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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 05-18-2015, 01:38 AM Thread Starter
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rock island armory

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what do you think of 1911s made by rock island armory? any input? from what I heard they aren't too bad for the money.
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Re: rock island armory

i have one, its a 9mm and not a 45acp. i like it...but i upgraded the grips as soon as i bought it.
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that's cool. yeah I heard the only issues with them is may want to change grips, also the front site may want to add some white paint to it so you can see the sight easier.but that was the only complaints I heard.
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Re: rock island armory

My brother has one in 9mm. Seems to be well built but as said above need to upgrade the grips.

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They have quite the loyal following.
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Re: rock island armory

I have had a RIA, an ATI, a Citadel, and now a Colt Defender.

The differences in most 1911s are steel and/or alloy used and tolerance of fit. And the recoil assemblies are a bit different with each. I tried the 3" ATI assembly in the 3" Colt, and vice versa, and it worked both ways. Wasn't quite right feel, but functional.

I found the main issue with any of them was not the brand of pistol, but whether the feed ramp was smooth/polished or not. This was especially so with JHP ammo. Not as bad with FMJ ammo, but still a minor issue.

Additionally, you need to use a bit of lubricant. Not dripping wet, but not as sparing as most polymer frame guns. Remember the 1911 is a metal on metal gun that was built for crappy conditions and easy maintenance. Clean and lube it, it will serve you well!

To me, I have the Colt just because I wanted a Colt, and it was stainless and a great price. I would take a Rock Island, or any other as well, with the right price, and the right itch at that time!

I would recommend one with a beavertail grip safety. The GI type safety can still cause slide or hammer bite. The beavertail curtails that!

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thanks for the feedback guys. I do understand the metal on metal and can see the extra lubing.i just need to pick and choose which one I wanna get.
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Re: rock island armory

Decent weapons but I would not recommend the Compact versions. Mine was a problem child from the jump and I contacted the company who sent me a new safety and that didn't cure it and sent it to my Smithy and he couldn't get it to run correctly either. In a 1911 platform, stick with the full size or Officer models.

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I had a 45 compact tactical 3.5. It was great, I did have an issue with it returning to battery when it first arrived, but you won't find better customer service than RIA. They have a lifetime warranty, so I shipped it back and it was returned fully tuned and with an upgraded spring. Shot like a dream, but I traded it for a 44 mag SBH. They aren't beautiful, but they are functional and their company backs the product. Was I thrilled to have to send a new gun back to the manufacturer? NO, but I was more than happy when I received an upgraded and tuned weapon.

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