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Rock Island Armory 1911?

This is a discussion on Rock Island Armory 1911? within the Non-XD Handguns forums, part of the Other Handgun Talk category; $389 for barebones RIA and $489 for RIA Tactical...


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Old 09-16-2009, 06:51 PM   #11
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$389 for barebones RIA and $489 for RIA Tactical
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Old 09-16-2009, 07:51 PM   #12
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Buying a low end 1911 with the intention of upgrading it is fine. But you have to accept that most times you will spend twice as much money in the long run than you would have if you had just gotten what you wanted in the first place.
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Old 09-16-2009, 08:57 PM   #13
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Another happy owner of a RIA Tactical.

I think it's the best way to go unless one really, truly wants a bare-bones M1911A1--then get the RIA GI model.

And, as a former owner of a Springfield 1911...the Springfield really isn't a higher-quality pistol. Maybe a nicer finish, but that's about it. You just pay more for the crossed-cannon rollmark.
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Old 09-17-2009, 12:18 AM   #14
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Another happy owner of a RIA Tactical.

I think it's the best way to go unless one really, truly wants a bare-bones M1911A1--then get the RIA GI model.

And, as a former owner of a Springfield 1911...the Springfield really isn't a higher-quality pistol. Maybe a nicer finish, but that's about it. You just pay more for the crossed-cannon rollmark.
And the forging!
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Old 09-17-2009, 01:36 PM   #15
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RIAs are fine not sure they are worth upgrading all that much, but from my albeit limited experience shooting 1911s, I would NEVER buy one without a beavertail.

If you look around for 700 you can get a nice either new old stock or lightly used 1911
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The RIA is a good base "no frills" pistol.
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Although I probably disagree with Frenchy in saying that the RIA has all of the features you'd get on a SA GI 1911 without the cost.

IMO, the only differences are the name and "place of manufacture" which subsequently accounts for the price differences.
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And the forging!
Caspian frames and slides are cast and you never hear people bad mouthing them...

I'm just saying for some things it's probably very important that if it's forged and not cast, handguns aren't one of them.
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Caspian frames and slides are cast and you never hear people bad mouthing them...

I'm just saying for some things it's probably very important that if it's forged and not cast, handguns aren't one of them.
I gotta disagree here with hot ammo its a big deal, anything under the label of .45 ACP +P it won't matter.

Now something like a hot 10mm I think it would definitely matter. Something in .44 magnum or bigger I think it would matter as well. but .45s are such low PSI I think your right.
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RIA has an excellent track record for CS.

Check out The M1911 Pistols Organization Forums Site - Armscor/Rock Island and see.
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Caspian frames and slides are cast and you never hear people bad mouthing them...

I'm just saying for some things it's probably very important that if it's forged and not cast, handguns aren't one of them.
Did I bad-mouth anything here? I was suggesting that the cost of producing forged frames vs. cast frames is higher. Todays investment castings are very strong.
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