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RIA dilemma

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by Mooseman, Feb 25, 2009.

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  1. Mooseman

    Mooseman Member

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    I've decided I definitely want a rock island 1911 for the range and occasional carry. I like the sights on the tactical model but I'm intrigued by the capacity of the wide body. Is the wide body reliable enough for carry? I haven't heard much about them good or bad. How difficult (expensive) is it to get different sights put on?
     
  2. colemanw

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    if you need more than three bullets you are dead... (yeah, someone will flame me for that)

    anyway... do you have big hands? think about comfort and concealability. more parts available for single stack anyway :)
     
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    Coleman, I'd say one. (guess, i'll go down with ya!) lol

    Mooseman, I carry a Tactical 5" RIA Single Stack with Chip Mc Cormick 8 round Mags. I don't have the need for a Double Stacker (don't want the headaches), Just carry an extra Mag.
     
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    all I need is 27 shots of 45acp.
    at least if i know im going to a horrible part of town. I carry 13 +1 in my para double stacked Gun Rights model and carry an extra 13 round mag. that rarely ever happens though and I carry my kimber or Kahr a lot
     
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    If the standard sights are GI type, there are replacements available from Brownell's or Kings. The rear is a swap out part. The front sight is "Staked" on.

    This can be done without a gunsmith, but is not for the mechanically challenged. I understand your capacity concerns. Before my 1911 days I carried Glocks. My g26 (9mm sub ) would hold 11 and an extra 17 rounder with a grip extension gave me 28 rounds of comfort. Now I generally carry an officers size single stack 1911. It holds 8 and a backup mag of 7 rounds. Quite a difference. I agree with colemanw though, If we need more than 3 or 5 rounds for an engagement, we have much more to worry about.

    The thing about 1911's vs my Glocks is the lightweight trigger and accuracy is on an entirely different level. These facts comfort me more than having a dozen more rounds at the ready.

    Do you own or have you shot a standard 1911?
     
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    I was looking into a double stack RIA awhile back. According to the folks on 1911Forum, everything that is said about RIA in general holds equally true for the double stack, in terms of reliability, accuracy, etc. I ended up going another route, but when I inevitably reexamine the 1911, I'm thinking I might stick with the tactical for its various features and in particular the sights, as the double stack is basically GI spec.
     
  7. Mooseman

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    I have shot a 1911 before but I've never owned one. I found it a pleasure to shoot but I've always had other stuff on the ever growing list to buy first.

    Seems like there's a consensus that I should go with the tactical model and I humbly bow to the collective wisdom.:p

    If I like it I can get a double stack later on, pretty sure I'll be buying new stuff until I assume room temp anyway.

    Thanks everyone for the advice.
     
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