Rock Island Armory 1911s

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    Rock Island Armory 1911s

    Looking to pick up a Rock Island GI 1911 as a "shooter". Nothing fancy. Any thoughts for those who might own one? Worth the very low price for a 1911? I have a great 1911 IWB holster and would like to give carrying a 5"/full size 1911 a try just for the heck of it. If it prints or shows? Who cares? I'm in Arizona!

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    1911's are very nice weapons!

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    Does it come with a steel-pot helmet? If so, I'm game!
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    Have a RockIsland 1911,5". Have put about 3000 rounds through it. the only failures have been an occcasional ftf on Wolf steel case ammo. Wolf isn't recommended anyway. Very pleased with overall performance
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    Good shooter , reasonable price

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hiram25 View Post
    1911's are very nice weapons!
    Uh...thanks... My Kimbers tell me the same thing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by targus View Post
    Uh...thanks... My Kimbers tell me the same thing.
    How do the Kimbers know? Did they hear it from a Springfield?

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    I have had a RI 1911 now for 1 year and close to 1000 rounds. It is the commander with 3 1/2" barrel and this thing is accurate...even out to 50+ yards. It is my everyday carry...and as far as the finish...well it is just like the Marine Corps GI issue .45 that had wear marks. I do love this weapon.

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    I just shot a mag of it from a guy that let me shoot it. Seams to be a great shooter with little kick of the .45.
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    I don't own one, but thought about picking one up so I read up on them pretty thoroughly. What it really boils down to is they're an accurate, reliable fine shooting pistol. But their finish is "ugly as ****". Which is fine, because you're not paying for a pretty finish but a solid well performing pistol.

    I'd say they seem like a good entry into the 1911 world, I'd be surprised if you were disappointed by your choice to grab one up.

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    I wish I had bought one to "build on" five or six years ago when they could be had for under $300

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    I bought a 5" nickel plated RI last year and it was a great 1911...I was amazed at how accurate it was. They are well worth the money.

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    Quote Originally Posted by southarkrob View Post
    I bought a 5" nickel plated RI last year and it was a great 1911...I was amazed at how accurate it was. They are well worth the money.
    Was? Did you get rid of it? If so, why?

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    The Rock Island 45 reminds me of the 1911 A1 I carried many years ago in a different place.

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    just a thought

    spend just a little more and get a springfield armory mil spec instead. better metallurgy and fit and finish. we're not talking about much more at all.

    but you can't go wrong with RIA as a back stop.
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