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    Ladies and gentlemen of WA OCDO, it is my pleasure to announce that I am now the proud owner of a Rock Island Armory compact officer's model 1911. Bought it like new in box with one magazine and 52 rounds of factory reloads.

    Any suggestions on magazine manufacturers? How about aftermarket parts? I'd like to do something with the sights on this thing.
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    Congrats!!! ive heard you should get the best mags! dont know the name, god i feel stupid,, there is an add in shotgunnews,, i still feel stupid,, he did a challange to shoot like 5000rds with no failures,, and they worked!!
    im looking for a 45 too
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    Quote Originally Posted by SayWhat View Post

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    I believe the Wilson Combat mags are the best. The follower is real nice. I'd stay away from the Chip McCormic mags.
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    SpyderTattoo wrote:
    I believe the Wilson Combat mags are the best. The follower is real nice. I'd stay away from the Chip McCormic mags.
    I've had 5 different Kimbers, all inside their supposed 1500 round break-in period (where jams were to be expected) and I've never experienced a jam in one of them. Reasoning behind this, is that I've NEVER fed a Kimber (or any other 1911) with anything but Wilson Combat mags. I throw away the 'craptory' mags and stick with the Wilsons. The model you'll be looking for is the 47-OX model. They are 7-rd mags, so you even get one extra round in capacity over the standard "Officer's size" mags. Good luck!

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    1245A Defender wrote:
    Congrats!!! ive heard you should get the best mags! dont know the name, god i feel stupid,, there is an add in shotgunnews,, i still feel stupid,, he did a challange to shoot like 5000rds with no failures,, and they worked!!
    im looking for a 45 too
    There are a bunch of these on Gunbroker.com being sold by a dealer. $365.00

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    great Youtube video on Full disassembly.... (minus the extractor)

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qyM8bbEKV98

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    Nice, been thinking of getting a RIA just for another 1911 to run around with. Love my Kimber but it's out of commission right now, needing a couple repairs.

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    Kimber's are what you show your friends.

    Glock's are what you show your enemies.


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    M1Gunr wrote:
    great Youtube video on Full disassembly.... (minus the extractor)

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qyM8bbEKV98
    Saw a similar video and had it completely disassembled within 30 minutes of getting it home.

    What's that tattoo on his hand?
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    Looks beautiful.

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    G22paddy, Good job on the RIA. Since everything is over priced, kimbers, glocks, and others it is good to see a medium priced 45. I have the RIA 45 GI type, no bells, no whistles. A solid gun. A friend of mine and I have put many rounds in the ten ring at 25 yards. I practice and shoot it one handed. The picture of mine is to the left.

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    Hogue grip that came with it:



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    M1Gunr wrote:
    great Youtube video on Full disassembly.... (minus the extractor)

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qyM8bbEKV98
    Don't follow his steps, he does things bass ackwards. His methods are poor and come from improper training and experience.

    I know I'm a bit long winded, but my series is much better. Here's part 1
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AwVfdMq_vQM


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    G22Paddy wrote:
    M1Gunr wrote:
    great Youtube video on Full disassembly.... (minus the extractor)

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qyM8bbEKV98
    Saw a similar video and had it completely disassembled within 30 minutes of getting it home.

    What's that tattoo on his hand?
    It's a gang thing. There are several offered meaning.

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    G22Paddy wrote:
    M1Gunr wrote:
    great Youtube video on Full disassembly.... (minus the extractor)

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qyM8bbEKV98
    Saw a similar video and had it completely disassembled within 30 minutes of getting it home.

    What's that tattoo on his hand?
    Lol....hawaiian ex gang members posting gun disassembling tutorials on youtube...
    3 dots in a triangle is a common sign of a blood....
    Or maybe it means something else to him? Either way, wrong people see that, he could end up hurt.


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    Poosharker wrote:
    G22Paddy wrote:
    M1Gunr wrote:
    great Youtube video on Full disassembly.... (minus the extractor)

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qyM8bbEKV98
    Saw a similar video and had it completely disassembled within 30 minutes of getting it home.

    What's that tattoo on his hand?
    Lol....hawaiian ex gang members posting gun disassembling tutorials on youtube...
    3 dots in a triangle is a common sign of a blood....
    Or maybe it means something else to him? Either way, wrong people see that, he could end up hurt.
    Yes, it's gang.

    No it's not likely Hawaiian.

    Those 3 dots are normally the SureƱos, or Sur 13. They're a Hispanic gang that originated in southern California. They use those 3 dots, XIII, X3, 13 or Sur 13 in their tagging and/or tattoos.

    I would hesitate to follow their advice on care and maintenance of a 1911 for obvious reasons.

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    G22Paddy wrote:
    Ladies and gentlemen of WA OCDO, it is my pleasure to announce that I am now the proud owner of a Rock Island Armory compact officer's model 1911. Bought it like new in box with one magazine and 52 rounds of factory reloads.

    Any suggestions on magazine manufacturers? How about aftermarket parts? I'd like to do something with the sights on this thing.
    Congrats! My Springfield 1911-A1 is my favoritest-ever gun, and I've heard great things about the RIA 1911s. I have adjustable sights on mine, which is really handy (for me, at least). If you get them, I'd suggest getting a front sight with a tritium element in it for night-time aiming.

    For aftermarket parts, I got a Hogue rubber wrap-around grip that bolts into the regular grip sockets, and it does *wonders* for keeping a steady no-slip grip without hurting your hands. I also added an ambidextrous safety selector, since I used to have two 1911s and shoot them at the same time. I've added a plastic magazine well that is held on by a long pin that replaces the one holding in the mainspring housing, so no modification of the frame was needed.
    I changed the straight mainspring housing to a curved one, which also helped the grip, and I replaced the grip safety with a beaver tail (ESSENTIAL for 1911s, as slide bite can be a REAL problem with large hands, and it helps you grip it high up on the frame for increased recoil management).
    I replaced the stock magazine release with an extended stainless steel release. It's not large enough to be hit accidentally, but it's easier to find than the regular one.

    Inside the gun, I replaced the hammer with a match-grade low-weight one and put in a 3-pound trigger pull kit (polished sear, etc.). I also replaced the stock trigger with an open-frame polymer one, but that isn't very important except for adjusting how much slop is in the trigger pull.

    Something I'd recommend if you're doing a lot of target shooting: I replaced the barrel bushing with a bushing-attachment compensator. It reduced recoil a fair amount, and made my 25-yard groups go from 5 inches to 2.5 - partly because it's a tighter fit around the barrel.

    Note: this is not how I hold the gun when shooting, to pre-empt any criticism in that area.



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    I do agree that it is of hispanic origin, you can tell by his voice, but I am sure if you seen his username "king of 808" you would realize 808 area code is in hawaii.

    However I have met a sureno and he doesn't have no 3 dot tattoo. He got that mother maria and all this other crazy crap all over his chest.

    BTW, he does have a lot of review videos om his account, so maybe he just made a mistake in the past, everyone does right?


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    Took my 1911 out yesterday, and holy crap, it has a few issues.

    Slide isn't locking open on the last shot, sometimes locking open halfway. The mag followers seem to be pushing up and past the slide stop lever. When the slide stops half way, it's because the slide stop lever is starting to come out of the frame and it's catching in the disassembly notch on the slide.

    It's also having feeding issues. Most of the time the round gets stuck on the feed ramp before even leaving the magazine.
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    Welcome to the 1911 world... Sounds like par for the course.

    Get some better mags and keep shooting it. 1911's do need a little extra care, but you'll be ok after a few hundred rounds.
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    That's the thing, this pistol now has about 300 rounds through it, and it was doing it with a Wilson Combat mag! I was told that if the mags don't come up high enough in the frame that the slide would only be catching the very top of the round and driving it into the feed ramp.

    Here's what the mags look like in the frame:


    Wilson Combat


    Original



    You can tell the followers are definitely rising high enough in the next two. The springs are fairly firm too.

    WC


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    I'm no expert but it sure seems like there's not much to grab on to for the slide stop lever. Check these out.

    WC


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    As for hanging up on the feed ramp, could it be solved by having it professionally polished?
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    Pat, I hate to say it but, this is why I got rid of my Kimber and got a Glock. These problems you're having are nothing new, but are not un-fixable. I just don't, personally, want to take the time and money to keep a 1911 running.

    3oo rounds through it isn't very much. Get 600 or 800 through it and it should smooth out. I just couldn't trust my Kimber to be reliable enough for me. And if you don't trust a gun, it shouldn't be carried. Hopefully you still have your G23 you can carry durring your break-in period with your 1911. It'll get there, just takes some time that you have to be willing to invest in it.


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    Sadly I traded the Glock for a Stoeger Cougar, some ammo and two nice leather holsters (Thanks G20IWB24/7!!). Previously made by Beretta, the equipment was shipped to Turkey to Stoeger, a subsidiary of Beretta. So it's basically a re-branded Beretta. Same quality! Very similar to the 92, but a shorter barrel and different slide. Same mags except the position of the magazine catch slot, which is easily fixed by a dremel tool and some touch up bluing to prevent rust. The one factory mag and the three modified mags have all run flawless so far for over 500 rounds. I tried wearing the 1911 around the house for a little bit and it DISAPPEARS under my hoodie, and I could get away with CC with just a t-shirt.

    I may see if someone wants to trade for a Glock 19 or a Glock 26 if it gets too frustrating, but I love the trigger on it!

    I could also use an AR of some sort. AK-47s shoot cheap ammo, which is more college student budget friendly. Anyone interested?
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