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Old 11-20-2011, 02:25 PM   #11
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Mine had nothing but fail to feed problems for the first 100 rounds. We are talking at least once sometimes three per mag. I promised I was going to sell it after the first 30 rounds but I ended up sticking with it. 3500 rounds later I have yet to have a single problem with it. They do need between 100 to 200 rounds to break in but once they do they perform very well. They can be hit or miss but if you get a good one they are fantastic guns, especially for the price. YMMV.

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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??
Any gun purchased with SD/HD in mind will need a thorough vetting to ensure reliability. It doesn't matter whether it's a $3000 Wilson, or a $350 Rock Island.
Rock Island seems to be punching above it's weight as far as reliability is concerned. Just don't be shocked and disappointed that a budget gun might have issues. You can spend a lot more and still have problems. Look at all the "My Kimber is/is not doing..." threads that seem to be popping up recently. I say you need to worry less about the brand and more about the behavior of your particular example. Whatever brand of pistol you buy will need to be shot and tested extensively before being depended on in a life or death situation.
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Mine had nothing but fail to feed problems for the first 100 rounds. We are talking at least once sometimes three per mag. I promised I was going to sell it after the first 30 rounds but I ended up sticking with it. 3500 rounds later I have yet to have a single problem with it. They do need between 100 to 200 rounds to break in but once they do they perform very well.
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Old 11-20-2011, 02:46 PM   #14
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Whats to tear up ? You can easily change every part on it. I have one I keep on my tractor when I'm in the fields and it has seen rain several times and all kinds of abuse but still shoots everytime. I've probably cycled 2 or 3 hundred rounds through it... ( no problem). These guns are made by monkeys, so don't expect a good resale value.
I shoot Colts in competition...Monkey guns are just to shot cans

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Armscor does send cheapo mags with their guns,its an easy fix though. My High Standard 1911A1 loves the Wilson Elite Tactical mags.RIA and HS 1911s are cheaper made than others but they are not junk or throw around guns

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I have one that I bought about a month ago. I have put 500 rounds through it and only had one or two FTF's, and that was with cheap Tulammo. The 200 rounds of cheap brass fed just fine. For under $500 I think it is a hell of a deal.

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I bought an armscor probably 7-8yrs ago and not a problem. Mine came with great mags(name brand I can't recall at the moment) and great fit and finish. Polished the feed ramp and have never had a malfunction. My buddy has a SA and I've seen his jam ftf so i'm happy.

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sometimes the budget 1911 makers will build a decent pistol, then cheap out when they supply the magazines. a lot of feed problems will usually be the mags or the ammo. i had a SA 1911 Defender years ago that truly hated the CCI Blazer aluminum cased ammo, and would stovepipe at least one per mag when shooting. would also have a problem chambering cast lead bullets. so a change in ammo selection, problem disappeared.

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Whats to tear up ? You can easily change every part on it. I have one I keep on my tractor when I'm in the fields and it has seen rain several times and all kinds of abuse but still shoots everytime. I've probably cycled 2 or 3 hundred rounds through it... ( no problem). These guns are made by monkeys, so don't expect a good resale value.
I shoot Colts in competition...Monkey guns are just to shot cans
Monkeys?

In response to the OP; I do not understand your logic, that a pistol that would be too unreliable for carry, would be ok for home defence.

Of the several people I know that own and shoot RIA 1911s, they all love them. One of my friends owns over a dozen different 1911s and he carries a Rock Island. I have shot my friends carry Rock Island, and it shoots just as good as my Springfield. If I needed another 1911, I would buy a RIA.
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Whats to tear up ? You can easily change every part on it. I have one I keep on my tractor when I'm in the fields and it has seen rain several times and all kinds of abuse but still shoots everytime. I've probably cycled 2 or 3 hundred rounds through it... ( no problem). These guns are made by monkeys, so don't expect a good resale value.
I shoot Colts in competition...Monkey guns are just to shot cans
Monkeys? Sorry but I just can't let such a dumb remark pass. The Phillipines has a long record of support of th US and many Filipinos have served with distinction in the US armed services. They were among the first to step forward to supply troops to support the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The Phillipines has has a record of quality production and reliability. A lesser price does not always equate to an inferior product. RIA and Metro Arms (American Classic) make excellent 1911s and I think you will find many who own them in addition to their very high priced alternatives actually like them better. Perhaps the finish is not as good, but they will beat many in reliability and accuracy. Based on my research and friends advice, my next 1911 will be an RIA. I currently own an American Classic II and it has been flawless.
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