Ria 10mm 1911


March 11, 2014, 01:01 PM
Planning on selling my glock 22 and buying a ria 10mm. Going to switch out 14 lb spring for a 20 lb. Will the gun handle underwood ammo and will it feed most 10mm without problems? are there any other problems I should expect with this gun?

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March 11, 2014, 01:19 PM
Feeding and recoil spring aren't what you should be worried about. What's important is to know if the barrel has a fully supported chamber. If not, I wouldn't shoot full house loads no matter how strong the recoil spring is.

March 11, 2014, 01:56 PM
You might also ask your question on several of the dedicated 1911 and/or 10mm boards and see what feedback you get as to reliability issues (e.g., FTEs, FTFs) and durability, assuming anyone's actually shot more than 50-rds of real-deal 10mm ammo through one (i.e., loads at or near full-power). More like several hundred might be a good initial indicator.

Agree on the fully-supported barrel comment above.


March 11, 2014, 08:13 PM
Agree on the fully-supported barrel comment above.

This is all I can help on, It is fully supported and thicker than most, It uses the chamber from the .45 OD and the ID of the 10mm making the chamber walls really thick.

March 17, 2014, 01:55 PM
To the OP,

My dad owned an RIA 10mm 1911 and it was a real shooter. Fully supported barrel (great support, too), reliable and accurate. He didn't even change the RSA although, as you have opted to do, would change the RSA to a 20lb or so. Otherwise, a great gun and a great value.

My recommendation: buy some more mags and AMMO!!! Shoot it!!!


Big Shrek
March 17, 2014, 04:39 PM
10mm from a 1911, you better have wrap-around Hogue rubber or Pachy rubber on there...
if ya don't, it might be a little on the painful side during those long range visits ;)

March 17, 2014, 06:16 PM
Not at all, Big Shrek! Although I would stay away from anything sharp like G10 sandpaper grips. But any good smooth wood will be fine and the metal frame of a 1911 will be no prob. I just prefer chain link to stippling or checkering. Rubber wraparound grips (on ANYTHING, for that matter) are a disgrace to the weapon IMHO. :)

Big Shrek
March 18, 2014, 05:25 PM
Nah, they just soak up recoil and make 'em easier to spend all day shooting ;)

If you've abused your hands at a few all-day range sessions, you learn to love rubber grips!
Much like shooting a .357 with wood grips, after awhile it becomes not fun...

Of course, since the ammo crash, finding enough 10mm kind of precludes all-day range time anymore...

Peter M. Eick
March 18, 2014, 05:30 PM
While the above is important, I would argue that the most important change is a flat bottomed firing pin stop and a good hammer spring. Contact 1911tuner for the details or do some searches. Slowing down that initial impulse is critical over a heavier recoil spring. Heavier recoil springs just beat up the gun quicker.

March 18, 2014, 10:54 PM
Peter has it. Hammer spring and FB FPS is the answer.

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