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zigzagg321
10-25-2010, 21:10
I have found a Rock Island M1911-A1CS 3.5" new for $399.00. Am I asking for troubles with this model?

AZ Husker
10-25-2010, 21:27
While many guys love their RIA's, the price should give you your answer.

zigzagg321
10-25-2010, 21:30
While many guys love their RIA's, the price should give you your answer.


I thought about that... but it was listed at $499 at first(I know cheeeeep for a 1911 still)... Is there a better entry level 1911 for $399? I mean, is a RIA better than say, a Taurus 1911? Im not made of money, and its either gonna be a Taurus or this RIA for my start into the 1911 realm.

Quack
10-25-2010, 21:33
buy a Taurus and i'll slap you...

AZ Husker
10-25-2010, 21:33
No, I don't think you'll find one better for $399.

zigzagg321
10-25-2010, 21:35
buy a Taurus and i'll slap you...

duly noted.

No, I don't think you'll find one better for $399.

Thats what I was thinking.

thecableguy
10-25-2010, 21:38
I have one currently and it has never given me a problem. A lot of guys here have them and will agree with me that for the money they can not be beat. You will not regret buying a Rock Island. The price for this 1911 is not an indicator of the quality. They are very well made. Look up Bacs guide in the sticky at the top for his review. Jrsaccord(sp?) has almost all of them if not a complete collection of RIAs. I wouldn't hesitate to but another one in a heartbeat.

knedrgr
10-25-2010, 21:49
Here's a guide:
1) buy it.
2) strip it completely.
3) clean it.
4) lube it.
5) assemble it.
6) take it to the range.

It's no state-of-the-art Glock, it's a 100 years old, so be careful if you put it together and you have some extra parts. :tongueout:

cowboywannabe
10-26-2010, 00:12
i have two, had i more money id have three.

TxGun
10-26-2010, 00:22
From what I've experienced, the Armscor/RIAs are good guns for the money. I have two (one being a High Standard) and both now run fine after a few hiccups in the first 50-100 rounds. I had to replace a broken extractor on the HS, but that's it. I haven't had the need to use their service dept., but people who have generally seem really complimentary of their service. That's important. Overall, I'm happy with these guns.

rsxr22
10-26-2010, 08:24
The RIA's are indeed good for the money. They have their downfalls but its a $399 gun!! Good thing is none of the downfalls include FTF's or FTE's like your $1399 Kimbers have. I have a Spartan and a friend has the RIA. Same slide, barrel, and frame but the Spartan has STI guts and they seem to be fit better and have a much nicer trigger but there also about $230 more

Shortimer
10-26-2010, 08:32
Buy it. You know going into it that its not a custom 1911, but it is a shooter & will serve you well.

TKR Reptiles
10-26-2010, 15:35
I have a 5" Tactical I got last week, and I am about to get a 3.5"... They are great guns, and the price tag is pretty nice as well...

zigzagg321
10-26-2010, 15:48
Working on a deal to sell my G34 to drum up the cash for this RIA. I went and saw it... Its total no frills... plastic grips, standard hammer..standard everything... hence the price Im sure.

Jim S.
10-26-2010, 16:01
If it shoots reliably and is decently accurate then you got a great deal.
Look at it this way, if you put a few scrapes and dings in it and you generally beat the snot out of it you won't get all emotional over it like you would an expensive gun.
That's how I look at Glocks.
Cheap work horses that can and will take a beating and I won't really care.
Nothing wrong with a cheap gun as long as it shoots.

mesteve2
10-26-2010, 16:05
They work. Some expensive ones do not work!

Good gun and great price!

heitzoflearning
10-26-2010, 18:53
I just took my RIA tac 9mm out to shoot for the first time today. I absolutely love it and so did everyonelse who shot it. I wanted a 1911 and didn't have enough money to buy a more expensive one and didn't know if I would like the design. This pistol sold me on the 1911 platform.

jrs93accord
10-26-2010, 19:11
The RIA Compact is a sweet little .45. It is well worth the money.

http://i100.photobucket.com/albums/m8/jamesrea_2006/jamesrea2010/007-2.jpg

bac1023
10-26-2010, 20:07
I thought about that... but it was listed at $499 at first(I know cheeeeep for a 1911 still)... Is there a better entry level 1911 for $399? I mean, is a RIA better than say, a Taurus 1911? Im not made of money, and its either gonna be a Taurus or this RIA for my start into the 1911 realm.

RIA is much better than Taurus, IMO.