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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; I have a RIA tactical 1911 with 1000 rounds through it and never had any problem what so ever not like the Kimbers i used ...


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Old 10-21-2009, 12:44 PM   #31
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I have a RIA tactical 1911 with 1000 rounds through it and never had any problem what so ever not like the Kimbers i used to own(key word used to own).
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Aren't the RIA's made in the Phillipines? Low labor costs would account for the bargain prices. I have no experience with them and don't know the quality of the material or the quality of the company when they assemble them. I know that a lot of 1911's were modified on the Norinco models and they were made in China. As I recall they had some concerns on the hardness of the frames and slides......mettalurgy not up to standard. Does anyone have any experience with the RIA after it's been shot a lot? Any frame or slide issues?

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Old 10-21-2009, 03:56 PM   #32
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For what it's worth, I've been reading that RIA slides are no longer cast. They are some kind of extrusion that is then CNC milled.
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Old 10-21-2009, 09:45 PM   #33
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Aren't the RIA's made in the Phillipines? Low labor costs would account for the bargain prices. I have no experience with them and don't know the quality of the material or the quality of the company when they assemble them. I know that a lot of 1911's were modified on the Norinco models and they were made in China. As I recall they had some concerns on the hardness of the frames and slides......mettalurgy not up to standard. Does anyone have any experience with the RIA after it's been shot a lot? Any frame or slide issues?

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I have 6300+ rnds through my RIA GI I bought for 379.00 in 06. I had a few ftf's in the first 200 rnds due to a crap magazine thast was sold with it (not the mag that usually comes with them) after switching to kimber ss pro mags not another problem. There is not difference in the slide or frame and believe me when I say I've put some of the biggest nastiest looking HP's +P and otherwise through it in these 3 years. The finish sucks ass I admit that freely but I'm not too picky I like the wear it shows actually. As far as upgrading it depends on wether you want a super custom 1911 or just upgraded to a tactical type with the bevertail safety, night sights, ambi safties, bobbed hammer, ect. I finally have gotten the urge to start "upgrading mine to more or less the tactical model without the ambi safety. I have found that the sights are basically Colt 70 series cut and any sights you find for the 70 series will fit in the RIA. I have heard of people getting really good results using a RIA frame as the basework of their customs too. All I can say is mine is a hell and back 1911 that I trust my life to 100% even with the GI sights still on it. Good luck on your purchase I'm sure either way you choose will work out well for you. If you are just looking to upgrade to a tactical type just get the RIA tactical it already has all you would most likely want minus night sights or checkered frontstrap type stuff


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Old 10-21-2009, 10:12 PM   #34
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Point taken, however Brazil has been making firearms for a long time. Taurus and FIE to name two. Armscorp is the only guns manufacturer in the PI that I know of and probably makes the RIA for export. They use investment casting and CNC machinery so their methods are up to date. Nothing against the RIA but it just wouldn't be my personal choice. I have Colts, SA's and a custom bulls eye gun using a Caspian frame and slide and all have been shot a lot with no problems. Everybody and I mean everybody makes a 1911 clone now. I'm just not comfortable with some of them.

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Do your homework... Armscorp has been making firearms, 1911s and others since 1952 Taurus since 1941, not a big difference. Armscorp until about 3 years ago made all but the high high end STIs. If you are not a member, I suggest joining m1911.org and seeing 1st hand their customer service and support over there.

One of the best guns for the money on the market.
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an excuse to post another picture of my RIA tactical.

little bit better quality this go round.


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Do your homework... Armscorp has been making firearms, 1911s and others since 1952 Taurus since 1941, not a big difference. Armscorp until about 3 years ago made all but the high high end STIs. If you are not a member, I suggest joining m1911.org and seeing 1st hand their customer service and support over there.

One of the best guns for the money on the market.
Thats what I have discovered with my research. Rock Island Armory has a lifetime warranty so if any problems arise send it back for repair or replacement. They don't cost an arm and a leg so people badmouth them thinking they can't be very good quality. I will be purchasing mine in the next couple months and hope I'm as happy as the other owners have been with theirs.
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never tried shooting them in my XD but indeed they shoot out of my RIA as well
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never tried shooting them in my XD but indeed they shoot out of my RIA as well
To be fair, some have experenced no problem with this profile in their XD's, but the majority have.
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Nothing against the RIA but it just wouldn't be my personal choice. I have Colts, SA's and a custom bulls eye gun using a Caspian frame and slide and all have been shot a lot with no problems. Everybody and I mean everybody makes a 1911 clone now. I'm just not comfortable with some of them.
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I also own Colts, Dan Wesson's, Kimber's, and Springfield's 1911"s along with a RIA. The RIA I own has been every bit as reliable as the more expensive platforms. Very good entry level 1911. Inexpensive is not always synonymous with cheaply made. Nothing cheap about them other than price IMO.

The corporation was founded in 1952. Armscor makes its own line of firearms but also takes on manufacturing contracts for other companies' firearm lines, including STI's Spartan pistol line, Charles Daly and Auto Ordance 1911 pistols. Armscor is an ISO 9001 certified using CNC equipment. Its producting facilties are as modern as any maker in the US.

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