SA GI champion vs RIA 1911

This is a discussion on SA GI champion vs RIA 1911 within the Defensive Carry Guns forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; I ended up getting the RIA. I went out today and got a usable holster (galco cop), two 8-round Wilson combat 47DE mags, and a ...

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    I ended up getting the RIA. I went out today and got a usable holster (galco cop), two 8-round Wilson combat 47DE mags, and a few boxes of various JHP's and a whole bunch of 230gr FMJ's. Going to see which JHP's feed the best, just waiting for the snow to defrost

    Feels and points great. The trigger is pretty nice too. All in all not to bad, we'll see how the range goes.

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    Great pic up! hope you enjoy it!!! make sure you give us a full range report.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JD View Post
    One thing that bothers me is that if I have a problem with Springfield, I go to their website, get the number and call them. With RIA it seems most people deal with the "North American Service Rep" on a 1911 forum....WTH is that about? It's a minor qualm as most people say that they've been taken care of when they needed service, but it just bothers me.
    Because RIA is built by Armscor in the Phillipines, so their service is done by a North American service center as opposed to trying to mail the guns back to the Phillipines.

    I've actually heard they have outstanding customer service as far as repairs and modifications to RIA/Charles Daly/Citadel/etc. guns.

    This one's a tossup, I think, but I'd probably go for the Springfield. It'll hold its value a bit longer, and the forged frame and slide are better starting ground for modifications later.

    The RIAs shoot great and are generally very reliable range, carry, or truck guns, but the Springfield probably has a slight edge.
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