GUN 1911s in general and Rock Island Armory in specific

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  1. idleprocess

    idleprocess Bring a dollar with you baby in the cold cold grou

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    This little gun shop/range out some ways from the small city my parents live in has a Rock Island Armory 1911 for $425. Good deal? Will it feed a wide variety of ammunition (I hear some 1911s don't like to feed anything but ball ammo)? Anything I should be reading about 1911s? Thanks.
     
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    spankaveli OT Supporter

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    unless it's the "tactical" one with the few extra bells & whistles over the regular one, that's not a good price.
     
  3. Keesh

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    I think I've seen them for at least $75 cheaper other places...
     
  4. idleprocess

    idleprocess Bring a dollar with you baby in the cold cold grou

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    Hm, perhaps I'll just look at Springfield Armory 1911s for something no-frills that seems to have a decent reputation.
     
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    [DWI] Master of Nothing

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    I got my base RIA 1911 within the last year at a gun show for $330
     
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    I agree. If you're willing to put out $425 for the RIA, you should be looking at a Springfield GI or for a few bucks more their Mil-Spec model.
     
  7. JaimeZX

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    I got my Colt for $425.... 15 years ago.
     
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    2L Bunny "It's only a Rabbit"

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    Ya, that's too hight. $350 would be the tops I'd pay for another RIA, unless it was the "tactical" I paid $309 out the door a couple years back. For $450, that's Springer territory.
     
  9. vettefan52

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    base rock islands are crap.
     
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    2L Bunny "It's only a Rabbit"

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    Have you ever actually shot one? :ugh2:
     
  11. vettefan52

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    yeah, they arent that great either. spend the few extra bucks and go with a springfield. rock islands are the bottom of the 1911 barrel. they are junk
     
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    2L Bunny "It's only a Rabbit"

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    Hmm, mine always goes bang and is as acurete as I can be with a combat pistol. What else do you need? Bling?
     
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    [DWI] Master of Nothing

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    I was coming in here to say the same thing, plus it a pretty standard 1911A1 which means you can buy upgraded parts for it as you like. For the cost difference between the RIA and Kimber I would choose the RIA. The only 1911 I have shot that I like better than my RIA when considering cost and the like is my Colt 1911 (non-A1)
     
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  15. vettefan52

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    if we are judging on "goes bank and ACCURATE" then why not buy a hi-point and call it a day... exactly. they are hit/miss with quality.
     
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    wow, one of those with the 40rd drum thats out would be :eek3:
     
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    My RIA was $405 and change, and that was with a transfer fee..

    Shop around.
     
  20. vettefan52

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    so how do you make one? ill be in international waters soon, i want one!

    of course, any of the weapons ill have there will never see the US or even their territorial waters.
     
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    You get what you pay for....a cheap, cast 1911...I wouldn't pay that much for one either. Go Springer, still not that expensive, but forged, has customer service, and is easily 'smithable.
     
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    My RIA has over 2k rounds put through it without a single problem. Hell, even those that do have a problem generally only have a slight feed issue, in which case you just polish up the ramp or try a new mag, and it's all better.

    Price isn't the end all.. sure, Kimbers feel smoother and shoot better right out the box, and have more bells & whistles, but if you're just wanting a base 1911 with nothing fancy that is a decent shot and reliable, RIA is pretty good.
     
  23. Artyboy

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    RIA is an ok gun if you find one for a reasonable price. $425 isn't reasonable. I just saw a used Springfield in a gun shop about 6 months ago for that and it looked almost new. I wouldn't pay much more than $300 for an RIA.
     
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    Hey, I wasn't trying to say they're crap guns, I was just pointing out that for the price he mentioned, used pistols from manuf's with higher quality reputations can be found.
    the price the OP stated is, IMO, a little too high for what is basically a very baseline, entry-level 1911. Not that there's anything wrong with entry-level. Though I plan on saving for a while so I can get a SA Loaded or at least Mil-Spec model to start, instead of buying a cheaper one soon, but having to either a) pay to have it sent out and have it upgraded by a 'smith, or b) just pony up for another, though nicer, pistol later.

    YMMV
     

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