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Old 02-12-2018, 5:18 PM
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So I inherited a new in the box Rock Island GI Type Mid-Sized 1911. I dig it, a lot. But I cannot help but be curious how much upgrading the hammer, beavertail safety, and sights might run me.

Anybody local do this work and do it well? Is their a well-known shop I should send it to instead?

Will the Trijicon 1911 GI Style Night Sights fit the RIA? I am not looking to mill the slide and have Novaks added. I don't want to poor a small fortune into this gun. I am hoping those Trijicon 1911 GI sights will slide right into the rear and that the front won't be impossible to swap out.

Honestly, the just adding night sights to it would go a long way to making it more what I am used to. I'm just used to seeing dots when I use sights. It feels weird staring down the sight picture and seeing black blade sights after 20+ years of seeing dots.


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Old 02-12-2018, 5:48 PM
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I have an RIA compact 1911 and I hated the sights. I’m having new Dawson fiber optic sights put on it and that is running $300 including sights. You can put another $1500 into customizing but I don’t think it’s worth going that much on a $400 gun. JMHO.
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Old 02-12-2018, 5:52 PM
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Probably cheaper to just buy a whole new slide: https://advancedtactical.com/product...ides-no-logo-2
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Old 02-12-2018, 7:07 PM
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Probably cheaper to just buy a whole new slide: https://advancedtactical.com/product...ides-no-logo-2
Agreed, bought four already to replace my factory slides and sight options. At $110 and no fitting it's a much better wallet friendly alternative.
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Old 02-12-2018, 7:19 PM
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Modifications on a RIA 1911? No Problem.

Step one, Start with a new SA frame,
Step two, buy a new SA slide,
Step three,.........................
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Looks great as is.

I like GI style sights. I think they are better for accurate aiming over any 3 dot.

That said, if you want to change sights without cutting dovetails (machining the slide), look at Harrison Design. He can change the sights. You need only send the slide in.

Just my .02 cents.
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Old 02-13-2018, 4:57 AM
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Novak will take your slide and install sights as well. As somehave said, the RIA guns are great, but probably not the perfect host for spending ~ $1000 on improving. You’re probably looking at $200 for the trigger job, $200 for the grip safety and $200 for the sights + shopping and refinish. You’re money would be better spent starting with a SAI Mil Spec or GI as a base gun. Your top quality smiths will typically shy away from working on anything but SAI, Colt and occasionally Kimber. For a little more money, you can buy a Les Baer. The only reason to customize a stock pistol is if you know exactly what you want.
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Old 02-13-2018, 5:13 AM
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Leave as is.

Save money for nicer 1911 that fits your needs.
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Old 02-13-2018, 5:18 AM
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Leave as is.

Save money for nicer 1911 that fits your needs.
Good Advice!
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Put some grips on it and then spend your money on ammo and a second 1911.


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https://www.fusionfirearms.com/parts...s/mil-spec?p=2
plus $68 for install and $10 to ship the slide back to you.
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I own 3 RIA’s. My fav is the compact 45. I did have a smith install Novak’s on it. Wasn’t cheap but well worth it. The only other thing I’d recommend is beavertail/hammer. But, by the time you do that and the sights, it’s close to a new gun anyways. Leave it as is. Keep it. Spend the money on a new gun. Now you’ll have two.

Rocks are great shooters. The “tactical” version of the full size is another victim of the stupid roster. Find a used one. Or buy one of the models they make that’s branded under a different name. Forget it right now. But they’re RIA’s all the same. With the sights and beaver tail. Not fancy. Won’t impress the ladies. But put consistent holes in paper and leave you plenty money for ammo.

Or save up a bit and buy a Springfield. I love my stainless loaded. Blued models go for around $8-850. Probably less.
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put some sights you like on it and shoot shoot shoot
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