Good remington rand copy for cheap?

Discussion in '1911 Forum' started by Garandman1945, Sep 4, 2013.

  1. Garandman1945

    Garandman1945 New Member

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    Hi everyone!

    I'm looking to buy my first 1911 and wanted to hear some advice.

    Being a huge history buff, what I want is a used government sized (parkerized) 1911a1, as close to the famous WWII sidearm as can be, but without the price. Ideally I want to pay less than $500, and not just have a piece of junk that I will out live.

    I have seen the Springfield armory 1911a1 GI, and that looks awesome, but I want to make sure I chose wisely.

    I intend to use it for target shooting, home defense, and possibly cc when possible. It does not need to be a tack driver, as long as it shoots within a reasonable "minute-of-badguy."

    Does anybody have any suggestions where to look, or what to get?

    Thank you all!
    Happy shooting!

    -Garandman
     
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  2. JW357

    JW357 New Member

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    Wish I knew more about 1911s to help you out, but I will say take a look at Rock Island Armory. I've heard good things despite their price point and being made in the Philippines.

    I held a one at a gun store a few weeks ago, and I must say, it felt nice. If I had the cash I may have bought it right then.
     

  3. JW357

    JW357 New Member

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    Hey btw welcome to the forum. Be sure to drop by the introduction thread to say hi.


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  4. Garandman1945

    Garandman1945 New Member

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    I have heard that RIA 1911s have issues with wearing out over time, is that true?
     
  5. mountainman13

    mountainman13 New Member

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    Every gun requires maintenance.
    I put thousands of rounds through my RIA without issue when I had it. It was my primary carry weapon for quite a while. I trusted my life to mine.
    You can't beat them for the price.
     
  6. limbkiller

    limbkiller New Member

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    RIA guns are garunteed for life. They will last more than you will shoot unless you are going to shoot 30-40 rounds and then most will be needing attention.
     
  7. JonM

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    springfield armory 1911A1 or the new production colt series 70
     
  8. Garandman1945

    Garandman1945 New Member

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    So I found a nice used RIA 1911 A1 at a local store, parkerized, just like I wanted. I put it on hold there. Price seems a little high though, they are asking $450, which I believe is what one costs NIB... If they come down a reasonable amount, that will be the one. If not, the hunt continues...
     
  9. JW357

    JW357 New Member

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    I think the MSRP on those, if its the Standard GI model, is $530.
     
  10. Quentin

    Quentin New Member

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    Good choices. Also the Remington 1911 R1 is a nice looking retro 1911 with diamond grips and even says Remington, though nothing to do with Remington Rand.

    I have the old Colt Series '70 which is a lot like the RR but they're hard to find for $500.
     
  11. mountainman13

    mountainman13 New Member

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    A rule of thumb to keep in mind, NEVER pay msrp unless you absolutely must have the gun and it is rare or you intend to lose money on it.
     
  12. JW357

    JW357 New Member

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    Of course. I only mentioned it as a point of reference for his $450 price tag.
     
  13. Robbie762

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    Bud's has RI GI model for $417 NIB, in stock. Nice gun, nice price
     
  14. Garandman1945

    Garandman1945 New Member

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    I looked at Bud's website, and I think I'm going to buy from them.

    The question is:

    The "RIA GI M1911A1" for $417

    OR

    A "TISAS Classic 1911-A1" for $399?

    I have never heard of TISAS (supposedly made in turkey), but the reviews were slightly better than that of the RIA.

    What gun do I go with?
     
  15. Robbie762

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    I don't own a RIA but I test fired one before I bought a Ruger SR1911. I liked the Ruger and RIA better than Colt, S&W, Remington and even Kimber