Question: RIA Tactical or Springfield A1- GI ???

Discussion in '1911 Forum' started by mvharris23, Feb 4, 2010.

  1. mvharris23

    mvharris23 New Member

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    I'm in the market for my first 1911. This will be my second gun purchase, I have a Ruger GP100. I am trying to decide between the Rock Island Armory 1911....

    this one specifically.....Rock Island Armory 1911-A1 Tactical .45 ACP 5 Inch Barrel Parker

    or the "lower-end" springfield armory 1911........

    Model 1911-A1 .45 GI 5 Inch Barrel Stainless Steel Finish Milita


    I have spoken with the owner of the store I go to, and I can get the RIA for 449.99. So what do you guys think ? 449 for the RIA tactical or 519.99 for the stainless springfield A1-GI ???
     
  2. CA357

    CA357 New Member Supporter

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    Many folks like the RIA. It's a decent pistol and has more features than the Springfield G.I. model. I've owned an RIA tactical and that particular one was a lemon. I owned a Springfield MilSpec and it was outstanding right out of the box.

    The MilSpec is one model up over the G.I. model. Coincidentally, it has about the same features as the cheaper RIA. Better sights, lowered & flared ejection port, nicer grips, etc...

    My suggestion is to add a little more money to the pot and buy a Springfield MilSpec.
     

  3. Mr. Bluesky

    Mr. Bluesky New Member

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    Springfield, and pony up the little bit extra for the Mil-spec model. Better ejection port, sights, and some other nice features. You won't regret it.
     
  4. junho806

    junho806 New Member

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    I own the RIA tactical and its a very good entry level 1911. But I use it more as a beater. Has a lot of features the springy GI doesn't have like polished feeding ramps, beavertail grip safety, etc. It shoots pretty well and is reliable. I feel the metal is slightly heavier than a springy though. Don't let the fact that its made in the Philippines deter you from considering it. However, like always, when you are considering a new firearm you should shoot both for yourself and decide which is best for YOU!
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  5. Shihan

    Shihan Active Member Lifetime Supporter

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  6. General_lee

    General_lee New Member

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    Being an assistant magager at an FFL dealer and a gunsmith's assistant, I've had many a Springfield and Rock island apart for cleaning, mods, etc.
    While I've never owned, or shot the RIA, I can tell you that the fit and finish is much better on the Springer.
    I'm not bashing the RIA, I haven't really heard anything bad about them, but I do believe you would be happier with a Springfield Milspec as a first 1911.
     
  7. Jpyle

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    Bud's has the Parkerized MilSpec at $575 with 2 mags and 2 sets of grips. Don't know if that's a great price but seemed reasonable to me.

    Springfield 1911 Mil-Spec 5" .45ACP Package for Sale at Buds Gun Shop $575.00
     
  8. CA357

    CA357 New Member Supporter

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    I don't know what prices are in Georgia, but in CA that's an excellent deal.
     
  9. mvharris23

    mvharris23 New Member

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    Thanks for all of the input. I think I want the springfield, however the Springfield milspec on Bud's doesnt look like it comes with the extended beavertail safety, the competition match trigger, bigger sights, and the combat hammer.

    Perhaps the link that I posted (first post) has an incorrect picture for the model that it describes....
     
  10. Jpyle

    Jpyle New Member

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    Buds has a disclaimer that not all their pictures are of the actual weapon, they are stock photos. If you are interested just give them a call. Give you a chance to check out the service before you buy anything.

    This is a better picture from your original website, your link was to the GI...this is the MilSpec.

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    Last edited: Feb 4, 2010
  11. Mr. Bluesky

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    The pic is definitely wrong. The GI model has vertical serrations only on the rear of the slide, and also lacks the lowered and flared ejection port shown on that model, as well as the beavertail safety that you want. The Mil Spec model improves on the ejection port and the sights, but for the beavertail safety, you'll have to go up to the Loaded model. Pics of all three included so you can compare for yourself.
     

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  12. mvharris23

    mvharris23 New Member

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    the "Loaded" model would be a dream to own. I might save up for the loaded model, but once I get into the loaded model's price range, is the Springfield still the best choice ? or do other makers such as colt come into play at that price range ?