Rock Island Amory 1911

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    Picking up a Rock Island Amory 1911 GI model in a few days.. I've heard more positives than negative reviews.. would like some opinions from people who have shot one and or own one themselves.

    Also what type of self defense ammo cycles well with this 1911
     
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    Messer

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    <Maxwell Smart voice on>

    Missed it, by that much...

    <Maxwell Smart voice off>

    You probably want the General Firearms Forum, not General Glocking. If I had info on the RIA's, I'd share, but I've never owned one... yet...
     
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  3. ChillyB

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    Had a very early one. Didnt feed well at all until I installed a mag release that held the mag a bit higher. Then it ate everything. Could have sent it back but fixed it myself. Heck of a lot of 1911 for the $350 I paid for it. Also, hammer bit like crazy so I bobbed it a bit.

    Dont buy a basic USGI then upgrade. Thats foolish. Buy in configuration you want amd save money.
     
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  4. newglocker10mm

    newglocker10mm Texas Born & Bred

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    After polishing the feed ramp a bit, it fed everything I tried. LSWC, HP's and even some wadcutters. For the money, there isn't a better model. Not at all "refined", but the darn thing feeds and goes bang and does it well. I've owned two and was "forced" to sell them to friends that wanted them. For more than I paid for them.
     
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  5. ChillyB

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    Also, had a lot of copper on the slide catch where rounds were rubbing it. I polished that down to emiminate contact. Didnt solve my feed issues but sorth mentioning. I think my low mag issue was not typical and was likely solved long ago.
     
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    DJ Niner Staff Member Moderator

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    Thread moved.
     
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  7. Buckeye63

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    I have had a couple of RIA GI
    1911's
    Dang good pistole's
    I carried Remington UMC 230gr
    HP ... They ran perfectly in both pistols
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    DWARREN123 Grumpy Old Guy

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    Mine is in 9mm and has worked very well. I like it.
     
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    J.R. Bob Dobbs Nerd

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    Mine was my first truly reliable 1911, got it at a pawn shop for $200. Only shot fmj in it.
     
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    I had one years ago. It worked well.
     
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  11. Glockworks

    Glockworks Thank God for Prez Trump and VP Pence!

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    I have dipped my hand into 1911s recently, all in .45ACP. I love the ergonomics and the three I had were perfect shooters. First one was a RIA 1911, second an ATI 1911, and finally a Ruger SR1911. I liked, all of them alot, and had zero malfunctions and they shot very accurately. Every one though had one flaw (in my mind) though, I ran out of ammo to quickly. I am used to more capacity, so I sold them.

    Sooo, enjoy your RIA 1911, I expect it to be perfect based upon my limited experience.
     
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    My Dad has one and we have put a few hundred rounds through it without a failure. I used it for my conceal carry class and wrecked the 10 ring as expected. He has offered it to me as it is too heavy for him. Might carry it during winter months.
     
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    I love my 9mm Rock. It's heavy, accurate and never has had an issue. I could see buying another.
     
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    I had one of the newer double stacks in the 10mm flavor. 16+1 of 10mm fun.

    I never had any issues with misfeeds, cycled and fired every time. Had a buddy try it, and he would limp wrist it on occasion and get it to misfeed. A firm grip on the 10mm was mandatory.

    I have had about a dozen semi autos to date. This RI was the most accurate for me of all of them.

    I bought a used mech-tech upper, and for whatever reason this RI would not even come close to feeding ammo. Most likely something to do with it being a double stack, the mech-tech was a little older and probably not set up for that. Sold the RI and bought a single stack 10mm, and that works fine. I do miss the RI, and would not hesitate to buy another one. They make a low buck 1911 is 38 super that has me interested.....
     
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  15. Walter Bishop

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    Rock Island is the top selling 1911 manufacturer in the world. You'd think by now we would be past the "have you ever heard of" threads.
     
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    PhotoFeller A swamp dude

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    Mine works very reliably, but I have used only .45 ball ammo.

    My RIA GI model was my first step into 1911s, and I didn't plan to keep it. Nor did I intend to carry it. It was a range gun to be used for fun and learning about the 1911 platform.

    After a few range trips and changing to nice double-diamond cocobolo grips, it became a keeper.

    I don't think you'll be disappointed by your RIA 1911
     
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    DienBienPhu Glock pistols designed by Gaston Glock , Austria

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    I would buy a US mfg Auto Ordnance M1911A1
     
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    Have a Ultra FS and going on 10k rounds (other than the 1st box of FMJ's it has only seen my handloaded coated bullets).

    Accurate and pleasant to shoot...one of my favorite 9's as well as 1911's (in terms of accuracy). Only work I have done was to change recoil & hammer springs @ 5k and changed the FO to green.

    FYI - if new it is likely to be drenched in shipping oil - follow their recommended procedure for cleaning it thoroughly before you take it out.
     
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    Had two RIA 1911 GI models. Gave one to son and still have one. Both worked flawlessly with 230 gr FMJ RN, Lead RN, Lead SWC, and Speer 230 gr GDHP. More reliable than my Colt Series 70. Also picked up an RIA Compact Tactical. It too, works flawlessly.
     
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    deputy tom Gringo Viejo

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    I just bought a used one a week or so ago. It was made in 2011. While I haven't shot it yet, I cycled dummy LSWC test rounds thru it from several different brand magazines just fine. I did however change out the smooth wood grips for checkered, double diamond Herrett walnut that I had in my spare parts box. Big difference. Good luck OP with your new pistol. tom. :cowboy:
     
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