Rock Island Armory Tactical in 9MM

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  1. 1lowlife

    1lowlife XDTalk 15K Member Founding Member

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    I did a lot of research when I bought my Kimber last year.
    I did 3 months of web surfing and reading about many brands of 1911 pistols.
    In that research I always found many people said a lot of nice things about RIA - Rock Island Armory pistols.
    So whenever someone starts a thread on an affordable or 1st 1911 purchase, I usually recommend RIA.

    Well, today I took my own advice.
    I had taken a Sig P239 in a trade a couple months ago.
    I acquired it for a HD gun for the the wife and I.
    But since I only carry my Kimber CDP (now the SA EMP) I no longer carry my Sig P239 SAS.
    So it has made its way to the HD gun.
    So I took the other P239 to the gun show and after about an hour a guy gave me $550 for it.
    I was asking $600, so I did Ok with it.

    I was cruising the rest of the show trying to sell my Kimber CDP and found the RIA Tactical in 9mm.
    I've been wanting to buy one since last year.
    I went back and forth on deciding if I wanted a 45 or 9mm RIA Tactical.
    I stuck with 9mm.
    I just can't afford 45 ACP right now, and since these guns are only $425 I can always buy another one in 45ACP in the future.

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    Already had one little problem with it.
    When I stripped it down (my first bushing barrel) it came apart nicely, dripping with oil.
    But when I went to put it back together, I couldn't get the spring plug to lock into the bushing.
    When I turned the bushing, the plug just wouldn't go up all the way.
    So I took it apart and did a little polishing, that fixed it.
    It popped right in after that.
    Still has little lint on it in the pic.

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    No big deal..
    I'm trying to decide if I want to replace the FLGR with a GI plug type.
    Anyway, I like it..
    Gives me something to work on..;)

    BTW, that dealer bought my Kimber CDP.
    Almost gave me what I wanted for it.
    Gave me enough to where it was worth it I wouldn't have to deal with selling it.
    Everything worked out at the gunshow today..[​IMG]
     
  2. brian704

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    so i will ask here....this going to be a toy gun? or just something to shoot....good choice on 9mm...that is all i want.
     
  3. KNO3

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    Gun looks good and price sounds like it was right. Any plans on changing the grips?
    I'm not a big fan of the way those grips look, but it's your gun, not mine.
     
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    chameleon XDTalk 4K Member

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    Looks good 1ll. I've gotta say I am a bit sad that you sold the cdp. That thing was really nice. Oh well, I'm sure someone else will buy it and enjoy it as much as you did. Congrats on the new toys.
     
  5. 1lowlife

    1lowlife XDTalk 15K Member Founding Member

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    Thanks guys..
    Yes KNO3, those grip have got to go..

    I'm thinking VZ frag grips..
    FRAG Grips
    But how will they look without front strap chercking?
    What color would I get?

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    Or maybe some black cherry 320s.

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    What say you?
     
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    Nice RIA man, I hope it runs great for ya like mine does. Can't really beat them for the price. The finish on them sucks but I don't mind that too much. I've pondered getting one of the commander sized RIA lately.

    Oh and I'm diggin those black cherry 320's those get my vote.
     
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    I have a soft spot in my heart for "Rocks." I think they are great.
     
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    I like the cherry grips, fwiw...I think a pair of cherry operators will be going on my Baer...if only to save the cocobolos it came with (and I like them, too!).

    As for going to a GI guide rod...I would (and did, on my .45 tactical). I've never been convinced that a FLGR offers any improvement.

    I'm intereseted in hearing how it runs for you, 1LL; I could see one of these ending up in my safe...
     
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    great grips....i always wanted some of them....
     
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    Wow, I didn't realize they were so affordable. I've always wanted a 1911 but figured it would be way on down the road due to the price tag. I'd also like to hear a range report when you get a chance.

    I vote on the black cherry grips too.
     
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    I'm jealous, I should have got the 9mm since my tact 45 does not see alot of action :(. BTW, dont know if you know, but you may have to dremel a divot for the grips where the right side ambi safety comes down. I have some VZ gators and when I installed it the safety would not disengage.
     
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    Thanks guys, and thank you Vash for your help.
    I ordered an Ed brown bushing, GI rod, and plug last night.
    I also ordered a Harrison Design trigger and EB single saftey for the EMP.

    I think the VZ 320 are the way to go..
    I don't need a lot of texture on these grips.
    I can't imagine I'm going to have much recoil with this pistol.
    But now I have to research standard or slim grips..:(
    I think I'm getting a headache already...:shock:;)

    I'm going to try to not make this pistol another one of my pet projects, but I think it is too late.
    There isn't a whole lot I want done to it.
    But I'm sure that will change, I'm not known to leave things be..:oops:
    I just got the EMP and I'm already wanting a smooth face trigger, SS saftey, and different sights..:roll:
    Issues, yes I have them..:cool:

    I was eyeballing the RIA compacts as well.
    I need to eventually buy a 1911 in 45ACP.
    I'd like to have at least one REAL 1911..:D
    After seeing how this goes, I might end up with another RIA Tactical in 45ACP.
    I have the 45 in my right hand and the 9mm in my left hand, guns a blazin'..:twisted:


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    I'll have one less monthly payment in 12 months, after that buying 45ACP will not be a problem.
    Hell, after that I may get into reloading..[​IMG]
     
  13. DevJames

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    the 9mm RIA is tempting...

    I think I'm gonna get a .38 Super in nickel first though. Pure nostalgia right there!

    I'd probably go to the GI rod too.

    it makes disassembly a lot less annoying.

    9mm definitely wins in cheap to shoot.

    who makes good mags for them anyway?
     
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    Black cherry 302s will look good.

    I love those frag grips but I think the 302s will look better on your gun.
     
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    From today's research.
    Tripps makes the best 1911 9mm mag, with 10 rds no doubt.
    But at $35 each, I think I'll pass.
    If I ever intend to carry this pistol, then I'll buy a few Tripp mags for it.
    Tripp Research Inc. 1911 Magazines

    Wilson Combat makes a good one as well for almost the same price.
    I used WC mags in my Kimber, but I carried my Kimber.
    Also TGS and WC are out of stock on them anyway.
    1911 Elite Tactical Magazine | 10 Round 9mm | Full-Size-Wilson Combat

    SO, then it was between Checkmate and Mec-Gar..
    The pistol actually comes with one Checkmate mag.
    Check-Mate 9mm, 9RD, Stainless Steel - Full Size 1911 Magazine - Top Gun Supply

    But I've been using, and bragging about, Mec-Gar mags in my Sigs for several years, they are also cheaper than the above.
    I usually buy from TGS, but the Mec-Gars and shipping are cheaper with Greg Cote.
    I've bought from Greg several times as well.
    So I bought 2 blued mags to match the existing one.
    1911 : Greg Cote, LLC
     

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