Rock Island Armory 1911?

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  1. nogeektx

    nogeektx XDTalk Newbie

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    I got an XD 45 service with thumb safety. I love it. It fits my big hands. While it beat out the Springfield GI in comfort, it was not by that much. With that in mind, I'm in the market for a 1911. I really want a bare bones classic 1911. It will be used as a base gun, that I may or may not upgrade later(first 1911). It will be the 1st 1911 of what I hope to be many. I already know about the Springfield GI series, and Im just considering the other options out there(plus the RIA is less$). SO does anyone own, or have any info on RIA?

    Thanks

    No Geek TX
     
  2. Frenchy

    Frenchy <b>Cat Herder</b> Staff Member Founding Member

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    The RIA is a good base "no frills" pistol. But the Springfield is the better upgrade gun.
     
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    ArmyGuy45 XDTalk 10K Member Founding Member

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    If your looking for a builder 1911.. its not a bad one to go with..

    If you want someone nice right off the bat... Go with a Springer or better
     
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    If you are considering a RIA ... get the Tactical version ... will save you much in the way of upgrades later on.

    I bought the GI and found out I need the beavertail ... ouch.

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    Approx 10 yards offhand WWB

    I like it. New sights are my next investment.
     
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    [​IMG]

    Just picked this RIA 1911 tactical up on the 11th.
     
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    If Im not mistaken, STI contracts their Spartan 1911 with RIA. I have a Spartan and its a REALLY great shooter!

    I believe that RIA makes the gun and incorporates STI small parts and then STI inspects them before they are shipped.
     
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    How much for the tactical?
     
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    Chris 141 XDTalk 2K Member

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    I have an RIA GI, I love it. Accurate and never had a problem. I got mine new for $399.
     
  9. nogeektx

    nogeektx XDTalk Newbie

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    $399? Wow, that is great! TX Gunshow here I come. I saw one at the last show, but did not know enough about them. Thanks to everyone on this thread.
     
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    If you get a bare bones RIA and hold it in one hand then hold the SA GI in the other, you'll feel the difference. The RIA feels cheaper, if that isn't a problem for you then go for it.
     
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    $389 for barebones RIA and $489 for RIA Tactical :cool:
     
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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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    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.
     
  14. Frenchy

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    And the forging!
     
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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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    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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    Krackels XDTalk 25K Member Founding Member

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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.
     
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    yocan XDTalk 10K Member Founding Member

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    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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    Frenchy <b>Cat Herder</b> Staff Member Founding Member

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    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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