The RIA Compact and the Mid size (commander) break down differently. The mid size is exactly like a fullsize 1911, the compact uses the paperclip.I have acompact RIA It eats everything I feed it and the takedown is similar to full size pistols except the recoild spring guide rod has a hole in it that with the slide locked open you insert a bent paper clip in the hole as you let the slide close against it so you can remove the guide rod,spring, and the barrel
I allready had a Commander,7 round in mag,tonight I was at gun store,looking at 2 combat commanders,both used,bot lookeds just alike,but 1 was a lightweight commander,I had both guns holding them comparing them,when a guy walked up looking also.The lighjt weight model,you could really feel the difference in the weight, he wanted to buy it if I wasent going to,I gave it to him..he bought it,I prefered the heavier standard model,and I bought it, both guns looked just alike,same price,just weight difference...The p[oint is I didnt know they made a lightweight model?/dont know what the thing was made of to make it so light??oh yeah,the light weight one held 7 in mag, mine holds 8, but my regular Commander holds only 7,but my gold cup trophy Colt holds 8 in mag also.By no means am I demeaning the Kimber Ultra CDP II --- I love mine but when I qualified for my CC permit I used the pistol and after about 100 rounds, the guide rod broke during a rapid fire drill. (The pistol now has several thousand rounds through it with no further hiccups).
Thankfully, I brought along my Colt, Lightweight Commander and finished the qualification with not another problem!!! I carry either pistol with equal confidence!
Actually, the Lightweight is the standard model, it was introduced in 1949 as the "Commander Model" the all steel "Combat Commander" was introduced in 1970. The alloy framed pistol wasn't ever called the "Lightweight Commander" until a number of years after the Combat Commander had been released. The magazine capacity is strictly a magazine issue, and not a pistol issue. All Governments and Commanders took seven round magazines for years and years, then a guy by the name of Charles Kelsey (Devel magazines) came along and designed a magazine that accepted 8, and people have been messing with the mags ever since. :wink:The p[oint is I didnt know they made a lightweight model?/dont know what the thing was made of to make it so light??oh yeah,the light weight one held 7 in mag, mine holds 8, but my regular Commander holds only 7,but my gold cup trophy Colt holds 8 in mag also.