Last I checked the RIA 1911's are made by Armscor. Now they have their USA headquarters in Parhump, NV. They are making some ammo in Montana and they have plans to open a factory in Parhump to build firearms, but I don't think it is open yet.
The point of this ramble, somewhere back on page 1 someone mentioned American made. Armscor is Phillipine. Not saying that there is anything wrong with that and they are one of the largest firearm manufacturers in the world, just like it understood that modern RIA is not US made. I have seen a lot of new RIA 1911 and have yet to hear anyone unhappy with them.
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I have both the rock island tactics land the springfield range officer. I've had zero problems with the Rock island. The springfield continuously fails to lock the slide back after the last round after 25-30 rounds. springfield sent me two new stainless mags but the problem is still there. The gun is back with them now. It had over 1,000 rounds through it do the usual tight tolerances should have worked themselves out I'd go with the rock island
Hello everybody! I have decided to get a 1911 after thoroughly thinking. I have seen MANY many people mention the Rock Island Tactical line of 1911's going for around $450. They seem pretty plain Jane to me. The Remington R1 caught my eye for a little bit until i realized many of it is made out of good ole America. And finally what caught my eye the most is Ruger's SR1911. It is a pretty stainless steel, American made, Lifetime warranty gun. My complaint is the price is around $650 right now (plus shipping fee's if i bought online). Anybody have some recommendations on what it best or what they would buy? Tough decision and originally i wanted to stay under $500 dollars.
Another name i heard was Springfield but i really want to keep under $600 but ya know a gun's gotta last! Thanks guys!
If you don't buy the one that caught your eye now, you will down the road so save yourself the anguish and get it over with?
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I'm somewhat of a 1911 fanatic having been collecting them for over 30 years. I've also carried one daily for that same amount of time. I own several RIAs, I've had R-1s and I also own a SR1911. In its price range the R-1 (in my experience) is one of the best fitted 1911 I've owned. That said it is a bit out of your price range. The RIAs are okay guns when you consider the price but are what I consider to be good starting points for a build. I don't think I could leave a RIA as it comes from the factory and be happy with it. In my opinion the Ruger SR1911 is one of those "best bang for the buck" guns that if you are going to own a 1911 (or many 1911s) you should own a SR1911. Yes it is a bit more money than an RIA gun but you get a bit more for it. The guns come from the factory fairly well fitted, finish is better than average and you get a full stainless gun that will last for decades. The triggers are quite a bit better than what RIA puts out; in my estimation; the sights are better than average and it is made in America.
Just my 2 cents; take it for what its worth
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