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drewman
04-30-2011, 6:58 AM
I am looking for an inexpensive 1911.
Would like suggestions from you fellow Calgunners.

I have read a lot good things about RIA and that they are
made on Colt machinery.

Right now I have a Kimber Custom II and simply love it.
I am just looking for a beater and something that I would not
worry about.

Any recommendations are most welcomed.

Also, any vendors that you may recommend.

Thank you in advance.
Drew

glockmeister
04-30-2011, 7:09 AM
RIA tactical. Best bang for your buck. Good 1911 for a beater. Try to find a used one and save even more.

Darklyte27
04-30-2011, 7:20 AM
http://www.calguns.net/calgunforum/showthread.php?t=390201

check post 22

love my RIA tactical

OutkastSL
04-30-2011, 7:20 AM
RIA tactical. Best bang for your buck. Good 1911 for a beater. Try to find a used one and save even more.

x2!!!

LovingTheYear1911
04-30-2011, 7:43 AM
RIA

VegasND
04-30-2011, 7:57 AM
If you're looking for low priced 1911s you're not going to beat Armscor/RIA

You can watch for a cheap used gun built on an aftermarket frame but you'll probably get a better pistol for about the same price if you buy the Armscor.

DannyInSoCal
04-30-2011, 7:57 AM
I picked up my Llama 1911 clone in .45 for about $250 - Some are crap but I got a good, reliable shooter. After I polished up the feed and slid in some McCormick mags - Zero FTF/FTE. It does prefer the WinWB FMJ's though.

I think it's the HiPoint of 1911 type sidearms...

chadd446
04-30-2011, 8:12 AM
I have several 1911s. I just picked up a RIA tactical, and I will say you get what you pay for. Your Kimber is a much nicer 1911, but if you want something to shoot and not worry about the RIA tactical will be fine. I would throw my RIA at a bad guy, and shoot him with my Kimber.

Jel
04-30-2011, 10:23 AM
I have several 1911s. I just picked up a RIA tactical, and I will say you get what you pay for.

Just curious, but what were you expecting when you purchased your RIA? The RIA does everything your Kimber can do as far as throwing lead down range.

The RIA is a no nonsense, no frills, basic 1911 at a very good price point. It is not trying to be a 1911 with all the bells and whistles which add to the price.

Oh, and the RIA can do something that a lot of the newer 1911's can't. Interchange most parts with a Colt.

chadd446
04-30-2011, 12:29 PM
Well Jel, I wasn't expecting it to be a Wilson Combat. It does a fine job for the money. Everything a Kimber can do? Not so sure about that. I have had more ftf in one box of ammo with my RIA tactical than I ever have with any other of my 1911s.

JanG
04-30-2011, 12:36 PM
i shoot better with ria than kimbers or springfields. maybe my hands are the right kind of shaky... :D

Marsoc1
04-30-2011, 12:37 PM
ruger sr1911? assuming it gets approved lol

mlevans66
04-30-2011, 12:52 PM
Just curious, but what were you expecting when you purchased your RIA? The RIA does everything your Kimber can do as far as throwing lead down range.

The RIA is a no nonsense, no frills, basic 1911 at a very good price point. It is not trying to be a 1911 with all the bells and whistles which add to the price.

Oh, and the RIA can do something that a lot of the newer 1911's can't. Interchange most parts with a Colt.

OOOOH Facepalm! LOL
Naw the RI are pretty good. I heard good things about them. The commander is about $500.00 or less so give it a whirl, killa!

VegasND
04-30-2011, 3:27 PM
Something is wrong. Start by checking your magazines.
My Armscor Tactical is virtually 100% -- as is my Kimber and both my Colts. You do get what you pay for. The Armscor isn't as nice a pistol as the others but it is a quite serviceable pistol. I'd use any of them to defend my life.
Well Jel, I wasn't expecting it to be a Wilson Combat. It does a fine job for the money. Everything a Kimber can do? Not so sure about that. I have had more ftf in one box of ammo with my RIA tactical than I ever have with any other of my 1911s.

drewman
04-30-2011, 4:14 PM
Thanks for all the suggestions.

Where is the best place to purchase a RIA.

Who has the best deal on the RIA tactical.

Thanks,
Drew

Jel
04-30-2011, 4:30 PM
Well Jel, I wasn't expecting it to be a Wilson Combat. It does a fine job for the money. Everything a Kimber can do? Not so sure about that. I have had more ftf in one box of ammo with my RIA tactical than I ever have with any other of my 1911s.

Fair enough. I've seen similar amount of FTF on Kimbers and other brands that cost 2x or more.

Could it be possible that your RIA was not liking the ammo you were feeding it? Try a different magazine?

You probably already well know that some 1911's can be finicky and tend to need a break in period to smooth out. Some shoot with no problems right out of the box. Some don't like certain magazine and ammo combinations.

I'll agree that a Kimber is a nicer looking weapon.

drewman
04-30-2011, 4:41 PM
Thanks for all the suggestions.

Where is the best place to purchase a RIA.

Who has the best deal on the RIA tactical.

Thanks,
Drew

I forgot to ask if Armscor is the same as Rock Island?

Drew

OutkastSL
04-30-2011, 5:05 PM
where in Norcal are you at? My friend is getting his at City Arms in Pleasant Hill for a killer deal, but he bought a few guns from them and referred a lot of my friends there. Give them a call if you are nearby.

Jel
04-30-2011, 5:10 PM
I forgot to ask if Armscor is the same as Rock Island?

Drew

I believe Armscor is the parent company operating out of the Philippines where RIA's are made. RIA is their US arm for distribution.

ArkinDomino
04-30-2011, 5:15 PM
Those RIA work and serve as great "beaters". But why not save some cash and buy more ammo/reloading components or invest in a press if you don't already reload instead? Beat that Kimber you already have! I beat my kimber as much as I can and baby my dads Baer and my newly acquired Nighthawk. I'm sure your Kimber, just like mine, won't mind. :)

chadd446
04-30-2011, 6:45 PM
I do like my RIA tactical. It is a good gun for the money. I never bought it to be my high end 1911. I bought it to pound on. I threw the act mag away. I was garbage. It wouldn't feed in any of my 1911s. The tactical is in the shop for some work now. By the time I get it back it will be coyote tan and hopefully feed everything.

FUBAR
05-01-2011, 9:52 AM
So...what can a Kimber do a RIA can't?

JanG
05-01-2011, 10:07 AM
^ get an american gov't or leo contract? :D

marcus_bervus
05-01-2011, 10:11 AM
a Springfield 1911 GI, the base model, or Milspec are also a good choice.

Ripon83
05-01-2011, 12:16 PM
Mine cleared the wait last week. $522 OTD inluding sales tax, dros, et al.....


Thanks for all the suggestions.

Where is the best place to purchase a RIA.

Who has the best deal on the RIA tactical.

Thanks,
Drew

Sunday
05-01-2011, 3:36 PM
The more you spend the nicer the 1911 will be . NO MIM parts for 1911s!!! .

Dhena81
05-01-2011, 4:17 PM
Those RIA work and serve as great "beaters". But why not save some cash and buy more ammo/reloading components or invest in a press if you don't already reload instead? Beat that Kimber you already have! I beat my kimber as much as I can and baby my dads Baer and my newly acquired Nighthawk. I'm sure your Kimber, just like mine, won't mind. :)

^^^ +1

Agent Tikki
05-01-2011, 7:54 PM
Any chane the Ruger SR1911 will make it on the roster? I'm guessing prolly not..no @#%! Mag disconnect.

evidens83
05-01-2011, 8:03 PM
RIA Tactical FTW!!! Best bang for the buck 1911 imho...

ArkinDomino
05-01-2011, 8:11 PM
I heard a RIA was used to gun down OBL. :D

wang949
05-01-2011, 9:49 PM
How reliable are the RIA 1911s compared to other brands? Would you guys hesitate to assign it to defensive duty?

supersonic
05-02-2011, 8:25 AM
OOOOH Facepalm! LOL
Naw the RI are pretty good. I heard good things about them. The commander is about $500.00 or less so give it a whirl, killa!

Yes, they must be 'pretty good' because you "heard good things about them." "Kiila.":rolleyes:

kelley_aj
05-02-2011, 8:58 AM
where in Norcal are you at? My friend is getting his at City Arms in Pleasant Hill for a killer deal, but he bought a few guns from them and referred a lot of my friends there. Give them a call if you are nearby.

I got mine through robby at golden state tactical give him a call if you are in the Sac. area he will give you a good deal. I just ran mine at the range this past weekend and I do like the pistol a lot. It is my first 1911 so I really have nothing to compare it to but I ran federal target in the stock mag from Wally world with no problems at all. I was able to do nice tight groups at 10 and 15 yards I actually shot better with it than my M&P. I am going to tear it down again this week just to take a look at it, but I am impressed for the amount I spent on it.

sanjosebmx
05-02-2011, 10:22 AM
I can't believe NO ONE has said "get a glock"

ArkinDomino
05-02-2011, 10:53 AM
I think its because that joke got old a long time ago.

Rekrab
05-02-2011, 10:54 AM
I owned an RIA Tactical for about a year. It was a great gun and worth more than what I paid for it. It's not as nice as a $1,000+ 1911 in fit and finish, but unless you're at the top of the handgun game it will still outshoot you.

ArkinDomino
05-02-2011, 10:59 AM
My best friend (who happens to be an ex-anti) shot my Kimber much better than he shot with our other friends RIA. I think a finely tuned trigger makes everybody a better shot.

Mickey D
05-02-2011, 11:14 AM
I have a couple friends with RIA Tacticals, they say they have run well from the start. Both are using Checkmate and Metalform mags.
I've been wanting a reliable basic 1911 for truck, camp, and fishing that I wouldn't stress over getting banged up. The RIA seems like a perfect fit for $500.
I bought a RIA Tactical from Triple A in Vallejo last week. Great guys to deal with and have the inventory stocked.
Pick up next Monday.

mmurdock77
05-02-2011, 11:20 AM
I'm in the same boat as OP.
It seems like everyone is partial to the RIA Tacticals, but does anyone have any information on the Taurus 1911's?
http://i.imgur.com/UuyVA.jpg
The 9mm's sell for under $500 on Buds.

ArkinDomino
05-02-2011, 12:15 PM
Taurus is like the stag of 1911s. :D

hcbr
05-02-2011, 12:42 PM
+1 the RIA 1911 i have tried and shot, and it will be my first 1911 i own! For a beater and just a regular workhorse gun, it's worth it

BTW have you seen Sacramento Black Rifles ad last week? not sure if they still have the promo, but they were selling them for $399!

Mickey D
05-02-2011, 1:42 PM
Taurus is like the stag of 1911s. :D

What's that suppose to mean? Please explain.

supersonic
05-02-2011, 2:39 PM
What's that suppose to mean? Please explain.

It means he is a tier-boy.;)

InGrAM
05-02-2011, 2:49 PM
Buy the RIA and get it over with lol.

If I would have waited to buy my RIA I would have ended up with a Taurus pt1911 9mm instead but I love my RIA and I am glad I didn't wait.

ArkinDomino
05-02-2011, 2:57 PM
Tier boy? LoL. I love getting a rise from the stag fanboys.

Mickey D
05-02-2011, 3:47 PM
Tier boy? LoL. I love getting a rise from the stag fanboys.

Yeah, I bet you like CMMG, right?

Sillyguy
05-02-2011, 4:21 PM
i got my ri 1911 for $250.....

a good friend of mine hooked me up :)

ya me!

ArkinDomino
05-02-2011, 4:38 PM
Don't particularly care for CMMG. I do love my KAC and Noveske though. :)

SkyMag68
05-02-2011, 4:59 PM
Taurus 1911 got some pretty good review but unfortunately it's OFF-LIST pistol.

NDFMF
05-02-2011, 5:18 PM
I offer the RIA Tactical 1911 for $475. That's about $539 out the door.

Golden Bear Arms in El Dorado Hills
916-678-0556

Markus
05-04-2011, 5:22 PM
Anybody know of someone who has a deal on RIA in the OC? Preferably the southern part.

GrinderCB
05-04-2011, 7:51 PM
RIA tactical. Best bang for your buck. Good 1911 for a beater. Try to find a used one and save even more.

If you're going for rock-bottom pricing the GI version runs a bit less expensive. Turner's runs them on sale about 2-3 times a year. They make a good starter platform for a 1911 project.

furfam4
05-05-2011, 7:14 AM
+1 on the RIA, I love mine!

vmwerks
05-05-2011, 7:44 AM
RIA tactical. Best bang for your buck. Good 1911 for a beater. Try to find a used one and save even more.

+1 I bought an RIA in .38 super so I could build out a target gun... the pistol was well built and solid. I think I'd buy another one in .45 just for kicking around.

Z.1
05-05-2011, 8:34 AM
Yes, they must be 'pretty good' because you "heard good things about them." "Kiila.":rolleyes:

:rofl2:

supersonic
05-08-2011, 5:56 AM
Don't particularly care for CMMG. I do love my KAC and Noveske though. :)

Please elaborate on your personal experience(s) with CMMG. What, exactly, is it that their gear lacks? Or is it a rollmark thing?:D

Charles M. Failure
05-30-2011, 1:45 AM
If you're looking for low priced 1911s you're not going to beat Armscor/RIA

You can watch for a cheap used gun built on an aftermarket frame but you'll probably get a better pistol for about the same price if you buy the Armscor.

Shiny!

toneman
05-30-2011, 7:27 AM
I have a RIA GI model too which I like it very much,
but it needs about $100 just to install the sight alone, should have bought a
Tactical model...
So you know what to do if you don't want to regretting like myself.

hornswaggled
05-30-2011, 12:57 PM
in this thread: ebr elitism

ccmano
05-30-2011, 1:43 PM
While I am far from an expert on 1911's I have owned several. Not sure if it's on the DOJ list, but the American Classic (II) by Metroarms (another Phillipine maker like RIA) is a fabulous pistol. I own one and the fit and finish is as nice as any Colt or Kimber I have owned. It is also the most accurate 1911 I have ever owned, mind you I've never had a real high end 1911. They run about the same price as an RIA but IMO are higher quality. Check out the reviews on the net, I have yet to find a bad one most rave. Bought mine before I moved to the state, so I'm not sure you can get one here.
Good Luck,
H