Rock Island 1911


February 28, 2007, 07:57 PM
Does anyone have experiences(good or bad) with the RIA M 1911-A1 ? I've been looking for a 1911 that doesn't cost an arm and a leg, and the Fin,Feather,and Fur ad came today, with the RIA for $ 370.00. Is this worth it to try for a first 1911 ?

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February 28, 2007, 08:22 PM
I've heard good things about them, and looking to get one myself in the near future. And to be honest, a plain-jane 1911 shouldn't cost but around $350-$400 tops which is what Rock Island is serving up. I think it's great a company is stepping up and selling the gun the way it used to be before all the overpriced "bling-bling" 1911's epidemic hit. Kudos to Rock Island.

February 28, 2007, 08:27 PM
Both of mine (well, one I gave to my dad) have worked very well. Oh the days not long ago when RIA 1911s were under $300.

Mine have not had any failures in about a couple years now. omly problem early on before modification was hammerbites. The best thing about low cost 1911s (any gun really) is the lack of thought of ruining it by doing your own home gunsmithing.

February 28, 2007, 08:35 PM
Very impressed with them and love my RIA 38 super

February 28, 2007, 08:55 PM
Before my first trip to the range I polished up the feed ramp a bit with a dremel and felt pad and some 600grit paper. Ran 900 rounds through it so far, including dirty and harsh russian steel. Prolly < 10 FTFeeds in it, unkown what those were, limp rist? bad round? bend mag feed lips? I'm very happy with the quality of this so far. At 375.00 you can get a case of ammo and a dozen mags and head to the range lower than the crazy priced 1911's out there now.

February 28, 2007, 09:10 PM
I rented a Rock Island at my local range. First 1911 I ever shot, now I'm hooked and looking at Kimbers to buy. :evil:

February 28, 2007, 09:15 PM
It's a fine gun, and unless you plan on making a mega hobby out of shooting your 1911, it will suit you well for years to come. Like anything though, the more involved you become the more features you will start to look for in any given format. My first 1911 was used, with very low mileage. A year later I upgraded to another used 1911 but this time I coughed up $1200. A year later, I bought a competition model and spent the big bucks. I can in fact outshoot all my previous versions with the high dollar model, and no, it has no bling bling, just in your hand gunsmithed perfection. The reality is, when I started shooting 1911's I wouldn't have appreciated a high dollar gun as much as I do now. As your experience grows your sensitivity to the machinery hones as well, and soon enough, you will start having higher expectations of you weaponry then an entry level model can deliver.

February 28, 2007, 10:09 PM
Thanks to all who responded. I was leaning toward picking one up, for the price, and the idea that I'm not worried about beating on a $ 1500.00 gun. Thanks again.

February 28, 2007, 11:16 PM
You might be interested in taking a look HERE. ( Tons of good information and the company rep hang out and read/reply too. I'd say order up and enjoy!

Btw, where in N.E. OH? I'm in the Niles/Warren/Youngstown area.

March 1, 2007, 05:43 AM
Can't recommend the RIA highly enough. It will shoot stuff my other .45s choke on.

March 1, 2007, 10:05 AM
Get the Tactical version. Better sights, trigger, lowered ejection port.

March 1, 2007, 10:13 AM
Sheesh..I just bought a Loadmaster. Why can't I get Fin's ads here. I could have bought a 1911. :banghead:

March 1, 2007, 10:18 AM
ARMSCOR TACTIAL has all the extras on sell Centerfire for 370 Has a lot more for only a few $ more. (shipping and ffl fee)

March 1, 2007, 09:51 PM
Rock Island is Armscor...

March 3, 2007, 07:12 PM
I have two Rocks !!! A Tactical and a GI model. I am very happy with them so far. The factory rep said the slides are milled now. These are my first 1911 pistols. All the snotty owners of the expensive 1911s kept me from buying one for years. The great customer service made me take the leap..... Try one....
This is my Tactical............:D

March 4, 2007, 11:37 AM
I'm getting tempted to buy a RIA 1911 and then slowly adding custom parts from Wilson Combat as my hobby funds allow. I figure that I can get most of the parts I need for my "perfect 1911" this way for the cost of a Springfield MilSpec.

Mark(psycho)Phipps( HAHAHA! )

March 4, 2007, 07:57 PM
My Rock GI

March 4, 2007, 08:41 PM
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March 5, 2007, 01:46 AM
How much should a new one cost? Is the better version worth the extra money? And how much extra is it?

thanks in advance.

March 5, 2007, 01:54 AM
The better version should be around $50 or so more. It is worth the extra money unless you specifically want a GI type 1911. The sights alone are worth the extra money and the beavertail is a plus as well.

Get the slightly more expensive model if you have the chance.

March 5, 2007, 12:58 PM
I went to a show last Saturday. In NE OH, the RIA 1911 (base model) are now in the $350-$400 range. This was a bit of a surprise for me. They've gone up $100 in about 2 years.

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