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    Just picked up this beauty recently. It took me over a year to find the right 1911. At less than $500, with a trigger pull that's 100 times better than a Taurus, I couldn't be more satisfied. Hundreds of rounds so far without any failures. I'll be cycling JHPs soon to see what I'll be able to get away with. If anyone wants to get their first, or 5th, or 100th 1911, but doesn't want to spend thousands of dollars, find a Rock Island Armory and never look back.



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    I too have a RIA 1911 that I am quite fond of. I have found it to be very reliable despite the low price.
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    Ive never seen a RIA that wasnt black with tan wooden grips before... What model is that?

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    DreQo wrote:
    Just picked up this beauty recently.* It took me over a year to find the right 1911.* At less than $500, with a trigger pull that's 100 times better than a Taurus, I couldn't be more satisfied.* Hundreds of rounds so far without any failures.* I'll be cycling JHPs soon to see what I'll be able to get away with.* If anyone wants to get their first, or 5th, or 100th 1911, but doesn't want to spend thousands of dollars, find a Rock Island Armory and never look back.

    Did mention I want one of those not-bi-tone-but-accented nickel Rocks?

    OMG so ******* sexy.

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    KY Soldier wrote:
    Ive never seen a RIA that wasnt black with tan wooden grips before...* What model is that?
    It's a Tactical in Nickel.

    Edit: When did they start using arched mainspring housings? I prefer flat.

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    Gracias

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    Yours is like the inverse of mine:


    (The stainless parts didn't come out so well in the light I had... oh well.)

    Except I'm also using a park'ed grip safety. I actually own a stainless Ed Brown grip safety which I prefer the ergonomics of, but it doesn't stop the rearward travel of the trigger and thus, in my gun, would have to be matched to a trigger with a stop screw (which I don't wish to use). I've also never even considered a stainless mag release; maybe I should?

    I wonder, if I had both of them, would that make for a good dual-OC setup? Would it be better if I put white bone grips on the park'ed one?

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    This is my RIA, there are many like it, but this one is MINE!!! How you see it, is how I carry it, loaded, cocked and locked.


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    WOOT WOOT.....RIA 1911's look nice
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    The grips and main spring housing are aftermarket. A flat main spring housing digs into my palm, since my hand is wider than the grip is long. At least the stock one did.

    Like someone else said, this is simply their tactical model in nickel.

    Marshaul, I'm very seriously considering a second 1911 with inverse finishing as a partner to this one. Not sure it she'll be full sized or compact, though.

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    sweet, I'm thinking about getting a compact RIA for oc,
    looks nice.

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    DreQo wrote:
    Marshaul, I'm very seriously considering a second 1911 with inverse finishing as a partner to this one. Not sure it she'll be full sized or compact, though.
    This has become a very excellent idea over the last couple days. I believe I have selected my next handgun purchase!

    RIA sure does get lucky with the repeat buyers.

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    my next 1911 is going to be a RIA; i know a bunch of guys who own them, and i've been able to shoot a few of them. it's crazy how nice they are, and how great they shoot, for so little money. now that they have a SS model, i'm sold on them. just to let you know, everyone i know that carries one says they cycle JHPs just fine.
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    im getting a dan wesson bobtail for 650$ and a colt series 70 fro 450$ i know lucky me

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    marrero jeff wrote:
    im getting a dan wesson bobtail for 650$ and a colt series 70 fro 450$ i know lucky me
    did the series 70 deal happen today?
    OH NO!!! I cant seem to think of anything "funny" and/or "wise" to put in my forum signature...NOOOOOOOOOO!!!!! lol

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    marrero jeff wrote:
    im getting a dan wesson bobtail for 650$
    Where are you getting this? Mine cost considerably more.

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    buster81 wrote:
    marrero jeff wrote:
    im getting a dan wesson bobtail for 650$
    Where are you getting this? Mine cost considerably more.
    Used.

    Same for the Colt.

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    technically used, both were safe queens. less than 100 rounds through each gun. and yes i got the series 70, no chance to shoot it yet though

    i'll add one of the dan wesson once i get it.

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    marrero jeff wrote:
    technically used, both were safe queens. less than 100 rounds through each gun. and yes i got the series 70, no chance to shoot it yet though
    pics?
    OH NO!!! I cant seem to think of anything "funny" and/or "wise" to put in my forum signature...NOOOOOOOOOO!!!!! lol

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    marrero jeff wrote:
    technically used, both were safe queens. less than 100 rounds through each gun. and yes i got the series 70, no chance to shoot it yet though
    That sounds like a good deal. I really enjoy my CBOB.

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    ItTakesAWolf wrote:
    marrero jeff wrote:
    technically used, both were safe queens. less than 100 rounds through each gun. and yes i got the series 70, no chance to shoot it yet though
    pics?
    +1

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    i certainly hope i do. its a great looking gun, i love the more modern 1911s. the best part is im not even 21 yet god i love louisiana.

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    marrero jeff wrote:
    im getting a dan wesson bobtail for 650$ and a colt series 70 fro 450$ i know lucky me
    What fool did you find?

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    one who hates his ex wife (she gave him the pistols) and wants to clear out his gun safe. i'm more than happy to oblige him

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    marrero jeff wrote:
    one who hates his ex wife (she gave him the pistols) and wants to clear out his gun safe. i'm more than happy to oblige him
    Most, even used, CBobs are worth $1k in the current market.....I understand wanting to get rid of something, but it would still disappear for anywhere near $1k before he could blink. Oh well. Some people just don't know what they have.

    Enjoy.

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