Poll - Rock Island 1911s

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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

    roboman New Member

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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.
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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

    hank_612 New Member

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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

    hank_612 New Member

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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.
    Last edited: Jan 27, 2005
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