Any negative experiences with an RIA 1911?


April 25, 2011, 09:41 PM
All I've ever heard are glowing reports about RIA 1911s which is great. ANd because of all the positive feedback I'm sure I'll own one soon. But has anybody here had a bad experience? Nothing will change my mind based on the overwhelmingly positive reviews. I'm just curious.

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April 26, 2011, 07:18 AM
i have the tactical version and its great, it shoots everything from hi-end to low-end ammo.

April 26, 2011, 07:21 AM
All positive on my end.:D

Only negative, is I want another......:rolleyes:

April 26, 2011, 06:15 PM
My wifes High Standard compact, Armscor made, needed a stronger recoil spring.
Other than that... flawless on the 3 we have owned.


April 26, 2011, 07:57 PM
My RIA needed a few rounds through it before it would feed HP ammo reliably. FMJ worked just fine right out of the box. Otherwise, no negatives.


April 26, 2011, 08:15 PM
Well i've got a CS that has been back twice, and is getting ready to go back the third time. I cannot ethically trade or sell it in the condition it is in so I will keep sending it back on their dime until it is fixed or I bankrupt them with Fedex costs.......

April 26, 2011, 08:57 PM
Verdun59 what kind of problems are you having with it. How is their cs to deal with?

April 26, 2011, 09:23 PM
RIA has an uncanny ability to get 95% of the things right that 95% of potential purchasers want.

I bought an RIA Tactical, and I am essentially happy with it. It was my first 1911 and might be my last. It is a "fighting pistol" if there is such a thing in the civilian market. It seems to function perfectly, is relatively accurate, and has a lot of premium features for a steal of a price. What's not to like....

Well...that last 5% or so of quality is what is missing. There were quite a few sharp edges in serious need of dehorning. The internals were parkerized, which while good for corrosion, are pretty bad for smoothness. The parkerizing seems a bit thin, and of course isn't that pretty to look at. This just might not be good enough any more, now that other manufacturers such as American Classic offer dramatically better finishing for roughly the same price. For perspective, my $169 CZ82 milsurp special is light years ahead of it in fit 'n finish, build quality, etc.

I am having an absolute blast shooting mine and tinkering with all sorts of upgrades. I don't think I have had more fun with a single pistol before. Having a 1911 is almost a hobby in itself, and RIA gets you admission at a price low enough to allow you to keep tinkering.

Can you go wrong with an RIA? Probably not. You just need to know what you are getting for the price, and be happy with the tradeoffs--I sure am. But as its price climbs, and competition gets stiffer, there may be better choices.

April 26, 2011, 11:30 PM
I have a nickel .38 Super, and the plating is not uniform under the grips. it actually goes all to pieces.

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