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Old April 8, 2012, 12:55 AM   #1
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Rock Island Armory 1911 or Citadel 1911

Hey guys, I'm lookin to get either a 38 or 45 an have been looking between the RIA 1911 or the Citadel 1911 any of you guys have any input on this?
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Old April 8, 2012, 01:56 AM   #2
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definitely the rock island armory. Amazingly well put lower end 1911 that functions just as good. RIA is my vote.

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Old April 8, 2012, 07:32 AM   #3
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A friend of mine has the RIA and loves it. He has never had a fail to feed or a fail to fire with his.
If I bought one I would get either the RIA Tactial or the RIA Tactical Match model.
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Old April 8, 2012, 07:34 AM   #4
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I never had a problem with my Rock Island Tactical.
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Old April 8, 2012, 07:45 AM   #5
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I never had a problem with my Rock Island Tactical.
Same here. I haven't needed it but from all I hear their customer service is second to none.
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Old April 8, 2012, 08:39 AM   #6
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Aren't they both made by Armscor?
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Old April 8, 2012, 08:46 AM   #7
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I think they are both made by Armscor.... That being said, my daily carry is a Citadel. Never had any problems with it at all, even with the factory magazines. Great guns! I would trust both after the first couple hundred round.
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Old April 8, 2012, 09:54 AM   #8
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Yeah, I was thinking the Citadel was made by somebody else.
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Old April 8, 2012, 10:56 AM   #9
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Citadel is made by howa
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Old April 8, 2012, 11:33 AM   #10
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I just bought a used RIA 1911 and took it to the range for the first time this morning. I must admit I was impressed with the accuracy and function for a $400 gun. No problems whatsoever with my ball reloads. Didn't like my semi-wadcutters tho, had feeding trouble with them.
Would I buy another one? Hell yes.
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Old April 8, 2012, 12:44 PM   #11
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Agreed with all the above. If it's any consolation mine was a tactical model as well

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Old April 8, 2012, 12:50 PM   #12
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whats the difference between the regular 1911 an the tactical?
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Old April 8, 2012, 12:52 PM   #13
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Actually it's not. It's made by Armscor.
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Old April 8, 2012, 12:55 PM   #14
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whats the difference between the regular 1911 an the tactical?
Extended beavertail, skeleton hammer, lowered and flared ejection port, beveled mag well, dovetailed front sight, Novak style rear sight, skeleton trigger, full length guide rod, ambi safety, polished feed ramp and throated barrel.
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Old April 8, 2012, 01:01 PM   #15
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The tactical model is a pretty good step up from the base model for bit a lot of money. I believe they're also ambidextrous but I've been wrong before. You can also get them with a rail if you wish to ruin that classic 1911 style.
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Old April 8, 2012, 02:24 PM   #16
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I've owned 2 Tactical and they run great, traded one a few months ago, still have one as well as a High Standard. ( both by Armscor) They make good entry level 1911s IMHO.

Don't have a pic of a standard, but here's a Tactical.

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Old April 8, 2012, 04:23 PM   #17
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I've owned both a RIA Tactical and a Citadel. As far as I could tell, they were the same pistol with different rollmarks on the slide.
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Old April 8, 2012, 05:53 PM   #18
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I have several RIAs and only had an issue with 1 (the mag catch was way out of spec). I called RIA, they paid shipping both ways (even though I told them I had no issue just replacing the part if they sent it to me...) and even did a trigger job for free. Good products + good customer service = I'll be buying more RIAs.
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Old April 8, 2012, 06:25 PM   #19
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I am considering the RIA Tactical Match as my next 45 purchase.
I have heard nothing but good about RIA
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Old April 9, 2012, 10:59 AM   #20
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Darn...kinda want another one to mess with again. $400 here I come

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Old April 9, 2012, 12:29 PM   #21
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Made by the same company, pretty much the same gun, differs in grips, slide serrations and other cosmetic stuff like that but the internals are the same. citadels will cost a bit more for their looks so its up to you if the looks of the citadel are worth the little bit of extra $. that being said i went with the citadel and carry it about half the time. pushing 1500+rds and completely reliable
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Old April 9, 2012, 11:30 PM   #22
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Armscor makes both RIA and Citadel; different importers.
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