Rock Island 1911

Discussion in 'Concealed Carrying & Personal Protection' started by Phelenwolf, Feb 16, 2011.

  1. Phelenwolf

    Phelenwolf New Member

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    I just picked up my first Compact 1911 today and I am very excited. I purchased a Rock Island 1911 Compact for $450.

    I am very impressed with the pistol and surprised at the same time. I did not expect such a good pistol for the price. The only draw back is that it came with one magazine.
    I am looking for some more magazines for it but am not sure which mag's it will use. I have seen the Commander and Officer magazines, which is the correct magazine to purchase or can they both be used?
     
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  3. dunerunner

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    Are you going to post a range report with pics!! Please!

    adding another possible 1911 to the list.......
     
  4. NGIB

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    Post a pic if you would. RIA makes a 4" gun with regular frame as well as officer frame models. Most likely is an officer frame...
     
  5. kyleytxrialover

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    all 1911mags work just the 4in wont fit the full size spend a little more
    and get some good ones tripp wilson or novacs
     
  6. Phelenwolf

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    Sorry for the delay in posting some pic's but have been sick with strep.:(

    As soon as I get better I am going to go to the range and test fire her and will let you know what I find.

    I still have my Taurus Model 85
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    a German Walter P-38 as well.

    Here is a quick pick I found on my phone when I brought my RIA home.

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    Second thing I want to do is change my grips. ANYBODY have any good idea's where I can find some nice grips??
     
  7. NGIB

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    That one looks like it'll use government (full-size) mags. Like everyone else, I'll recommend Tripp or Wilson. Simple way to check - if center to center on your grip screws is a tad over 3 inches it's a government frame, if a tad less than 3 inches it's an officers frame.

    Grips for 1911s are available at all of the online parts stores as well as gunbroker and ebay...
     
  8. Phelenwolf

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    I measured between the screws with my caliper and it came out to 2.70 so it is a officer frame. Thanks for the info NGIB. The only thing that sucks is that I just purchased some magazines for a commander/officer, that are to long for my RIA. They will work but stick out a bit. I think that they were marked wrong, they fit in my full size SA Operator like a glove.
     
  9. NGIB

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    A Commander has a full length grip just like the government and the Officers is about a half inch shorter...
     
  10. Phelenwolf

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    Thanks, like I said, I found that out when I ordered some spair magazines and they did not fit.

    My next question is, what ammo do you all carry in your compacts? I have heard that most compact 1911's do not like hollow-point ammo? So I was just wondering what to use?
     
  11. Gojubrian

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    You'll have to figure out which kind YOURS likes. You can't go wrong with PowRballs though. They feed like fmj range ammo.
     
  12. Phelenwolf

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    I have tried several different HP round and still can not get one to load correctly. I am even having trouble loading FMJ's at times. It looks like I will have to do some work on the feed ramp. The angle may to steep to load correctly.
     
  13. danf_fl

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    Please err on the side of safety. Too many have tried to work on feed ramps and have not left enough to support the round sufficiently.
     
  14. Phelenwolf

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    I was going to take it to a gunsmith, I know enough about repairs but not machining. So I will be sending it out.

    Does anyone know of a good gun smith here in Az that could help me? I would also be willing to send it out if I have to.
     
  15. Phelenwolf

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    I ended up sending my RIA back to the factory for some repairs since it would not feed anything that I tried to put through it.

    They ended up redoing the feed ramp and replacing almost everything inside the pistol. Got it back today after about 4 wks. Which is not bad. They even sent me a free magazine. The only thing that sucks is that the rear site was damaged when I got it back. Looks like they dropped it, so will see what happens when I take it back. If I do not replace the sights anyways.