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Rock Island 9mm 1911 (Pics)

Discussion in 'Handguns: General Discussion' started by Linkinlog, Sep 6, 2007.

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  1. Linkinlog

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    I purchased a Rock Island 38 super about 4 months ago for the sole purpose of converting it to 9mm. Here is the progress thus far...

    Fresh out of the box RIA 38 super:

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    Back from Fusion (Bob Serva), now a 9mm. He fitted the barrel and installed one of his trigger groups.

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    Bye Bye frame...Hello beavertail safety:

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    Ahhh, much better:
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    Ugly at-home duracoating job and wierd hammer:
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    Heading for a new hammer and Novak sights:
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    Last night, after picking up the gun, I stopped by the range. I bought a bag of 125gr reloads since I didn't have any ammo with me. The gun shoots like a dream. The recoil is practically non-existant, especially after shooting my 1911 45.

    At 10 yards the gun was shooting POA and I put a nice ragged hole through the X ring with a few fliers here and there due to my aiming error. The trigger is perfect with just the slightest take-up before breaking at 3.5lbs. Short reset and it's ready to eat some more! I wish I would have had time to shoot a couple 100 more rounds. I'll be going back to the range on Saturday and I can't wait. It is almost like shooting a 22.

    I'm going to shoot it for a few weeks then send it out to be polished up and hot blued. The guy tells me he can get it a dark grey / charcoal color. I also need to have the fiber optic rod put in the front sight. I have a blank in there now because I had to test POA in case the sight needed adjustment. I hate to part with it for 3-4 more weeks but it should look unbelievable when I get it back. Better pics to come...


    Sponsored by Colgate :D
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    Sorry for the bad pics. It was late and I wanted to get a few pics online...
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  2. fletcher

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    Thanks for the review. I was thinking of one of getting these (and leaving it .38 super) for an inexpensive fun-gun, but those ammo prices are a bit much for me.

    How much did the conversion cost you?
     
  3. Linkinlog

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    I have enough in it at the moment to have almost bought a Springfield EMP.

    Of course, I have changed just about everything: sights, trigger group, beavertail safety, extended thumb safety, etc.

    However, I'm extremely pleased with how it has turned out so far and it is my own "custom" gun. I could have spent less and only changed the barrel, but it turned into a project. :D
     
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    That is nice! Congrats and thanks for sharing it the pics.
     
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    Thanks! It should look really good when refinished wearing a set of carbon creation grips! :D
     
  6. Linkinlog

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    Anyone use Big Al Az for bluing before?

    Also, anyone know a good source for Metalform ramped 9mm mags?
     
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