Ria 1911

Discussion in '1911 Forum' started by dedshot13, Feb 6, 2013.

  1. dedshot13

    dedshot13 New Member

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    Hello all, just looking for thoughts on a RIA 4inch vs the full size model. These two firearms are in my price range but I don't know to much about RIA. Thanks for any input.
     
  2. Olympus

    Olympus New Member

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    RIA guns are made in the Phillipines. For the most part they make a decent budget pistol. I don't know of any particular problem with either of the models you are considering. There are several members here that own them and they can give you a personal experience.

    I owned a Citadel Compact made by the same company that makes RIA guns. I did not have a good experience with mine. It would not feed any brand of HP ammo I tried. The front sight would always come loose when shooting at the range. And the barrel hood rusted up on me.
     

  3. kytowboater

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    I've only had one feed issue. Over 1000 rounds flawless before. They took care of the issue for free. Did a reliability tune up and throated the barrel for me for free as well. Paid shipping both ways insured. It's a good CCDW pistol.
     
  4. dedshot13

    dedshot13 New Member

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    Thanks for the info. Sounds like a decent pick up. I guess it all depends on how well I maintain the firearm.
     
  5. canebrake

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    Dirt bags own dirt bag guns regardless of what they paid for them.

    The Rock Island Armory offerings are the entry level 1911's that I recommend without hesitation. If you know going in that the gun is entry level and made offshore, you will not be disappointed.

    In my years of listening to all the whining complaints about poor customer service of the 1911 firearms manufacturers......Kimber is on top of the list and I don't think I've heard one complaint about RIA.

    Buy one with total impunity.
     
  6. indy36

    indy36 New Member

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    Mine has been great.



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  7. dedshot13

    dedshot13 New Member

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    Thanks for the advice. I will take this information and use it to my advantage when shopping.
     
  8. Olympus

    Olympus New Member

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    My biggest problem with them is that they all have a parkerized finish and I really don't like that. For about the same price point, you can get a Metro Arms American Classic and they use an actual bluing as their finish.

    Or for around $600ish, you can get a stainless Taurus and stainless will be much tougher and durable in terms of cosmetic condition.
     
  9. dedshot13

    dedshot13 New Member

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    @olympus

    I found a stainless finish RIA 1911 $500 good buy?
     
  10. kytowboater

    kytowboater Active Member

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    Ria does not produce a stainless. They make a nickel plates version. Is that what your talking about?
     
  11. dedshot13

    dedshot13 New Member

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    Maybe it was nickel plating I was pretty tired this morning lol
     
  12. bige91603

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    Look for a Girsan 1911, same price range but better quality
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  13. dedshot13

    dedshot13 New Member

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    Oh that's a sexy looking gun right there. Thanks for the heads up.
     
  14. Olympus

    Olympus New Member

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    KY beat me to it. RIA does not offer a stainless. If it's nickel then that's about the same in my opinion. I don't care for nickel either. Nickel is good for bbq guns, but not for guns that are our will be shooters.
     
  15. bige91603

    bige91603 New Member

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    Girsan mc1911s. Msrp 439.99 made in turkey
     
  16. pagj17

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    I have the 4 inch model, apparently the spring plug has a habit of cracking, mine did and I've read of a FEW similar cases... but a very limited amount... that said, I love it.
     
  17. limbkiller

    limbkiller New Member

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    How do you figure better quality. Just looking at the fit on the grip safety says it ain't. The ejection port isn't lowered or flared as it would be on a RIA. And an arched main spring housing with a BTGS. Not usually seen on production guns but added by people who like them.
     
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  18. bige91603

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    The ria has more features, but the internals of the girsan are above average for a low priced 1911, and the slide fit imo is slightly better. I'm not bashing ria i like them, i was just giving him another option
     
  19. HOSSFLY

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    OK- Enlighten us with your experience with both-
     
  20. StainlessSteel215

    StainlessSteel215 New Member

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    Agreed, exactly why I chose my AC Commander and it shoots like a dream. Finish is SLIGHTLY less in quality than say a Springfield but for nearly half the price you cant complain