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Rock Island Armory

Discussion in '1911 Forums' started by Gbannan, Dec 1, 2012.

  1. Gbannan

    Gbannan

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    Looking at picking up a RIA 1911 milspec. I'm on a tight budget and the $400 price tag sounds good. Can anyone who owns one speak on the quality, reliability and fit and finish of these pistols. Also is there no firing pin safety on these pistols? Any feedback would be appreciated.
     
  2. 3rdgen40

    3rdgen40 .45 fanatic

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    I've handled a few RIA's that were tight and well built.I would also look at ATI.Both are fine guns for $400.
     

  3. Wetrudgeon

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    IRA's are imported from the Phillipines. We own two: a 1911A1 Tactical and a 2011 full rail. Both of ours are are excellent shooters, accuracy comprable to our Kimber and Colt 1911A1 (at least in our hands). Not as nicely finished as some of the more "upscale" manufacturers. Cannot yet speak to long term reliability, as we have only about 3K rounds through the Tact; and the 2011 is newer. We like the RIA's a lot and think that for the $$$, you will be hard pressed to do better.

    We trudge on.
     
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    Rock Island Armory 1911 A1FS w/Hogue Rubber Grips

    The only modifications to this pistol are the grips and new recoil spring. Despite the miniscule G.I. sights, the gun is surprisingly accurate, and has been 100% reliable with many different brands of FMJ and JHP factory ammunition.

    This pistol has been detail-stripped several times, and I cannot detect any unusual wear to any of the internal parts.
     
  5. bac1023

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    They are very solid 1911s. Click on the link in my signature to learn more.
     
  6. Gbannan

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    Thanks for the info. For the money it looks as if these pistols can't be beat. Now I just need to find someone who has them in stock...
     
  7. jrs93accord

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    Very solid pistols.

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  8. TxGlock9

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    I always hear good things about them, it being an entry level 1911. I wouldn't hesitate...
     
  9. gunsmoke92

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    For the price you can't go wrong. Just picked this one up a couple days ago. Even better, they have a Lifetime warranty, even if you buy one used.

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    You are correct, there is no firing pin safety. These pistols are based on the Colt model 70.
     
    Last edited: Dec 3, 2012
  10. I have a couple and for the price they are nice.
     
  11. glock2740

    glock2740 Gun lover.

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    Tried to pick up my fourth one today, but couldn't get anyone on the phone. :steamed: Great 1911 for the money. :cool:
     
  12. cowboywannabe

    cowboywannabe you savvy?

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    my basic 5" GI gun is a great gun.....best money ive ever spent for a gun....

    $340.00 NIB 7 years ago, no malfunctions.
     
  13. Gbannan

    Gbannan

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    Does anyone know of any place that has the GI model in stock?
     
  14. Joshhtn

    Joshhtn The eBay Guy Silver Member

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  15. fallenangelhim

    fallenangelhim come get some

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    A great pistol that was not picky with ammo. It ran everything and anything. Did not care what magazines I use. It was a tool meant to be used.


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  16. tc2129

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    I bought my dad one last year for Christmas. Great shooter. Accurate too
     
  17. MTHall51

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    Are those custom or aftermarket grips?
     
  18. cowboywannabe

    cowboywannabe you savvy?

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    those look like the smooth cheap woods that come with it.
     
  19. BEER

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    yep those look pretty close to the same type of wood that i've seen on at least 6 factory rocks.
     
  20. gunsmoke92

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    Nope, that's what came on it.