rock island 1911

Discussion in 'The 1911 Forum' started by remington1990, Jan 27, 2011.

  1. remington1990

    remington1990 New Member

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    How is rock island 1911s I never heard of them I know they are cheaper then the Other I think them are around 350 or so but I like the taurus 1911s to I know the are around 450 and up so I am think on just saving up and getting a taurus one day
  2. gendoikari87

    gendoikari87 Former Guest

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    my dads a big 1911 fan and got rid of his rock island when he got me my Ruger Mark III.
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    If you're looking for an inexpensive but very good milspec 1911, you can't go wrong. I wouldn't trade mine for a Colt. Mine has fired everything I have put in it without any major issues. It isn't picky about ammo or cleanliness.

    Good bang for the buck.
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    I agree with .45nut, The rocks are fantastic, so are the taurus' for that matter. In fact the only 1911s that really arent up to snuff is the llamas, but even they are somewhat reliable and can be made into fine shooters with a little smithin...
  5. remington1990

    remington1990 New Member

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    I am just wanting one to shoot here and there I really wish I could aford a colt 1911 but that's way out of my price range right now
  6. gendoikari87

    gendoikari87 Former Guest

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    well rocks aren't the best but they are good. I mean you can't really go wrong with the 1911 design. It's the Ak of the pistol world.
  7. hogger129

    hogger129 Active Member

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    I had one awhile back. Only reason I sold it was because I wanted something with some more bells & whistles on it. They are good pistols. The one I had functioned flawlessly no matter what I fed it. Great gun too if you want to do a customized build.
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  8. remington1990

    remington1990 New Member

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    Who carry rock island I seen them on BrandX but no where else
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    If you want to purchase one and leave it in org form, they're ok. If you want to customize one, good luck. I have done 3 and that's enough. Veery much out from mil spec.
  10. gendoikari87

    gendoikari87 Former Guest

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    well if you want one with lots of bells and whistles I hear the 1911PD is good, nutnfancy has a good review of it. I particularily like the underside rail for mounting lights and lasers... or laser/light combos... does anyone make one of those?
  11. LDBennett

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    Rock Island is a Philippines made gun by Armscor. It is well made. I have owned three Taurus guns, one Beretta 92 clone, a Winchester Model 63 22LR semi auto rifle clone and a Colt Lightning 45LC pump rifle clone. Both rifles were very problematical and will deter me from buying anything from Taurus ever again. I would not buy their 1911, for sure, based on my bad experience with those two rifles.

    I have a Rock Island that I bought to just get the frame (only way to do it in California). I wanted a base for my Marvel 22LR Conversion Unit No. 1. My son-in-law also bought one at the same time just to have a 45ACP 1911. His had extraction problems initially but an adjustment by me of the extractor fixed that. His shoots as good as most 1911's.

    I replaced all the internals with 1911 drop-in after market parts. Everything fit except the safety which I had to fit. The result was a good frame with a good trigger for use with the Marvel. I then took the slide and barrel (45ACP) and made a clone of a 1950's Bullseye Match pistol. I fitted a Group Gripper and a tight bushing along with a Bomar full length rib. This version shoot great and is more accurate than I ever expected it to be. In fact its accuracy with the original barrel is excellent.

    LDBennett
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    Are the GSG 1911's made of steel like the Rock Island or some other metal???

    I honestly don't know but if it is not steel then it is not of the same durability as the RI's (????).

    Anyone know?

    LDBennett
  14. gdmoody

    gdmoody Moderator Supporting Member

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    I have two Rock Island 1911s, one in 9mm and the other in .45 and I also have a Taurus. The only problem I have with the RIA is that they both shoot high and that can be fixed. The 9mm in at the gunsmiths now having new sights being put on. The Taurus is an excellent gun and is the best shooting 1911 that I have and I have 5 of them.

    Centirefire systems has Rock Islands for a fair price, you can buy one at Centerfire and have it shipped to your local gun shop and just pay them a transfer fee. http://www.centerfiresystems.com/1911.aspx
  15. dragman

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    Just my 0.02 The RIA 1911 is better than the Taurus! I have shot and owned both of them so I should know.
  16. remington1990

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    I won't be shoot it a lot I ain't very good with a pistol so I am wanting one that I could practice with and I always wanted a 1911
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  17. gdmoody

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    In your opinion, what makes the RIA better than the Taurus?
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    after handling them both I was at a 50/50 draw, but the trigger out of the box was much nicer on my RIA! the taurus wasn't bad but that darned RIA was almost as nice as some of my colts and kimbers. It was also more accurate "probably cuz of the trigger" I was holding baseball groups at 25 yards which is really good for me. Taurus just wasn't giving me as good. and the fact the RIA is cheaper is just a bonus.
  19. JLA

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    Thems fightin words! I believe you have confused the 1911 for a glock... 1911s are elegant and classy platforms for delivering 230 gr projectiles. kinda like fine china, you dont serve T bones on dixie ware...

    glocks are the AK of the pistol world, kinda like the cheap tupperware you eat leftover macaroni from...
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    trust me, once you own a 1911 you will shoot it as much as your wallet will allow you too...
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