I had my dealer order a new RIA 1911A1 a few years ago. I remember that at the time he tried to talk me into spending $50 bucks more and getting the SA GI. I only wanted the frame to put a new Kimber .22lr conversion on, make a dedicated .22 out of it. Slick up the trigger a little, after all, how bad could they be? and I had a buddy that wanted to buy the bbl & slide, so I went cheap and got the RIA.
My brand new RIA showed up, thought I'd run a few .45 acps thru it, didn't clean it or nothing, just a quick test. Even though I only wanted the frame for the conversion unit this was the first RIA I had ever owned. The fit & finish looked good, for the money I was impressed, thought I might be on to something real good here!
Everything was fine till I pulled the trigger on the first round. No bang, no dent in the primer, not even a light hit, no mark at all.
Same on the next 5 rds. The hammer pressure was normal.
When I went to take the firing pin out I had to use a drift pin with all my weight on it just to get it to clear the underside of stop plate. What I found in there kinda ticked me off!
The firing pin looked used and I've never seen a fp spring like that. Pretty obvious they never test fired this weapon, it couldn't fire!
Stripped it down and put in ALL new springs and a firing pin. Threw the mag away and used some proven High Standards. I ran 50 rds rapid fire thru it and it was a Swiss Watch. Very happy camper?, ya for about a half hour!
OK, now I mount the Kimber conversion unit, which was the whole point of me buying this RIA anyway. No-go, the slide stop hole in the frame is too low. Not much, maybe .010" but its enough to pull down on the conversion unit and jam it. Tried switching some Colt & SA slides on this frame, same problem, definitely out of specs. The unit fit fine on the Colt, SA frames.
I didn't want to slot the hole in the frame or unit so I did what I should have done in the first place, bought a SA GI 1911A1.
So I have an out of specs RIA that runs fine. Am I happy with it, I guess so, makes for a good knock-around, cheap, dependable 1911. Am I happy with RIA, no. Would I buy another RIA, don't think so, not after this one. I'm not trying to influence anybody, this is just what I ran into and in this case, yes I got just what I paid for - TWICE! Ken