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Old March 19, 2012, 01:55 PM   #1
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Two fold question / RIA - STI

Hey all, I have decided on a 1911 9mm 3" for a conceal carry. I want to stay in the $600 or less range so....... STI has the Spartan and now Rock Island is getting ready to offer one of their own;

http://armscorusa.com/index.php?opti...d=10&Itemid=25

Only problem is who knows when one will be available, hopefully should be soon but?

1)Does anyone have any info as to when the RIA will hit the stores?

2) Which one to choose; STI or RIA?

I have a RIA 1911 9mm Tactical and as many here know they are a great gun for the money. I can't see why this one would be any different. Thoughts and opinions please. Thanks.
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Old March 19, 2012, 02:27 PM   #2
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As you probably know, Armscor makes both the RIA and STI Spartan. The Spartan uses an upgraded slide (forged versus extruded steel), upgraded fire control system (STI), and is built to STI specs. Only you can answer if any of that is worth it to you.
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Old March 19, 2012, 02:29 PM   #3
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Just going from my recent forey into guns, it all depends on availability. You can have the best design, but if no one can get it then what good is it.

I have found this out by latchong on to certain guns from kel-tec and Ruger that could take years. 0k I see you have a sr1911 - but most of us don't. And I have been trying at lgs and online for not msrp price and just has not happened.

So, I would not wait and if the STI is available today - buy it today.

That is my new attitude. Found a Ruger sr22 and Hi-point 9mm on discount from same place and just ordered them - will be here today! They do actually have sr1911 in stock, but is a tad high.

good luck. others can compare the brands but I have niether.
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Old March 19, 2012, 03:06 PM   #4
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KYJim- Thanks for that info. I did not know that. I just checked it out and the frame is made by RIA, shipped to STI and they put everything else on it. So as you said, is it worth the difference? I guess it does all come down to availability.
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Old March 19, 2012, 03:24 PM   #5
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personally, i would go with the sti. the finish work just seems of higher quality.
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Old March 19, 2012, 08:27 PM   #6
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I am so going to get one of those Rock Islands when they become available.
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Old March 20, 2012, 02:04 PM   #7
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KYJim- Thanks for that info. I did not know that. I just checked it out and the frame is made by RIA, shipped to STI and they put everything else on it. So as you said, is it worth the difference? I guess it does all come down to availability.
Unless it has changed since the Shot Show this is not correct. STI makes the small parts and ships them to Armscor where they assemble the pistols in a seperate part of the factory from the RIA guns. They are then spot checked/blessed by STI in TX.

STI does not do any assembly on the Spartan line in TX.

Same decision but with a slightly different set of facts & considerations.
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Old March 20, 2012, 03:56 PM   #8
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Geez - if that is the case then there is little difference from the STI model and the new RIA 9mm. Therefore, why pay $125+ more for the STI than the RIA? Other than the BIG question; When will the RIA 9mm be available?
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Old March 20, 2012, 04:15 PM   #9
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Geez - if that is the case then there is little difference from the STI model and the new RIA 9mm. Therefore, why pay $125+ more for the STI than the RIA? Other than the BIG question; When will the RIA 9mm be available?
Well if you ask STI the assemblers for their Spartans are the best in the factory. I have heard claims that STI trained them to work on their pistols. The STI parts like STI beavertail grip safety, STI trigger, sear, hammer & thumb safety are nicer parts than the RIA parts.

The overall finish is better too. I am personally not a fan of STIs styling but that is nothing more than a personal aesthetic issue. Also IIRC any warranty work on a Spartan will be done at STI.
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Old March 20, 2012, 08:31 PM   #10
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What WVSig said plus the STI has a forged slide. The RIA slide is made from "extruded" steel. When I bought my Spartan, I contacted STI and a rep emailed me that they used to use the extruded steel slides but went to forged because of longer life. However, I've never heard of anyone complaining about RIA slides cracking or peening very much.
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Old March 21, 2012, 06:40 AM   #11
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I've owmed 3 RIA,s 2-45's and one 9 all have functioned and shot well,but given the choice Ill take the STI.I relaced the springs,trigger and other internals on my 9 for IDPA with STI parts and could have bought the STI cheaper.
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Old March 21, 2012, 07:51 AM   #12
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So iblong,

I have looked at both - but you have or had THREE RIA and yet still would prefer the STI.

I think i should stop looking at the RIA despite their lower cost. I want something that is quality - not just a good performing cheap gun.


Which STI gun would you suggest. And I don't want a plastic trigger.
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Old March 21, 2012, 08:17 AM   #13
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Check out the spartins nice pistol for the money,although I have nothing against the RIA,I just feel the STI for a little more money is the way to go.
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Old March 21, 2012, 08:21 AM   #14
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I know this won't work for CCW, but it could be a fun range gun. I've been waiting for it. It's just now coming to market and this one is about $200 too high, because the .45 hi cap are selling for $525

http://www.gunbroker.com/Auction/Vie...Item=277940241
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Old March 21, 2012, 11:29 AM   #15
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the sti spartan would be better compaired to the RIA 1911 Match
http://www.1911pistols.com/item/1905..._Inch_Bar.aspx Which costs more than the spartan I am waiting on my sti spartan 9mm to get here I got it for $600 shipped Randy
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