rock island armory officers 1911 .45

Discussion in '1911 Forum' started by coastguardgunnersmate, Jan 27, 2012.

  1. coastguardgunnersmate

    coastguardgunnersmate New Member

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    I have been looking to buy a 1911 and have been hesitant to spend the money for the Sig. I have been looking at the RIA 1911 for a while, just curious if anybody has advice or a range report, any input is appreciated and thanks in advance.
     
  2. HOSSFLY

    HOSSFLY New Member

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    I own one & highly recommend the RIA :cool:
    If you do a search here you'll find a lot of recent threads on the subject :)
     

  3. trip286

    trip286 New Member

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    If you can find one, high standard is another very well built philippino 1911 in the same price range.
     
  4. redfox

    redfox New Member

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    While ordering my xdm 3.8 45c last night my shop let me take an ria back to shoot. I loved it and shot 50 rounds. Extremely accurate at any distance, especially for me LOL. Just a joy to shoot. I see one in my future.
     
  5. coastguardgunnersmate

    coastguardgunnersmate New Member

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    I also see one in my future, now just to find the best place to buy one.
     
  6. firedawg60

    firedawg60 New Member

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    How do those shorter barrels handle. Much recoil and if there is, does it flip or push? Just curious. Thanks.
     
  7. rugerjazzkohai

    rugerjazzkohai New Member

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    My first 1911 was a gift from my wife which is a RIA 1911a2 which is a double stack version; holds 14 in the mag. I love this gun! My brother owns a single stack version. I can tell u with at least 3000 rounds in the last year I had no failures. I highly recommend for a decent price accurate gun. I consistently get great groupings. U can see my range testing/days on YouTube (search rugerjazzkohai). It is my home defense but used to be my carry. I've only shot a 5 inch barrel for the RIAs but would not go below a 3 inch. I own other 1911s that cost double to triple what the RIA cost but it's still on my will not sell/trade ever list.
     
  8. Olympus

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    I owned a Citadel Compact (made by the same people who make RIA). It was easily the worst 1911 I've ever owned. The parkerizing was incredibly thin. First trip to the range and the extractor was out of tune and would throw the brass almost completely forward. Got home and noticed that the finish was so thin that the ejected cases had took a ton of little nicks out of the finish in the slide, they went all the way down to the bare metal.

    Also found that the gun would not feed HP ammo of any kind. Read the manual and found that the manual says the gun was not meant to fire HP ammo and would need modification by a gunsmith to reliably feed HP ammo.

    Then I started having issues with the front sight coming loose. It would loosen n the middle of a mag and I would completely lose accuracy. I tried blue Loktite and it still wouldn't help.

    I ended up selling the gun after a few months. Told myself I'd never buy another Armscor 1911. YMMV
     
  9. canebrake

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    If this is your first 1911, I wouldn't recommend a Officer's size.

    The sub-compact 1911 is NOT a good "first-pick" to start your 1911 pattern pistol ownership path.

    • It doesn't shoot like a 1911.
    • It doesn't feel like a 1911.
    • The sight radius is so short that it renders sight shooting useless.
    • It is a great CCW.

    If you are new to the 1911, if I may be so bold, I would steer you in the direction of a government size (5") in the old-school GI Spec configuration for your first.

    Trust me on this one! If you get the Officer's size first, it may be your last 1911.

    If you go with the Government size, you will become hooked and start your search for another.
     
  10. coastguardgunnersmate

    coastguardgunnersmate New Member

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    Thanks for the advice, that is what ill do. I am not new to the gun scene as I am a weapon specialist for the military, however I can always use advice and a full size does make sense. Thanks :)
     
  11. rifleman1

    rifleman1 New Member

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    i have a standerd gi. ria i love it for the price it has yet to let me down.
     
  12. Tdizon0814

    Tdizon0814 New Member

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    I was thinking of getting the compact RIA 1911. Granted this will be my first 1911, any suggestions? What are the pros and cons with the compact vs 5'?
     
  13. gollygee

    gollygee New Member

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    While not the same as a sub-compact, still a different animal. I had beginner's luck & my first 1911 was a 4" Kimber & it was trouble free. But, I'd say of all the feeding issues I have read about on all the gun forums I have visited, more of the break-in problems would be with the shorter pistols.
     
    Last edited: Feb 3, 2012
  14. kytowboater

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    I have the ria 1911 cs, no issues. Needs a set of grips IMO. Accurate as I can be, no feed issues ate everything from 230 fmj to 185 jhp. Not a fan of the finish but I carry it every day and it's holding up. Can't upload pics right now, it has a very snappy recoil. Muzzle flip is there so practice, practice, practice. Overall I'm in love with the gun. Best of luck to you in your choice!
     
  15. kytowboater

    kytowboater Active Member

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    12 rounds at 10 yards. Second picture is with a set of Houge grips.
     

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