1911 style pistol made in Philipines

Discussion in '1911 Forum' started by ccase39, Feb 27, 2014.

  1. ccase39

    ccase39 New Member

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    I have recently fallen in love with the 1911. I was at my LGS and they had a hand gun that I thought was a true 1911 but when I asked to see it he explained to me that it was made in the Philippines. He said during the war that the Philippines wanted a pistol like the ones the GI's had but they weren't being made fast enough. He went on to say that Colt sent one engineer and some equipment down to instruct them how to build their own there and after the war they never stopped making the pistol. I held it and it felt extremely well made and the action was very fluid and smooth. The one I am looking at is a .45 with a .22 conversion for around 700. Can anyone tell me if you have any experience with these?
     
  2. Gatoragn

    Gatoragn Active Member

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    If it is a Rock Island Armory, proceed with no worry. I have a RIA 1911, great shooter for its cost.

    Actually, Armscor is the parent company of RIA and makes firearms for other folks.

    So if you are looking at an Armscor gun, you should be good to go.
     
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  3. ccase39

    ccase39 New Member

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    I bought a RIA HD shotgun at a gun show a couple months back. I gave it to my brother for Christmas with plans to get myself a Mossburg. I got the Mossburg and now wish I had kept the Rock Island. It seemed more well built and solid than the Mossburg I got. If that is what it is I will jump on it.
     
  4. rifleman1

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    i have a ria also and would recomend them to any one i have not had a problem with mine at all.
     
  5. ccase39

    ccase39 New Member

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    I paid half on lay away. I am in the middle of an AR build so I have to spread money around. The deal was just too good to pass up. Two pistols for the price of one.


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  6. Gatoragn

    Gatoragn Active Member

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    I believe you will be happy with your 1911 choice. Remember, pichurs when you bring it home or it did not happen.
     
  7. ccase39

    ccase39 New Member

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    Ohh yea. I have a trip to Europe coming up and probably shouldn't have spent the money but oh well lol. Have to hide it from the lady for a while


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  8. Gatoragn

    Gatoragn Active Member

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    Just take her to Athens in Claiborne Parish and call it good.
     
  9. qwiksdraw

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    Armscor/RIA has no connection with MetroArms other than being from the same country. MetroArms is different company that makes a good quality 1911 that is distributed in the USA by Eagle Imports. I have the American Classic Government Model 45ACP and the 9MM Commander.
    www.metroarms.com
    http://www.eagleimportsinc.com/

    The other Philippine Company is Shooters Arms Manufacturing that is distributed in the USA ny American Tactical Imports (ATI).
    http://www.americantactical.us/home.html
    http://www.shootersarms.com.ph/

    Armscor does manufacture under license for other names like the Legacy Arms Citadel and the Cimarron Arms 1911. Armscor even has a STI Division than manufactures the frame, slide and barrel for the STI Spartan using STI internals. (I have a Spartan V 9MM)

    https://www.armscor.com/
    http://www.cimarron-firearms.com/
    https://www.legacysports.com/m-1911
    http://www.stiguns.com/the-sti-spartan-v-2/
     
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  10. Gatoragn

    Gatoragn Active Member

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    Ok.

    I too have an STI Spartan but in .45.
     
  11. MrWray

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    Armscor also makes the High Standard 1911, which is also a nice 1911 for the money. I had 2 of them until recently " I used one in a trade for a Springfield Loaded 1911" but still have the other. They are great shooting guns, and very accurate, I have not had a single malfunction or hiccup . I would never hesitate to buy a RIA or a High Standard 1911
     
  12. Randen1911

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    Just got a High Standard 1911 three weeks ago... Put 100 rds through it today and NO MALFUNCTIONS at all!!
    Paid 420 OTD at my LGS.


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  13. Randen1911

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    High standard


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  14. MrWray

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    Thats a good price, they are $500-$550 here.
     
  15. qwiksdraw

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    I thought High Standars pistols were made in Houston, TX.

    From High Standard's website:

    In the spring of 1993, High Standard Manufacturing Company, Inc. of Houston, Texas acquired the company assets and trademarks. These original assets were transferred from Connecticut to Houston, Texas in July of 1993. The first shipments of Houston manufactured pistols began in March, 1994.

    The company is now housed in a modern building in an industrial park in Houston. However, its Connecticut roots are continued with our National Parts Distributor, G.W. Elliott Inc., located in East Hartford; and Bob Shea from North Haven, working with our Custom Gun Shop.

    Many civilian and military shooting teams have already acquired these fine pistols for the National and International Competitions! In fact, at the 1995 National Matches at Camp Perry, the number one pistol brand on the .22 caliber firing line was High Standard. The High Standard Manufacturing Company, Inc., Houston, Texas is continuing the traditions of this fine American company!




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  16. SSGN_Doc

    SSGN_Doc Well-Known Member

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    Those would be the High Standard .22 pistols like th old Victor and Champion models. Those are manufactured in the US.

    High Standard 1911s are imported. It gives the company some diversification in product line without the expense of tooling up.
     
  17. ccase39

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    I can't wait to pay mine off. I should be able to take it home mid month. It's a .45 that also come with a .22 slide so it will shoot both with a quick swap of the upper. Comes with a very nice soft case and two of each magazine. I handled it along side of a Kimbal and Sig and it felt equally as well built. The action felt absolutely seamless. There is also a gun show this weekend. This is getting out of hand.


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  18. Randen1911

    Randen1911 New Member

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    My understanding was high standard 1911's were apart of Armscor?


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  19. MrWray

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    That is correct
     
  20. k9guy

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    There are about 215 manufactures that mke 1911s most are good


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