Rock Island vs High Standard


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Deus Machina
October 18, 2008, 11:10 PM
Went shopping for a handgun with my buddy in search of a 1911 for him, and the choice came down to a RIA and a High Standard, in almost identical bottom-line style. Both NIB.

Seller wants about $25 more for the High Standard.

So I'm asking for opinions on both, for his sake and mine, when I head back for one for myself.

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janobles14
October 18, 2008, 11:16 PM
both fine weapons. my personal choice is the RIA milspec. ive pawed a few and shot two. they shot great and were "uncostomized" accurate.

gc70
October 19, 2008, 03:58 AM
RIA makes the GI-style 5" High Standard.

Deus Machina
October 19, 2008, 04:15 AM
Hmm... So they could, in fact, be the same gun?

Do they stick to a--ahem--higher standard on those, or would it just be these particular two that they slide was noticeably tighter?

Treo
October 19, 2008, 09:25 AM
They're both made by Armscorp I'm sure they do a run of RIA's then a run of High Standards on the same machinary W/ the same programing (except the subroutine for the logo on the slide) & using the same tooling.

I doubt there's 25.00$ difference between the two buy the one you like

MAKster
October 19, 2008, 10:33 AM
The only difference between the GI models is the grips and the smaller High Standard name on the slide.

DaBull
October 19, 2008, 11:30 AM
I looked at the pair side-by-side once and the High Standard had better rear sights...rather than a tiny "U" shaped notch, it had a larger "V". Take a look at that...maybe you'll prefer one to the other.

capttom
October 19, 2008, 12:49 PM
I'm considering an RIA myself. Decisions, decisions, decisions. I've heard nothing but great things about their customer support. I've heard nothing at all about High Standard's.

MICHAEL T
October 19, 2008, 02:39 PM
Get a American Classic II Lot nicer for same money . Made by Metroarms in PI. Delux model is around 400

lechiffre
October 19, 2008, 04:59 PM
I looked at the pair side-by-side once and the High Standard had better rear sights...rather than a tiny "U" shaped notch, it had a larger "V". Take a look at that...maybe you'll prefer one to the other.


i'll take the better sights and smaller logo

rondog
October 19, 2008, 07:24 PM
Although Armscor makes High Standard 1911's, I've recently read that HS 1911's are also made by another vendor too, someplace in Texas I think it was. The RIA's are fine pistols, IMO, I have three. They're also backed by an excellent warranty provided by the importer, Advanced Tactical in Nevada. Don't know about the HS warranty.

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