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Old 03-16-2018, 2:54 PM
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Is the ria 1911 worth the price of admission?
Seems like any time you hear about the ria, people say that its a non-reliable POS made from pot metal that won't even feed ball ammo.
But other people swear by them, even if they admit that its a toolbox/truck gun.

The question is whether or not a ria pistol is worth taking a chance on.
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Old 03-16-2018, 2:57 PM
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IMO - the RIA line are great products that do what they are intended for a good price.
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Do it!
I’ve never met anyone that owned one and DIDN’T love it.
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the only downside to the ria was the giant billboard letters on the slide and they fixed that. i fired one and it's a solid gun for the price.
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IMO - the RIA line are great products that do what they are intended for a good price.
One of the things thats always turned me off to them is the wooden grips they come with look like the walls in a house from the 50's.
But then I actually held one and fiddled with it and it felt pretty good.
And also the grips are replaceable!

Their 1911a2 felt even better in the hand.
Almost like a 2011.
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Also im kinda torn between the fullsize, medium, and subby
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My uncle has the compact version i shot it its a great gun hes more than happy with it a cousin has the fullsize he likes it too.Both function well.
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Also im kinda torn between the fullsize, medium, and subby
I have a colt commander which is equal to medium and like it i also had a full size and i shot both of them about the same.
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I have one in 9mm and it's been flawless. Good buy for the money
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Old 03-16-2018, 7:39 PM
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It is a well built tool that functions as it should. It would serve you well
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Is the ria 1911 worth the price of admission?
Seems like any time you hear about the ria, people say that its a non-reliable POS made from pot metal that won't even feed ball ammo.
But other people swear by them, even if they admit that its a toolbox/truck gun.

The question is whether or not a ria pistol is worth taking a chance on.
Pot Metal, unreliable POS? Obviously who you heard that from doesn't have one, more in many cases. New one on me though.

I have 2, a 1911 45ACP Tactical with the old style billboard logo, which to me is no BFD. Currently it has an Advantage Arms 22lr conversion kit on it. Been flawless both in 45ACP and with the 22 LR kit.

My other is a 1911 in 38 Super, now sporting a 9mm conversion it has the smaller dime sized logo. Again flawless and a pleasure to shoot in 38 Super or 9mm.
Great customer service as well.

Debating on Commander styles or compacts, in a free state now so no Roster to worry about.

Both have Pachmayr grips

45acp/22lr Tactical with old style logo



38 Super/ 9mm new logo

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Aghauler... tell me how awesome the .38 super is, I’ve been trying to talk myself into one of those for years... do they have ramped barrels?
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Aghauler... tell me how awesome the .38 super is, I’ve been trying to talk myself into one of those for years... do they have ramped barrels?
Honestly it's been awhile since it's seen daylight with getting moved and all.
The Super bbl is out of it now so can probably get a photo. Before I put the 9mm bbl in it I shot 38 Super ball and JHP with zero issues. The 9mm has been flawless with ball and JHP also.

If you can grab one I doubt you'd be disappointed, got both of mine through Centerfire Systems when they went on sale back a couple years ago, the 45 was $450 and the 38 Super around $350, while I was still in Kommiefornica.

Although numerous people said the 9mm bbl conversion was a "drop in" I had Dan at Sunrise Pass Arms in Minden do it for me "just in case". His comment was "yep pretty much a drop in so for something to do I polished the 9mm ramp to be reliable with JHPs". Also you can use the 38 Super mags with the 9mm ammo. Found that out after I bought a few 9mm mags.

You may have to search and for a 9mm bbl cuz it's very popular and an easy conversion the bbls sell out pretty fast so ya may have to wait on the next boat from the PI for parts!

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The newer manufactured ones seems to be well put together compared to the earlier ones.
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Had one, RIA GI 1911 45ACP (the cheapest model of RIA on Roster), couple thousand rounds no problem at all. My next 1911 9mm will be RIA 380Supper then convert to 9mm.
I am the guy buy gun to shoot, every gun I own I shoot it at least 2K rounds or I am loosing the interest of the gun or I have another toy to play with before I put it in the safe.
- Can I depend my life on RIA 1911, the answer is YES, my RIA 1911 bang every time I pull the trigger.
- Can I shoot accuracy with RIA 1911 , the answer is : it's the Indian not the arrow.
- Can my Kimber out shoot the RIA, the answer is NO, but there is a pride to own a Kimber you know. But for somebody Kimber is a POS if compare to LesBear, WC).
Go to the range rent the RIA and shoot it you will find you answer.

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The RIA makes a laughing stock out of Colt and its ilk. I bought my son a
ROCK STANDARD CS - 45 ACP as a coming home gift from his last deployment. It's outshot everything I have, Colt, Sig, Remington. Out of the box tackdriver.
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I have three rocks. A full size 45, a full size 9, and a compact 45. I love all three. They just run. They shoot great and are accurate. The compact might be my favorite pistol I own. Just love that little thing. None of them have ever shot factory ammo, only my reloads and never have had a hiccup. Well, other than some 9mm brass issues from those stupid Austrian plastic toys that ruin brass.

Truth is all the hate for rocks comes from people who’ve never owned one or shot one. It’s easy to hide behind a keyboard and prattle off a bunch of bs that you copied of some Glock fanboy website or snob 1911 dude.

Rocks aren’t fancy looking. They aren’t shiny pretty and they’re not $3k. But they shoot great. Don’t buy one. Buy two.
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Buy one used if you can, with low miles. You can really save $$. Even if you have high end 1911s, for less than $400 a RIA is a no brainer. You can try out mods, learn to assemble/disassemble blindfolded, all without fear

Do a free trigger job with just a spring tension adjustment. https://www.brownells.com/guntech/2-....htm?lid=10297

I got one for $350, and just a few more bucks made it into a nice USGI replica. It is the old billboard slide but some cold blue subdued that logo substantially.
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Is the ria 1911 worth the price of admission?
Seems like any time you hear about the ria, people say that its a non-reliable POS made from pot metal that won't even feed ball ammo.

The question is whether or not a ria pistol is worth taking a chance on.
Well, they are wrong. My RIA .38 super is a very accurate and 100% functioning auto pistol. Completely serviceable and a great value.
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I bought the wife one chambered in .38 super, then I had the opportunity to buy a couple of Colt's in the same caliber. Truth be told, as much as I love my Colt's, I have found very little difference between the two!
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I'd rather pony up the extra $ and get a SA Mil-Spec. I like my RIA GI, but its failed more than once compared to my two MS that have had no problems at all.
Come on man, you know you want one
http://www.calguns.net/calgunforum/s...&highlight=RIA
If you do a little finish work to the grips, their not half bad.

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Might as well go with the Citadel. Turners has them for $499 on sale right now. It's a tactical version of RIA with all the bells and whistles.
https://www.turners.com/citadel-fire...-barrel-235444
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I have an SA TRP and an RIA Tactical (pre billboard). If I were shooting a bullseye competition I’d take the TRP for sure. If I had to pick one to defend myself I’d take the RIA because i’ve Found it more reliable... but that TRP is crazy accurate.
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How many chances do you take when you buy steel toe safety shoes?
How many chances do you take when you buy a fire extinguisher?
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Might as well go with the Citadel. Turners has them for $499 on sale right now. It's a tactical version of RIA with all the bells and whistles.
https://www.turners.com/citadel-fire...-barrel-235444
Certainly worth looking at. It has an upgraded trigger compared to the RIA GI model.

I bought the RIA GI model instead of the Citadel, just because I wanted the GI model.

Yes, some of the parts are MIM. I haven't had a problem with mine yet. You can replace them if they become a problem.
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I've got the RIA gov't tactical; replaced stock grips w/ magpuls, stock barrel w/ PSA Match grade,
WC 1911 spring kit (rod, hammer, trigger, mainspring) and run CM mags.

I will replace the sights in the near future, upgrades make it GTG.
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If you want a GI look alike, the RIA is closest. The SA milspec is very nice, but chrome bushing, tall sights, and angled slide serrations throw off the GI look. The Citadel doesn't even come close.

I realize not all folks are looking for a GI lookalike though. In my case it is exactly what I wanted, to match the real WW2 pistol I want to shoot very rarely. The RIA is the stand-in, but the lowered and flared ejection port and the position of the serration is not accurate to GI.



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My RIA tactical and 38 super converted to 9mm with my colt. Both of these have been great shooters. The only reason I converted the super is cost of ammo. In my case I went with the armscor barrel and it was drop in and go, although I did have issues when using the super mags with 9mm. Once I got correct 9mm mags it has been flawless.
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Buy one used if you can, with low miles. You can really save $$. Even if you have high end 1911s, for less than $400 a RIA is a no brainer. You can try out mods, learn to assemble/disassemble blindfolded, all without fear

Do a free trigger job with just a spring tension adjustment. https://www.brownells.com/guntech/2-....htm?lid=10297

I got this for $350, and just a few more bucks made it into a nice USGI replica. It is the old billboard slide but some cold blue subdued that logo substantially.

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If you want a GI look alike, the RIA is closest. The SA milspec is very nice, but chrome bushing, tall sights, and angled slide serrations throw off the GI look. The Citadel doesn't even come close.

I realize not all folks are looking for a GI lookalike though. In my case it is exactly what I wanted, to match the real WW2 pistol I want to shoot very rarely. The RIA is the stand-in, but the lowered and flared ejection port and the position of the serration is not accurate to GI.



Two nice looking pistols, I won't even shoot my mint Ithaca or Colt M1927. The only 1911 shooters I have are the RIA's.
Thanks for the two pics for comparison!
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RIA 1911 copies are a great value.
They also make a great starting point if you want to build a customized 1911. Put on your white lab coat and go to work or pay to have it done.
Very solid/reliable 1911 copies.
Buy dammit! BUY!
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i had one, govt size. finish was fair. had some problems feeding. called their customer service/warranty team. they were awesome, sent me a return label. i think all they did was put in a different slide stop that held the magazine higher and i think they polished the ramp, sent me a new magazine for my inconvenience.

incredibly it was one of my most accurate .45s

i couldn't believe how accurate that darn pistol was. as a result i developed a bit of a fondness for that pistol. still can't really believe it.

not trying to over or under sell the pistol. i love my SA 1911s as well..they certainly have a better fit and finish.
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RIA is the Glock of 1911's.

They just work no matter how you mistreat them.
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My RIA Compact Tactical has been very reliable and a pleasant surprise. It lacks a prom queen look, but the price of admission is more than fair.
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I have two right now and pick up a TAC CS 9mm frame Sunday. My first one is a MS-TAC 2011 VZ 9mm it's nice and tight and has been a great shooter straight out of the box. The second one I bought used it's a FS-TAC 2011 VZ 45 I bought this one because it looked like a SA TRP full rail. It's a pretty good shooter but I am selling it because I got the TRP I wanted. So far I have not been disappointed with mine so I say get one enjoy it mod it if you want and if you don't like it you can make it a trunk gun.
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Is the ria 1911 worth the price of admission?
Seems like any time you hear about the ria, people say that its a non-reliable POS made from pot metal that won't even feed ball ammo.
But other people swear by them, even if they admit that its a toolbox/truck gun.

The question is whether or not a ria pistol is worth taking a chance on.
Lonestargrizzly,

I have a couple in my battery and I can say they work fine. I admit the magazines are just OK unless you get some Mec-Gar magazines which can make them even more reliable.

There accuracy is acceptable as I can shoot into a pie plate at 25 yards using just PMC hard ball ammo.

With a few parts swap there more than acceptable and should serve you well. Any thing goes wrong just send it back for repair as I've heard in most cases if you leave it 100% they'll repair it for free.

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i fitted a RIA compact size frame to a RIA commander(midsize) slide and made me a RIA CCO in 45 acp.....it's not for sale
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i fitted a RIA compact size frame to a RIA commander(midsize) slide and made me a RIA CCO in 45 acp.....it's not for sale
Photos would be nice though!
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Do it!
I’ve never met anyone that owned one and DIDN’T love it.
Only because you've never met me. Now you have and can't say that truthfully anymore.

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Truth is all the hate for rocks comes from people who’ve never owned one or shot one. It’s easy to hide behind a keyboard and prattle off a bunch of bs that you copied of some Glock fanboy website or snob 1911 dude.
Truth? Nope, 'fraid not. I had two Tacticals, both had major issues. The second one was the replacement for the first after it went back to Pahrump a couple of times on my dime because the slide wouldn't keep the front sight in place. The second one came to me with a bore that looked like a drill was run down it after it was rifled. I rebarreled it and eventually sold it with full disclosure. It's easy to say it's "Truth" when you're hiding behind a keyboard, isn't it? So, a little sauce for the goose.

To be fair, that was several years ago (2012, IIRC). Hopefully, RIA has gotten better QC since then. If you get a good one, hold onto it as it's worth the cheaper price of admission. If not, remember that you get what you pay for. I'm sure that the Rock fanbois will flame away since I've dared insult their favored product - frankly, I don't care.
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RIA 1911s aren’t the prettiest girl at the dance, but they do put out.

I really like mine because it’s never failed me with any brand of ammo and I shot it fairly accurately.

That being said I decided to sell mine towards upgrading my CZ 97 with CGW pro package.


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