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SigFTW
12-04-2012, 15:51
The 10mm just came in to my local gun shop, was a fast turnaround because the warehouse is in the same state. While I filled out the paper work the shop guy cleaned off all the cosmoline, with my permission, so he and I could look at the gun. Well, we were very impressed right off the bat!!! Looked really well with the initial inspection, clean, tight, roll marks are straight. I was a happy camper!

Got her home and did a minor strip to see what I could find.

FINSH: The finish had some very minor blims, you have to be looking in good light just to see them.

BARRL: The barrel is a crowned bull barrel. I have included some pics showing the barrel with bullet seated.

SIGHTS: Front is a orange fiber optic and the rear is fully adjustable white dot.

TRIGGER: The trigger had a clean brake, it feels a little heaver than my Kimber, however still a nice trigger for a $600.00 1911 10mm.

FIT: I am very impressed with the fit, it is tight, no slop what so ever. There are some tool marks on the frame, very minor. Also, main spring housing is plastic, same as my Kimber.

GRIPS: Grips are VZ stamped.

Here are a lot of pics.

http://i1243.photobucket.com/albums/gg558/SigFTW1/RIA%2010mm/IMG_0857-a.jpg
http://i1243.photobucket.com/albums/gg558/SigFTW1/RIA%2010mm/IMG_0906.jpg
http://i1243.photobucket.com/albums/gg558/SigFTW1/RIA%2010mm/IMG_0869.jpg
http://i1243.photobucket.com/albums/gg558/SigFTW1/RIA%2010mm/IMG_0863.jpg
http://i1243.photobucket.com/albums/gg558/SigFTW1/RIA%2010mm/IMG_0861.jpg
http://i1243.photobucket.com/albums/gg558/SigFTW1/RIA%2010mm/IMG_0898.jpg

SigFTW
12-04-2012, 15:53
http://i1243.photobucket.com/albums/gg558/SigFTW1/RIA%2010mm/IMG_0890.jpg
http://i1243.photobucket.com/albums/gg558/SigFTW1/RIA%2010mm/IMG_0889.jpg
http://i1243.photobucket.com/albums/gg558/SigFTW1/RIA%2010mm/IMG_0888.jpg
http://i1243.photobucket.com/albums/gg558/SigFTW1/RIA%2010mm/IMG_0887.jpg
http://i1243.photobucket.com/albums/gg558/SigFTW1/RIA%2010mm/IMG_0885.jpg

SigFTW
12-04-2012, 15:55
http://i1243.photobucket.com/albums/gg558/SigFTW1/RIA%2010mm/IMG_0881.jpg
http://i1243.photobucket.com/albums/gg558/SigFTW1/RIA%2010mm/IMG_0878.jpg
http://i1243.photobucket.com/albums/gg558/SigFTW1/RIA%2010mm/IMG_0877.jpg

countrygun
12-04-2012, 16:11
Neat. I notice it doesn't have the full cut out at the slide stop window that Colt decided the Delta needed.

Travelin' Jack
12-04-2012, 16:34
Thanks, OP. Looking forward to part 2... maybe it'll get me to bust out the credit card.

Berto
12-04-2012, 16:36
Not bad looking at all.

SigFTW
12-04-2012, 17:00
I hope to hit the range tomorrow.

glock2740
12-04-2012, 17:30
Congrats! I gotta get one. :cool: Been waiting for my G29 to sell first, but I don't want them to run out either. Besides, I can always sell the G29 later huh? :supergrin:

intecooler
12-04-2012, 17:41
Thanks for the great pictures!

The support looks as good or better than most. The Kimber may have a little bit more but this is easily tied with the Witness and Razorback like I have. Should be fine for full power Underwood or PBR.

Let us know how it runs!

4949shooter
12-04-2012, 17:48
I hope to hit the range tomorrow.

Looking forward to a range report.

Congrats!

4949shooter
12-04-2012, 17:54
Thanks for the great pictures!

The support looks as good or better than most. The Kimber may have a little bit more but this is easily tied with the Witness and Razorback like I have. Should be fine for full power Underwood or PBR.

Let us know how it runs!

Initially I didn't think the chamber support looked all that great. But after comparing it to the chamber support pictures posted on 10mmfirearms I would have to agree the support looks pretty good.

glock2740
12-04-2012, 18:44
Looking forward to a range report.
Same here. :thumbsup:

harrygunner
12-04-2012, 19:19
Thanks for that information.

Did you get a chance to look at the firing pin stop? Curious about the bottom edge cut.

SigFTW
12-04-2012, 20:03
Thanks for that information.

Did you get a chance to look at the firing pin stop? Curious about the bottom edge cut.

Here you go.
http://i1243.photobucket.com/albums/gg558/SigFTW1/RIA%2010mm/IMG_0913.jpg

intecooler
12-04-2012, 21:07
I think he meant with the slide retracted back. Trying to see if it is a flat bottom or if they put an angle cut on the firing pin block. What it looks like from the pictures my take:

- Finish looks like the biggest downer on it. Guess that can always be fixed
- Barrel looks good to go
- Fit looks pretty good
- I don't like dots on a rear sight with a fiber front. Give me all black
- Can't really tell what the frame composition is but time will tell

bac1023
12-04-2012, 21:56
Very nice

I'm looking forward to your range impressions. :cool:

harrygunner
12-04-2012, 23:01
I racked the slides of two of my 1911's, placed them slide side down (to stabilize the guns) to take this photo. The 1911 on the left is in 10mm and has a flat bottom firing pin stop (FPS). The one on the right is in .45 ACP and the bottom of the FPS is rounded,

http://i35.photobucket.com/albums/d199/harrygunner/misc/flat_vs_rounded_fps.jpg

I like a flat one on a 10mm, but it's not a showstopper in that the part costs around $15 and takes a moment to fashion and install.

Was wondering which was standard on the RIA.

TTM65
12-05-2012, 02:05
I will be interested in a range report. To me the barrel construction looks quite poor. The rest of the gun looks pretty good though.

HollywoodG23
12-05-2012, 06:02
I will be interested in a range report. To me the barrel construction looks quite poor. The rest of the gun looks pretty good though.


Yeah....What he Said!!! :agree: But I still plan to try one...Running up today to my LGS!!! I gotta make sure Santa Claus knows what to buy me!!!

SigFTW
12-05-2012, 06:47
I racked the slides of two of my 1911's, placed them slide side down (to stabilize the guns) to take this photo. The 1911 on the left is in 10mm and has a flat bottom firing pin stop (FPS). The one on the right is in .45 ACP and the bottom of the FPS is rounded,

http://i35.photobucket.com/albums/d199/harrygunner/misc/flat_vs_rounded_fps.jpg

I like a flat one on a 10mm, but it's not a showstopper in that the part costs around $15 and takes a moment to fashion and install.

Was wondering which was standard on the RIA.

Tapered down to a flat point.

http://i1243.photobucket.com/albums/gg558/SigFTW1/RIA%2010mm/IMG_0787.jpg

SigFTW
12-05-2012, 07:08
Here is a comparison between the RIA 10mm and the “TANK” S&W 1006 10mm barrel.

When I gauged the barrels the RIA was thicker just by a little.

http://i1243.photobucket.com/albums/gg558/SigFTW1/RIA%2010mm/IMG_0923-2.jpg

Left RIA/Right 1006
http://i1243.photobucket.com/albums/gg558/SigFTW1/RIA%2010mm/IMG_0917.jpg

http://i1243.photobucket.com/albums/gg558/SigFTW1/RIA%2010mm/IMG_0916.jpg

glock2740
12-05-2012, 07:08
To me the barrel construction looks quite poor.
Are you talking about the hood?

SigFTW
12-05-2012, 07:22
Congrats! I gotta get one. :cool: Been waiting for my G29 to sell first, but I don't want them to run out either. Besides, I can always sell the G29 later huh? :supergrin:

lol, I thought I was done this year (that's what I told my wife:whistling:) but when you posted the RIA 10mm, it kept calling my name. This make my 13 to 14 buy this year, I lost count. I keep telling myself "I am not a collector!":shocked:

If I was you I would buy now, not sure how long they will last.

faawrenchbndr
12-05-2012, 07:48
Neat. I notice it doesn't have the full cut out at the slide stop window that Colt decided the Delta needed.

It will after frames start cracking.


I will be interested in a range report. To me the barrel construction looks quite poor. The rest of the gun looks pretty good though.


What do you expect, it's a low cost 10mm 1911.
High quality materials, machining & finish costs money!

SigFTW
12-05-2012, 09:29
It will after frames start cracking.

What do you expect, it's a low cost 10mm 1911.
High quality materials, machining & finish costs money!

I sent an email to Armscor RIA asking about +p or +p+ ammo. I'll see what they say.

As for the frame cracking, they do have a life time warranty. Not sure about their customer service personally but have read some post that said it was great.:dunno:

faawrenchbndr
12-05-2012, 09:50
The possibility of frame cracking is very real, but not an issue
for concern.

glock2740
12-05-2012, 10:14
Armscor is known for their great customer service. If it's ever needed.

faawrenchbndr
12-05-2012, 12:23
Hope no one has gotten the wrong idea.
I am not RIA bashing, just being skeptical, as always, with a new
pistol being brought to the market.

SigFTW
12-05-2012, 12:42
Hope no one has gotten the wrong idea.
I am not RIA bashing, just being skeptical, as always, with a new
pistol being brought to the market.

I fully under stand where you are coming from. I too am skeptical being the first 10mm they brought to market. If it shoots well then it should be a good buy for the price.

They do have the reputation of a good 1911 for the price so I hope that also spills over into the 10mm build.

seed
12-05-2012, 14:18
I fully under stand where you are coming from. I too am skeptical being the first 10mm they brought to market. If it shoots well then it should be a good buy for the price.

They do have the reputation of a good 1911 for the price so I hope that also spills over into the 10mm build.

In the end, you will end up with it either being fine or fixed (if needed). Either way, while others are waiting to get one down the road when all the kinks are worked out, you can do the same while you enjoy this one in the meantime. For the price and the reputation of RIA's CS, it is well worth it to get one now and maybe one (updated version) later. You did good.

SigFTW
12-05-2012, 18:20
In the end, you will end up with it either being fine or fixed (if needed). Either way, while others are waiting to get one down the road when all the kinks are worked out, you can do the same while you enjoy this one in the meantime. For the price and the reputation of RIA's CS, it is well worth it to get one now and maybe one (updated version) later. You did good.

Thanks seed! Just got back from the range and there are some kinks to work out. I'll post in a new thread. :thumbsup:

glock2740
12-05-2012, 20:09
Just got back from the range and there are some kinks to work out. I'll post in a new thread. :thumbsup:
Get to posting homie! I just bought one of these today. Don't tell me you're having issues right out of the gate. :faint:

TheGrimReaper
02-03-2013, 16:20
I love it.... got to get me one!!!

HAIL CAESAR
02-03-2013, 19:59
Very interesting . Can't wait to hear the rest

SigFTW
02-04-2013, 09:17
Very interesting . Can't wait to hear the rest

I listed the latest update here in Part Two of the review.
http://www.glocktalk.com/forums/showthread.php?p=19947747#post19947747