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Old 11-20-2011, 12:42 AM   #1
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Default Is the RIA an official go??

I know i know, there has already been a thread about this but still.....is this gun worth buying? I see a lot of pleased people but then i hear of issues as well. i thought about adding this to the collection as my first 1911. I wouldnt carry it on doubts about realibilty but now im really doubtful. I wanted to have for just HD but now not so sure. Is it just mag issues, ammo issues, break-in issues or what??

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Old 11-20-2011, 12:50 AM   #2
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The RIA 1911's, like most of the other Phillippine 1911's, are generally a hit or miss. Generally I hear very good things about them and then ocassionally I hear some negatives about them. What seems to be the most prolific issue is the magazine tends to be fairly poor quality. Another thing I've heard is that some of them need to be broken in.

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If you cannot rely on a firearm 99.9% of the time, it is worth the risk?

This is not just on the RIA, but on any firearm.

Back in the old days, it was not uncommon to spend equal to one month's pay for a firearm that one had to rely on.
Today, that amount would buy a very good, reliable, strong SD firearm.

You should have as much life insurance as you think you are worth. And you want to have inexpensive SD protection?

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What about an entry level springfield arent they about 700 or so. Or maybe a remington i think they are about 500 or so. Just trying to help you out with some otherbchoices that may be a better gun

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I have been looking at the RIA also and read the same stuff, cant really decide. I have really been taking a closer look at the S&W SD9. not quite the m&p but better than the sigma.

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I had a RIA Commander for about a year now. I think on the second mag. I had one round hang up and not chamber. Cycled it out and have not had a problem since with 6-700 rounds. Nice shooting gun in my opinion.

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If you look at several of my threads where I talk about my RIA, I abuse the hell out of it (for demonstration purposes), and I *DO* carry it.

When I say "abuse"... I mean, dropping and throwing it on pavement, reloading it, and putting it back in my holster. The sights are chipped, but the gun is still combat accurate, and have no problem trusting my life with it.

...and I carry it on duty, sometimes, as well.

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Ok, other options are helpful; thanks.

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You can read about problems with just about every brand you can name. The thing is, people that have a feed issue, or whatever, with a pistol are quick to go to the 'net' to get help & complain, while only a small % of folks that do not have a problem go on the 'net' & brag about their choice.

Now, having said that, I agree with others that if you are buying the first pistol with intentions of it being for self defense, buy the very best you can afford & a manufacturer's reputation for service after the sale is your best friend, because ANY manufacturer can have a bad one get out the door. Imports have service centers set up in the states in case you have a problem. They may be very good gun shops, but if they do not have the parts needed to repair your pistol, you can be without it for months. Your gun dealer can be your 2nd best friend, or your worst enemy. Get to know him.

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3 out of the 4 RIA's i've owned (still own one) were near perfect-
You do the math

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