Rock Island

Discussion in 'The 1911 Forum' started by Hawg, Jan 3, 2012.

  1. Hawg

    Hawg Well-Known Member

    Mar 23, 2011
    Got this today.



    Mag is made by ACT in Italy. It looks pretty cheesy and feels cheap. It works real nice but that bumper has got to go.


    Front and rear sights are dovetailed.


    No tool marks in here, everything is slick.


    Trigger has just barely a hair of slack, just a tad of creep but breaks clean around 3ish pounds with no over travel.

    I tried some old hardball and LRN's and it fed both slickern snot on a porcelain doorknob. It doesn't like the LRN's. They printed in a horizontal string low and right. Hardball was dead on the money. Got some 255 grain Keiths here somewhere but can't find them. Want to see how they do before I buy a new mold.
    I'm not liking the one piece full length guide rod. The grips are pretty decent. The RIA grips I've seen before didn't cover as much of the grip frame and felt really weird. These feel pretty good but I'll prolly swap them out for checkered one of these days. I generally don't like an ambi safety either but this one is pretty streamlined so I guess it can stay.
    All in all I'm very pleased with it.
  2. Caneman

    Caneman Active Member

    Oct 22, 2010
    from what i understand, for the $$$ RIA 1911 is hard to beat... my son's friend just got one for Christmas and he really likes it...

  3. gdmoody

    gdmoody Moderator Supporting Member

    Sep 7, 2007
    Athens, Georgia
    I have two or them, a .45 and a 9mm, love both of them. Both shoot a little high to the right. The 9mm is at the gunsmith right now having new sights put on.
  4. gunguy25

    gunguy25 New Member

    Dec 25, 2009
    Nice 1911 I have a RIA and love it.
  5. H-D

    H-D Active Member

    Jun 20, 2011
  6. RunningOnMT

    RunningOnMT New Member

    Nov 19, 2008
    Akron, Ohio
    Have any of you other RIA owners noticed that the feel of them in your hand is more comfortable than other 1911's? I have compared mine side by side to other 1911's and can't see a lick of difference but yet it still feels better, and I can't figure out why.

    Anyway, nice buy Hawg. I know you'll enjoy that piece. I notice the FSB on yours is dovetailed. I wish mine was.
  7. Hawg

    Hawg Well-Known Member

    Mar 23, 2011
    Probably because the cast frame is a little heavier than forged.
  8. Insulation Tim

    Insulation Tim Well-Known Member

    Oct 29, 2008
    This was my first 1911 and I had problems with it feeding properly. After I made some minor adjustments to the ramp and kept it polished....problems went away.

    The mag was crap and fell apart in a month or less. By some Chip McCormacks.
  9. Hawg

    Hawg Well-Known Member

    Mar 23, 2011
    Mine feeds anything except empty cases.
  10. Helix_FR

    Helix_FR Active Member

    Apr 14, 2009
    Imperial, MO
    Yeah, the mags kinda stink but thats a easy fix. Besides that they run well. Congrats
  11. RunningOnMT

    RunningOnMT New Member

    Nov 19, 2008
    Akron, Ohio
    Well finally there is someone with the same observation I had. Awhile back I mentioned on another thread that the RIA mags seemed a little "cheesy". Someone kind of took me to task for that comment, stating they were typical quality for factory OE mags. In any event, mine has worked fine, though it has a fairly thin wall.
  12. Hawg

    Hawg Well-Known Member

    Mar 23, 2011
    I got rid of the fat grips and got these but with the matte finish it's like putting lipstick on a pig. They do feel really good tho.


    Then I got these and they look good with the finish and feel pretty good too. I know my groups tightened up by getting rid of the fat wood.

  13. yetiman

    yetiman Member

    Dec 27, 2011
    Mayfield, KY
    Like the looks of the black!
  14. H-D

    H-D Active Member

    Jun 20, 2011
    those pachmayers are the best
  15. cpttango30

    cpttango30 Guest

    I stopped by the RIA booth at SHOT show. To say I am impressed with the fit and finish on these 1911's is an understatement. I was amazed at the trigger, and the action and over all function, fit, and finish of the gun. The guys at the booth were all very nice and would answer any question you had for them. Plus they make everything from the basic GI model to the high end double stack comp sights race gun. Anyone on a budget and wanting a 1911 should look no further than RIA. Heck anyone wanting a new 1911 can't go wrong with RIA 1911's
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