Rock Island 1911 Any Good?

Discussion in 'Semi-Auto Handguns' started by TheNYResistance, Oct 9, 2012.

  1. TheNYResistance

    TheNYResistance New Member

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    I ran across a very inexpensive 1911 online and I know that Rock Island used to be one of the manufacturers of the 1911 during WWII, but I'm not sure if it is a good reliable gun.

    I just want something for the range as I want a stock old fashioned 1911 GI style like my dad used to have in the war. It'll basically be a recreational firearm, but I still want it to function. And by inexpensive I mean under $400.
     
  2. HOSSFLY

    HOSSFLY New Member

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    You won't be dissapointed with a RIA- Do a search here & you'll find lots of good reviews-

    Mine- Longballer grips :cool:
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  3. JohnJak

    JohnJak New Member

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    Buy it, you will not be disappointed.
     
  4. TheNYResistance

    TheNYResistance New Member

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    How easy is it to change the trigger and hammer to original WWII style?
     
  5. Colby

    Colby New Member

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    I came across some Rock Islands at a gun show recently. Didn't know anything about them. Tried one in 9mm. It had the smoothest action! I was very impressed. Considered buying. The owner - a friend - told me to check on line - good reliability reports on the gun.
    I also tried the 45 caliber version - it was stiffer. Not as impressive. But I understand the reason - the springs needed to cope with the more powerful cartridge.
    Still I liked those Rock Islands and am loosely considering one - even though I own a pristine Colt Government 1911 45. The thing is - that particular gun was carried by my Dad as he flew over Europe in WW II. So it is a special one to me.
    Rock Island would allow me to shoot without somehow jeopardizing my Dad's gun - if you know what I mean...
     
  6. Gatoragn

    Gatoragn Active Member

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    Just buy the Government model if you want that style hammer and trigger, these are available starting around $400 on-line.

    Bud's Guns has them for $409 with free shipping, add the FFL cost and your looking at ~$440 otd. The local FFL I use charges $20 for a long gun and $30 for a handgun. WI requires a state BG check and a fee for running it on handguns.

    I have a RIA tactical 9mm, it is a great range gun.
     
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  7. silverado113

    silverado113 New Member

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    Great 1911's but as someone who works on the Rock Island Arsenal they have nothing to do with this place just so you know.
     
  8. Colby

    Colby New Member

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    According to Wiki - made in the Philippines..
     
  9. Overkill0084

    Overkill0084 Active Member

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    The Rock Island (ARMSCOR) guns are great value for money. They have developed good reputation for a pretty good product an for good customer service.
    One of the few gripes I've seen is that some have found the finish to be less durable than they would like. Let's be honest, there will be compromises on a $400 1911. Typically though, it's less than most would expect.
     
  10. 03Armory

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    I have one and have never had any problems with the gun and Im going on about 7-800 rds. I bought the gov model and only swapped out the factory hammer for a commander style, swapped the factory beaver tail safety for a wider one, and put Hogue grips on. Its more reliable than my $1000 gun Im too embarrassed to name. In fact the RIA pictured is my everyday carry cause I know it'll fire every time.

    You might see scratches and finish wear but I see character. lol

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  11. 03Armory

    03Armory New Member

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    heres another pic.
     
  12. 03Armory

    03Armory New Member

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    here is another pic. disregard the goof im a little new to forums


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  13. Windlestick

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    Not sure RIA produced 1911s for the US military. The companies that made the US 1911 and 1911 A1 as I understand are Colt, Ithaca, Singer, Springfield, Remington Rand, and Union Switch and Signal. Other companies had contracts to build pistols but were not fulfilled for one reason or another.
     
  14. canebrake

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    M1911 1912 - 1919
    • Colt
    • Springfield Armory/government-owned
    • Remington Arms-Union Metallic Cartridge Co.
    • Savage Arms Company - Their contract was cancelled before they could deliver completed pistols. The parts made were put into service. Some slides marked Savage were used in arsenal rebuilds.
    • North American Arms - ~100 tool-room/pre-production pistols were made but never put in service.

    M1911A1 1924 - 1945
    • Colt
    • Singer Mfg. Co.
    • Remington Rand
    • Ithaca
    • Union Switch & Signal
    • Rock Island Arsenal/government-owned No production, only re-numbering of existing pistols.
     
  15. unclesugg

    unclesugg New Member

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    The only problem that I have encountered with my RIA was last week at the range my recoil spring bushing broke and spit out my spring. That is the only problem of any kind in about 2000 rds. This is on my officers model. Otherwise It has been a true work horse.
     

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  16. velofan

    velofan New Member

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    Agree with the posts here. I used RIA as a base for an upgraded 1911 - very little fitting needed to upgrade, works great and holds up. Agree that the finish is not as rugged or attractive as a $1,000 gun - but it works.
     
  17. drvsafe

    drvsafe New Member

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    You're confusing rock island armory with rock Island arsenal. 2 totally different entities I believe. I don't think "arsenal" produced any 1911s however and armory are manufactured by armscor in the Philippines.