This is a discussion on Rock Island Armory 1911-A1 Tactical .45 within the Defensive Carry Guns forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; Thoughts?...
RIA makes some fine bare bones 1911's that just work.
Excellent firearm. I plan on owning the Tactical 2-tone within the next two months (birthday present to me:) )
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One loves to possess arms, though they hope never to have occasion for them.
So I should 'pull the trigger'? (Pun intended)
One last question, do they make good carry guns or are they a big too large? Minnesota is a carry state, so concealed isn't an issue although I prefer to cover it up.
Good point... price is sure not a deterrent.
So if this is a no frills 1911, what would I be missing out on?
Just contacted my FFL, turns out he has one on hand... must be meant to be.
I recall you have listed about four weapons in two days you are considering, and I think you should try to get your hands on a few, whether they be friends, rentals etc to try them out and see how you like them before you pull the trigger. If that is at all possible.
Yeah, all 1911 style... I've held them all, but unfortunately there's no where around here that rents guns so I can't shoot any of them.
My FFL guy has 3 of these Rock Island Armory 1911's so maybe he'll let me fire one before buying the one he has.
Metallurgy. High-end 1911s will have forged slides and frames and stainless or tool steel small parts. Budget 1911s like RIAs are extruded slides, cast frames, and MIM small parts.
Fit. High-end will be hand fitted, with fire control parts mated and polished. RIAs and the like will generally be factory built and assembles, without the fine fitting. This will generally mean a less refined gun overall, with looser tolerances, and a rougher trigger.
Finish. High-end will generally be Stainless, Hard Chrome, Blued, or designer bake-on or treated finishes like NP3, Cerakote, IonBond, etc. RIAs are usually a parkerized finish (though some are Duracoat), which is not necessarily pretty, but when used right is a very robust and corrosion-resistant finish. RIA does have some nickel and two-tone models as well.
Extras. Many companies are adding things like accessory rails, bobtail frames, etc. RIAs and other "budget" 1911s will generally not have these (though RIA did announce a railed 1911 at SHOT this year). Many of the more expensive brands will have night sights at least as an option. They are not standard on RIAs, though with a little work, they can be added later. Same for grips. RIA has plain wood grips vs rosewood, walnut, G10, etc.
There are plenty of middle-of-the-road 1911s that will mix the various levels of fit and finish (i.e. Springfield, S&W, Kimber, etc.)
For a first 1911, I wouldn't hesitate to get an RIA, especially if you plan on trying your hand at home gunsmithing. I'd much rather risk butchering a $400 gun than a $1000 one. And even if you don't, you will have a good, reliable gun to hold you over and let you figure out what you want in a 1911 before dropping wads of cash.
I meant the price of the RIA isn't a turn off, not that I want to spend more :)
I'll stop by there on my way home, I used him as an FFL for my XDM a while back and he's a good guy to talk to / ex sheriff, gun enthusiast, pro carry, etc. Been meaning to stop by and shoot the breeze with him again anyway.
I can only assume (and I hate doing that) but a holster for a 1911 is a holster for any 1911, right?