo so for a first that's what I would stick with.
     
  9. jrs93accord

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    There are many RIA owners out there. I am a multiple RIA owner myself. RIAs are fantastic 1911s for the money. As for being "refinished", you can have anything done to them that you can do to any other 1911.
     
  10. glockfan9

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    ^ sweet thanks for your input, just out of curiousity how do you like the compact? any issues? also whats the wieght on it? i cant find much info
     
  11. jrs93accord

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    The Compact weighs about 2 lbs. I have only shot my Compact a couple times, so I cannot give a really good report from myself. The couple times that I have shot it, I was very pleased with the experience. It is a rock-solid pistol. My little brother has a Compact as well and he shoots the heck out of it. As a matter of fact, he owns two RIAs. I would recommend the RIA Compact to anyone.
     
  12. glockfan9

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    so it wouldnt be much heavier if any than a kimber pro carry. thats about 30oz empty and im comfortable with that.
    - im not a huge fan of the prkerized finish but i can always get it refinished.. however much that costs???
    - seems like an all around great choice though. i dont see any point in spending $800 on a kimber for my first 1911 if i can get this and mod it as I please.
     
  13. Hokie1911

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    Honestly, from what you're saying in your posts....I would jump all over the RIA. Inexpensive to get into and a really good value for the price. Get a feel for the platform. I don't know how much I would invest in modding a RIA, but just enjoy it and put money away for something a little nicer down the road.
     
  14. glockfan9

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    ^ well honestly the only thing i would do to the RIA would be grips, and maybe sights ( depending on what it comes with) and down the road maybe a refinish because i dont like the parkerized too much.
     
  15. Hokie1911

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    Have you priced out those mods? Not trying to talk you out of it by any means. It's your pistola, do what you want with it.

    Grips... $30-130+ depending on what you want.
    Sights...$100+ and install costs possibly
    Refinish...Several hundred+ depending on what you go with.

    Again....once you start adding that stuff onto a $450 RIA, pretty quickly your are in a price bracket that gets you a much nicer gun up front.
     
  16. jrs93accord

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    All I have done to my RIAs is to change the grips. That is it. The sights work just fine.
     
  17. glockfan9

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    well all i want for grips are the black rubber ones like on the pro carry and im not really worried about sights too much, and refinish would be way down the line after its worn for a while.
    - i plan on getting the compact cs or csp ( tactical) and it has everything i want on it.
     
  18. bac1023

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    The small sights don't bother me either. :)
     
  19. glockfan9

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    ^ heyy its Bac.
    -soo would you approve of a RIA compact tac for my first 1911?
    - also should add that my buddy wants to buy my g19 for $450 so that pays for the RIA.
     
  20. glock2740

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    I have several Kimber Pro models and a RIA Compact. The RIA is hard to beat for the money, but it needs better sights IMO. The Kimbers have everything you need, especially if you get one with night sights. And the kimber has better fit and finish and looks better IMO also. You won't go wrong with either though.