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Old 10-01-2011, 09:41 PM   #1
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Hey I'm new to the forum but just wanted an opinion on a rock island .45 1911. I just picked one up for $300 its nickle and like new guy I got it from said he only shot one mag through it and judging by the condition and this individual I'd say thats prolly right. Ive been wanting a 1911 though this seemed like a good deal is it worth working on or should I trade it off for somthing better... I just want a project to build nothing major

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Old 10-01-2011, 10:00 PM   #2
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for 300 dollars I would say you got a decent deal. If your new to gunsmithing and/or tinkering, it would be a fine gun to experiment/learn on.

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you'll want to introduce yourself to the community when you get a chance.

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Hey I'm new to the forum but just wanted an opinion on a rock island .45 1911. I just picked one up for $300 its nickle and like new guy I got it from said he only shot one mag through it and judging by the condition and this individual I'd say thats prolly right. Ive been wanting a 1911 though this seemed like a good deal is it worth working on or should I trade it off for somthing better... I just want a project to build nothing major
Welcome to the forum.
Do a search on "Problematic RIA" (yeah, there is a long thread).
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You either got a gud gun for $300 or a $300 POS-
You'll be the judge

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RIA make good knockaround guns. You get a lot of gun for the money. But in my opinion, they make poor platforms for customization projects. Put $500 worth of parts and labor into the gun and you've still got a $300 RIA. If you decide to sell it, you'll be eating a lot of the money you put into it. If you want to customize a gun, I'd start with bone stock Colt or Springfield as opposed to a RIA. Just my two cents...

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I have one also, but it's parked. I've changed out a few parts, but have had zero problems with it along the way. Not sure I would ever part with it.

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I have one also, but it's parked. I've changed out a few parts, but have had zero problems with it along the way. Not sure I would ever part with it.
Same here. I love mine!
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Same here! Love it as if it were couple thousand! Only you know what it costs.
I seem to have a small problem. I noticed a slight gouge in the middle of my feed-ramp.(frame not barrel) I was thinking about taking my Dremel to it because JHP's get a little delayed on their way in. FMJ's and Leads feed just fine. I can feel the delay/hang-up on each shot. Thought that a nice polish might be the cure. Any ideas on how to proceed? Read bout people doing something like this, and ending up with a gun that won't feed at all...

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Im sure that it is mil-spec like my High Standard 1911 is. I have had alot of internal parts switched out and everything went right in " except for the beavertail" but even it only took a little fitting. I speak very highly of mine. Close to 500 rounds through it and 0 malfunctions or problems.. its also my carry weapon.

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