R.I.A. 1911 .45's

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    R.I.A. 1911 .45's

    Anyone have the Rock Island Arms pistol ???
    Tell me about yours. How well do you like it ? Did you have to put alot of work in your pistol to get it to perform flawlessly ?
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    No they both were flawless from the start about the only thing I did to them was open up the rear sight a little and paint the tip of the front one in floresent orange. They take a lickin and keep on ticken, not the prettiest pistol in the bunch but a great shooter, I have had different grips and a stainless bushing and barrel fitted on one of them but thats something I had laying around and just wanted a project to do.
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    I have one. It has NEVER had a malfunction since I have owned it. I even went to the range one day and stuffed every mixed bag of crap load randomly in it to see what would happen and it fed them all without a hiccup.

    No modifications at all. I can consistently break clay targets at 15 yds with no problem. With good ammo I can put every one in the head of a silhoutte target at 25yds.

    Full disclosure, it was broken in with about 500 rds fired before I got it on a trade from a friend. He said he had a few malfunctions in the first 200 rds.

    I don't think it really needs it, but I do plan on putting in a heavier recoil spring. The reason is, I like the feel of my dad's colt with the 18# spring. Can't explain why, I just do; something with the feel of the recoil. It's also more accurate than dad's Govt Property Colt.

    Also, the sights suck, and I would like to have a tritium front with ghost ring rear installed one day, but again, it's not necessary for function. The gun functions fine stock. I have heard that some don't, but mine does.

    1911 forum has a lot of info on RIAs too. http://forums.1911forum.com/
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    I bought one as a 'first' 1911, didn't want to spend a bunch of money trying to find out if I liked the platform. I fired a few rounds, liked the gun, but hated the smooth wood. Had my dealer replace the grips with some nice double-diamond panels, he found that the grip screw bushings are non-standard. No big deal, but kinda weird. Fired a few more rounds, and found that I couldn't deal with the micro-sights any longer. I had some inexpensive 3dot sights installed, using the same 'post' type front sight, and found that the front sight mounting cut was crooked. Couldn't tell with the itty-bitty sight it came with, but with a larger one, it was quite apparent.

    I traded it off for a Springfield.

    The dealer had the slide milled with a dovetail, and mounted a better set of sights. It's still on his shelf. It'll make someone a nice pistol.

    I put probably 500 flawless rounds through the gun. Shot to point of aim, reliable... just didn't have the features I wanted. I found that it was cheaper to get one that did than it was to change all the parts on the RIA.

    If you want a basic 1911, and you're not going to make a bunch of changes, it's a good way to go. As a base for a custom, it didn't work well for me.
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