close

Privacy guaranteed - Your email is not shared with anyone.

Rock Island Armory

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

  1. Gbannan

    Gbannan

    Messages:
    202
    Likes Received:
    0
    Joined:
    Feb 2, 2012
    Location:
    West Chester PA
    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

    Messages:
    7,705
    Likes Received:
    6
    Joined:
    May 3, 2008
    Location:
    Arkansas
    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

    Wetrudgeon

    Messages:
    737
    Likes Received:
    129
    Joined:
    Feb 10, 2001
    Location:
    Beyond the beyond
    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.
     
  4. Rio Vista Slim

    Rio Vista Slim

    Messages:
    70
    Likes Received:
    0
    Joined:
    Dec 23, 2009
    Location:
    North Central Texas
    [​IMG]
    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

    bac1023

    Messages:
    109,688
    Likes Received:
    8,487
    Joined:
    Sep 26, 2004
    Location:
    PA
    They are very solid 1911s. Click on the link in my signature to learn more.
     
  6. Gbannan

    Gbannan

    Messages:
    202
    Likes Received:
    0
    Joined:
    Feb 2, 2012
    Location:
    West Chester PA
    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

    jrs93accord

    Messages:
    6,235
    Likes Received:
    314
    Joined:
    Jul 10, 2005
    Location:
    Pensacola, FL
    Very solid pistols.

    [​IMG]
     
  8. TxGlock9

    TxGlock9

    Messages:
    5,033
    Likes Received:
    57
    Joined:
    Nov 22, 2010
    Location:
    TEXAS
    I always hear good things about them, it being an entry level 1911. I wouldn't hesitate...
     
  9. gunsmoke92

    gunsmoke92

    Messages:
    2,805
    Likes Received:
    236
    Joined:
    Jul 22, 2005
    Location:
    Rigby, Idaho
    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.

    [​IMG]

    You are correct, there is no firing pin safety. These pistols are based on the Colt model 70.
     
    Last edited: Dec 3, 2012
  10. dakota1911

    dakota1911

    Messages:
    646
    Likes Received:
    170
    Joined:
    Jul 31, 2009
    Location:
    The Great American Desert
    I have a couple and for the price they are nice.
     
  11. glock2740

    glock2740 Gun lover.

    Messages:
    18,888
    Likes Received:
    19
    Joined:
    Jun 19, 2008
    Location:
    NW Ark.
    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?

    Messages:
    23,475
    Likes Received:
    8,317
    Joined:
    Jan 26, 2001
    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

    Messages:
    202
    Likes Received:
    0
    Joined:
    Feb 2, 2012
    Location:
    West Chester PA
    Does anyone know of any place that has the GI model in stock?
     
  14. Joshhtn

    Joshhtn The eBay Guy Silver Member

    Messages:
    14,604
    Likes Received:
    17,385
    Joined:
    Mar 31, 2009
    Location:
    Middle Tennessee
  15. fallenangelhim

    fallenangelhim come get some

    Messages:
    300
    Likes Received:
    1
    Joined:
    Apr 27, 2011
    Location:
    Miami, FL
    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.


    Posted using Outdoor Hub Campfire
     
  16. tc2129

    tc2129

    Messages:
    671
    Likes Received:
    0
    Joined:
    May 2, 2005
    Location:
    Northwest Florida
    I bought my dad one last year for Christmas. Great shooter. Accurate too
     
  17. MTHall51

    MTHall51

    Messages:
    78
    Likes Received:
    0
    Joined:
    Sep 30, 2009
    Are those custom or aftermarket grips?
     
  18. cowboywannabe

    cowboywannabe you savvy?

    Messages:
    23,475
    Likes Received:
    8,317
    Joined:
    Jan 26, 2001
    those look like the smooth cheap woods that come with it.
     
  19. BEER

    BEER bad example

    Messages:
    6,850
    Likes Received:
    4
    Joined:
    May 2, 2006
    Location:
    Dayton, Texas
    yep those look pretty close to the same type of wood that i've seen on at least 6 factory rocks.
     
  20. gunsmoke92

    gunsmoke92

    Messages:
    2,805
    Likes Received:
    236
    Joined:
    Jul 22, 2005
    Location:
    Rigby, Idaho
    Nope, that's what came on it.