Took the leap.... got a RIA 1911

Discussion in '1911 Forum' started by ChuckD, Oct 14, 2009.

  1. ChuckD

    ChuckD New Member

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    I decided to step into the world of 1911s the other day. I bought a RIA 1911 from a friend and tried it out today. It seems to shoot pretty well but I'm certainly going to need some more practice with it. Here is a pic along with some range targets. With some practice I can hopefully make the groups more consistent. I also took my 22 colt and XDm9 as well. All in all a good day at the range.

    Chuck
     

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  2. dunerunner

    dunerunner New Member

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    The .45 does jump around a little more than the .22 or 9mm, eh? Nice looking piece, what did your friend extort from ya for it?
     

  3. canebrake

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    A 3" bull barrel Defender look alike is probably not the best 1911 to start out with!

    It took me a great deal of time and changes to my developed government 5" experience to find success with my Defender! The first two or three range trips gave me a good bit of heart burn. Thought I'd bought a real lemon or worst an unsafe weapon.

    Had a range officer ask me if this was my first 'mouse gun'?

    He went on to say shootin' them is way different than a FS 1911!

    I never had a problem limp wristing a FS but was having FTE issues and could not shoot a full mag without one!

    A few simple grip changes and a higher into the thumb web purchase and the gun went from Jekyll to Hyde!

    DO NOT expect this pistol to be anything other than a CQB PD weapon. For that purpose, you can't do much better. If you bought it for target shooting > 5 meters you will spend a ton of ammo getting proficient (or lucky) and more than likely remain sorely disappointed! [​IMG]
     
  4. crockett007

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    Hmmmm...

    Seven round mags, more of an Officer clone (3.5") than a Defender. Nonetheless, the speed trigger and the replacement slide stop along with the FLGR indicate that the pistol has been "worked" before you bought it. Not a stock RIA compact.

    Nonetheless, I agree with my man canebrake that the emphasis on groups should probably be the last thing you want to do. Center mass close up and personal is what your new baby is good for.

    You can make a compact pistol into an equal to a 5" as far as accuracy is concerned. You can do this with carry in mind. It is strictly up to you. You've got to put some bucks and considerable elbow grease into it however;

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    Depends on philosophy, the Colt above conceals very well (for me), and hangs right with my 5" pistols at target work. I personally prefer a carry pistol that is capable of engaging targets @ 25 yards and greater. That may be the antithesis for some who want a "belly gun".

    I built this pistol with reliability and accuracy in mind over a stock M1991A1 Compact. I carry it every day. I have big hands, hence the slim grips and the magwell extension. I replaced the "plug" recoil system with a Kings FLGR and reverse plug (removed .09 from the dust cover), hard chrome, and de-horned adjustable sights provide finish durability (holster scrub) and, the ability to zero with a variety of ammunition (bullet weights and types).

    A Storm Lake match barrel and bushing round out the package in conjunction with a rework of the Colt trigger group for a crisp "combat carry " pull.

    have fun with that RIA, good luck with it.
     
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  5. NGIB

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    I had one of these RIA Compacts for a time. Nice little shooter but certainly not a target gun. Mine was very reliable and even shot most JHP rounds well...
     
  6. ChuckD

    ChuckD New Member

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    I was just seeing how it would do. I wasn't under the impression it would be a hyper accurate target gun or nuttin :) It has had some work done to the trigger and feed ramps have been polished as well as the bull barrel. I think this will be a good introduction piece into the 1911 family.

    I actually need alot more time on the range.

    I traded one of my home built ARs for the gun + a ton of ammo and some other odds and ends.
     
  7. hogger129

    hogger129 New Member

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    Nice. I'm thinking about getting the RIA M1911A1. The one I've been lookin at is a full size. How do you like yours? I mostly want the RIA because the price is attractive. Plus I'd rather have a GI-style 1911 over one with all the California-bs, lawyer-friendly stuff on it.

    Can I ask anyone on here? Is there anything I should know before purchasing a 1911? I don't want to end up getting something I am not going to like. I have shot them and love the feel and look of the gun. Just wondering if there are any FYI's I need to know about before I get one. Thanks.
     
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  8. canebrake

    canebrake New Member

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    Don't forget to get your parents permission before you buy! [​IMG]
     
  9. ChuckD

    ChuckD New Member

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    Hogger,

    Read and listen to the folk on here. My initial impression of the RIA is very positive. Just from the little time with mine I think it makes a nice introduction to the 1911 family and the price is usually on the low end. I'm certain'y asking myself why I didn't get a 1911 earlier :cool:
     
  10. crockett007

    crockett007 New Member

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    Here, here....

    Even tho I own two Colts and a Kimber, I have purchased a RIA government clone for my stepson. We took it to the range and gave it a work out, about 500 rounds worth. The pistol functioned flawlessly, was accurate and he couldn't be happier.
     
  11. bobbyb13

    bobbyb13 New Member

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    Cold breeze went through on that shot. My hero Cain.
     
  12. brolin_1911a1

    brolin_1911a1 New Member

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    I've owned a 3" RIA 1911CS like yours for a bit over a year. I love it. In fact, it's one of my favorite carry guns. It's reliable and eats anything I feed it including several hundred cast semi-wadcutters without a hitch.

    One thing you might consider is opening up those government-spec sights a bit. I found that taking a needle file to my rear sight and opening the notch by about .010" made it much easier to see the front sight and align them.
     
  13. Dadoo

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    RIA's Rock

    I'm a big fan of the RIA 1911's. I have had a compact model for about 2 yrs and also have a full size since March. I have not been a gun enthusiast for more than about 6 years and have had a Taurus and a Kahr but niether can match the quality and accuracy of the 1911's

    Compact (CS)
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    and the full size:
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    Are they Nighthawks? NO Are they Wilsons? NO They aren't meant to be high-dollar show (off) animals. But for the price, you won't find a better, more accurate, more reliable weapon.