New Rock Island Armory 1911

Discussion in 'The 1911 Forum' started by gdmoody, Nov 5, 2009.

  1. gdmoody

    gdmoody Moderator Supporting Member

    Sep 7, 2007
    Athens, Georgia
    I picked up a new (to me anyway) Rock Island Armory M1911 on the way to work this afternoon. Of course I haven't fired it yet, I will post a range report when I get to shoot it. I have heard that RIA makes a good platform for customizing. I may look into this if time and money allow me!

    There is an extra set of springs with it so the previous owner did something with it. My friend who owns the gun shop said that he "did some work on it" but who knows what that really means.:eek:

    Oh yea, I gave $415 for it.
    Last edited: Apr 22, 2013
  2. woolleyworm

    woolleyworm Well-Known Member

    Feb 23, 2009
    SW Fort Worth
    Nice gun and great price. I don't think you could go wrong for a hair over 400 bucks. Can't wait for the range report! :cool:

  3. JLA

    JLA Well-Known Member

    Feb 26, 2007
    Heart Of Texas
    sweet ride George, Looking forward to the range report as well...:)
  4. He might have one set of springs for hard ball (full power) ammo, and
    another set of springs for low powered target loads.

  5. 40CalJoe

    40CalJoe New Member

    Jun 28, 2009
    In the middle
    Congrats. I hear more good things about RIA guns than not. One of the better entry level 1911's. Hope it serves you well.
  6. ivarr

    ivarr New Member

    i love my rock
  7. guns4life

    guns4life New Member

    Oct 6, 2009
    south carolina
    Which one is better the rock island or the springfield armory. I have 2 springers and 1 rock island GUNS FOR LIFE
  8. Insulation Tim

    Insulation Tim Well-Known Member

    Oct 29, 2008
    I very seldon ever shoot my RIA anymore. Two reasons. It has always been very finicky on feeding rounds into the chamber. The other is that the beavertail on mine, bends down and becomes painful to my hand.

    I think that my RIA was one of those "monday made" guns but I much prefer my Kimber.

    Good luck with yours.
  9. johnmpeters

    johnmpeters New Member

    Sep 19, 2009
    Interlachen, FL
    I'm impressed with the RIA 1911"s. My experience is from shooting the hell out of my buddy's commander length RIA. Absolutely no frills, excellent trigger believe it or not, nothing weird happening after probably close to 1000 rounds. We did have 1 stovepipe in the first 100 rounds though, if that even matters. Have tried to buy it off him a few times, guess I'll have to get my own :rolleyes:
  10. Shooter45

    Shooter45 *Administrator* Staff Member Supporting Member

    Feb 9, 2001
    Here at TFF
  11. Agentwil

    Agentwil New Member

    Feb 9, 2010
    Love my Rock Island. Never fails and is dead on. It is a no frill 1911 that does what it is supposed to.
  12. FTK87

    FTK87 New Member

    Mar 1, 2009
    Chouteau, Oklahoma
    I have the same problem with mine, but only with hollow points, ball always feeds fine.
  13. hogger129

    hogger129 Well-Known Member

    Nov 29, 2009
    nice... i have an ria 1911-a1. looks just like that but without the black grip you have.
  14. hogger129

    hogger129 Well-Known Member

    Nov 29, 2009
    Depends which Springfield 1911 you're comparing it with. Obviously a Loaded is on a different playing field than the RIA 1911-A1. But at least with my RIA 1911-A1, there isn't much difference between that an Springfield's GI 1911... Only difference is name brand, and cosmetic differences.
    Last edited: Feb 10, 2010
  15. mikld

    mikld Well-Known Member

    Jun 24, 2009
    I too, just picked up a RIA 1911. Brand spanking new. It only came with one magazine, but I've got some on order. I live in a small town with only three places to buy a gun, and I got tired of shopping/hunting for different 1911s. One store had a new Springfield for over $800, one had two RIAs, and the other had no 1911s. So, I got the plane jane matt finish RIA M1911A1 for less than $500 to start my 1911 journey...
    Last edited: Feb 23, 2010
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