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Rock Island Armory 1911's?

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by Glock22, Jun 30, 2007.

  1. Glock22

    Glock22 Well-Known Member

    What is the quality like on Rock Island Armory 1911's? I know they are cheaper but are they fairly reliable, even with FMJ ammo would be alright.

    And while we are at it show us your Rock Island Armory 1911's.
  2. Geno

    Geno Well-Known Member

    I would have to show the picture of the one that I didn't buy NIB for $199.00!!! Then, as I began investigating them, I had a difficult time finding people who had complaints. Most owners like them. Go figure! Next time I see one at the gun show, I will buy it. What's the worst that can happen...it runs like a Kimber?! :neener:

    Seriously, I do plan to pick one up. But, I am actually thinking of the 9MM just for the lower cost of ammo.
  3. Prof. A. Wickwire

    Prof. A. Wickwire Well-Known Member


    I recently purchased the RIA 1911A1 Tactical in .45ACP. Her first day at the range I ran 300 rounds of mixed ball, lead round nose, and hollowpoints through her with two failures to extract (out of the first 80 rounds). Accuracy was one ragged hole at 7-10 yards. She is now my regular carry piece.

    If you want more info go to M1911.org and read some of the posts. In fact, some of the reps for RIA post on this site.

    I can unreservedly reccomend the RIA 1911.


    Prof. A. Wickwire
  4. bill larry

    bill larry Well-Known Member

    I'll chime in here with my experience...

    I got a RIA .45 in trade for a j-frame revolver. I LOVE 1911's, and the gun looked good...no, really good. Nice finish, tight fitting, functioned perfectly and felt great....

    Until I took it to the range. Talk about blue with frustration. I had three different mags and NONE of them would reliably feed the bastage. I had 3 point jams one after another, sometime jamming every round through an entire mag. Big jams, that required 2 people to clear the gun. Dented and misfigured brass. Spoke with the factory rep, was told possibly the feeding ramp was angled incorrectly. It could be fixed if I wanted to part with it for while. Oh, I wanted to part with it alright....

    Not much fun, eh? I felt like a total retard for having traded off a gun that was 100% reliable for the RIA. I was told by many that it could be fixed...yada yada yada. I hate hearing that when it comes to firearms.

    I traded it shortly afterwards for a K frame revolver and havent looked back.

    I wont tell you what to buy or not to buy the RIA, but if you do get one, try and get a trial policy on it. See if that gun will work for you.
  5. The Kidd

    The Kidd Well-Known Member

    Great pistol. Stock sights, no stupid foreward cocking serrations. I did not like the factory stocks so I changed them. I may put a beavertail on it 'cause it will bite my fat hand. It runs ball and Golden Sabres without fail. AND you can afford it.
  6. Landor

    Landor Well-Known Member

    I bought an RIA government model about a year ago. It has never failed yet with about 300 rounds through it. I do not carry it but it is fun to shoot. I paid under $300 NIB. Grips were extra.

  7. savetheclaypigeons

    savetheclaypigeons Well-Known Member

  8. Geno

    Geno Well-Known Member

    See what I mean?! It's darned hard to find someone with a legitimate comlaint about a RIA. :) As I read these posts, I'm sitting here kicking myself yet again!!! The one I looked at also had a hard-chromed chamber and bore! How sweet is that? Well, there will be another gun show soon, but I'll never see that price, ever again!
  9. Cocked & Locked

    Cocked & Locked Well-Known Member

    no complaints

    I can't complain about the RIA's. I did have one that had some negative issues. RIA replaced that gun with no questions asked. How's that for service!

    I picked up a parkerized CS model compact a couple of days ago but have yet to take pics.

    Here's a pic of my two RIA Super .38's with the factory bright and shiny finish.

  10. savetheclaypigeons

    savetheclaypigeons Well-Known Member

    few 1911's are that georgeous C&L'ed. I would have never expected that to come from RIA
  11. Steelslinger

    Steelslinger Member

    I bought a RIA 1911 mil-spec about 3 years ago. Every mag had a feed issue or two, using ball ammo. When I took it apart to see what the issue was, I noticed heavy and I mean heavy tooling marks around the ejection port. Outside the gun looked good, inside it was complete junk.

    Got rid of it very quick.
  12. medic_guns

    medic_guns Well-Known Member

    RIA has a great policy. If you have problems, they fix it. They have an outstanding reputation for that. Trading a gun that has problems to someone else is a real nice thing to do, huh? If I ever had a problem with mine, the lifetime warranty would take care of it.
  13. kingpin008

    kingpin008 Well-Known Member

    I've got a Charles Daly EFS, and I wouldn't give it up for anything. Had a few issues at the beginning, but since then it's been great.

    I will agree with others here - it's tough to find a legit complaint about Rock Island/Charles Daly guns..they do have their issues but very, very rarely do they persist after a little tweaking or a trip back to the factory for repairs. Any gun will have issues from time to time, and for the price you'll pay for a Rock Island I'm sure the quality will suprise you.
  14. MTS Cop

    MTS Cop Well-Known Member

    This has been an interesting thread. I've been wanting a 1911 for awhile and have been leaning towards Springfield Armory, but now I think I'll throw RIA into the mix.
  15. dracphelan

    dracphelan Well-Known Member

    Another Satisfied RIA Owner

    I have had a RIA for 4 years with no problems. I have fed it everything from 185 grain hollow points to 250 grain lead round nose through it without problems. I happily recommend them to anyone who is interested in a basic model 1911.
  16. Hacker15E

    Hacker15E Well-Known Member

    Another happy RIA customer chiming in.

    For those who have had problems, don't sell/trade it off -- contact Ivan, the US customer rep for RIA. He WILL make it good.

    Ivan posts at both 1911 forums.
  17. bfox

    bfox Well-Known Member

    Another happy owner here .
    Had it for a while know like it a lot .
    Getting a new STI Spartan this week hopefully from a board member here .
    Frame and slide are RIA so STI must see something also .

  18. wally

    wally Well-Known Member

    Over 10,000 rounds thru my oldest RIA. Very satisfied with it. The cost of the gun is approaching negligible compared to the cost of the ammo I've run thru it.

  19. MJZZZ

    MJZZZ Well-Known Member

    I also had trouble with my RIA, it shot a 7 o'clock and the safety wouldn't engage everytime. After talking to Ivan I sent it back and the gun was replaced with a brand new gun, while it was there they installed a beavertail and commander hammer for free and included 3 Novak mags to cover the shipping. Now that is first class customer service. I will never sell my Rock. Mike
  20. Lucas_Y

    Lucas_Y Well-Known Member

    I have a RIA 5" tactical ordered. Patiently playing the waiting game on shipping. :) I spent a few weeks lurking around numerous sites and of all the feedback I found about RIA and Armscor, the positive far outweighs the negatives.

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