Rock Island 1911 questions

Discussion in '1911 Forum' started by Motodeficient, Nov 22, 2009.

  1. Motodeficient

    Motodeficient New Member

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    I am pretty new to guns in general and bought a couple 9mm recently as my first handguns. After reading all the stuff on the forums around the net I have become interested in the 1911s like everyone else. I don't want to spend much money on a really expensive one, because I probably won't shoot it a ton due to the cost of .45 ACP ammo. But I would like to purchase a 1911. Was looking at the taurus ones between $5-600, but then came across the Rock Island brand.

    Should I be looking at this brand at all or should I look to another?

    How does rock Island compare to Taurus 1911s? The taurus PT 1911 stainless looks pretty nice to me for $608 shipped.

    How do they compare to other inexpensive 1911s like this one?

    Interstate Arms 7 + 1 Round 45 ACP Regent w/5.02" Barrel/Bla for Sale at Buds Gun Shop $418.00

    I have seen some pictures of nice looking all black Rock Island 1911s. Where can I find one?

    Whats the difference between duracoat Rock Island 1911s and parkerized? Which one looks better and holds up better? I have seen parkerized Rock Island 1911s for $445 shipped and duracoated ones for $395 shipped? I have also seen the nickel for $485 shipped.


    I have also read one post that was pretty scarey that said some of the newer RI 1911s have had a defect where inserting the magazine can cause the hammer to drop?

    Thanks in advance for your responses
     
  2. canebrake

    canebrake New Member

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    I'm no fan of Taurus but what your are looking at, I'd go with the Taurus.

    I would NEVER let the cost of ammo dictate my purchase of the gun I want!

    Did I say NEVER?

    YEP!
     
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  3. Shihan

    Shihan Active Member Lifetime Supporter

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    I just receently bought a RIA 1911 and it is a very nice weapon. Shoots well. I had heard good things about it and am very happy with it. Go to the range and see if you can rent one a give it a go.

    My RIA on top with the Hogue grips
     

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  4. matt g

    matt g New Member Supporter

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    For another $100 or so, you can get an entry level Kimber.
     
  5. Shihan

    Shihan Active Member Lifetime Supporter

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    My RIA was only $389 NIB.
     
  6. NGIB

    NGIB New Member

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    I've owned multiple Rock Island & Taurii 1911s. I'd prefer a Rock Island Tactical to the Taurus every time. Rock Island has great customer service should you need it and Taurus does not (from personal experience).

    I give the same advice to everyone: do not buy the base GI model unless you KNOW you can live with the tiny sights. To upgrade the sights on a GI will cost you more than the difference in price between the models.

    In this same price range (if you look around) is a Springer Mil-Spec...
     
  7. JonM

    JonM Moderator

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    i love my springfield armory 1911-A1 ;)
     
  8. Motodeficient

    Motodeficient New Member

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    Where would I find this?
     
  9. hunter Joe

    hunter Joe New Member

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    Just so happens I talked to a fellow with a Rock Island this afternoon at the range and he had nothing but praise for this firearm. He even said that it shoots hollow points without a hitch. Sounds like a pretty nice firearm to me.
     
  10. matt g

    matt g New Member Supporter

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    I had a brain fart. It'll never happen.
     
  11. da3394

    da3394 New Member

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    Well, I would like to know where to find an "entry level Kimber" for around $100 or slightly more than an RIA, especially in the state of NC.
     
  12. Motodeficient

    Motodeficient New Member

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    Yeah from what I have seen thats not possible
     
  13. Shihan

    Shihan Active Member Lifetime Supporter

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    I can tell you where you can get one in NC. for less than 700.
    What area of the Piedmont. I kind find you a Kimber for right at $650.
    I know places.
     
  14. da3394

    da3394 New Member

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    I am in the Winston Salem area of NC.
     
  15. Shihan

    Shihan Active Member Lifetime Supporter

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    I can get you a deal down in Wilmington on a Kimber. Though I don't think you would be disappointed with The RIA as a good start, Can always trade up. As I said before my RIA is a very nice Pistol that shoots great.
     
  16. da3394

    da3394 New Member

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    Thanks, but I am not quite ready to go as far as Wilmington to buy a Kimber. Maybe in the Spring of 2010 but right now I will stay close to W-S. I have an RIA, I am very satisified with it but would be willing to add a Kimber to my stable for a reasonable price. I sure do not like the $1,000 or higher price tags that I have seen on the Kimber brand and on other "high quality" 1911's.
     
  17. Shihan

    Shihan Active Member Lifetime Supporter

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    Well good, More for me.
     
  18. UnderFire

    UnderFire New Member

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    I was at the local gun store this past weekend...they were having a "used gun sale". Saw a nice M1911A1 made by Remington Rand for 499 bucks. In great shape, tight slide. The deals are out there, you just gotta look for them.
     
  19. Shihan

    Shihan Active Member Lifetime Supporter

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    You passed on that. Everything else there's MasterCard.
     
  20. UnderFire

    UnderFire New Member

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    I know, I know...I put it down and the next guy picked it up and kept working the slide, etc then bought it. :(
    It was the best shape Remington Rand I've ever seen. Perfect.