Armscor 1911's or Rock island armory .45?

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  1. vashooter

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    I am looking at picking up a cheap .45 1911. Does anyone have any experience with the upper models of these. Not the mil-spec but the stainless steel one or such? Tell me all you can, yes I know its a phillipino gun and yes not a springfield$$$$, just tell me your opinions thanks guys and girls :lol:
     
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    Pretty good guns from what I've seen........I don't own one but some of my friends do. Where are you looking at the at?? Try Winfrees on RT. 17 and A&P Arms on Mercury Blvd. (just before Aberdeen Rd. on the right going east)
     
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    I saw one at the marksman and it piqued my curiousity, so I got to looking at the forums and almost everyone seems happy to upgrade theirs with new parts but I would like some thing nib to be able to leave it alone, in other words not spend $$$ to modify it. Also seems like they are accurate as hell and no real problems except some rough tooling inside but..... does that make it shoot bad , IMO no. Did not think about Winfrees but might check out Mercury boulevard too .... thanks for your input . need more input too though 8)
     
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    Hey if you go to Winfrees, look for a short over weight woman with long curly brownish-blonde hair, her name is Susan, tell her Scott with the twins sent ya to get a good deal........Last time I saw them there they went from $350-$450. Not the best prices, but I like the "mom&pop" shops.
     
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    There isn't anything wrong with a "Phillipino" gun. My first .22 rifle was made in the Phillipines and it finally died after thousands and thousands of .22s went screaming down it's barrel. I paid $60 for it brand new and it lasted over 20 years of constant shooting. The Armscor M-1600 (made in the Phillipines :D )is featured in my avatar and it is currently something I shoot all the time.
    I don't have need or money for a new .45, but I wouldn't mind one of the current .45s made in the Phillipines.

    Here is a nice range report from board member Frenchy

    http://www.hs2000talk.com/viewtopic.php?t=31332&highlight=ria
     
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    My RIA shot really well, had no complaints whats-so ever.
    Go the the 1911 website, they have a discussion forum for the Armscor/Rock Island.
    http://forum.m1911.org/
     
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    RIA and Armscor are made by the same company. They are hands down the best bang for your buck 1911. They also accept parts made for 1911's unlike Llama and other junk..
     
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    Been to the web forum and need more info .....websites are kinda crappy pictures, would love a complete catalog so I can see what I like> Thanks tho guys...keep em coming!! :D
     
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    I am extremely happy with my Rock Island 1911.... shoots great out of the box and is very accurate.... over 400 rounds without a hiccup.... I am going to get a new extended beavertail because if you dont watch your grip, you will get hammer bite right out of the box.... other than that, the gun is amazing for the price....
     
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    The Springfield GI is not much more money...any reason you don't want one? I have one and love it.

    - Brickboy240
     
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    For the money against a Springer, I still would go with a RIA. You can pick up a RIA for easily less than 300 and I don't think you'll find a SA for less than 400. Even more so if you are planning on upgrading some of the parts.

    Make sure you check into the Other 1911s over at 1911Forums. Ivan (aka BlackDragon) works for RIA/Armscor and is very open and helpful in the forums. He will take care of any questions or issues you might have.

    Good Luck!
     
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    The Rock Islands are strictly Mil-Spec GI. You will have to go to the Armscor if you want the upgrades.
     
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    I regularly see Springer GIs (parkerized ones) for well under 400 dollars. Stinaless ones run around 429 or so.

    Not much more for the quality and warranty of Springfield Armory.

    I swear, my SA GI 1911 shoots groups that are as tight as my two Colts...the GI cost MUCH less.

    - Brickboy240
     
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    I have seen used SA for 499.00 around here but no GI series for that much, but if i do find one here for that much, it is mine!! I will do some looking this weekend. Plus the fact of the warranty but SA is still, in the 1911, a Brazilian made gun for parts but, aseembled in Illinois, so the manufacturing in a phillipino gun and a brazilian gun are still european in design, but the RIA was a depot for re-doing the 1911 when the war was on.
     

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