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    Cheap 1911

    If you didn't have a lot of money but, liked the 1911
    style..would you consider buying the (Rock Island Armory
    1911)?



    It's made in the Phillipines right? I know it doesn't look at all
    like the upper class 1911's.


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    You could have it bead blasted and have it dipped in a rich phosphate to give it a shiny dark black finish.

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    They're supposed to be pretty good... for the money. Obviously it doesn't have the finish of a Kimber or Colt or Springfield, but from what people are saying it'll get you into a solid 1911 for less cash.
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    Good gun, great price. Go for it.
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    why get that when for $599, you can have this:

    http://www.arcimboldeb.com/img/eventi/armi2/31.jpg

    Thats the STI spartan. The frames and slides are made by Armscor in the phillipines, the internals and barrel fitting are done by STI.....
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    RIA are some decent guns for the price. You might look for a used mil spec springfield too.

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    If I didn't have a lot of money (which I don't) and liked the 1911 (which I do), I would try a RIA 1911 (which I did). No regrets.

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    You need to look on Gunbroker...these RIAs were going for mid 400 range, they have a lot of bells and whistles for the price.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jwhite75 View Post
    You need to look on Gunbroker...these RIAs were going for mid 400 range, they have a lot of bells and whistles for the price.
    i have three of them. one park'd and two satin nickel (consecutive serials, one for the wife, one for me)

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    I'd be happy to own one of these but would check out Springfield Armory's Loaded 1911 before I pulled the trigger (pun intended)
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    Before I got laid off, I was shopping for one of their nickeled .38 Supers. They have a pretty good reputation for price vs. quality.

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    I ordered my RIA 1911 from SOG and had it shipped to a local FFL. Total cost including transfer fee and shipping was $396 (there is NO sales tax). Right now they are on back order, but SOG usually gets them in about every 2 weeks. I had to wait 11 days for mine, but it was worth the wait. What a great shooting mil-spec 1911. Here they are if you want to put your name on the list.

    https://www.southernohiogun.com/inde...arkerized.html
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    I'd be willing to give a RIA "Tactical" a try.

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    I bought one for 445.00 out the door...now I have shot about 4-500 rounds thru it and no problems until I ran winchester BEB rounds thru it. It did not like that round and fired great after I switced rounds. My wife now loves the RIA as much as I do. When we go shooting, she grabs the magazines and starts loading them with a smile on her face. Says she's shooting it first, and I'm the perfect gentleman. Plus, she is really getting to be a great shot with my .45 and her shotgun. I will be getting a SW CS9 very soon and she can have that...I'll then get my RIA back.

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    I carry a Rock Island 1911 Compact (not tactical) with Trijicon Night sights i had installed

    I love the gun, never any problems of any kind, and it shoots great

    id definitely recommend these to anyone

    Got mine through Bellshire guns on Gunbroker, paid 406 shipped
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