1911 Compatability

Discussion in 'Technical Questions & Information' started by CBR1000RR, Oct 16, 2004.

  1. CBR1000RR

    CBR1000RR New Member

    Oct 15, 2004
    Raised in TX, now CA
    Let me start by saying from what I've seen so far this forum is great, I have been a longtime lurker, now just registered...

    My question is about compatability/quality issues with 1911's manufactured by companies like Rock Island/Armscor, Llama, etc.(1911 govt/comm knockoffs) I have shot a rock island govt model 5" 1911 and it was pretty good and solid feeling like a normal 1911. My friend owns this pistol and says hes shot about 2000 rds through it so far w/out a problem... So what's the deal with the $350 price tag? Is it just because these are not as well known companies such as Colt, Kimber, springfield, etc. or is the production/material quality suffering as well? Finally, will these pistols accept custom 1911 aftermarket parts as I would like to do some tinkering.. Or should I just wait till I got the cash to shell out for a colt or kimber?
  2. CountryGunsmith

    CountryGunsmith New Member

    Jan 29, 2003
    Deep Piney Woods of East Texas
    The RIA pistols seem to be pretty-much OK. I have a stock model here to do quite a bit of work to, so I'll update when I'm done.
  3. punchie

    punchie Member

    Apr 27, 2004
    Chesterfield, VA
    One of the main problems with the off-brand 1911s is the lack of consistant quality control, both in raw materials and assembly. If you get a good one that shoots and functions well, great. If you get one that does not, sell it to somebody you don't like and try again.
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