That's my ultimate choice (I love them) .... been looking at them for years. Best price I could get is $825 though, they're impossible to find used, and at $425 OTD, the RIA Tactical looks like a far better choice right now. Shoot a thousand rounds or so and evaluate the trigger ... the ones I handled (3 or 4) had VERY, VERY good triggers out of the box. They;ve supposedly been working VERY hard on their out of the box triggers because people were complaining, and it seems to have paid off.
I also looked at the STI Spartan in 9MM, but nobody has them in stock and I'd like to see one in person first. Don't think I'd buy a Taurus, even though they seem to shoot OK.
Thanks for the INFO ! Nice stable ya got there.
PS .... I just noticed !! You have a Range Officer .... you dawg !! I LOVE THEM. Been looking for one for months. I also have a GSG 1911 with the black grips ... awesome 1911-22 ... not as accurate as my MKII's but more fun to shoot. I use it a lot for informal steel shoots at the club. EVERYBODY wants to shoot it when I take it to the range. Of course I let them.
Thanks! I'm glad to hear that RIA has got their triggers straightened out. They are a lot of gun for the money. That is probably what I should have bought instead of the ATI GI Commander. Actually, it's a heck of a gun for $375, but it definitely needs a trigger job and the ejection port lowered so it doesn't ding up my brass.
My Taurus's have been good guns, but their customer service leaves a lot to be desired. Their work is fine, but they are SUPER slow!
You're right about the GSG - it's about as fun as it gets. The Range Officer is even better than I hoped it would be. If I still had the eyes for it, I would use it for bullseye competition. It's that accurate. With my aging eyes, 10 yards is about my limit for precision shooting. I need glasses to focus on the front sight and beyond 10 yards the bullseye is waaaay too fuzzy, at least on the indoor range with poor lighting. I loaded up some Berry's 200 Gr plated SWC's over 6.2 gr of Power Pistol and tried them from the bench at 10 yards. When I brought the target back it looked like there were only 2 holes in it. The second hole was slightly low and left by about a quarter of an inch. It was a flier!
I was really excited about getting the SR1911. After waiting 5 months for it to come, the excitement has dimmed. I've had it for 3 days and haven't shot it yet. That's a record for me. In fairness, it is a nice gun though.