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Best "Bang for the Buck" 1911a1's today?

Discussion in '1911 Forums' started by TN.Frank, Jan 3, 2011.

  1. TN.Frank

    TN.Frank Liberty or Death

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    What is a short list of some of the better bang for the buck 1911a1's on the market today. I know about the Rock River Arms but what are some others?
    I'd like a Commander size gun with the round Commander hammer, decent sights(think Millet or Novak) and flat main spring housing. Other then that I'd rather have the standard slide lock, thumb safety and mag release button so they won't stick out much for CCW.
    So, what's out there and what kind of price are we talking. Trying to bring one home in the $400 range if I can.
     
  2. bac1023

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    Frank, I think you're referring to Rock Island Armory. :)
     

  3. Quack

    Quack Rent this space

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    fixed it for you.

    the other's would be the ATI FX line, which is also made in the Philippines.
     
  4. bac1023

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    Metro's line is also good.


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  5. Rinspeed

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    I wish I had a dollar for every time I've read of the RIA and RRA confusion. :whistling:
     
  6. Nickpisp

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    I wish someone would sell me an RRA for an RIA price. :supergrin:
     
  7. TN.Frank

    TN.Frank Liberty or Death

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    LOL, yep, caught that. RRA does AR stuff IIRC. RIA is the P.I. 1911a1 maker.
    Never heard of Metro, is that the actual name of the company or a sub-brand? I have read a little bit about the ATI, truth be know they're probably the same company in P.I. as RIA and they just put a different stamp on the gun.
    Springfield Armory is suppose to be pretty good, at least it was back in the day but normally my local dealers think it's a dang Kimber and ask way too much for one.
    I have a buddy in Ohio who actually builds 1911a1's, may need to give him a call and see what he has. Maybe he can work me a deal on something that he's tired of, God knows he has a blue million guns. LOL
     
  8. bac1023

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    :agree:


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  9. bac1023

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    Now you're talking! :supergrin:
     
  10. bac1023

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    Metro is a Filipino company that sells 1911s in the States under both the Firestorm and American Classic names. I have the former.

    ATIs are also built in the Philippines. However, they're built by SAM, not Metro or Armscor (RIA).

    By the way, RRA builds ARs now, but they built their share of 1911s in the past. :cool:


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  11. jrs93accord

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    RIA Compacts

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    ATI has the FX TITAN that is around the $500 mark
     
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  12. PawDog

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    Metro Arms American Classic series, has their own Commander 1911, 4.25" barrel, blued. Heard some good things about them, and handled one at a local DFW gun show last month.

    Cheaper Than Dirt had them for around $436.00, a couple of weeks ago. Also got to handle the RIA compact, 3.5" barrel at the same show; dealer had them for $375.00.

    I prefer the American Classic due to the barrel length and the deep blued finish over the parkerized RIA finish. My RIA GI 1911 has the parkerized finish, and it's held up well over the past five years I've owned it, but I prefer the blued finish if I were to purchase another, unless I go ahead and get the Colt Combat Commander in SS as I'm considering.
     
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    I you're really gonna keep it forever, get a Colt.
     
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    Mayhem like Me Semper Paratus

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    what type of steel are the metros made from,... Extruded /cast and how is the fitting.
     
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    I'm impressed with Metro. I believe they're forged slides on cast frames.
     
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    The metro's ive played with looked to be good guns. You cant argue with RIA's though. they work well for the money
     
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    What will be the primary function of your new weapon?
    Range?
    Carry?
    Home defense?
    Competition?
     
  19. TN.Frank

    TN.Frank Liberty or Death

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    Mainly going to use it for Home Defense/CCW with a bit of plinking thrown in for good measure. It's not like it'll see 5000 rounds a year like an IPSC gun would, heck, if I put 100 rnds thru it a year it'd be a lot.
    I'm going to hit a few guns shops and see what's available and what kind of crazy prices they'll have on em'. Then I can research and hit em' with a counter offer when the funds are in my hot little hand. They'll either deal or I'll keep looking and maybe even find something on the used market. You figure, if a new RIA goes for $450 then I should be able to pick up a used one for $325 or there abouts maybe even a bit less.
     
  20. BuckyP

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    FYI, that's a low round count even for a casual IPSC shooter.