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Old 12-20-2011, 14:45   #1
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Help me choose my first

Shortly after Christmas I will be purchasing my first 1911. I was going to get a fnp45 but after drooling over even the basic 1911s I've settled on a budget 1911. The three I am considering are:
American Classic II
RIA FS Duo Tone
RIA 2011 Tactical

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Old 12-20-2011, 17:08   #2
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No experience with any of them, and they all come from the same place, so just pick the one you like the most.
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Old 12-20-2011, 17:34   #3
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Shortly after Christmas I will be purchasing my first 1911. I was going to get a fnp45 but after drooling over even the basic 1911s I've settled on a budget 1911. The three I am considering are:
American Classic II
RIA FS Duo Tone
RIA 2011 Tactical

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Well I picked up my ACII this afternoon! I went with it over the other budget offerings for several reasons, not least of which was that it was available at my local Academy.

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Old 12-20-2011, 18:22   #4
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Very interested in this thread. I feel morally obligated to purchase a Philippine made 1911 in 2012.
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Old 12-20-2011, 19:01   #5
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RIA Tactical. Highly recommended.

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Bought here..

http://www.budsgunshop.com/catalog/p...s_id/411539799
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Shortly after Christmas I will be purchasing my first 1911. I was going to get a fnp45 but after drooling over even the basic 1911s I've settled on a budget 1911. The three I am considering are:
American Classic II
RIA FS Duo Tone
RIA 2011 Tactical

What say you?
My preference is the Filipino guns imported by American Tactical. Costs about the same as the ones you've mentioned, but finished a bit nicer.

American Classic is made by Metro Arms. RIA/Cimmaron/High Standard/et al, are made by ARMSCOR, and American Tactical is made by SAM.
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RIA Tactical. Highly recommended.

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Bought here..

http://www.budsgunshop.com/catalog/p...s_id/411539799
The RIA doesn't have FCS or the funky hammer of the ACII, which are points in it's favor, but I don't care for the smooth grips, vertical serrations, or ambi safety. Just have to pick which features are most important to you.
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Old 12-20-2011, 20:20   #8
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Old 12-20-2011, 22:16   #9
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Take a look at the guide in my signature.
I didn't see the RIA 2011 Tactical w/rail or the RIA duo tone in there though.
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Old 12-21-2011, 05:50   #10
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I own 2 Metro Arms and 2 RIAs and they are great guns for the money. Fit and finish is best on the MAs but all 4 have never given me a single problem. The hammer is horrible on the AC11 but grips are ugly on the RIAs grips. I change grips on most of my 1911s anyway. Trigger seems to me a liitle better on MAs. Flip a coin as they are all good shooters for about the same price.
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I didn't see the RIA 2011 Tactical w/rail or the RIA duo tone in there though.
The Charles Daly is the same gun as the RIA Tactical.
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Old 12-21-2011, 22:42   #12
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I think I'll be getting the American Classic II. Buds has it for cheaper than Cheaperthandirt has the RIA.
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Old 12-22-2011, 12:59   #13
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Well looks like I'll be around here often. Just ordered the American classic II off buds. $452 after insurance and transfer fees. Woulda cost me $552 at my lgs after tax. Saving $100 ftw!
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