Rock Island Armory(RIA) 1911 .45ACP Compact Review

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Dennis Matt: Though at the price RIA/Armscorp sells these pistols for they do make a good "glove box gun" that you will not think about suicide should someone steal the pistol from you and it does reliably fire a GREAT round. BUT, I will never understand the fanboys of this most obsolete, over complicated, failure prone handgun when there are so many wonderful .45acp handguns available that are more accurate, have higher capacities and don't require the services of a gunsmith to take down the intricate fire control group. Without heavy handed lobbying the 1911 would have been replaced by the military shortly after the Korean "conflict". Other than the investment value of older great condition with original finish 1911's made by either Colt or Govt. sanctioned contractors during WW2, there is no reason to buy one of these incredibly overweight "too many failure prone parts" pistols. I do know that I am speaking heresy to the legions of 1911 fans but folks, remember that there were also a LOT of people that reelected a fan base does not equal the best or even within the top 30 best firearm designs. The 1911 is not even the great Mr. Brownings best firearm design and Mr. Browning even stated that fact. Folks, these guns design is now 105 years of age and there are LEGIONS of finer firearms out there, some even in this Armcorp price range. Google: SAR K2 .45 made by Sarsilmaz out of Turkey. More accurate, simpler and they will outlast even the bloated "rape your corpse" prices that gouging outfits like Les Baer charges for their "high end" 1911's. I do understand fans of certain pistols but it is time to quit with the "best gun ever made" rash of crap about these long obsolete and very overweight low capacity handguns. They were superb in their day and remain fun to shoot and work on today but a great gun they are not any longer. I personally own 2 and love them but am also logical enough to realize their incredible limitations.

1975acidburn: I have the exact same one. I have less than a box through mine. I like it. Mainly got it for a daily carry but it's a heavy pistol compared to other I own. I also ended up wanting to have a way to attach a light for when I'm out at night or my home. Wish I would have bought the full size and maybe with a rail mount.

Cesar Celestino: Great review. I picked up my plain jane  ria 45 ca. 1911 full size. You are right. I love this gun.

David Maximus: GARBAGE!

Jacob Greve: Maybe my eyes are getting to me but that looks more like a 6+1 than a 7 plus 1

Keith Brown: Ironic, I'm getting ready to trade my Taurus PT1911 Duo Tone in for one or an ATI Titan :-D

June Lewis: Thinking of surprising my wife with this one! She is a big fan of the 45 acp, and .357 Magnum.  We are a Colt family, but not Colt snobs. The way I see it, if the gun builds up a reputation of being solid and reliable as the RIA has, what's the problem? My carry gun is the Glock 19. The wife also carries a 9mm. Yep, I'll get this one for her. Like your review!

dirtyjew1974: aside from some of my guns that have centemental valure my ria is my favorite gun, love the way it handles and fires flawlessly!

TechNick: Hmm I guess I got lucky with my Taurus millennium pro 9mm then. About 500 rounds through it without a single glitch. Not a one. Believe it or not, doesn't really bother me. Shoots pretty darn good as well, paid about 400 for it and I can't complain.

scumbag: You should really work on the lighting in your videos.. this looks like crap. Not trying to be rude. Otherwise, great vid.

Flashgrenade82: these are great guns for the money i have a full size Springfield 1911 and a Rock island officer they shoot the same... great buy if your on a budget i use my RIA for EDC

Flashgrenade82: lol i thought there was a spider on my screen... i have the compact/ officer mines fully loaded 7 in the clip + 1 in the barrel never had any nose dives...

MrSlider5: I have one and it shot really low..about a foot low and six inches to the right from point of aim at 10 yards. Called RI and they told me to send it back to them for repair. Still waiting to get it back. Also while changing the grips..(those smooth wood ones suck),one of the bushings broke. Also, might as well not even have sights, they are so blacked out. I'll have to do something about that, too.

William Ramsey: I Just got my first RIA 1911 A1. I put 150 rounds through it with no problem

Nate Skaggs: Great video! I'm picking one up for edc tomorrow

marshaul: Kimbers are not premium 1911s. Price does not equal quality.

butchy586: yeah,i try to give accurate information but all i get is crapty comments from guys that could'nt find ass in a strip a retired ARMY ranger and have had a lot of experience whith different weapons systems,so i get on here and try to help people decide on edc guns or whatever.i guess they got it all figured out tho.they dont need my help

Jeremy vince: nice. i have a springfield too i know what you mean about not abusing it. i still might get a RI just to have my own opinion through personal experience with them. i might even conceal carry the compact version depending on how well the one i buy shoots. it seems like a hit or miss, but i guess you can't go wrong with the lifetime warranty

JackofTradesAll: I have 2 1911's. When I run and gun in the dirt and gravel. I don't even care about the RIA. Its awesome to trash and shoots well. It really can take a beating. The Springfield Armory I have on the other hand is a range gun only. For what I paid for it, I can't bring myself to abuse it.

Jeremy vince: there seems to be a lot of hype with these 1911s on the web, but when i ask several gunsmiths here where i live in tx they tell me to stay far away from them.
Rock Island Armory(RIA) 1911 .45ACP Compact Review 5 out of 5

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