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    Plinker blues bondsman's Avatar

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    Rock Island 1911 45 acp very low price at RK (any owners here ?)

    I am seriously considering this Rock Island GI model 1911

    My last 1911 was a very well worn in Springfield armory and that was in the 1980's so...

    Call it nostalgia or the need for a 45 acp in the nightstand LOL
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    Save the money buy something better.RIA 1911ís are trash. Someone will come along and tell you different because theirs has had fifty flawless rounds over the last few years, but as in most things in life, you get what you pay for.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vigilant View Post
    Save the money buy something better.RIA 1911ís are trash. Someone will come along and tell you different because theirs has had fifty flawless rounds over the last few years, but as in most things in life, you get what you pay for.
    They have stepped up their game in the last couple of years but I will never own one. Ever.
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    I have 2 RIA Ultra Tac 1911's and shoot both of them on a regular basis and never had a single problem with them. Sure there are better 1911's out there. Look at the RIA forum to get a good idea of what actual owners think.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DFM914 View Post
    I have 2 RIA Ultra Tac 1911's and shoot both of them on a regular basis and never had a single problem with them. Sure there are better 1911's out there. Look at the RIA forum to get a good idea of what actual owners think.
    I have rebuilt and upgraded about 20 or more RIA's. They were all causing the owners problems of some kind They ran sweet when they left. I have seen the insides of several more. They are sloppy by 1911 standards. Maybe your model is fit up a bit better. As I said the marque has stepped it up lately. They are putting a much better gun out to the public. No knock. Just saying I avoid the brand. OP asked.

    If you own them and like them I wish you all the best with them. Enjoy.

    And again, no knock on you or the brand.
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    I have one. It is excellent - reliable and accurate!! Anyone who has ever shot mine has been impressed. Read the countless positive online reviews or watch the review vids on youtube.

    This is a great gun and an excellent value. It is not a $1,300 piece of man-jewelry. It is a solid firearm. You will not be disappointed.

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    It depends on what you want to do with it. If you just want to have a 1911 and only plan on putting a box per year through it, while never carrying it, an RIA is not too bad for the money. If you want to enjoy the craftsmanship in a nice 1911, then you will be disappointed in an RIA. Iíve owned one and it ran really well. I think it had somewhere around 800 rounds through it when sold but it is built to a price point.

    A Colt is not too much more and while those also have a bunch of mediocre parts in them, they often can be tuned well and if not, itís not too hard to sell a Colt. You will lose money on an RIA unless itís a really good deal. Even then, you will lose money on it.

    But, if itís just a toy to fill a niche and will only be a one box a year plinker, itís not a bad choice.

    CM will smack me when we hit the range together next...
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    Quote Originally Posted by 88E30M50 View Post
    It depends on what you want to do with it. If you just want to have a 1911 and only plan on putting a box per year through it, while never carrying it, an RIA is not too bad for the money. If you want to enjoy the craftsmanship in a nice 1911, then you will be disappointed in an RIA. Iíve owned one and it ran really well. I think it had somewhere around 800 rounds through it when sold but it is built to a price point.

    A Colt is not too much more and while those also have a bunch of mediocre parts in them, they often can be tuned well and if not, itís not too hard to sell a Colt. You will lose money on an RIA unless itís a really good deal. Even then, you will lose money on it.

    But, if itís just a toy to fill a niche and will only be a one box a year plinker, itís not a bad choice.

    CM will smack me when we hit the range together next...
    Nah. You are too much fun.
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    Plinker

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    With the defender series thereís really no reason to buy anything else for a budget 1911. Iíd pass on it and get one of those.

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    I have had a couple in the past (still have a CS model). Never had any issues with them. They are fine for a range toy or just to have a GI style 1911. Like CM said, they have stepped up their game in the past few years. They are nowhere near the quality of some higher end brands but they don't cost as much either.

    If you are looking for a 1911 as a nightstand gun, make damn sure it is 100% reliable with more than a few hundred rounds down the pipe. I have a couple of old Colt 1991A1's (ORM style) with over 1000 trouble free rounds each out of them. I would bet my life on either of them. A 1911 done right will run forever. A 1911 done half assed will get you killed when you need it most. Just my 2 cents

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