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Old 02-16-2012, 09:07 PM   #21
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If I had to rate the RIA I would say a 6 or 7. Good quality reliable gun. Spend a little for Wilson Combat mags and you can have super reliability in the feed dept. That seems to make the difference with ALL 1911's. I have seen nearly every model misfeed until they switch to WC mags.
I have seen both Kimber's and Springfields have reliability issues solved with WC mags. Save money on the gun spend money on the mags.

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Old 02-17-2012, 04:30 PM   #22
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Rock Islands aren't pretty that's for sure. Lot's of other guns with better finishes, but not at their price point. The Rock Island Tactical is one heck of a gun though and they have outstanding customer service if you do have a problem. Lifetime warranty that follows the gun not the owner. Can't say that for some of the "pretty" 1911 manufacturers at 2 and 3 times the price. IDOL is right about magazines making a difference. Not all guns will run better with a Wilson but if you do have a problem check magazines first. The lack of an OEM mag for 1911's has created a situation where some guns run better with certain Magazines. It is hard to go wrong with Wilson ETM's, Tripp Research or Chip McCormick magazines though.

Another "Budget" 1911 worth looking at is the STI's Spartan line. They are basically customized RIA's for only a bit more. Dawson Precision has the commander and fullsize Spartan's for $635. If you are at all interested in the action pistol sports a 5" STI Spartan would be a good place to start.

All that being said If you want to spend the money there are a lot of nicer 1911's out there. I think for under $1000 it's really hard to beat a SIG 1911 if you don't mind the external extractor or the out of spec slide on their non-traditional models. Forged slide and frame, Front strap checkering, carry bevel, only 2 mim parts, Stainless steel, combat sights, for $900! Hard to beat!

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Old 02-24-2012, 03:23 PM   #23
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Getting my Springfield mil-spec 1911 today! Feels like I'm a kid at christmas time right before I got to go downstairs to see what Santa brought me! Only this time it isn't Transformer toys!

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$1,200 my choice would be Dan Wesson Heritage no doubt! Excellent 1911 for the money. No MIM parts and internal extractor. Forged steel frame as well!

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Well I bought the kimber super cary pro but I won it in an auction for less than $1100... Instead of paying the $1575 retail from a gunship... Free ship no tax only a transfer fee...

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My new 1911 mil-spec .45 by Springfield.

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Just put 100 rounds through her today. She took them flawlessly. Hammer bite is minimal. Though present. I love this gun.

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Read this as it should help.
http://www.1911addicts.com/showthread.php?511-Buyer-s-guide-for-all-you-1911-addicts...

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gee, Canebrake covered most all of that here in a sticky!
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I bought a Kimber custom eclipse II and haven't had a single hiccup. Love the gun, don't know why Kimber gets a bad rap.

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