shot my new RIA...


December 22, 2006, 02:09 PM
picked up my Rock Island yesterday got her home stripped her down cleaned it up, lubed it up and headed to the range with a variety of ammo.

used 2 wilson 47d magazines and the provided Novak 8rnd magazine the pistol came with.

shot 185gr+P corbons, 230gr hydrashocks, 230gr FMJ eagle, and 230gr JHP WWB...fed everything accept the WWB had 3 FTF and 3 FTE's...only with the white box though. shot a total of 140 rounds pistol is accurate dont have any target pictures but its impressive for the GI sights...those will have to bit a few times towards the end of the day...not sure if i want to add a beavertail or not...probably will end up adding an ed brown though.

still breaking it in hopefully it'll feed white box little more reliably. not bad for $330


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December 23, 2006, 02:06 AM
The few RIA's I've seen lately have been nice guns...tight, solid lock up & seem well made all around. Congrats on your new addition!

December 23, 2006, 06:25 AM
I bought one and it goes to the range every time I go. The best thing about mine is that it shoots anything I put in it. Very well made gun for the money.

December 23, 2006, 12:06 PM
I think the RIA has to be one of the best bargains going in handguns. I bought mine so I could try my hand at some gunsmithing. It was the perfect platform to practice on. The best part is that I didn't have to change anything (well, except maybe those GI sights!). Here are some pics of my RIA before and after:

Even with the mods, I'm still all in for under $500 -- plus I have the satisfaction of having done the work myself!

Enjoy your piece of the Rock!


December 23, 2006, 06:17 PM
navyguy how hard is it to replace those sights? thats one thing I defintely want to do and a drop in beavertail...thinking wilsons.

heres some pics.


December 24, 2006, 07:12 AM
If you haven't already, check out (, there is a dedicated RIA forum there, lot's of info and you'll find all the answers you need when it comes to the Rock (and then some).

Enjoy it, mine goes to the range with me almost every time I go.

December 24, 2006, 02:12 PM
Nimitz -

The sights weren't too hard at all. The front sight on the RIA is staked on, so I bought a staking tool for $20 and went to work.

I used the Wilson Combat drop-in beavertail and it fit great (in my opinion). I have a couple of pictures posted so you can see how it turned out.

The only problem I ran into was the trigger. It wasn't a perfectly smooth fit and it took a little adjustment. The original trigger fit perfectly.

Hope this helps,


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