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Old August 13, 2011, 03:14 PM   #1
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Rock Island Tactical 1911 (2011 Edition with Rail) Review

First off---I picked her up for $469 at centerfiresystems.com, tack on $20 for the ffl transfer, added duragrips for $30, and bought a fusion fiber optic front sight on ebay for $16 (installed myself to save cash). So, a grand total of $536 for this gun.

My first impressions when I picked up this gun was that it has a much better fit/finish than I expected. The factory 'novak style' sights sucked (hence the fiber optic addition). They are almost impossible to see against anything but a light colored background. With the fiber optic, it was easy to put the dot on the target however. So, no issues with the sights overall. I'm still not sure about a full rail on a 1911 (I have the SIG Tacops 1911 so it's not totally foreign to me) but it's growing on me I think. My biggest complaint, not that I really have one, is the GIGANTIC name tag RIA put on this gun. It just looks a little funny to me.

So, took her to the range this morning. I brought two Wilson Combat 47D mags, a Chip McCormick 8 round powermag and a 10 round power mag, 300 rounds of white box I had laying around, and 20 rounds of Hornady TAP 200 grain +p ammo.

Shooting impressions: Wow. Awesome shooter. Very little recoil, even for a full steel 1911, and this thing was as accurate as any of my other 1911's if not more so. {For the record, I have two Kimber's, a Springer Loaded, Taurus PT1911, and the SIG Tacops at the moment. I've owned more but those are the current one's I'm comparing it to...} I really liked the safety on this gun. It engaged positively but wasn't hard to manipulate. It it also a 'tactical-style' safety, meaning it doesn't protrude as far from the frame as some others do, which I enjoyed since some safeties seem to start rubbing on my thumb after 100 rounds or so. Not the case with this gun.

Reliability: This gun was 100% with the wilson's and the factory ACT mag but it didn't seem to like the mccormick's. In 100ish rounds with the powermag's, I had four FTFs, but had absolutely no issues whatsoever with the other mags. It ran all 20 TAP JHP rounds flawlessly that I fed it in the wilson mags as well as the white box FMJs.

Final thoughts: IMO this is the best 'low cost' 1911 that I've ever put my paws on. I highly recommend it. As some of you have seen in my prior posts, I've been pondering getting a 9mm 1911 and the debate is over---I'm getting the RIA.
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Old August 13, 2011, 04:17 PM   #2
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Sharp looking gun other than the billboard on the side.
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Old August 13, 2011, 09:38 PM   #3
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Sounds like you have a nice pistol Enjoy!

I will add for those who might be momentarily confused as I was. RIA refrs to their railed guns as "2011s." When STI refers to a 2011, they are referring to a double-stack 1911.
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Old August 13, 2011, 09:52 PM   #4
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NICE... thanks for the review
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Old August 13, 2011, 09:54 PM   #5
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Correct you are KyJim. I'm pretty sure they call it 2011 just to differentiate between the 'tactical 1911' they've had out for a while now.

On thing I didn't add earlier---the trigger. I'd say it's average for the 1911's that I have. I'd say it's comparable to a springfield loaded.
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Old August 13, 2011, 10:32 PM   #6
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I like it, really nice. I'm digging the the grip. I've been eyeing Rock Island 1911's recently. Good quality for the dollar! Hope you enjoy.
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Old August 13, 2011, 10:35 PM   #7
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ive been thinking of getting one for a while. i got a full rail trp and like the looks of em and the recoil with the a dded weight is almost nothing.
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Old August 14, 2011, 02:17 AM   #8
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Slick looking piece! Thanks for the review
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Old August 14, 2011, 02:19 AM   #9
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RIA now makes a copy of the springfield armory full rail operator i see.


cool VZ frag grips
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Old August 14, 2011, 06:41 AM   #10
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Good review and it sounds like you got a great shooting gun there.
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Old August 14, 2011, 02:29 PM   #11
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The problem with liking this guns so much is that I want accessorize it now but that would just defeat the purpose of buying a 'low cost' gun. I'm pretty sure a checkered mainspring housing and a magwell is going to happen though.
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Old August 21, 2011, 09:37 AM   #12
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So, I put an EGW magwell and mainspring housing on and swapped out the grips for some different duragrips grips. Here's how she currently looks.
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Old August 21, 2011, 06:59 PM   #13
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Looks great! Congrats!
I have been craving a 1911 with a rail for HD, this looks like a decently priced option.
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Old August 22, 2011, 09:59 AM   #14
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This is definitely on my short list. For those that have lamented the price and availibility of the full rail Springfield Operator, this should REALLY quench their thirst!
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Old August 22, 2011, 11:08 AM   #15
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Why do you keep calling your pistol "she"? Is it finicky, difficult to be around one week out of the month, need expensive things to be happy, and subject to a complete change in it's nature at the drop of a hat?

I've had guns like that before, but none of my RIAs exhibit any of the qualities I associate with women.
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Old August 22, 2011, 12:21 PM   #16
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I guess it's just habbit since I take better care of my guns than I do my women
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Old August 23, 2011, 08:17 AM   #17
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I like it! Definitely is cheaper and more time effective to buy this rather the SA Operator new or used (if you can find it). Not crazy about the billboard on the side though but that's the only bad thing I can say about it.

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Old August 23, 2011, 08:23 AM   #18
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Forgive my ignorance, but will any holster for a 1911 rail gun fit this gun? I've not seen one with a full length rail like this before.
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Old August 23, 2011, 08:27 AM   #19
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Even if you do accessorize it, wouldnt it still be a low cost gun because of the initial cost onset? I would most definately accessorize it, the low cost of the gun just makes it easier to spend more and still come out ahead.
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Old August 23, 2011, 12:44 PM   #20
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I polished the feedramp (it wasn't an issue, I just didn't like the looks of the machine markings that were on there) and put another 200 rounds through her on Saturday using only Wilson 47D mags. I am using a Don Hume holster with it now. I'll upload a pic when I get home from work tonight.
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Old August 23, 2011, 03:20 PM   #21
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I like the front site. I have two RIAs that I would like to do same to. Would you mind providing some extra info on how to determine which front sight to get? I had a quick look and I see there appears to be different sized ones and I am not able to get to the FusionFirearms site from work to see how they are listed.

I have not really looked at how or what to do to change front sights out on 1911s so I am probably asking some pretty basic questions.
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Old August 23, 2011, 04:47 PM   #22
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The front sight is a 180 height and the zero is spot on. So, I'd go with that one. If you go to youtube and look up Dawson Precision's dovetail sight replacement video, it should give you the answers to 95% of your questions.

I attached a photo of the holster I'm using. It's the 721 OT and distributes the weight well for such a heavy gun.
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Old August 24, 2011, 02:10 PM   #23
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Thank you sir for the response.
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