Originally Posted by Nolaphoto1
I have read several posts and seen many youtube videos where people buy the less expensive, Asian manufactured 1911s and have then spent twice what they paid getting the gun to function how they want it to. It makes no sense to me to purchase a $400 Asian made Rock Island Armory or Norinco and then replace items like hammers and triggers with Ed Brown parts. It also makes very little sense to purchase that $400 standard 1911 and then go pay a gunsmith to throat the barrel, polish the feed ramp, and lower and flare the ejection port. My point is, you're paying premium prices to add items to a firearm that may or may not be made from quality parts or to exacting tolerances. It's like putting a $5,000 stereo system in a $1,000 beater of a car.
Rock Island tactical comes with a polished feed ramp, throated barrel, lowered and flared ejection port and a beveled mag well. It also has a nice trigger. Mine has yet to miss a beat with any type ammo. I changed out the grips and bought some Chip McCormick mags. The mag that came with it functioned fine but honestly it felt thin and cheap. Plus it had a bumper and I don't care for bumpers. I'd have changed it for that alone. I have no plans to do any further mods to it. It's a great inexpensive gun but not a cheap one.
As far as Norinco goes they were the base platform many custom gun builders desired.