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Old 02-29-2012, 07:37 PM
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So I am looking at getting a RIA 1911a1 GI .45 ACP. Just the standard GI model. I have been getting back into 1911's lately and got a brand new colt. I love the thing and don't mind getting it beat up but would also like a 'cheaper' gun that I can take camping/hiking with me etc. that I can really abuse. Anyone had any experience with these? I actually had one WAY back when they first came out but never shot it or used it much and traded it off. Let me know. I want to be able to trust my life to it. Don't need to shoot beautiful groups or just has to be reliable and work. Thanks!
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My friend recently purchased a RIA 2011 Tactical and was praising it so much that 3 of us took a range trip last weekend to give it a run; the result is I'm now looking for one to purchase and the 3rd friend is saving the money to get one as well.

It shot well, was solid in the hand and gave us no impression that it wasn't well worth the money.

I'm actually looking for the RIA Tactical Model without the rail, I have no need for it.
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I have an RIA officers model I have shoot hundreds of rnds through it no failures at all great 45 the only thing I don't like is the grip safety rattles when I walk I think the spring needs to be bent a little. I don't think you can go wrong with an RIA. JT
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I have the GI model and have had no problems and really like the gun, my only complaint is the sites, and it looks like it would be pretty expenive to put better sites on it.
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I can't speak on RIA, no experience with them. But for conceal carry I like the shorter barreled 1911s.

Buds has an RIA Officer in .45 for $417
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I can't speak on RIA, no experience with them. But for conceal carry I like the shorter barreled 1911s.

Buds has an RIA Officer in .45 for $417
just bought one of these today. hope to take it out and shoot it tomorrow, but most likely will have to wait until the weekend.
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My Rock GI has been very accurate & reliable but I haven't fired may HP's through it. From what I hear they shoot ball/FMJ well as that is what the GI was designed for. Some people have had good luck with them feeding HP's and some haven't.

There has also been some complaints about hammer bite on the GI models. I don't have big fleshy hands. So it hasen't been a problem for me. Not sure if it would be for you?

Just some things to consider about the GI model. If I could only own 1 rock. As mentioned I would go for the tactical model. But IMO the GI is a great pistol for the $$.
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Use the search feature of the forum. i JUST did a review of the Rock Island 1911 about 3 - 4 weeks ago. Its an awesome gun. Mine is dead accurate. Had problems feeding hollow points at first, but after the initial 500 rounds it feeds hollow points like it was made to, even though it says its made for FMJ rounds in the included instruction manual.

If you care about how the gun looks after carrying it/using it, dont buy this gun. One little scuff or BELT HOLSTERING!! will scratch the finish. Mine has a few scrapes on it after 4 weeks carrying and use, but nothing to cry about. Just normal wear marks. The gun feels great, and actually shoots better than my buddy's springfield 1911. You can get an RIA 1911 for 379 at or 700 for a springer. The RIA is the best value for the money, and it is an awesome gun.

Don't listen to any of the ******* on here telling you to get a shorter commander sized gun. Get a full sized, with arguably better accuracy. Don;t get a woman's gun that isnt a full sized 1911.

The recoil on it is very balanced, considering the heavy weight of the gun compared to polymer .45s. If you want better sights, which you will after shooting it in low light conditions, go for a tactical model with novak adjustable white dot sights. The extra $60ish is worth it. It will cost you a LOT more to buy the adjustable sights and have them put on by a gunsmith, which I assume you will unless you are a precision machinist and know about gunsmithing.

If you want a good HEADSHOT gun for a great price at under 400 bucks, get the RIA mil spec 1911. If you want to spend a grand and get all the bells and whistles, stainless gun, get a Kimber.

If you write a review of this gun after you decide to get one, make sure you shoot 300 rounds out of it beforehand. It recommends a 200 round break in period. Make sure you spend the $100 to do this the first time u take it to the range. Then shoot another 200 rounds. You will be very pleased.

your RIA will shoot better than your colt and you will wish you had saved that 600 bucks to buy another RIA with


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