First 1911 - Rock Island or Taurus?


November 27, 2007, 06:29 PM
Heard good and bad about both of these guns. Have shot one example from each and both shot well.

The base RIA is cheaper, but I do like the features that Taurus offers.

Most reviews are positive for each gun, and it seems Taurus has better customer service should something go wrong.

This will be a competition and carry gun, but will be used mostly in configuration I buy it in. For that, the extended safety and other features on the Taurus leads me that way.

What say you?

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November 27, 2007, 06:33 PM
For a "competition" gun, I'd suggest that you get a Springfield Armory loaded model.

The more you shoot it, the more you'll notice the difference in a forged gun over a cast gun. RIAs are good guns, but the fit & finish is way below that of the SA pistols.

November 27, 2007, 06:33 PM
Between those two brands I would get a RIA Tactical. It has a beavertail safety, and upgraded hammer and sights. They're available for around $450.

Where did you hear that Taurus has better customer service? I was under the impression that RIA had the superior CS.

November 27, 2007, 07:00 PM
Where did you hear that Taurus has better customer service? I was under the impression that RIA had the superior CS.

I haven't really researched either in depth, I just know I've read a lot of good stories about Taurus' CS. Maybe that's because their guns need work more... ;)

I wasn't aware of the RIA Tactical. I'll check that out, thanks.

I like the Springfield loaded, but it's a bit out of the price I'd like to pay right now.

November 27, 2007, 08:04 PM
Here's a review on the RIA Tactical.

November 27, 2007, 08:10 PM
Get a Glock. :D


All right, THR thread inevitability #479 has been satisfied. In the meantime, I haven't heard anyone complaining about either one of those, at least among those that own them.

I have shot the SA Loaded version mentioned previously, alongside a RIA model, and there is a noticeable difference in feel. The Loaded models are nice for the price, but I haven't shot a Taurus to provide firsthand feedback on them.


November 27, 2007, 08:14 PM
Get a Glock.

'Got plenty of plastipistols. :)

The RIA Tactical is looking promising.

One question- The Taurus and RIA comes with an 8 round magazine, while the others (Springfield) come with 7 round mags. All three have similar overall height listings, am I correct to assume that the Taurus and RIA jam one more round into the same size gun?

Pardon my inexperience with 1911's, but a Gov model is usually 7+1 and an Operator model is 6+1, correct?

How common are 8 round guns/mags?

Okay...that was three questions. Sorry! :)

November 27, 2007, 08:49 PM
I've got a RIA GI that Armscor installed a beavertail and commander hammer for me. It had a FTRB issue a couple of times during breakin, so I put an 18lb Wolff spring in it and I love it. I paid $306 for it new, sweet pistol. Mike

November 27, 2007, 08:54 PM
Based on the new RIA guns I've seen & the experience I've had w/ Taurus, I'd go w/ RIA

November 27, 2007, 10:13 PM
I bought an RIA Tactical - and I'm real picky about my handguns.

November 27, 2007, 11:00 PM
I just bought a RIA Tactical and am very happy with it. Then again I am/was used to the old "rattle battle" 1911's that I carried in the service. Both the RIA and Taurus have received good reviews.

November 27, 2007, 11:57 PM
I bought a Taurus pt1911 in Sept 06 and have put about 1000 rounds through it, I am very pleased with it and highly recommend it. It has functioned flawlessly so far and is pretty accurate. It also has a forged frame and slide (not sure if the RIA does). The only downside I can think of is price, when I bought mine it was 449 + tax but they seem to be going for more now.

November 28, 2007, 06:44 AM
The RIA has a forged slide and a cast frame. Armscor imports them from the PI, and I can attest to their customer service as being A#1.

I love mine, and will more than likely tart it up with nite sites, before buying more Rocks.

To hear some testimonies from Taurus owners and RIA owners visit

November 28, 2007, 09:12 AM
+1 for the's about the only one of my handguns I ever shoot anymore.

Sorry I can't compare it to the Taurus experience there.

November 28, 2007, 09:55 AM
RIA Tactical.

I've been on THR for a year now and haven't heard one nice thing about Taurus CS. Luckily, my Taurus 24/7 has been fine.

November 28, 2007, 10:01 AM
Thumbs up for the RIA Tactical. Just a great product.

November 28, 2007, 05:19 PM
Regarding the 7 and 8 rd mags. Same gun, frame, magazine and mag spring. Difference is the mag follower; the 8 round follower holds the cartridge more in line with the bore axis whereas the 7 is pointed up a bit more (towards the chamber). Conventional wisdom is that the 7 rounders will feed better, but conventional wisdom is often wrong or irrelevant.

November 28, 2007, 06:26 PM
Bud's has Taurus for $504, delivered. ( I just got one locally (not from Bud's) and it's very well made, tight and accurate. I haven't shot it enough to have anything other than a good opinion on it.

All the reviews I've read praise the gun. It's got a lot of custom type stuff on it. A good buy, IMO.

November 28, 2007, 06:36 PM
Conventional wisdom is that the 7 rounders will feed better, but conventional wisdom is often wrong or irrelevant.
If 1911Tuner reads that, I'm making popcorn :D

November 28, 2007, 06:46 PM
I'd say go withe RIA Tactical. I'm in the same boat...looking at both. I think when the Christmas money comes, I'm gonna order the RIA. And if enough money comes a S&W 642 is on my short list too...along with a couple others!

November 28, 2007, 06:50 PM
AndyC, I'll bring the beverages. Could be good.


November 28, 2007, 07:19 PM
I have a RIA Tactical I got 3 months ago for 360 delivered then I had to pay 25 for ffl. I have about 500 rounds through it right now all middle of the road reloads using trailboss powder and it is very accurate. I have had no failures and I am very happy with my purchase. I was feeling bad because a few guys at the range were poking fun at me about me being cheap. I showed up yesterday at the range and one of the guys was trying out his brand new RIA LOL.

November 28, 2007, 09:23 PM
Sheesh, what is it with guys named Andy...

November 28, 2007, 10:59 PM
Based on the reviews i've seen (never seen one IRL) they sound like a great value. Any thoughts on them?

STI's Spartan page (

November 29, 2007, 12:27 AM
I have 3 RIA's & sold my Taurus PT1911. The PT is a very god pistol, I just seem to like the model 70's better than the 80's. I had put 8000 rounds through the PT without any trouble. The RIA's are good, trouble free accurate pistold also. Mine are a GI, Tactical & a 38 Special.

November 29, 2007, 12:55 AM
I love my RIA.

I hand fit the beavertail, thumb safety, trigger, added new sights and changed a few springs. mind you it shot great out of the box!

November 29, 2007, 06:41 AM
The only mag you ever need to use on a 1911 is a wilson combat! Best mags I've ever used.

November 29, 2007, 09:30 AM
RIA all the way..........:)

December 1, 2007, 04:33 PM
I have the RIA Mil-spec (non-tactical) and love it. For a number of reasons, I actually preferred the non-tactical one-- but I may get one later.

-- John

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