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PostPosted: Tue Jul 28, 2020 11:49 am 
Hawkeye

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I have been looking for an inexpensive, yet reliable 1911 45acp for a little while now.
This would be a plinker, truck gun that might get knocked around a bit. That being said, I saw an RIA base model at a local store. Price was $389+tax. My brother owns an upper level RIA and it has been pretty reliable for him.

Just curious......any ideas?

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PostPosted: Tue Jul 28, 2020 12:59 pm 
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RIA was my first thought when I saw your price range, I've got a 22 TCM from them and they look like the higher priced others that I own, so far it has worked great.

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PostPosted: Tue Jul 28, 2020 4:14 pm 
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Dave, I would also go with an RIA. I have one that is the plain jane GI model and it is one of the tightest .45's I've seen. Shoots great, no rattles and upgradeable to whatever extent you want (or not). It does have the stake on front sight but you can go up one step for not a lot more to get a dovetail front sight.

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PostPosted: Tue Jul 28, 2020 4:30 pm 
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+1 on the RIA ....... have had a 9mm for years with absolutely no problems.
(Well, there has been one small on-going problem ..... my son seems to think it’s better off kept at his house) :roll:


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PostPosted: Tue Jul 28, 2020 4:53 pm 
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Thanks for the affirmation regarding the RIA. :D I shall attempt to locate another as the one I was looking at was sold........ :(

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PostPosted: Tue Jul 28, 2020 6:29 pm 
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RoninPA wrote:
Dave, I would also go with an RIA. I have one that is the plain jane GI model and it is one of the tightest .45's I've seen. Shoots great, no rattles and upgradeable to whatever extent you want (or not). It does have the stake on front sight but you can go up one step for not a lot more to get a dovetail front sight.


Dave, I'd also agree with this 100%. These Rock Island pistols are reliable as all get out, and you'll smile every time you pull the trigger when you think of what a great buy you made on one.

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PostPosted: Wed Jul 29, 2020 6:46 pm 
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I went back to the store today. They got 3 in so I picked one up. Well, I have to wait a week or so due to the Washington state ridiculous laws to take possession. I handled it and partially disassembled it to the dismay of the clerk. I seems like a well made pistol. Nice and tight with a crisp trigger pull. I may add a few personal touches, grips etc. $422.73 OTD.

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PostPosted: Wed Jul 29, 2020 7:20 pm 
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Are these RI's today domestic or imports? I have one, 45 ACP, rather a full house gun with solid guide rod, adj. 3 dot target sights, ext slide release and safety, adj trigger, beaver tail and skeleton hammer, with a matte finish. Under front of frame it is stamped API PAHRUMP NV over TWIN PINES PHILS. I assume this is the importer and distributor. Have no history and so far, seems a very serviceable piece.

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PostPosted: Wed Jul 29, 2020 7:29 pm 
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The RIA’s are made in the Philippines. So, yes, an import. So is my Belgian Browning HiPower. Like I said, seems to be a well made basic GI 1911.

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PostPosted: Wed Jul 29, 2020 7:43 pm 
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THANK YOU.........HAD TO ADD IT TO THE STABLE.......AT THIS AGE, I DON'T WANT TO MISS ANYTHING 8)

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 05, 2020 3:09 pm 
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RIAs would be what I would also suggest if you want a new pistol. Several years ago a friend bet me a nice steak dinner I could not find any Colt 1911 I would want to own in a gun store for less than $500. This took me to many gun stores I had not been in before and several I am not ever going to go back to again. Anyway in one I did find a 1991 Colt Commander for less than $500. It had some "interesting" naked lady grips I sold to a kid in the gun store for $30 and a SS FLGR I sold to a friend for another $30. I did replace the recoil and firing pin spring and replaced the arched non metallic MSH with a Colt flat non metallic MSH. The grips are from the old Ajax Co. Still have less than $500 in it.

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Was going to flip it but it shoots great so I have held onto it.

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PostPosted: Sun Aug 09, 2020 9:40 pm 
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Springfield has a Mil-Spec 1911 called the “Defend Your Legacy Series.” It has an MSRP of $549. It should have an OTD price of about $475-$500.

https://www.springfield-armory.com/1911 ... p-handgun/


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PostPosted: Thu Aug 13, 2020 3:59 pm 
Hawkeye

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Update! I took this $389 1911 to the range today. WAYNO and I both shot it. We only shot 50 rounds through it, but it performed flawlessly with ball ammo. It is reliable and with practice will be very accurate.

I am impressed with this entry level pistol. Well done RIA!

Dave

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PostPosted: Thu Aug 13, 2020 4:50 pm 
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I have been very impressed with the TISAS 1911 pistols imported by SDS, the guns are manufactured in Turkey and the quality fit and finish exceeded what I expected...the RIA guns are excellent values too.

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PostPosted: Fri Aug 28, 2020 5:14 pm 
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I am a snob, and normally I would not have given a RIA 1911 a second glance.

But, I've shot Dave's new RIA 1911 on two separate occasions.

First, the fit, the finish, the overall handsomeness... I am absolutely impressed with this pistol. Who'da thunk such a pistol could be offered for such a price?

And the accuracy? I shot it every bit as well as my two Ruger 1911's today.


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