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RIA vs ATI .45 1911 GI

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by Carter, Jun 7, 2012.

  1. Carter

    Carter Well-Known Member

    So my wife is wanting to get me a 1911 for fathers day. I'm pretty much limited to under $500 and have been looking at a RIA. However, one of the local gun shops had a bunch of ATI 1911's for a little bit less (just over $400). The RIA were $450ish. These were all GI models or commander models.

    How do these two compare in quality, durability, accuracy, etc?
    I also want to do some upgrades in the future.

    On a side note they had a hi-power for $499 (used). Only thing I could see wrong with it was rusty screws holding the grips on. Magazine disconnect was still in place. Almost walked out with it, but I'm leaning more towards a .45 and the wife said it looked funny.. :scrutiny:

    Thanks for all the help.
  2. wally

    wally Well-Known Member

    I recommend the RIA Tactical. Centerfire Systems has them for $420 http://centerfiresystems.com/AC-RI1911TACA.aspx

    IMHO ~450 is too high for the GI. No experience with the ATI. My oldest RIA .45 is over 15,000 rounds so I'd say they are a very good buy!
  3. HDCamel

    HDCamel Well-Known Member

    Both are rock solid in terms of reliability.
    On paper performance is lacking compared to more expensive guns, but they'll hit a man center mass at 25 yards.

    You might also look at the Regent R100. It should be within your budget.
  4. Furncliff

    Furncliff Well-Known Member

    Agree, the RIA Tactical from Centerfire systems. The Tactical model comes with upgrades, and mine came with a great trigger, out of the box.

    The only thing I added to mine was a nice Pachmyer grip.
  5. Josh45

    Josh45 Well-Known Member

    Brother has the 1911 RIA Tactical 45 ACP.
    Heck of a gun. Recoil is very manageable. Sights are O.K but it is pretty accurate.
    I don't know anything about ATI, So I guess my opinion is biased in a way. But if you have to choose between the two, Give the RIA Tactical a very good look and some youtube reviews. Good and reliable firearm.
  6. kcshooter

    kcshooter Well-Known Member

    I've heard good things about both.
    I've shot a RIA many times, owned one for a while, liked it well enough.
    The fit and finish of the ATI's blows the RIA away, in the few ATI's I've seen.
  7. Carter

    Carter Well-Known Member

    The RIA tactical is my first pick so far. Just no stores around here have them in stock. I think I can get a local store to order one for around $450. So after shipping and transfer fees that'd be about the same as the online price you guys listed.

    I also picked up a desert eagle 1911 at the store. It looked really nice, but the grip safety just flopped around like there wasn't a spring attached to it.
  8. dusty14u

    dusty14u Well-Known Member

    I don't have any experience with the RIA but they have a very good reputation. I do own an ATI GI and and it is well made and it has been nothing but reliable. It is very tight and well made and I have had zero issues with through several thousand rounds. It inspired me to purchase the offficer sized ATI Titan. That was more trouble to get it reliable but since I went to the Colt Defender springs it has been very reliable too.

  9. mcdonl

    mcdonl Well-Known Member

    The importer for ATI is pretty good too... I made a stupid mistake putting my gun back together and bent a part. I called them, owned my mistake... they were happy to send me a replacement part no charge. Had no issues with the gun since then. It is the GI model... has worked well through three IDPA seasons as well as general range and truck usage.
  10. rule303

    rule303 Well-Known Member

    They are both good guns. The ATI does have the best fit and finish I have seen on an entry level 1911, it is nicer than the Remington R1 or the Springfields costing quite a bit more.
  11. WardenWolf

    WardenWolf member

    My RIA Tactical is currently back at the factory getting reworked because it couldn't hit the broad side of a barn from the inside. Armscor, who makes RIA, does have a great warranty service, though. They're installing a match-grade barrel and bushing free of charge, so when it comes back it will be equivalent to the more-expensive Match model.
  12. awayne

    awayne Active Member

    my ria rivals my ruger 1911 in everything except appearance. damn good deal.
  13. Texan Scott

    Texan Scott Well-Known Member


    Cimarron makes a no-frill 1911 now, too... 497. and change... reviewedin the current edition of Guns of the Old West (i think that's the name- magazine rack at Wally's). Jeff quinn says it fed everything including LSWC. it's a TX-based company, and maybe worth a look.

    ADDED: the Cimarron is TX-OWNED, but actually made by Armscor - so basically a Rock Island without the hideous roll markings, and better grips. also, see the Gunblast review: http://www.gunblast.com/Cimarron-1911.htm

    (i am not a shill for the company- i don't own a Cimarron- but if they wanted to give me one, I'd shill!)
    Last edited: Jun 8, 2012
  14. coalman

    coalman Well-Known Member

    The fit and finish on the ATI is superior at a lesser price.
  15. Lonerider357

    Lonerider357 Well-Known Member

    Get a Rock...You'll Love it!! If anything goes wrong they will fix it!!
  16. RX-178

    RX-178 Well-Known Member

    My high opinion of the RIA 1911s is no secret, I even recommended them as a 'first centerfire pistol' for new shooters.
  17. bikerdoc

    bikerdoc Moderator

    My ATI GI-Military has been super reliable and well built.

  18. schnarrgj

    schnarrgj Well-Known Member

    Have an ATI Military. After a couple of thousand rounds, it has been flawless and very accurate. It is still very tight and feeds anything I have fed it.
  19. Texan Scott

    Texan Scott Well-Known Member

    US forces introduced the 1911 .45 to the filipino population around 1913... the hard way. Apparently, they developed a real respect for it. A generation later, a steely-eyed filipino with a 1911 was the last thing a lot of japanese soldiers ever saw. it's really interesting to me that SAM and Armscor are giving American companies a real run for ther money with high-quality military-grade rock throwers. good for them! somebody has to keep american makers on their toes and hold the prices down with some honest capitalism.
  20. bikerdoc

    bikerdoc Moderator

    Amen to the Texan named Scott. My thoughts exactly.

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