Share your thoughts/experience on the RIA Tactical

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  1. emt1581

    emt1581 Curious Member

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    For those of you that have owned or shot the Rock Island Armory Tactical 1911, please share your thoughts and experience on the gun.

    Talk about reliability, accuracy, and whether you'd feel comfortable using it for personal protection.

    Thanks!:)

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    I bought two, they are great, 100% over 500 rounds through each.
     

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    So would you feel totally confident using them for SD/HD?

    Thanks!

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    if you get a good one then yes,

    if you get a bad one then no,

    if you send a bad one to a smith to be turned into a good one then yes,
     
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    I'm guessing you're replying, not to my original post, but to the follow up I asked SW.

    In any case, something I'm curious about is what Armscor's/RIA's warranty and customer service is like if there is either at all since it's a foreign company?

    Thanks!

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    pretty sure its lifetime,

    but ive never used it and probably never will
     
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    It has a lifetime warranty. Work/customer service is done in Nevada, not overseas.
     
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    Well thanks to my experience with Kel-Tec, lifetime warranties don't mean much to me, but they're a start if the customer service can actually fix any problems rather than replace parts and tell me the guns fine... after doing it 3 or 4 times.

    Now if, like Glock and S&W, they make a good product, have a good warranty and more importantly excellent customer service, then RIA will serve me just fine.

    However, if I have to call someone overseas, ship it there, pay for shipping one or both ways, etc...a lifetime warranty and great customer service won't do me much good.

    So how easy is it to get the company to service their guns if need be?

    Thanks!

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    Ahh ya caught me between postings. Now do they pay shipping one or both ways or do they charge the customer to return it?

    Thanks!

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    Anyone else?

    Thanks!:)

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    I believe you do have to pay the shipping going to them, which can be done cheaply if done through your FFL. I've heard nothing but good things about their customer service.
     
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    (Armscor) Rock Island Armory 1911 Tactical = best 1911 currently on the market for less than $700.
     
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    Well we got a few grand back when we did our taxes last week. So this is going to be a little present to me with some of that money. The rest will go towards updating the house we buy.

    I figure this will let me try a 1911 with my bells and whistles than my grandfather's WWII Ithaca. While that gun is the absolute jewel of my collection and will always be due to it's sentimental value, I think a nicer safety, beavertail, sights, and trigger might yield a different experience in shooting 1911's.

    Plus from everything I've read these are excellent budget 1911's! 99% of people absolutely love them. They also seem pretty easy to sell for those that don't like them.

    I'm just tired of seeing the prices on these inch up $10-$20 every year and I still don't have one. So I'll change that tomorrow. :)

    Thanks for the replies!

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    FYI.
    Sarco Inc is selling the (Armscor) RIA 1911 Tactical for $405.99 + shipping.
     
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    We bought three tactical RIA, one for my son, one for my friend and one for me. All of them shot great without any problems. I decided to change my grips to something nicer and the grip screw bushing came out with the screw because it had been stripped. I called the service center and they had me send it to them. They fixed it without any problems and I still have it an enjoy shooting it.

    I have no problems recommending RIA .45s.

    John
     
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    I hear a lot of good things from costumers who have bought them. I only have one negative comment. It was impossible for me to contact their gunsmith who was needed to approve a new mag for a customer. We ended up giving a Wilson Combat mag to the customer and everything worked out fine.
     
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    Oh nice! That'll save me $15 bucks or so. However, it looks like they force you to pay for insurance on the shipping and I have no clue how much that'll be. I can't imagine it's more than $3 or so though.

    In any case thanks!!:)

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    Our RIA Tactical choked twice in the first 500 rounds. Since, it has been completely reliable. Ours shoots a hair low and left, but all the projectiles go into a very small space if we do our part. It is at least as accurate as our (much more expensive) Kimber Ultra Tactical; and a bit more accurate than our (almost as expensive as the Kimber) 1990s vintage Colt RECON 1911A1.

    Our RIA Tact has a bit less than 2K rounds so far, so we cannot (yet) speak to its long term durability.

    You can get more info in the RIA section of the m1911 forum. Most you will see is positive; and many over there brag on the customer service. We have yet to need or try it.

    We think for the price you will have difficulty finding a better 1911A1 pistol.
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    We trudge on.
     
  19. emt1581

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    Thanks for the pic and sharing your experience!

    Seeing yours I thought of something else this will allow me to do that I could never bring myself to do with my Grandfather's 1911 and that's switch out the grips. I can also change the sights if I want. Ya just can't do that with an heirloom gun.

    Thanks again!!

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  20. glock2740

    glock2740 Gun lover.

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    I have one and like it alot. I wish they had 3 dot sights instaed of all black, but it can be swapped it easily. And different grips are in order, as they smooth one's, especially with a smooth front strap, make for a slippery feeling gun to me. Great gun for the money. Hard to beat. Accurate and very reliable.