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    Looking for feedback on RIA compact 1911

    Shopping and researching for a Rock Island Armory compact 1911.
    If anyone out there can add info to help me in this search,please jump in!!
    Always wanted a 1911 but need compact.I am not a big guy for one so I
    figured a compact would be a great truck gun and double as ccw also.Prices
    have been between $450.00-$500.00 NIB.

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    Back when I bought mine about 2.5 yrs ago It was 369.00 + shipping+ transfer fee so it came out to around $410.00,It shoots dead on out to 25 yards and will eat anything I feed it including lead reloads.They are steel framed so they aren't as light as other options,but I would trust mine with my life
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    Thanks so much for your opinion,I have the Taurus Pt 111 milpro 9mm
    as my ccw now and love it.I never carried cocked and locked so to speak
    as you do with a 1911.Takes some getting used to? I chose the .45 for it's stopping power without a doubt will get the job done.

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    You'll love it, mine is about 3 years old, If you have problems you'll love the customer service even more. They are great folks and fit it right the first time.
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    RIA..................why would you want a gun with cast parts because it's cheap in price ?....Slide and Frame are cast parts, not machined out of a solid billet and have inclusions within the finish that can be seen under a glass. Prone to cracking later on IMO.
    1911 yes..................RIA, Nah.

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    I know you're looking for the RIA brand, but you may also do well to check out the compact Springfield GI models if you haven't already. Similar prices and I can say that my full-size model is excellent. Just something to ponder.

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    I don't have the compact, but picked up a full size version a number of years ago, only real problems I've had with it were mag related and easily corrected.

    It's accurate even with the teeny tiny gi style sights.

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    Quote Originally Posted by xXxplosive View Post
    RIA..................why would you want a gun with cast parts because it's cheap in price ?....Slide and Frame are cast parts, not machined out of a solid billet and have inclusions within the finish that can be seen under a glass. Prone to cracking later on IMO.
    1911 yes..................RIA, Nah.
    Site your source, I have 2 with over 10,000 rounds No cracks, No breakage, Oh I take that back, I had to have a firing pin spring replaced, The frame is cast, the slide is extruded, Same as the Springer.
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    Quote Originally Posted by doctruptwn View Post
    Site your source, I have 2 with over 10,000 rounds No cracks, No breakage, Oh I take that back, I had to have a firing pin spring replaced, The frame is cast, the slide is extruded, Same as the Springer.
    Exactly, RIA parent company Armscor/Twin Pines makes frames for STI and some other 1911 makers. Armscor is also the source of pistols for STI's Spartan pistols and Charles Daly as well as Auto Ordance 1911 style pistols. Armscor is an ISO 9001 certified compliant company which manufactures weapons using the latest CNC equipment and has an ultra modern plant on par with any US maker.

    Always amazes me when people who have never even shot one think they know enough to comment on the quality of a gun. If you don't have first hand personal experience with a gun your comments carry no weight and is just hearsay repeating back some thing you heard somewhere. I own 6 1911's including Colt's, Kimbers, Dan Wessons, Para's and RIA and the RIA is as good a shooter as any I have owned. Solid no nonesense 1911 platform.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bikerboy View Post
    Shopping and researching for a Rock Island Armory compact 1911.
    If anyone out there can add info to help me in this search,please jump in!!
    Always wanted a 1911 but need compact.I am not a big guy for one so I
    figured a compact would be a great truck gun and double as ccw also.Prices
    have been between $450.00-$500.00 NIB.
    From everything that I have heard the RIA's are quality 1911's. However if you are just looking to step up in caliber you may also want to check out a PT145 Pro since you already have a 111 and like it. I EDC the 145 and love it.
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    I was looking at the RIA tactical for around $500. I ended up getting the Springfield loaded for $800. If I didnt happen to have the extra 300 I would've been all over the RIA. I've heard nothing but good things about their products and customer service.

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    I own seven 1911's all together...one being a RIA and one being a Charles Daly...They are both great firearms. The only draw back of the firearm you are discussing is the weight, as it is steel...other 'micro' 1911's are lighter. I mention this b/c you said you weren't a big person...and that pistol is not light...but with the right belt and holster, you shouldn't have a problem...If you haven't handled one I would recommend before buying, just for that reason...and if you do purchase, I would recommend switching to a quality mag like wilson combat's. Most malfunctions in 1911's are magazine related.
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    Hey snowdoctor,
    thanks for the info.I am 5'9 165, so not small but avg.
    I handled both pistols today.My local shop has a CD M5
    compact ,nice real small for $535.00 blue.He also has a
    RIA compact for $495.00.The all steel was a little bit heavy,
    not bad but felt strong compared to poly frame Daly,felt weak.
    I figure in a good holster like u said,possibly shoulder rig would b
    great or w/good belt and good owb would be fine also.I have
    heard so many good things so far of the RIA,I'm liking it more.

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    I have had 2 full size RIA Tacticals. The first one was perfect, 100% reliable, and accurate. The second one had some problems. Misfitted safety that would cut you, unfinished slide stop that didn't function, and a rough breech face. The smith at the shop fixed all that, and it works perfectly as well now. Good, but not pretty guns IMHO.
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    Quote Originally Posted by doctruptwn View Post
    The frame is cast, the slide is extruded, Same as the Springer.
    Who says the Springfield's are extruded and not forged?
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