Poll - Rock Island 1911s

Discussion in 'The 1911 Forum' started by roboman, Jan 14, 2005.

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Rock Island 1911s

  1. Their 1911s are every bit as good as the big guys

    27 vote(s)
    17.0%
  2. Their 1911s are good

    48 vote(s)
    30.2%
  3. Their 1911s are decent

    55 vote(s)
    34.6%
  4. Their 1911s are junk

    29 vote(s)
    18.2%
  1. roboman

    roboman New Member

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    What's the general opinion of these? Thoughts? Thanks!
  2. Shooter45

    Shooter45 *Administrator* Staff Member

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    The Rock Island Armory 1911's I have examined are junky. But, as with any 1911,they can be made decent with a little work. The downside is for a little more money,you can have a quality weapon without the extra work. Then if you want to accurize,the work will be worthwhile. Just my .02. :)
  3. roboman

    roboman New Member

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    The reason I ask is that there was a nice Rock Island 1911 Compact for about $400 that caught my eye as a CCW piece.
  4. ducky

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    for ~500, get a springfield mil-spec instead.

    sleep easier, and look meaner with a fullsize.. :cool:

    besides, at your height you'd probably not have a problem concealing a fullsize 1911..
  5. drobs

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    So far I have 300rds so far through my RIA fulsize 1911 that I bought for myself for X-mas. This thing is great! No problem using the factory mag, feeds everything including hollow points. Accuracy is great, trigger is decent, sights are GI tiny. For $400 or under you can't beat it. I got mine for $350 OTD.

    Just last night I put a mag of Corbon +P 230gr JHP's through it, no problems at all!! Heck my Kimber doesn't really like Corbons.

    I also put some hogue hardwood nicely checker wood grips on it to dress up this whore.

    There is a little hammer bite when using hot loadings but for standard 230gr fmj I don't notice it.


    I don't care for commander or smaller size 1911's. I experience is that they are harder to shoot and less reliable in general.
  6. William81

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    What is your life worth Robo...save a bit longer and get a Kimber, Springfield Colt or S&W....If you do go with the Rock Island, sooner or later you will gravitate to a higher quailty 1911.
  7. roboman

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    Very good point...they did have a stainless Colt Officer for $500....would that be a good choice?
  8. William81

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    I have an older Colt Officer's model. I really like it and would be comfortable
    using it for a CCW. (If Illinois had a CCW law)
  9. drobs

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    I got flamed over at the other board for saying a similiar thing over there. I think it had to do with a CZ52 though.
  10. William81

    William81 New Member

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    I remember that thread Drobs and I agree with you....


    There is nothing wrong with having some inexpensive firearms for shooting at the range. When it comes to personal protection, I think you and I both agree you get the best firearm you can afford.
  11. Hydra Shok

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    A buddy of mine at work bought one. Good finish, nice smooth wood grips, shoots well, and paid around $380 OTD.
  12. drobs

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    Definately!
  13. hank_612

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    you can pick a up a springer gi for about 375. I think thats a lot better value.
  14. drobs

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    $375 is less than dealer cost.
  15. hank_612

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    tell that to dunns sporting goods. The highest I see them here in southern ill is 399. RIA's and ARMSCORS go in the low 300's with the armscors being a little higher.
    I was tempted to buy a ria until a guy at the range offered to let me shoot his while he shot my 220. I felt loose, shot loose and didn't like wwb hardball at the end of the stock mag. While that could be the mag the fact that I couldn't hit a 4 inch target 50% of the time with it at 25 yards is what scared me off. I it just felt cheap. Last time I took a chance on a bargain gun it was a disaster(polymer witness 40) so I bought a springer and have been pleased thus far. My only complaint would be the small selection of grip safety's available. Overall its definitly worth 50 more bucks to buy a springfield.
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  16. StrikeEagle

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    Unless you're a real .45 aficionado, I think you'd do well to avoid the ultra-small .45's. They can be a real pain in the neck.

    IMO, you'll be happier with a stainless Commander... if you're looking for something smaller than a full 5" 1911.

    StrikeEagle
  17. llama.45

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    i have a stainless 1991a1 commander that i like really well
  18. ValleyBoy

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    From my experience at the shop, they are a viable and competent firearm.
  19. southernshooter

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    My best advice is YOU GET WHAT YOU PAY FOR. That is why I will never own another HI POINT their carbine gave me nuthin but problems :mad:
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    A good friend of mine is a Drug Interdiction Officer here in Texas and he uses an RIA as his duty weapon. He has qualified with it for several years. It is stock, out of the box. He has never experienced a failure with it. I think that says a lot about the gun........at least his gun!!!
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