Rock Island vs Citadel

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  1. stickMup

    stickMup XDTalk 100 Member

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    I'm gonna purchase my first 1911 style handgun very soon. Gonna go with a compact version so I can carry if needed. Anyone have any insight on which of these is the better choice? Let's say I can get them at the same price. I Iike the slide serrations and the grips on the Citadel a bit more and the fact that it comes with two mags. I also understand that they are both manufactures by Armscor. My dilemma is that I've seen decent reviews on the Rock Island, but haven't heard much about the Citadel. Just gonna say that these are my two options. If I had the money I would choose a Springfield, Kimber, or the likes, but I'm on a strict budget, so I just wanna hear from those who have experience with the Rock or Citadel. Thanks.
     
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    I've owned both, still have the citadel. Both were great guns for the price, but I liked and shot the citadel better.
     
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    Thanks for the response. I'm really leaning towards the Citadel right now.
     
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    I have a Rock Island 1911 Officer. I can't speak for the Citadel but the RIA is a sweet little shooter. I like it a lot.
     
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    Like the first response, I have owned both and still have the Citadel. Very similar and reliable as hell. The biggest difference is cosmetic. I like the subdued roll mark on the Citadel better. The large white billboard on the RIA is an acquired taste for sure.


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    i didn't like the safety on the citadel. had a odd shape/feel that i wasn't fond of.
     
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    Citadel is basically an RIA. citadel being the better made both made by armscor. quality control/more eye for detail/ options
     
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    Citadel by a hair.
     
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    Two sides of the same coin aren't they? Both manufactured by Armscor in the Philippines. I have owned several guns made by them, 2 RIA 1911s and 2 Charles Daly 1911s. All functioned perfectly, except my 9mm FS Tactical RIA broke the barrel link a few weeks ago, RIA warranty had it fixed, in and out of their shop including shipping time in 8 days.

    Personally, I like the Citadel a little better for looks, the slide serrations are larger, and the roll mark on the RIA guns is fugly at best.
     
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    i have a RIA 1911 45/22 combo and all i can say it is a pretty solid gun! when purchasing your 1st 1911, make sure you check for tightness of the fit... meaning the upper and lower fits perfectly and does not rattle when you shake the pistol... i learned this the hard way when i first bought a desert eagle 1911g. a friend who has a ATI 1911 (also by armscor) told me about this and told me his didnt rattle at all... and my desert eagle did! wtf magnum research! so good thing this one store had a RIA 1911 45/22 combo... traded it in and now i am a much happier shooter... they are made in the philippines which makes me even prouder...

    go with either one... i think when it comes to quality they are both the same, i guess next is cosmetics and features... skeletonized trigger? upgraded hammer? magwell?
     
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    My brother has the RIA and I bought the Citadel. We both prefer the Citadel. Although I didn't like the finish on it. So I had it redone.

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    Nice looking gun. what coating did you go with?
     
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    Citadel is basically the "deluxe" RIA. Both are made on the same tool machines which are rumored to be old Colt tooling machines.
     
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    Cerakote black base on frame, slide, and parts
    Hydro Print - Black/Grey Flames on the slide
    VZ grips were original brown. They were Hydro Printed grey wood grain.
     
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    Dodge Charger vs Chrysler 300M.

    Same basic vehicle, just a slightly nicer finish.

    Same thing with the RIA v Citadel--same gun, made in the same factory, just a few more bells & whistles on the Citadel. if those add ons are worth it to you, then it's likely money well spent to get the citadel...otherwise, the RIA will hold with it at the range.
     
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    I don't have any first hand experience with either one but I have been doing a lot of research and fondled both Ria and Citadel Compacts and put the Citadel on layaway. I liked the grip, hammer and trigger better for a few dollars more. If this thing shoots as good (inside a saucer size target at 10 yrds or less) as my other guns it will be one of my primary carry weapons. It is one I wouldn't mind sitting in an evidence locker if I had to use it.
    Unfortunately or fornunately however you look at it, while I was playing with these two the sneaky salesman shoved a SA EMP 40 S&W in my hand and it felt soooooo good it is going to be mine also.
     

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