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Old May 28, 2019, 03:30 PM   #1
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RRA Poly 1911

Have seen this version of the 1911 online but have yet to see or handle one. Question(s) for anyone who has one; what's the quality like? How does it 'feel' in the hand. I've read that it's a bit wider than the metal frame 1911. And most important, what's the weight difference?

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Old May 28, 2019, 03:59 PM   #2
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I'm too much of a purist to try out a polymer 1911. considering that polymer pistols have been out for decades and the 1911 version is still floundering leads me to believe that a lot of enthusiasts think the same way as I.
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Old May 28, 2019, 05:17 PM   #3
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Not sure STI and the like could be called "floundering". Custom guns built on those frames have been dominating practical pistol competition for several decades.

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Old May 28, 2019, 07:54 PM   #4
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M1911.org reviewed the poly 1911 early this year. If you haven't found that review,

https://ezine.m1911.org/showthread.p...RA-1911-Review
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Old May 29, 2019, 07:16 PM   #5
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Thank you for the link. It helps. Now I need to find one locally.
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Old May 30, 2019, 08:27 AM   #6
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I hoisted one at a lgs several weeks ago. I liked it. Felt good in the hand, a touch top heavy, you can't remove the handgrips as they are integral to the frame. I've been looking for any reviews online, and they are mixed. Some say it's not terribly accurate, others have written it's accuracy and reliability for them was fine. Price was right, I still might buy one.
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Sorry, it was a Rock Island poly, not Rock River.

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Not sure STI and the like could be called "floundering". Custom guns built on those frames have been dominating practical pistol competition for several decades.

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I made no mention of any company, just the poly 1911 in general.
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Old May 30, 2019, 04:33 PM   #8
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Count me in,I'd rather eat worms than own one of those.
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Old May 30, 2019, 10:14 PM   #9
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The opening post in this thread asked a few specific questions:

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Question(s) for anyone who has one; what's the quality like? How does it 'feel' in the hand. I've read that it's a bit wider than the metal frame 1911. And most important, what's the weight difference?
If you have handled the Rock River Poly 1911 and/or you know the answers to the questions, feel free to respond. If you just don't like the idea of a ploy 1911 ... feel free to start your own thread to discuss that particular bias.
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I hoisted one at a lgs several weeks ago. I liked it. Felt good in the hand, a touch top heavy, you can't remove the handgrips as they are integral to the frame. I've been looking for any reviews online, and they are mixed. Some say it's not terribly accurate, others have written it's accuracy and reliability for them was fine. Price was right, I still might buy one.
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Sorry, it was a Rock Island poly, not Rock River.
Are you sure it was a Rock Island poly? I've known about the Rock River poly for years, but hadn't heard that RIA made one.

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I'm sure. Rock Island has a poly 1911 in which the grips are integral to the poly frame. It felt good in the hand, and the price was very reasonable.
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I'm sure. Rock Island has a poly 1911 in which the grips are integral to the poly frame.
Got a link? It's not on their web site.
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Old May 31, 2019, 03:02 PM   #13
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Got a link? It's not on their web site.
They must have read your post. https://www.rockriverarms.com/index....ategory_ID=133 It seems I remember RR saying two or three years ago they were going to make a polymer 1911. I guess it just took awhile.
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KyJim, you posted a link to the Rock River polymer 1911. I know that exists -- I posted a link to a review of it. The one whose existence is in doubt is Rock Island.
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Rock Island sells rebadged Tanfoglio witness pistols that are assembled in the Philippines. Tanfoglio also makes polymer 1911s that have non removable grips. I'm thinking the Rock Island poly 1911s might be rebadged version of those 1911s. Here's a tanfoglio polymer 1911.

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I am not sure a poly 1911 is really a 1911. I am sure some folks will love it, I am not one of those folks. I live just a few miles (less then 10) from where Mr. John M. Browning lived. There is no way I could own such a gun.
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I am not sure a poly 1911 is really a 1911. I am sure some folks will love it, I am not one of those folks. I live just a few miles (less then 10) from where Mr. John M. Browning lived. There is no way I could own such a gun.
You know what. I bet if John Moses Browning lived today he'd make a pistol using a polymer. Blasphemy, I know.

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Rock Island sells rebadged Tanfoglio witness pistols that are assembled in the Philippines. Tanfoglio also makes polymer 1911s that have non removable grips. I'm thinking the Rock Island poly 1911s might be rebadged version of those 1911s. Here's a tanfoglio polymer 1911.
I hate to be a pedant, but I am what I am. I know that Armscor/Rock Island sells some Tanfoglio pistols under their name. Those are on the Armscor web site. I have not found a polymer 1911 on Armscor's web site, and the folks I know at Armscor have never mentioned one. The statement was made that Rock Island sells a polymer 1911. I asked for a link to something that confirms that, because I am not aware that such a pistol exists from Armscor/Rock Island.
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Just to set the record straight.
Mr.Browning was a master gunsmith.
Herr Gaston is a polymer chemist and curtain rod manufacturer.
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Old June 1, 2019, 09:32 PM   #21
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Just to set the record straight.

Mr.Browning was a master gunsmith.

Herr Gaston is a polymer chemist and curtain rod manufacturer.
Oh Browning designed far more in his time than Gaston ever dreamed. That doesn't mean Glock hasn't had a significant impact on the history of firearms.

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I live just a few miles (less then 10) from where Mr. John M. Browning lived. There is no way I could own such a gun.
The advanced thinking, innovative JMB would probably be disgusted that you don't own one of the most advanced versions of his creation.

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A forward thinking master gunsmith, and inventor of designs advanced for the times. Just like Gaston Glock.
Both bringing advancements to the firearms industry.

Now, to the point of the OP. Don't have one, havent handled one, but the concept seems quite interesting.
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Those of you who have personal comments for other participants in this discussion, please take it to PM.

If your post disappeared, this might apply to you.
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Old June 2, 2019, 10:30 AM   #24
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Diving in to concur: the description attributed to a RIA poly gun fits the distinguishing characteristics of the EAA polymer 1911 offering and I have never seen one badged as an Armscor offering.

I'll also toss the American Tactical FXH 45 up for consideration. It is no longer badged as a 1911 but it is clearly based on JMB's 1911. I have one inbound and I chose it as the polymer example that joins my collection. Front strap is molded finger groove which I expect to be more effective than RRAs plastic checkering and EAAs smooth plastic. Grips are regular 1911 and swappable.

Hank Strange look from 2016:
https://youtu.be/7aRgZfcH-Sc

There are several more presentations on YouTube, but mine will land this week and I can return to show what less than $400 bought for my collection. The stainless/poly combo will join me fishing this season off the Gulf Coast.

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KyJim, you posted a link to the Rock River polymer 1911. I know that exists -- I posted a link to a review of it. The one whose existence is in doubt is Rock Island.
Getting confused, I guess. Since the thread started with questions about the RRA, I just blanked at the RIA. And that's after I read the review you linked to.
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