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Rock Island

Discussion in '1911 Forums' started by zigzagg321, Oct 25, 2010.

  1. zigzagg321

    zigzagg321 clever quip

    Jul 21, 2010
    S Oh
    I have found a Rock Island M1911-A1CS 3.5" new for $399.00. Am I asking for troubles with this model?
  2. AZ Husker

    AZ Husker

    Mar 25, 2003
    While many guys love their RIA's, the price should give you your answer.

  3. zigzagg321

    zigzagg321 clever quip

    Jul 21, 2010
    S Oh

    I thought about that... but it was listed at $499 at first(I know cheeeeep for a 1911 still)... Is there a better entry level 1911 for $399? I mean, is a RIA better than say, a Taurus 1911? Im not made of money, and its either gonna be a Taurus or this RIA for my start into the 1911 realm.
  4. Quack

    Quack Rent this space

    Jan 7, 2002
    NE Ohio
    buy a Taurus and i'll slap you...
  5. AZ Husker

    AZ Husker

    Mar 25, 2003
    No, I don't think you'll find one better for $399.
  6. zigzagg321

    zigzagg321 clever quip

    Jul 21, 2010
    S Oh
    duly noted.

    Thats what I was thinking.
  7. I have one currently and it has never given me a problem. A lot of guys here have them and will agree with me that for the money they can not be beat. You will not regret buying a Rock Island. The price for this 1911 is not an indicator of the quality. They are very well made. Look up Bacs guide in the sticky at the top for his review. Jrsaccord(sp?) has almost all of them if not a complete collection of RIAs. I wouldn't hesitate to but another one in a heartbeat.
  8. Here's a guide:
    1) buy it.
    2) strip it completely.
    3) clean it.
    4) lube it.
    5) assemble it.
    6) take it to the range.

    It's no state-of-the-art Glock, it's a 100 years old, so be careful if you put it together and you have some extra parts. :tongueout:
  9. cowboywannabe

    cowboywannabe you savvy?

    Jan 26, 2001
    i have two, had i more money id have three.
  10. From what I've experienced, the Armscor/RIAs are good guns for the money. I have two (one being a High Standard) and both now run fine after a few hiccups in the first 50-100 rounds. I had to replace a broken extractor on the HS, but that's it. I haven't had the need to use their service dept., but people who have generally seem really complimentary of their service. That's important. Overall, I'm happy with these guns.
    Last edited: Oct 26, 2010
  11. rsxr22


    Feb 25, 2009
    Youngstown, OH
    The RIA's are indeed good for the money. They have their downfalls but its a $399 gun!! Good thing is none of the downfalls include FTF's or FTE's like your $1399 Kimbers have. I have a Spartan and a friend has the RIA. Same slide, barrel, and frame but the Spartan has STI guts and they seem to be fit better and have a much nicer trigger but there also about $230 more
  12. Shortimer


    Dec 11, 2007
    Buy it. You know going into it that its not a custom 1911, but it is a shooter & will serve you well.
  13. TKR Reptiles

    TKR Reptiles Thread Killer

    Oct 19, 2010
    Norman, OK
    I have a 5" Tactical I got last week, and I am about to get a 3.5"... They are great guns, and the price tag is pretty nice as well...
  14. zigzagg321

    zigzagg321 clever quip

    Jul 21, 2010
    S Oh
    Working on a deal to sell my G34 to drum up the cash for this RIA. I went and saw it... Its total no frills... plastic grips, standard hammer..standard everything... hence the price Im sure.
  15. If it shoots reliably and is decently accurate then you got a great deal.
    Look at it this way, if you put a few scrapes and dings in it and you generally beat the snot out of it you won't get all emotional over it like you would an expensive gun.
    That's how I look at Glocks.
    Cheap work horses that can and will take a beating and I won't really care.
    Nothing wrong with a cheap gun as long as it shoots.
  16. mesteve2


    Mar 2, 2001
    They work. Some expensive ones do not work!

    Good gun and great price!
  17. heitzoflearning


    Jan 18, 2009
    I just took my RIA tac 9mm out to shoot for the first time today. I absolutely love it and so did everyonelse who shot it. I wanted a 1911 and didn't have enough money to buy a more expensive one and didn't know if I would like the design. This pistol sold me on the 1911 platform.
  18. jrs93accord


    Jul 10, 2005
    Pensacola, FL
    The RIA Compact is a sweet little .45. It is well worth the money.

  19. bac1023


    Sep 26, 2004
    RIA is much better than Taurus, IMO.