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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.
 

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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.
 

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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.
 

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

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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.
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.
 

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

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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.
 

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I found a stainless finish RIA 1911 $500 good buy?
Ria does not produce a stainless. They make a nickel plates version. Is that what your talking about?
 

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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.
 

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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.
 

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

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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.
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
 
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