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Rock Island

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by ar15chase, Feb 6, 2009.

  1. ar15chase

    ar15chase Active Member

    I was thinking of buying a Rock Island 45acp, for concealed carry. But I dont know much about them. I like the price. Are they reliable? I am too picky about my Colt, I dont want it dirty, scratched, nor do I even want fingerprints on it. So I was looking for something I wounldnt care so much about. I get tired of carrying my Sigma all the time. Its like eating a hamburger everyday. I want some change every now and then.
  2. mr.243

    mr.243 Active Member

    your in for a storm.. first of all.. you get what you pay for.. well thats it.. its an ok gun for the price.. its what you want i guess
  3. rondog

    rondog Well-Known Member

    I'd wager that mr.243 doesn't own a Rock Island, and never has. Of those of us that DO own them, 99.99% love them and will heartily recommend them. For carry purposes, the CSP Compact model is hard to beat.

  4. SaxonPig

    SaxonPig Well-Known Member

    It has the military finish but otherwise they appear to be reliable.

    I have one in 38 Super that works just fine. I have spoken with several other owners who love theirs.

    You never know until you try one.
  5. Quiet

    Quiet Well-Known Member

    The (Armscor) Rock Island Armory 1911s are the best 1911 clones currently on the market for under $600.
  6. BHP FAN

    BHP FAN Well-Known Member

    I got my GI Rock Island for $340.00 about three years ago,and I couldn't be happier.It has never failed to fire. It has never failed to eject. It has failed to lock back on cruddy well worn GI mags,and I switched out the slide stop,and switched to Mecgar 7 round mags.Never a hiccup since.If you can find a reliable steel and wood .45 for four hundred bucks and you don't buy it? well...
  7. FoMoGo

    FoMoGo Well-Known Member

    We have 2... had 3... armscor 1911.
    GREAT pistols, the fit, function, and accuracy rival any non custom 1911 I have fired.
    I heartily suggest them to anyone who doesnt get hung up on brand names.

  8. Thingster

    Thingster Well-Known Member

    This has come up a lot recently and I always chime in singing teh praises of my 5" 1911.

    Do a quick search and you'll find 99% praise for them.

    One helluva gun, and not just for the price.
  9. ohiobowhunter78

    ohiobowhunter78 Active Member


    They have my praise. I have a 38 super, and getting a 45 tactical. I have a Kimber custom which is a top of the line style 1911, but it is not so much nicer that it justifies paying $800 more.
  10. f4t9r

    f4t9r Well-Known Member

    Great gun , Great customer service.
    You get way more then you pay for.
  11. possum

    possum Well-Known Member

    exactly, i argee with you 100%, i don't own one, but i have shot them and used them enough to know that they are reliable, and more accurate that you would think. check the 1911 forums there are alot of 1911 owners that have high dollar 1911's and RI's too and they love thier RI's, i own a sa mc operator, and i would own a ria if i found one and or needed another 1911.
  12. rhoggman

    rhoggman Well-Known Member

    Someone other than Rock Island markets the Armscor pistols in the US... Charles Daly perhaps?
  13. Jason_G

    Jason_G Well-Known Member

    Yes, Daly does IIRC. STI builds off of Armscor frames, but IIRC, that's the only Armscor part they use. Seems like there's another I'm missing though...

  14. rhoggman

    rhoggman Well-Known Member

    Charles Daly also imports Armscor 1911's


    I'm not sure they are the same line as the Rock Island pistols, but they are made by the same company.


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  15. rhoggman

    rhoggman Well-Known Member

    Charles Daly has a polymer line of 1911s (The Daly M5) that they import from someone else as well.

    The same polymer 1911's used to be imported by Kimber, and Springfield Armory.
  16. saturno_v

    saturno_v Well-Known Member

    I'm not an expert nor a fan of the 1911 type pistols but one old ex GI at my gun range owns one (and a couple of original Colt) and he told me that the RIA 1911 are among the clone closest to an original 1911....he said he has no use for the "pimped up" 1911 (Kimber, Dan Wesson, etc...) and he would gladly buy more RIA(he will get another soon) than any of the other 1911 out there.

    They are very tough and very reliable...accuracy is good too.

    From an "appeal" point of view I tend to agree with him...a "real" 1911 should have an utilitarian finish and no frills...it's a service pistol after all...
  17. rhoggman

    rhoggman Well-Known Member

    I'm pretty sure they are just Armscor 1911's but they are the top of the line that Armscor makes, whereas RIA markets the models with the lesser finishes et cetera.

    I'm not 100% sure about the differences bewteen the models but they are all the same line of pistols.

    It seems that the Daly models have a nicer finish. I think if you read up they have some other features as well.

    INSULATION TIM Well-Known Member

    I like mine and it seems to shoot more accurately than my XD 45 (Springfield) or my 9mm Glock 19. That being said, it's at the Gander Mountain Gunsmith right now as I seemed to have a problem with it failing to feed.
  19. MJZZZ

    MJZZZ Well-Known Member

    Great guns

    I love mine too but it's too heavy to carry. It's fun as hell to shoot though, and it has never malfunctioned. Paid $306 from Sarco 2 years ago, since have added a commander hammer and beavertail. Mike
  20. Jason_G

    Jason_G Well-Known Member

    Are you talking about the Dalys or the STIs?


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