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Old 04-13-2011, 06:50 PM   #1
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As most know, I purchased one from a member here.
The 1911a1 has made a couple of trips back to the ARMSCOR repair depot with Fail To Feed problems that seem to get worse as time goes on.

I received the handgun a couple of months ago and finally got to looking at it this week. Here are some observations.

Overall appearance is okay. Parkerized finish with plain stocks.

Manually actuated the slide with 3 rounds - no problems noted.

Feld stripped the piece and it was dry (but repair slip stated that they (ARMSCOR) lubed the piece. I put a few drops of REM oil in the normal areas.

Took it to the range. Sights are the small military sights and are not the best for an old timer with trifocals, but I tried anyways.
Using the Wolf 230gr fmj, I had 1 FTF throughout the session (and I attribute it to the ammo, the primer fell out and messed up functioning.) I have never been "bitten" by any other 1911a1, but this one bit me at the grip safety area.

Overall, it seems that the problems have been fixed (so far). I plan to shoot another 400 rounds through it, then change springs, and put it up for sale.

So far, it appears to be a solid device worth the amount paid.

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Old 04-13-2011, 07:00 PM   #2
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Just as an FYI, I've been using Wilson Ultima II lube on my 1911s recently and I'm impressed. The stuff is VERY slick and stays where you put it...

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I'm glad the problems seem to be fixed, and I'm not trying to bash a particular brand because I know many people that are completely satisfied with their RIA, but I must warn people about them: Their quality is hit or miss, the tolerances are all over the place.
I know this because when I worked for a gunsmith and his gun store I had to completely disassemble and reassemble literally hundreds of them, not for repair but for custom slide re-finish and personalized engraving.

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I have had the same problem with my RIA. I have not been able to go to the range and really shoot it as hard as I would like to. I have been able to put about 100rd threw it. I have tried loading some Winchester 185gr JHP's and have had a hit and miss. I read that if you polished the feed ramp with some 600 grit or finer sandpaper it would help. I just have not had the time to do it.
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Feed ramp was polished by ARMSCOR on one the "repair" trips, and the problem remained.

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Feed ramp was polished by ARMSCOR on one the "repair" trips, and the problem remained.
Had the same situation with mine-
Been fooling with it about 6 months off & on-
Solved it just yesterday-

TRADED THE POS OFF!!!!!
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I don't think I'll trade it yet.
This is one mystery I will figure out (should it arise again).

If I get 1000 rounds through it and not have an FTF (due to gun and not ammo), then it goes.

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I bet the mag/s might've been the culprit.

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This was my problem RIA and Dan was kind enough to take it off my hands for a project. I tried Chip McCormick Shooting Star, Kimber, Wilson Combat 47, Act-Mag and Tripp Cobra mags. It had the same problem with them all. It was also clean and well lubricated for every range trip. It was definitely not a mag problem. It went back to Armscor in Nevada twice for the feeding issue and was never fixed to my satisfation, as it never fed reliably.

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This was my problem RIA and Dan was kind enough to take it off my hands for a project. I tried Chip McCormick Shooting Star, Kimber, Wilson Combat 47, Act-Mag and Tripp Cobra mags. It had the same problem with them all. It was also clean and well lubricated for every range trip. It was definitely not a mag problem. It went back to Armscor in Nevada twice for the feeding issue and was never fixed to my satisfation, as it never fed reliably.
That happened with my first RIA, every now & then I'd get a few malfunctions & later gave it to a buddy who knew about the issues. I looked at some willing to try again & saw a few that had incompletely milled slides . My second one was Rock Island Rock Solid which I gave to my dad for Christmas & his birthday(26th). Come to think of it I never sold a 1911 to anyone.
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