Quantcast
  1. This site uses cookies. By continuing to use this site, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. Learn More.

Rock Island Armory

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by gutterman, Sep 15, 2012.

Thread Status:
Not open for further replies.
  1. gutterman

    gutterman Member

    Joined:
    Jul 7, 2009
    Messages:
    238
    Location:
    East Texas
    Just looking for opinions on the Rock Island Armory 1911's. They seem to be well made for the price they ask, but how about performance and reliability? I'm looking at a used RIA 1911 double stack 45ACP at a local shop-he's asking $500 OTD. I've seen other RIA 1911's for less, but this being a double stack-thought I'd ask B4 I go any further.
     
  2. viking499

    viking499 Member

    Joined:
    Feb 9, 2007
    Messages:
    3,444
    Great guns for the money. Excellent customer service.

    Check with Centerfiresystems or Sarco for prices and availability.
     
  3. Fotno

    Fotno Member

    Joined:
    Apr 13, 2011
    Messages:
    202
    Location:
    W. North Carolina
    Really good guns for the money. Not the slickest or the prettiest, but they shoot. I hear that customer service is excellent too, although I've never had a single reason to call them.
     
  4. bigfatdave

    bigfatdave Member

    Joined:
    Jul 13, 2008
    Messages:
    5,961
    Location:
    Near Camp Perry
    great guns for the money - make sure you know what magazines you'll need to feed it, once you leave the singlestack .45acp world things get less standardized

    searching this site via google will reveal a great deal of threads with your exact question ... I suspect that people are surprised to find something decent for less than what the big names charge (mostly they're charging for the rollmark)
     
  5. joecil

    joecil Member

    Joined:
    Apr 12, 2012
    Messages:
    782
    Location:
    Lexington, Kentucky
    I've been carrying an Armscor/RIA 1911 CS (compact) for 2 years. I've added Novak Trijicon night sights and better grips. The gun has fire about 3000 rounds to date of JHP, FMJ, Lead WC and JHP +P ammo without a single problem. It has been a real winner and their CS is the best I've ever had period.
     
  6. kyletx1911

    kyletx1911 Member

    Joined:
    Dec 4, 2010
    Messages:
    384
    Location:
    kyletx
    I vote for the rock ! Own 3 a gi 2 fs tacs all are edc worthy
     
  7. Derek Zeanah

    Derek Zeanah System Administrator Staff Member

    Joined:
    Dec 20, 2002
    Messages:
    8,418
    Location:
    Statesboro, GA
    I bought one and took it to gunsite where I ran it for ~ 1200 rounds with no malfuctions that weren't my fault...
     
  8. Hunterdad

    Hunterdad Member

    Joined:
    Dec 23, 2009
    Messages:
    1,873
    Location:
    Syracuse, NY
    I have the Match in .45 and it has been 100% reliable. It even cycles handloads that my Regent 1911 and Sig P250 wouldn't cycle.
     
  9. Nushif

    Nushif Member

    Joined:
    Mar 21, 2010
    Messages:
    3,082
    Location:
    Corvallis, OR
    My officer size had to be sent back because it was flawed at the factory. 8(

    My return officer slide has ran perfecly since then. 8)
     
  10. bigfatdave

    bigfatdave Member

    Joined:
    Jul 13, 2008
    Messages:
    5,961
    Location:
    Near Camp Perry
    Nushif - lemons make it out, and RIA/Armscor is really good about fixing those lemons.
    I also can't remember an account of a gun that needed replacement that didn't reveal itself in what I would call "initial break-in" or "reliability testing" ... other than Armscor replacing a few guns that were simply worn-out.
    And I can't determine if Armscor has a higher percentage of lemons, because I don't have the sales numbers OR return numbers, I just see the occasional complaint over on the FB page Martin maintains rapidly corrected.

    If you don't mind me asking, what was borked in your CS, and how did it reveal itself?

    For what it is worth, my Citadel CS (Armscor made with a Citadel rollmark) is reliable with almost all ammo and any decent magazine, while the "almost a CCO" I had built on a RIA CS frame is reliable and a bit more pleasant to shoot.
     
  11. Nushif

    Nushif Member

    Joined:
    Mar 21, 2010
    Messages:
    3,082
    Location:
    Corvallis, OR
    Well, for casual shooting it was just fine. Then I took it to a 250 round course and in the four hours it took it jammed a lot and there was a significant amount of galling where the slide stop meets the slide on lockback.
    I called RIA and they said to send it in, on their dime. Two weeks later I got a call and they said it had left the factory "out of specc" and they sent me a new one. On their dime. These days that frame has an American Classic 4.25 inch slide or an Advantage Arms kit on top and serves as my only gun I really shoot. 8)
     
  12. Furncliff

    Furncliff Member

    Joined:
    Dec 10, 2005
    Messages:
    2,217
    Location:
    Western Slope of Colorado
    I have two RIA 1911's a .45 tactical and a mid length 9mm. Aside from a broken slide stop the .45 has been near flawless for six years. I bought the 9mm recently, second owner. It had extraction problems. RIA fixed it. All shipping was paid by them and communication with the gunsmiths and shipping dept. was A+. I'm a believer.
     
  13. CountryUgly

    CountryUgly Member

    Joined:
    Sep 20, 2011
    Messages:
    613
    Location:
    The Dirty South
    Every Rock I've owned has been nothing but a perfectly functioning shooter. They aren't as pretty as a Colt but IMO more accurate out of the box.
     
  14. 7thGenAustinite

    7thGenAustinite Member

    Joined:
    Oct 2, 2011
    Messages:
    134
    Location:
    Texas
    love my 2011 tactical. i consistently shoot better with my RIA than my two friends with kimbers that cost twice the price.
     
  15. plouffedaddy

    plouffedaddy Member

    Joined:
    Nov 1, 2011
    Messages:
    371
    Location:
    SC
    I have 3 RIAs. Two were flawless, the other had an issue. RIA fixed it for free and paid shipping both ways. Great company to deal with...
    IMAG0290.gif
     
  16. JERRY

    JERRY Member

    Joined:
    Jun 5, 2003
    Messages:
    2,349
    i have a GI RIA 1911 .45acp....got it about 7 years ago for $340 OTD.....its been exceptional even with hollow points. many high end 1911s fail to work prperly out of the box....this is the not the case generally with stock RIA full sized guns.
     
  17. coop2564

    coop2564 Member

    Joined:
    Nov 13, 2011
    Messages:
    85
    Location:
    Frisco, TX
    I have a 9mm FS and its great.
     
  18. TAKtical

    TAKtical Member

    Joined:
    Aug 8, 2012
    Messages:
    654
    Location:
    North east ohio
    $500??? No no no. Check centerfiresystems. $449 new. Rock island makes an excellent 1911. More reliable than any kimber ive ever had.
     
  19. silicosys4

    silicosys4 Member

    Joined:
    Jun 29, 2012
    Messages:
    2,376
    Lol, these replies all remind me of that car commercial...

    "is your car reliable?"

    "Hell yes its reliable, its got an excellent warranty, 10 years!!!"

    "So....you are saying that the warranty is reliable...not the car"

    I count 4 or 5 out of 20 or so replies that have had reliability issues. Thats a 20% failure rate!!!!! The fact that RIA has been excellent at fixing them says nothing about the fact that unreliable guns are slipping through QC.
    I've had a RIA. It was far from the most reliable 1911 I've had, although not annoyingly or drastically so, just unimpressively so. It also shot about 2' low at 20 yards.
    There are plenty of other options out there if you look, and I'd really read between the lines....When people tell you their pistol is awesome because the factory fixed everything wrong with it, no questions asked and no charge, I question the factory's ability to consistently manufacture a design the first time that is 100+ years old and WELL UNDERSTOOD.
    The bottom line: With RIA, you do get what you pay for. It was great for me because it was cheap to buy, and I was able to see whether I liked 1911's without dropping $1k+. Many other manufacturers could do well by studying RIA's CS.
     
    Last edited: Sep 17, 2012
  20. wally

    wally Member

    Joined:
    Jan 2, 2004
    Messages:
    12,750
    Location:
    Houston, Tx
    The RIA double stacks take Para Ordinance mags which bring with them all the Para mag reliability issues.

    I've had best results with the Mec-Gar Para mags although you lose one round capacity.

    My Para mags have all needed fresh Wolf custom fit extra power springs to be reliable (both pre and post ban) and must be cleaned a lot more than normal mags in both my Para P14 and RIA double stacks.

    I've got four RIA 1911s over 12000 rounds .45 single and double stack and 9mm single and double stack, so I'd say they are very much worth the price!
     
  21. Madcap_Magician

    Madcap_Magician Member

    Joined:
    Apr 8, 2009
    Messages:
    1,670
    Location:
    MN
    The only thing I don't like about them is their slide rollmarking. I am really jonesing for a Compact Tactical 9mm.
     
  22. Bozwell

    Bozwell Member

    Joined:
    Jul 16, 2011
    Messages:
    345
    Location:
    North Carolina
    I wouldn't carry it, but I think at that price range, it's a nice range gun if you want a 1911. I'd also consider an STI Spartan for a bit more money.
     
  23. CountryUgly

    CountryUgly Member

    Joined:
    Sep 20, 2011
    Messages:
    613
    Location:
    The Dirty South
    FYI The STI Spartan is the same gun as the RIA's and Citadel's.... the only differences between them are purely cosmetic. There isn't a thing wrong with carrying any of them. They all work just as well and in most cases are more reliable than a Kimber Carry or a Colt Officer etc. etc... All 1911's have more reliability issues than say a Glock or Springfield XDM so if reliabilty is the 100% overwhelming factor in deciding on a carry piece your are far better off with a Glock than any 1911 period. But if you are more interested in a gun in .45acp that is accurate with great shootibility that is easy to conceal and is reliable 99% of the time a 1911 may be for you and an RIA CS would be a fine choice.
     
  24. Bozwell

    Bozwell Member

    Joined:
    Jul 16, 2011
    Messages:
    345
    Location:
    North Carolina
    It's not that I was saying anything bad about the RIA guns. I've thought about picking one up myself actually. It's just more that I wouldn't recommend carrying a 1911 in that price range at all.
     
  25. AJumbo

    AJumbo Member

    Joined:
    Feb 6, 2009
    Messages:
    810
    Location:
    Phoenix, AZ
    My GI had some teething issues that went away when I started using decent magazines and stopped using gun show reloads. It is my primary carry piece.
     
Thread Status:
Not open for further replies.

Share This Page