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Stupid question- Essex vs Rock Island

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by Fat Boy, Oct 19, 2010.

  1. Fat Boy

    Fat Boy Active Member

    Sep 23, 2007
    Kansas Plains
    There are currently available for purchase a rock island 1911; has had some customization done; aftermarket hammer, grip safety, slide rlease, trigger, grips- it is a full-sized 1911. Asking price with 2 magazines is $500

    Second is an Essex-framed 1911, with a Remington? slide; maybe from ww2 vintage? trigger is adjustable; otherwise it appears "stock"- comes with 2 magazines- asking price is $535

    What are the pro's/con's of each?

  2. gbw

    gbw Active Member

    Feb 11, 2009
    Deep South
    Unless you are a 1911 expert, or know beyond doubt who made the aftermarket parts for the RI, and who installed them, avoid it.

    Essex frames are fine, I've some guns built on them and they are excellent. But the same goes for it: unless you know for sure who built it and what parts were used, pass.

    There are likely very good reasons these guns are for sale after somebody spent all that time and effort to 'customize' them.

    You can get a new, virgin, unaltered, reliable RI for less, I believe.

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