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Rockisland Armory 1911

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by diverdman, Jun 15, 2012.

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  1. diverdman

    diverdman Member

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    Does anyone have a Rockisland Armory 1911? Preferably the GI model?
     
  2. Shuler13

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    Yes. In 9mm.
     
  3. Shuler13

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    I love it. I wanted a GI model (no bells and whistles) in 9mm for a toss around range toy. This fits the bill, but given the option to do over again, I'd save another $150 and go for the STI spartan.

    I now own both. RIA in 9mm and STI in 45.
     
  4. fallout mike

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    Me too, in 9mm. I really like it. No issues so far.
     
  5. bigfatdave

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    I have 3 Armscor-built 1911 pistols, they're all good and the support from ArmscorUSA is top notch.

    None of them are the "GI" model, though.
     
  6. Demitrios

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    I have the G.I. model in .45 and it's a great pistol. I bought it from Sarco a few years back for $320 and it's easily been one of my most reliable pistols as well as accurate.
     
  7. Furncliff

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    My wife gave me the .45 Tactical model for Christmas 4-5 years ago. It has worked well for me. Yesterday I got my first shots in on a 9mm commander . I was a little surprised at the tight group I got with commercial reloads (Freedom Munitions from a rest). I think RIA makes a good bang for the buck 1911. Both of these pistols have very nice triggers.

    The Tactical is a very worthwhile upgrade.
     
  8. JERRY

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    i have a RIA G.I. 1911 .45acp

    upgrades include an 18.5 pound recoil spring, arched MSH (preference), brown plastic G.I. grips(preference), EGW magazine catch.

    shoots wwb or rem. green box h.p. or fmj or tul ammo without a hitch. has shot other rounds as well but these three are the ones i get most often.
     
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  9. Josh45

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    Brother has a RIA Tactical chambered in .45 ACP.
    Awesome gun and very accurate.

    Father got a RIA GI model chambered in .45 ACP, It is the Officer version.
    For something so small, It sure is accurate enough and eats just about anything I have thrown at it when reloading for it.

    If your looking to buy one, Go for it. There great 1911.
     
  10. dagerv

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    I bought one in 2009 (my first gun). Love it. I put new grips and installed new sights. I also polished the feed ramp. Shoots like a champ for the past 3000 rounds. It is the GI .45 model
     
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  11. booboo22

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    I have a RIA 45 - reverse two-tone. Beautiful gun. Love it!
     
  12. iLikeOldgunsIlikeNewGuns

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    I recently bought a Cimarron 1911 (sort of a cross between original 1911, and A1), which is made by Armscor/Rock Island,

    I searched around the web for the best deal, and saved myself $100 bucks on one NIB in another state. Problem was I couldn't inspect it until it was mine. Well it was certainly NIB, I've owned enough 1911s and semis to be able to tell, but the bore looked horrible. I checked the date on the fired casings' envelope, and it was dated two years prior to my purchase. I called 'em up, and they confirmed my suspicions, that it was probably not cleaned, and two years later the bore was suffering from the proof-test (corrosive primers?). The rest of the gun was spotless and perfect, just the bore looked bad, so at first I was going to just send in the barrel for a swap, but the Armscor/Rock Island gunsmith I spoke with told me it'd be better to send in the whole gun, so the new barrel could be fitted properly, and also so he could give me his "$350 tuneup" for free for my troubles :D

    It was just under two weeks from the time I sent the gun out to the time I got it back! I will be trying it out again next weekend, I am very satisfied with their customer service, they even called me with the tracking number when it was all done and on its way back to me :)

    edit: why not add a photo, here's a pic of it . The 'spots' on the slide are actually a reflection of a leopard-print sheet on my ceiling that acts as a lampshade, the bluing is like a mirror, done for Cimarron by Ford's Custom in Florida

    6810849805_28283053e0_z.jpg
     
  13. joecil

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    I daily carry a RIA/Armscor 1911 CS (compact) now for over a year with well over 3000 rounds through it. I sent it in the first day I shot it due to me putting not lining up the recoil spring properly breaking it. They fixed it with a 5 business day turn around, got the tuneup and had them install Novak Trijicon night sights also. Only charge was the price of the sights. Gun has run perfect since.

    I also bought a used MAPP1 MS that wouldn't feed properly. I sent it in and got a replacement gun that has had over 2K rounds through it since without a problem. All on their dime too, their CS is the best I've ever dealt with period.
     
  14. Snaps

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    not the GI, but i bought the better half a tactical. Shot well, no issues, it's currently on the way back to us... nad it's purple. :(

    I like the guns, may even buy one myself
     
  15. WardenWolf

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    Snaps, dare I ask why it's purple, and why it's on the way back?

    My RIA 1911 Tactical should be coming back to me on the 25th. Mine had severe accuracy issues, and the finish was degrading. They told me the copper under the nickel finish was reacting with my sweat, and couldn't be fixed, and they offered me my choice of other finishes. They're hand-selecting a replacement gun, tuning it up, and shipping it out to me.
     
  16. Hunterdad

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    I had a 9mm GI and it wasn't what I hoped. It didn't like 115gr and had quite a few FTE's. Granted, I didn't keep it long, so it may have just needed to be broken in.

    So, I decided to give them another shot and sold my Regent 1911 and picked up a RIA Tactical in .45. Took it to the range and it was all over the place at 7 yards. Had several FTF's and FTE's with my reloads. I wasn't happy at all with the accuracy, so I sent it in. Finally got it back yesterday (3weeks later) and took it to the range today. Absolutely no malfunctions, but it shoots 2in low and 2in left at 7yards. I even put it on the bench and had another guy shoot it to make sure it wasn't me and had the same results. Called RIA when I got home and they're issuing me another call tag to try and fix it.
    Honestly, I'm not too happy. I signed up for a pistol league.months ago and am missing it because of not having my gun. Hopefully they get it right this time.

    Anyways, it's a great gun otherwise with excellent customer service.
     
  17. Old Shooter

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    I've got the RIA GI in 45 cal and no problems. Goes bang every time and the holes appear where the sights are pointed. Granted I've only got about 1,000 rounds thru it but no problems so far.

    I had another GI that shot just as well but the finish was too thin so I traded it away for something else.

    I've no interest in the tactical model as ambi safties do nothing for me and the GI sights work well enough for what I do.

    I'd buy another one in a heartbeat.
     
  18. Timmypage16

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    I just bought a tatical in 45 a little over a month ago. It is a solid gun and shoots really well. I have had no issues with it. Great gun for the money.
     
  19. Snaps

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    Well... have you seen that show 'American Guns?' On one episode a girl wanted and they did her a pink 1911. The sweet, lovely little blonde girl sitting beside me on the couch saw it as well and fell in love with the idea of a purple gun. When she started grabbing MY guns to make one purple I had to go out and buy her one of her own. Was so excited by the idea that I couldn't say no, add that to the custom grips we got her and she'll be happy for a long time with this one.

    And reason it's on the way back is it was just at missionspeccammo to become goddess purple.

    Had to swap to a smooth mainspring housing for her, change a couple other little parts and she's a happy girl. And since she doesn't like/wear jewelry I figure it's the least I could do
     
  20. RX-178

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    Got a .45 ACP 1911 GI.

    It'll put all 7+1 rounds on an IPSC 'brown man' at 50 yards.

    ...Well, at least it's not MISSING the paper...
     
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    I have one got it used i have put over 4k rds in it. No probs at all.
    Just changed the springs
     
  22. Roadking Rider

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    I've had GI 45 for a couple years with over 2k rounds through it. Thing eats anything I've ever asked it to.
     
  23. jshrop6004

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    Bought a Commander chambered in .45 ACP about three years ago new in the box. One of the best shooting pistols I own(and I own a few;)) The trigger out of the box is unbelievable. Accuracy for the shorter Commander GI model is impressive. Took my CWP with it a year ago and was chastised by the instructor for making the groups in the paper too close so he couldn't count them! He scored me a 48 out of 50 but I know where all 50 went.:D
     
  24. HKGuns

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    Yep, .45ACP and it works extremely well. I personally don't see the point in a 9mm 1911 with so many other, reliable options available.

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  25. Carter

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    I almost got the RIA 1911, but I decided to cry once and got the sti spartan. GREAT gun. Looks great, has sti hand fitting, armscor (RIA) frame that saves a lot of money, and shoots great. Likes hollowpoints and wwb too.


    My wife's brother has a RIA GI that he did the customizing for. It has a great trigger and is pretty accurate. Its choked on me a few times though with wwb HP's.
     
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