Rockisland Armory 1911


June 15, 2012, 09:33 AM
Does anyone have a Rockisland Armory 1911? Preferably the GI model?

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June 15, 2012, 09:40 AM
Yes. In 9mm.

June 15, 2012, 09:42 AM
I love it. I wanted a GI model (no bells and whistles) in 9mm for a toss around range toy. This fits the bill, but given the option to do over again, I'd save another $150 and go for the STI spartan.

I now own both. RIA in 9mm and STI in 45.

fallout mike
June 15, 2012, 10:10 AM
Me too, in 9mm. I really like it. No issues so far.

June 15, 2012, 10:27 AM
I have 3 Armscor-built 1911 pistols, they're all good and the support from ArmscorUSA is top notch.

None of them are the "GI" model, though.

June 15, 2012, 10:55 AM
I have the G.I. model in .45 and it's a great pistol. I bought it from Sarco a few years back for $320 and it's easily been one of my most reliable pistols as well as accurate.

June 15, 2012, 12:59 PM
My wife gave me the .45 Tactical model for Christmas 4-5 years ago. It has worked well for me. Yesterday I got my first shots in on a 9mm commander . I was a little surprised at the tight group I got with commercial reloads (Freedom Munitions from a rest). I think RIA makes a good bang for the buck 1911. Both of these pistols have very nice triggers.

The Tactical is a very worthwhile upgrade.

June 15, 2012, 01:21 PM
i have a RIA G.I. 1911 .45acp

upgrades include an 18.5 pound recoil spring, arched MSH (preference), brown plastic G.I. grips(preference), EGW magazine catch.

shoots wwb or rem. green box h.p. or fmj or tul ammo without a hitch. has shot other rounds as well but these three are the ones i get most often.

June 15, 2012, 02:07 PM
Brother has a RIA Tactical chambered in .45 ACP.
Awesome gun and very accurate.

Father got a RIA GI model chambered in .45 ACP, It is the Officer version.
For something so small, It sure is accurate enough and eats just about anything I have thrown at it when reloading for it.

If your looking to buy one, Go for it. There great 1911.

June 15, 2012, 02:21 PM
I bought one in 2009 (my first gun). Love it. I put new grips and installed new sights. I also polished the feed ramp. Shoots like a champ for the past 3000 rounds. It is the GI .45 model

June 15, 2012, 04:10 PM
I have a RIA 45 - reverse two-tone. Beautiful gun. Love it!

June 15, 2012, 06:06 PM
I recently bought a Cimarron 1911 (sort of a cross between original 1911, and A1), which is made by Armscor/Rock Island,

I searched around the web for the best deal, and saved myself $100 bucks on one NIB in another state. Problem was I couldn't inspect it until it was mine. Well it was certainly NIB, I've owned enough 1911s and semis to be able to tell, but the bore looked horrible. I checked the date on the fired casings' envelope, and it was dated two years prior to my purchase. I called 'em up, and they confirmed my suspicions, that it was probably not cleaned, and two years later the bore was suffering from the proof-test (corrosive primers?). The rest of the gun was spotless and perfect, just the bore looked bad, so at first I was going to just send in the barrel for a swap, but the Armscor/Rock Island gunsmith I spoke with told me it'd be better to send in the whole gun, so the new barrel could be fitted properly, and also so he could give me his "$350 tuneup" for free for my troubles :D

It was just under two weeks from the time I sent the gun out to the time I got it back! I will be trying it out again next weekend, I am very satisfied with their customer service, they even called me with the tracking number when it was all done and on its way back to me :)

edit: why not add a photo, here's a pic of it . The 'spots' on the slide are actually a reflection of a leopard-print sheet on my ceiling that acts as a lampshade, the bluing is like a mirror, done for Cimarron by Ford's Custom in Florida

June 15, 2012, 06:24 PM
I daily carry a RIA/Armscor 1911 CS (compact) now for over a year with well over 3000 rounds through it. I sent it in the first day I shot it due to me putting not lining up the recoil spring properly breaking it. They fixed it with a 5 business day turn around, got the tuneup and had them install Novak Trijicon night sights also. Only charge was the price of the sights. Gun has run perfect since.

I also bought a used MAPP1 MS that wouldn't feed properly. I sent it in and got a replacement gun that has had over 2K rounds through it since without a problem. All on their dime too, their CS is the best I've ever dealt with period.

June 15, 2012, 06:27 PM
not the GI, but i bought the better half a tactical. Shot well, no issues, it's currently on the way back to us... nad it's purple. :(

I like the guns, may even buy one myself

June 15, 2012, 06:34 PM
Snaps, dare I ask why it's purple, and why it's on the way back?

My RIA 1911 Tactical should be coming back to me on the 25th. Mine had severe accuracy issues, and the finish was degrading. They told me the copper under the nickel finish was reacting with my sweat, and couldn't be fixed, and they offered me my choice of other finishes. They're hand-selecting a replacement gun, tuning it up, and shipping it out to me.

June 15, 2012, 06:41 PM
I had a 9mm GI and it wasn't what I hoped. It didn't like 115gr and had quite a few FTE's. Granted, I didn't keep it long, so it may have just needed to be broken in.

So, I decided to give them another shot and sold my Regent 1911 and picked up a RIA Tactical in .45. Took it to the range and it was all over the place at 7 yards. Had several FTF's and FTE's with my reloads. I wasn't happy at all with the accuracy, so I sent it in. Finally got it back yesterday (3weeks later) and took it to the range today. Absolutely no malfunctions, but it shoots 2in low and 2in left at 7yards. I even put it on the bench and had another guy shoot it to make sure it wasn't me and had the same results. Called RIA when I got home and they're issuing me another call tag to try and fix it.
Honestly, I'm not too happy. I signed up for a pistol league.months ago and am missing it because of not having my gun. Hopefully they get it right this time.

Anyways, it's a great gun otherwise with excellent customer service.

Old Shooter
June 15, 2012, 07:07 PM
I've got the RIA GI in 45 cal and no problems. Goes bang every time and the holes appear where the sights are pointed. Granted I've only got about 1,000 rounds thru it but no problems so far.

I had another GI that shot just as well but the finish was too thin so I traded it away for something else.

I've no interest in the tactical model as ambi safties do nothing for me and the GI sights work well enough for what I do.

I'd buy another one in a heartbeat.

June 15, 2012, 10:53 PM
I just bought a tatical in 45 a little over a month ago. It is a solid gun and shoots really well. I have had no issues with it. Great gun for the money.

June 15, 2012, 11:11 PM
Snaps, dare I ask why it's purple, and why it's on the way back?
Well... have you seen that show 'American Guns?' On one episode a girl wanted and they did her a pink 1911. The sweet, lovely little blonde girl sitting beside me on the couch saw it as well and fell in love with the idea of a purple gun. When she started grabbing MY guns to make one purple I had to go out and buy her one of her own. Was so excited by the idea that I couldn't say no, add that to the custom grips we got her and she'll be happy for a long time with this one.

And reason it's on the way back is it was just at missionspeccammo to become goddess purple.

Had to swap to a smooth mainspring housing for her, change a couple other little parts and she's a happy girl. And since she doesn't like/wear jewelry I figure it's the least I could do

June 16, 2012, 12:05 AM
Got a .45 ACP 1911 GI.

It'll put all 7+1 rounds on an IPSC 'brown man' at 50 yards.

...Well, at least it's not MISSING the paper...

June 16, 2012, 08:33 AM
I have one got it used i have put over 4k rds in it. No probs at all.
Just changed the springs

Roadking Rider
June 16, 2012, 02:51 PM
I've had GI 45 for a couple years with over 2k rounds through it. Thing eats anything I've ever asked it to.

June 16, 2012, 05:47 PM
Bought a Commander chambered in .45 ACP about three years ago new in the box. One of the best shooting pistols I own(and I own a few;)) The trigger out of the box is unbelievable. Accuracy for the shorter Commander GI model is impressive. Took my CWP with it a year ago and was chastised by the instructor for making the groups in the paper too close so he couldn't count them! He scored me a 48 out of 50 but I know where all 50 went.:D

June 17, 2012, 09:37 AM
Yep, .45ACP and it works extremely well. I personally don't see the point in a 9mm 1911 with so many other, reliable options available.

June 17, 2012, 10:28 AM
I almost got the RIA 1911, but I decided to cry once and got the sti spartan. GREAT gun. Looks great, has sti hand fitting, armscor (RIA) frame that saves a lot of money, and shoots great. Likes hollowpoints and wwb too.

My wife's brother has a RIA GI that he did the customizing for. It has a great trigger and is pretty accurate. Its choked on me a few times though with wwb HP's.

June 17, 2012, 11:39 PM
I almost got the RIA 1911, but I decided to cry once and got the sti spartan.

good call.

June 18, 2012, 11:07 AM
I have the GI in 9mm FS is a great gun. The sights though were too narrow for me. Had some fiber optics put on and its a great shooting gun.

June 19, 2012, 01:44 AM
I have the GI in 9mm FS is a great gun. The sights though were too narrow for me. Had some fiber optics put on and its a great shooting gun.
Who put in your fiber optics and what sites did you get? How much did it cost you? I'm looking to have the exact same thing done to mine.

June 19, 2012, 07:20 AM

This simplicity, with the Keyes grips and channeling a WWII M1911A1, is gorgeous.

Exactly the way I prefer my 1911s.

Cocked & Locked
June 19, 2012, 08:02 AM
Yes, a factory finish bright & shiny .38 Super one. Had two of these but sold one. Also had a parkerized .38 Super and a .45 officer's size one.

June 19, 2012, 04:14 PM
I have a RIA 1911A1 (GI model).

It required a trip to Nevada for warranty work because of FTFs. They replaced the mag catch, and now it's 100%.

June 20, 2012, 01:18 AM
Got the GI model last year. Great gun to shoot. Eats 230 gr fmj as fast as you can pull the trigger. Accurate. mine don't take to HP too well, has a problem chambering the HP. But it was made to to take FMJ and not HP anyway. ;)

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