Well this happened yesterday

Well this happened yesterday

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    Well this happened yesterday

    I was at the range yesterday testing my RIA 1911 after having a new thumb safety installed (after that MIM part failed). Everything was fine for the first seventeen rounds, and then I felt something land in the webbing of my hand by the beavertail. I just thought it was brass, but then on closer inspection, it was the hammer! The dang thing snapped right off.

    I called customer service right at the range, and they were very helpful and apologetic since I have only had this since Christmas with fewer than 500 rounds through it. The whole call didn't even last five minutes. They offered to send me the part because of a larger than usual backlog from getting shut down for an ATF audit, but I really didn't feel like dealing with it. I got home, printed out the return label they sent me, and dropped it off at FedEx shortly after.

    This is the second major breakdown of this gun, but things have been made right both times. I still consider the gun a great deal for the money, but I'm not sure if I will get a second Rock.

    Also, this isn't MIM bashing. If it's done right, I think it's great, but if not....well.
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    Interesting. At first blush it looks case-hardened, but that never goes deeper than ten thou or so. I'd love to examine the failed pieces.

    Now RIA needs to run a manufacturing audit!
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    Wow that's pretty bad.
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    If truly a 1911 design, then it sounds like a good time to install a toughened hammer (assuming the RIA will accept it).

    Bummer, on the parts failures. These sorts of things are one of the reasons I dislike doing anything less than 1000rds on my carry guns, initially. Not that that'll catch everything, of course. You never know.
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    In my ezperience, the custom 1911's have always been problematic to some extent. Atleast the company stands by its workmanship and takes care of their customer.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ccw9mm View Post
    If truly a 1911 design, then it sounds like a good time to install a toughened hammer (assuming the RIA will accept it).

    Bummer, on the parts failures. These sorts of things are one of the reasons I dislike doing anything less than 1000rds on my carry guns, initially. Not that that'll catch everything, of course. You never know.
    It is a series 70 1911 design. I thought about ordering a Wilson hammer since I like their thumb safety I had installed after the failure of the stock one, but the hammer wasn't in my original plan of tweaks and upgrades when I bought the gun, so I sent it to Armscor in Nevada.

    I was just going to swap it out for my G19 as my carry piece and leave if it got through a magazine without trouble, but decided to stay and have some fun. I'm glad I did.

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    Unfortunately....MIM parts are prone to breakage and RIA slides and frames are cast not machined steel which means under close inspection of a glass you can see the pock marks and any defects in the metal......why do ya think a Colt is +$900.00 and these other 1911 models are so cheap....You get what you pay for.
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    Well I have heard that their customer service is top notch and as you realized when buying it, it is less expensive for a reason. The only real negative I have heard regarding them was in fact the metal quality. As long as the rest holds up I am sure it will make a great range gun.

    As I planned on carrying the 1911 I bought I went with a Colt for the reasons given by xXxplosive.
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    Did you try to put the hammer back on with duct tape? Super Glue? If those didn't work then your call to RIA was definitrly justified.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GH View Post
    Did you try to put the hammer back on with duct tape? Super Glue? If those didn't work then your call to RIA was definitrly justified.
    All I had was gaffers tape.
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    ...not dissing your economy-priced 1911, but I think you're worth the best quality firearm made...so is your family...bite the bullet and buy proven quality and divide the cost by how many years you live...the best is still cheap...
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    Best service dept. means nothing if the gun is literally falling apart.......sounds like a potential bomb in your hand while shooting it.....these guns I refer to as "Replicas"...simply because they're made cheap and sold cheap......NG.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tubadude View Post
    All I had was gaffers tape.
    If gaffers tape wont hold, nothing will
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    I'm thinking the Hammer was "Married" to the gun...and lost it's will to live
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    Quote Originally Posted by dukalmighty View Post
    I'm thinking the Hammer was "Married" to the gun...and lost it's will to live
    Well the slide just kept pushing it around.
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