Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by DDDWho, Aug 30, 2022.
I just put my first Rock Island 1911 in .45 acp on layaway last week. I'm hoping it is as good of a budget level gun buy as my Tisas 1911s have been.
I actually just bought one of those to complement my G20. Should be picking it up in a week or two. Let us know how it shoots.
Please post a range report!!
The barrel is 45 ACP OD and 10 mm ID resulting in a thick walled barrel that should be able to handle the hottest loads.
Are you a reloader? If not, now might be a good time to start. You can do it pretty inexpensively, if you don't need to make hundreds of rounds per week. I just rolled 185 rounds of 357 and 38 this week so far; need to do some more light 44 Magnum now for the Redhawk and Marlin 1894.
I load my 10MM pretty damn hot so I always go to a heavier recoil spring to slow things down a bit and keep my brass in the same zip code….lmao
Something that works even better is a semi square bottom on the firing pin stop plate. John Moses Browning originally used a smaller radius than most FPS's come with, but the military requested a larger radius so cavalry could rack the slide easier on horseback, or so the story goes.
A 1/32" radius at the bottom towards the rear uses up more energy to cock the hammer during recoil, it's really a free lunch kind of thing as there's no downside, unless you have weak hands and can't rack the slide, in which case you just point the end that goes bang towards something you don't care about and cock the hammer by hand first, after which it's as easy as it's going to be to rack it. You can buy an oversized FPS pretty cheaply, but fitting one requires some skill.
You'll notice the difference, and a heavier recoil spring than is necessary to load and close the slide again will also add a pounding to the gun.
Once you find the spring strong enough to take it back into battery reliably that's really all the spring you need.
I have owned several RIA in 45acp and one in 38 Super … great pistols.. never a problem…
I have no complaints at all . Recoil is mild but I did buy the long slide bull barrel .
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