Rock Island Armory 1911's?


June 30, 2007, 11:31 PM
What is the quality like on Rock Island Armory 1911's? I know they are cheaper but are they fairly reliable, even with FMJ ammo would be alright.

And while we are at it show us your Rock Island Armory 1911's.

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June 30, 2007, 11:40 PM
I would have to show the picture of the one that I didn't buy NIB for $199.00!!! Then, as I began investigating them, I had a difficult time finding people who had complaints. Most owners like them. Go figure! Next time I see one at the gun show, I will buy it. What's the worst that can runs like a Kimber?! :neener:

Seriously, I do plan to pick one up. But, I am actually thinking of the 9MM just for the lower cost of ammo.

Prof. A. Wickwire
July 1, 2007, 12:10 AM

I recently purchased the RIA 1911A1 Tactical in .45ACP. Her first day at the range I ran 300 rounds of mixed ball, lead round nose, and hollowpoints through her with two failures to extract (out of the first 80 rounds). Accuracy was one ragged hole at 7-10 yards. She is now my regular carry piece.

If you want more info go to ( and read some of the posts. In fact, some of the reps for RIA post on this site.

I can unreservedly reccomend the RIA 1911.


Prof. A. Wickwire

bill larry
July 1, 2007, 12:37 AM
I'll chime in here with my experience...

I got a RIA .45 in trade for a j-frame revolver. I LOVE 1911's, and the gun looked, really good. Nice finish, tight fitting, functioned perfectly and felt great....

Until I took it to the range. Talk about blue with frustration. I had three different mags and NONE of them would reliably feed the bastage. I had 3 point jams one after another, sometime jamming every round through an entire mag. Big jams, that required 2 people to clear the gun. Dented and misfigured brass. Spoke with the factory rep, was told possibly the feeding ramp was angled incorrectly. It could be fixed if I wanted to part with it for while. Oh, I wanted to part with it alright....

Not much fun, eh? I felt like a total retard for having traded off a gun that was 100% reliable for the RIA. I was told by many that it could be fixed...yada yada yada. I hate hearing that when it comes to firearms.

I traded it shortly afterwards for a K frame revolver and havent looked back.

I wont tell you what to buy or not to buy the RIA, but if you do get one, try and get a trial policy on it. See if that gun will work for you.

The Kidd
July 1, 2007, 12:47 AM
Great pistol. Stock sights, no stupid foreward cocking serrations. I did not like the factory stocks so I changed them. I may put a beavertail on it 'cause it will bite my fat hand. It runs ball and Golden Sabres without fail. AND you can afford it.

July 1, 2007, 10:12 AM
I bought an RIA government model about a year ago. It has never failed yet with about 300 rounds through it. I do not carry it but it is fun to shoot. I paid under $300 NIB. Grips were extra.

July 1, 2007, 10:23 AM
They're good guns, I wouldn't get rid of mine (
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July 1, 2007, 11:15 AM
See what I mean?! It's darned hard to find someone with a legitimate comlaint about a RIA. :) As I read these posts, I'm sitting here kicking myself yet again!!! The one I looked at also had a hard-chromed chamber and bore! How sweet is that? Well, there will be another gun show soon, but I'll never see that price, ever again!

Cocked & Locked
July 1, 2007, 11:27 AM
I can't complain about the RIA's. I did have one that had some negative issues. RIA replaced that gun with no questions asked. How's that for service!

I picked up a parkerized CS model compact a couple of days ago but have yet to take pics.

Here's a pic of my two RIA Super .38's with the factory bright and shiny finish.

July 1, 2007, 01:18 PM
few 1911's are that georgeous C&L'ed. I would have never expected that to come from RIA

July 1, 2007, 02:00 PM
I bought a RIA 1911 mil-spec about 3 years ago. Every mag had a feed issue or two, using ball ammo. When I took it apart to see what the issue was, I noticed heavy and I mean heavy tooling marks around the ejection port. Outside the gun looked good, inside it was complete junk.

Got rid of it very quick.

July 1, 2007, 02:14 PM
RIA has a great policy. If you have problems, they fix it. They have an outstanding reputation for that. Trading a gun that has problems to someone else is a real nice thing to do, huh? If I ever had a problem with mine, the lifetime warranty would take care of it.

July 1, 2007, 04:59 PM
I've got a Charles Daly EFS, and I wouldn't give it up for anything. Had a few issues at the beginning, but since then it's been great.

I will agree with others here - it's tough to find a legit complaint about Rock Island/Charles Daly guns..they do have their issues but very, very rarely do they persist after a little tweaking or a trip back to the factory for repairs. Any gun will have issues from time to time, and for the price you'll pay for a Rock Island I'm sure the quality will suprise you.

July 1, 2007, 05:42 PM
This has been an interesting thread. I've been wanting a 1911 for awhile and have been leaning towards Springfield Armory, but now I think I'll throw RIA into the mix.

July 1, 2007, 07:41 PM
I have had a RIA for 4 years with no problems. I have fed it everything from 185 grain hollow points to 250 grain lead round nose through it without problems. I happily recommend them to anyone who is interested in a basic model 1911.

July 1, 2007, 08:27 PM
Another happy RIA customer chiming in.

For those who have had problems, don't sell/trade it off -- contact Ivan, the US customer rep for RIA. He WILL make it good.

Ivan posts at both 1911 forums.

July 1, 2007, 09:25 PM
Another happy owner here .
Had it for a while know like it a lot .
Getting a new STI Spartan this week hopefully from a board member here .
Frame and slide are RIA so STI must see something also .


July 1, 2007, 10:06 PM
Over 10,000 rounds thru my oldest RIA. Very satisfied with it. The cost of the gun is approaching negligible compared to the cost of the ammo I've run thru it.


July 1, 2007, 10:27 PM
I also had trouble with my RIA, it shot a 7 o'clock and the safety wouldn't engage everytime. After talking to Ivan I sent it back and the gun was replaced with a brand new gun, while it was there they installed a beavertail and commander hammer for free and included 3 Novak mags to cover the shipping. Now that is first class customer service. I will never sell my Rock. Mike

July 2, 2007, 07:16 AM
I have a RIA 5" tactical ordered. Patiently playing the waiting game on shipping. :) I spent a few weeks lurking around numerous sites and of all the feedback I found about RIA and Armscor, the positive far outweighs the negatives.

July 16, 2007, 11:17 PM

Where did you get those grips?

July 16, 2007, 11:31 PM
I had them made at

July 17, 2007, 08:11 AM
Now have about 3000 rounds thru it and no trouble. Great 1911.

July 17, 2007, 10:11 AM
Love my RIA's (Armcors)

Terrific customer service!

July 17, 2007, 10:24 AM
Cocked & Locked:

Those are some awesome Rock Island .38 Supers!!!



July 17, 2007, 10:31 AM
I don't own it anymore. I ran great though. It's a wide body and uses Para P14 mags.

July 17, 2007, 10:33 AM
Yeah, this is Cocked and Locked's fault.

It amazingly is very tight, very accurate, shoots to POA, and has a great trigger. I'm going to put it on a scale later this week, but it can't be over 3#s.
Thinking hard about upgrading the sights though.

July 17, 2007, 10:47 AM
RIAs are great! Here's a pic of my twins... a Tactical 45 and a 38 super that I converted to 9mm, new trigger group, bt safety, duracoated, etc.

July 17, 2007, 12:14 PM
Had a milspc RIA for about a year. Runs great. Count me satisfied. Seems some have quality issues that are routinely corrected by the manufacturer.

Cocked & Locked
July 17, 2007, 12:30 PM
What's not to like? I pictured my two nickel .38 Supers earlier in this thread. Initially, I had one nickel and one parkerized .38 Super. The parkerized one developed some problems.

RIA replaced my park'd one free of charge. I couldn't believe it when they asked me if I wanted the replacement to be park'd also, or did I want another nickel one instead ! I opted for the nickel so I would have a matched pair...both work great!

My latest RIA addition is this .45 ACP works great as well!

July 17, 2007, 01:36 PM
There are some Great looking RIA's here. I've noticed a few sight upgrades. How hard is it to put a set of Novak Tritiums on a RIA Tactical?


July 17, 2007, 02:56 PM
The tactical has a machined slide that will accept upgraded sights,but the tactical comes with better sights than the A1. The A1 has the little GI type sights and need some machining done to the slide for aftermarket type sights.

July 17, 2007, 03:16 PM
great gun !!! You will be Happy !!!!

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