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    Martywj - I've had my RIA Compact a few weeks now and couldn't be happier. Fit and finish (if you like Parkerized) are excellent. I have been using it a my daily carry defense gun. I was carrying a Kahr K9, an all steel 9mm, and the Compact is just a comfortable for all day carry as the 9mm. I've had two range sessions with it so far and was impressed with its accuracy. No FTF of FTE right out of the box with FMJ ammo. I would buy one again. Consider spending a few more dollars that the Tactical version of either model. Better sights. Another thing, everyone raves about the customer service provided by the guys in Nevada that service the pistols.

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    I've had my RIA Compact Tactical for over a year now and it has never failed me. It is a sweet gun. You mentioned looking at the tactical, and that's great, but if you want a smaller pistol(you also mentioned the compact), as I do, get the Compact Tactical. Has all the same features as the Tactical, just a shorter barrel and 1 less in the mag. RIAs rock!

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    buy the ria the customer service and warrenty service more than make up for it not being a springer ect.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Martywj View Post
    I am considering one of the Rock Island Armory for my first 1911.
    Either the 5" barrel Tactical



    Or the Compact with 3.5" barrel



    Either one can be found for less than $500.

    I have heard and read really good things about the RIA 1911. Anyone out there have experience with them?
    Do you use it for a CCW?

    Marty
    I have one just like the top picture you posted, and I like it a lot. I put some pachmayr grips that have laminated wood and rubber on them and I think it looks and feels really nice. The fit and finish on the gun is unbelievable for the price. The action is so slick and smooth, the trigger is light and crisp, and I can easily manipulate the hammer with my thumb... all of these things feel way better on this gun to me than on the more expensive springfields I tried.
    The "Novak style" sights look good, but they don't have dots in them so I put my own dots with a white-out pen. It works really well and looks like its supposed to be there. One thing though is that I believe I read somewhere that the dovetail is cut at a different angle than most aftermarket sights, so if you want night sights (which I would want on a carry guy) it might take some gunsmithing, but I'm not 100% sure about that.

    The first thing I would probably do is get a better magazine for it. The mag mine came with gave me some feeding problems, most of which have gone away with a Wilson Combat. It still fails to completely chamber the last round of the magazine sometimes, i'd say once every 2 or 3 magazines. I have to tap the back of the slide for it to go all the way in. Maybe some more breaking in or some polishing would help that, i don't know.

    I have carried it on occasion, but I don't really do it anymore because I decided to just stick with what I'm the most familiar with, which is my Glock. It has night sights and has never had any kind of malfunction, plus I'm more used to the grip angle and the way it points.


    Overall I think its a great gun, and I wouldn't hesitate to buy another.

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    I have the 5'' 4'' 3-1/2'' RIA pistols they are a great value for the money, the frames are cast and so are many others , the slide is NOT cast it's 4140 steel, I have not shot the 4'' yet, if it runs like others I will be a happy camper.I carry the compact, it has around 3000,trouble free rounds through it , FMJ and HP's I shoot Federal hydro shok HP. I havn't tried any others so I can't comment on them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Martywj View Post
    I am considering one of the Rock Island Armory for my first 1911.
    Either the 5" barrel Tactical



    Or the Compact with 3.5" barrel



    Either one can be found for less than $500.

    I have heard and read really good things about the RIA 1911. Anyone out there have experience with them?
    Do you use it for a CCW?

    Marty
    I just got a tactical, not as good as my Taurus PT 1911, but very good 1911, have a 38 Super too. Will need ramp work to shoot hollowpoins thoough................

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    Used to have a 5" GI model. Really liked it. Fed reliably and enjoyed shooting it. Mine came with the flared ejection port and a polished feed ramp, so it was able to shoot hollowpoints. Unfortunately I had to sell it. Currently have a Springfield Loaded.

    I don't think the 5" is a great conceal carry piece. I mean it's slim, but it's kind of on the heavy side. It's cast, not forged. If you plan to get one for carrying, go for one with a smaller barrel.

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