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Old 04-10-2013, 10:45 PM   #31
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Good to have a solid warranty if needed for sure. Yes I hope I like the hogues but if not I did not spend much on them. Seems some what more natural to me ast my carry pistols have essentially the same trigger reach and grip angle and pull weight as my kahrs and the larger TP seies made me feel more at home do to the same length grip and round count as the RIA at 8+1. Atleast I know I can close my eyes and draw and point the pistol and it will be aiming at the target , unlike some other pistols do to grip angle difference.

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Old 04-13-2013, 12:08 AM   #32
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Went to our local indoor range to shoot a couple hundred rounds. Learned a few things. The cheese gratters on the front and rear of the grip will have to get covered up with something. Maybe a stick on textured rubber pieces. I also managed to hold enough upword pressure on the slide lock to trip it to holding the slide back a couple times. Thought I had a miss feed a first but no round hangup , slide never got a chance. Have to train my thumb to stay lower on the frame. Never done that with any other pistol before. Atleast I would it runs well with several brands of hp ammo . Another hundred rounds of one brand and its ready to carry,

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Old 04-13-2013, 10:00 PM   #33
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I'm generally not a fan of rubber grips but I like my Pachmayr's with the checkered front strap.

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Old 04-14-2013, 04:40 PM   #34
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hawg , those look do look good. I don't like finger grooves on wrap arounds and the pachies look like they have then side panels.

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I just picked mine up on tues of last week. I change out the ambi saety for a GI standard and same with the guide rod. I put in a 18.5 lb recoil spring and a 23 lb mainspring and switched out the mainspring housing with a stainless steel one. I got 4 CM mags and put all WC pins in the gun. I shot out the center of 3 targets on Saturday at 25 yards. I have a Colt 1911 from WWII, a LLama 1911 and a have shot WC, Kimbers and the springer. They do not have anything on the RIA 1911 Tactical except the finish. It is a great gun with great customer service and a lifetime warranty. No one has that except S&W and they all cost 3 times more. If you want a RIA or a 1911 as a starter 1911 this is the way to go IMO. If you want to do some upgrades, you can customize the heck out of the gun to make it look like any of the other more expensive ones out there including a refinishing job anf still, save yourself about $500. If the gun ever has an issue send it in and the fix it or replace it for free. If you do that with a Kimber after 1 year its going to cost you big money.

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vector16 You still have good eyes, lucky you. I have not had a chance to shoot out doors for any kind of accuracy just function with diferent ammo and mag checks. 300 rounds indoor was limited to 10 yards . But found cutting out a 2" hole was easy enough to do. More about seeing how well it ran with different ammo makes and types and checking mags. I know I will need a different front sight for my old eyes.

Not being a 1911 shooter I still have a ways to go for the trigger to feel right to me. Pull weight has settled closer to 5lbs and not really a problem. The rough take up in the trigger is what gets me. To many years shooting very smooth triggers makes the triggers faults very noticeable. Just need to learn more about a 1911 trigger system to see how and what to do to improve it.

I picked up some CM power mags and found out I had to dimple the right side of the mags to make the slide hold open on last round. But thanks to a shooter on another forum enlightening me of that fix and that's taken care of. I did change to the Hogue's rubber dimpled grips and for me that makes a nice improvement over stock grip.

I have some different hp ammo coming to try and hope to find out if 200gr SWC will run in it .

Let some clp soak in under heat and a small amount of rubbing with a white 3m pad will make it look more like a satin finish instead of the flat finish it has. I used some cold blue to tone down the logo too.

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I just pulled the trigger on a RIA Tactical. I will be picking it up Saturday.

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vector16 You still have good eyes, lucky you.
I did not mean as to you being a bad shot. I was telling you as to my experience to the gun I just picked up. If you took offense to me knocking out centers because of my 20-10 vision then that's on you. You should probably go do something about that before you need to shoot that gun when it matters and end up hitting someone or something you regret and get locked up for. Wally World has an optometrist and you can get glasses or contacts for around $89. if you are to stubborn to realize that you need glasses than you probably should rethink your position on many other things as well.
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vector16 I meant it as a compliment, dummy. But I now think you have bragging issues AND you have to tell me what to do !! I use to be a very good shooter with open sights on handguns ,up till I was around 40 years of year. Now 17 years later just very average. Better than some worse than others. Now you see fit to tell me that I should see a "optometrist". You just take for granted I don't wear glass's. jeeessss

Don't think I still can put 6" group in a chest at 25 yards. Just don't have the eyes for bullyeye shooting any more. Thats why I still use a red dot on my hunting revolver. Still good for 3" groups at hundred yards. jeeessss

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vector16 I meant it as a compliment, dummy. But I now think you have bragging issues AND you have to tell me what to do !! I use to be a very good shooter with open sights on handguns ,up till I was around 40 years of year. Now 17 years later just very average. Better than some worse than others. Now you see fit to tell me that I should see a "optometrist". You just take for granted I don't wear glass's. jeeessss

Don't think I still can put 6" group in a chest at 25 yards. Just don't have the eyes for bullyeye shooting any more. Thats why I still use a red dot on my hunting revolver. Still good for 3" groups at hundred yards. jeeessss
Hard to compliment some folks ain't it???
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