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Yucca-Man
May 15th, 2009, 01:56 PM
I, uhhhh....must have dug this out of an old draft folder before the tragic water crossing.

http://www.yuccaman.com/jim/m1911a1.jpg

Rock Island offers a low-priced entry into the M1911 market, typically well under $500 for what is supposed to be an honest replica of the classic M1911A1.

It is somewhat of a challenge to find food for this pistol (or almost any handgun or rifle) thanks to the NRA Salesman of the Year.

http://www.yuccaman.com/jim/nra_sales.jpg

Get on with it, you say. It's been too many years since I've even fired a handgun, using my buddy's suuuuper-nice Kimber .45. Before that, I coached pistol shooters with the M9 as one of many secondary duties while at Camp Pendleton. Because of that, I was slightly hesitant to see just how the RIA .45 felt.

The good news is, it was excellent. My skills are a wee bit rusty, but the RIA performed beautifully, putting every round somewhere on the paper...just like I hoped. I definitely need to remember to put the ol' contacts in if I plan to go to the range again, as the ol' eyes aren't quite up to the task of getting a good tight focus on the front sight any more. Had to take the glasses off to put the shooting glasses on.

The first two magazines of 8 surprised me. For both of those, the slide failed to lock back after the last round. Maybe it was just "new pistol jitters" but on the third through sixth everything worked as intended. I only put one box through (6 mags of 8 each), so there are two spares now. I figure if I do it that way, it will be like a "buy 24, get the 25th free" kind of thing.

No FTE (failure to extract) although I was expecting with the cheap aluminum-cased CCI Blazer ammo that I might end up with some issues. Thankfully I was wrong on that.

The frame and trigger felt natural for me, although I have been accused of having rather large hands. The grips are a smooth wood, and I'll see how they hold up in the future or whether I want to swap them out for a checkered grip for a better hand-hold.

The RIA .45 came with a single 8-round mag (can't recall the manufacturer at this time), and I bought a Wilson Combat Commander mag as well. The failure to lock back on an empty magazine occurred once each with those tow, and never again afterward.

Overall, I'd definitely give the Rock Island Armory .45 a 4/5 in the review. The downside to it is that it's getting VERY difficult to find food for it. Fit and finish were very good - nothing spectacular but no fitment issues or dull spots in the matter finish either.

One last thought before I go?

http://www.yuccaman.com/pics/guns.jpg

Loki
May 15th, 2009, 02:13 PM
Nice review, glad to hear your happy with it. Good luck finding food for it.

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:thumbsup:

Pilot
May 15th, 2009, 03:33 PM
The RIA's are supposed to be one of the better bargain 1911's on the market. I have a Springfield Milspec that I bought new in 1994 and its been great. Next gun is a high end 1911, I just haven't decided which one.

Yucca-Man
May 15th, 2009, 03:44 PM
Go Kimber. Buddy of mine is a bit of a gun snob, and I'll take his advice any day on the matter. Well, almost any day, because he hadn't heard of the RIAs.

Loki
May 15th, 2009, 03:55 PM
I'm very happy with my Dan Wesson...

http://i284.photobucket.com/albums/ll10/Loki99-photos/CF1.jpg

I'd buy another one of these over a Kimber any day. :D

JMHO.

TW
May 15th, 2009, 05:58 PM
I recently sold an RIA 1911. Wish I had it back.:(

Cranky CJ
May 16th, 2009, 01:43 AM
I got one about 5 months ago. For what you pay for these they are a smokin' deal. Goes bang every time and its a keeper.

http://i221.photobucket.com/albums/dd208/crankycj/RIA1911A1011-1.jpg

http://i221.photobucket.com/albums/dd208/crankycj/2-7-0945acp004-1.jpg

ScottZ
June 13th, 2009, 05:05 PM
Go Kimber. Buddy of mine is a bit of a gun snob, and I'll take his advice any day on the matter. Well, almost any day, because he hadn't heard of the RIAs.

If he hasn't heard about RIA's then he hasn't spent that much time talking about 1911's.

van7559
June 13th, 2009, 06:16 PM
where aare these sold. I know big r, but the one by me house does not have them

Yucca-Man
June 13th, 2009, 08:43 PM
Big R is the only place I know of; but I didn't do much looking beyond that...didn't make sense. ;)

rondog
June 14th, 2009, 11:51 PM
Green Mountain Guns has 'em. They had a Tactical the other day when I was in there, and a Midsize too I think.

Cranky CJ
June 15th, 2009, 12:23 AM
Jensens in Loveland has them. They had two in the case last week.

kdl_golden
June 15th, 2009, 01:09 AM
5280 has them as well.

970TJ
June 21st, 2009, 03:22 PM
If he hasn't heard about RIA's then he hasn't spent that much time talking about 1911's.

X2 I am not partial to Kimber. Personal preferance. I prefer not to have the external extractor like the RIA and Springfield. Plus from what I've heard Kimber's cutomer service and warranty sucks.

rondog
June 22nd, 2009, 11:32 PM
X2 I am not partial to Kimber. Personal preferance. I prefer not to have the external extractor like the RIA and Springfield. Plus from what I've heard Kimber's cutomer service and warranty sucks.

Show me an RIA or a Springfield with an external extractor.

TW
June 23rd, 2009, 05:33 PM
S&W has an external extractor. Internal extractors are preferable (ie; Colt Springfield, RIA, etc.).

970TJ
June 28th, 2009, 11:36 AM
Show me an RIA or a Springfield with an external extractor.

reread my post:flipoff2:

rondog
June 29th, 2009, 05:15 PM
reread my post:flipoff2:

Ah, this what you mean?


I prefer not to have the external extractor, like the RIA and Springfield.

Loki
June 29th, 2009, 09:16 PM
S&W has an external extractor. Internal extractors are preferable (ie; Colt Springfield, RIA, etc.).


"Preferable" is an opinion, I have a S&W with the external extractor and a Dan Wesson with an Internal extractor, and never had a problem with either one.

Traditionalists like the internal extractor, and its true some companies have had issues with them, Kimber I believe.?.? but S&W hasn't had any problems with them from what I've heard.

YMMV :D

970TJ
June 30th, 2009, 11:31 AM
Ah, this what you mean?

Yes sorry missed the comma:flipoff2:

Pilot
July 2nd, 2009, 02:21 PM
I've had a Springfield Armory Milspec since 1994. Its been accurate and reliable for countless of rounds from my 200 LSWC reloads to factory FMJ and JHP. Great gun.