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Old 01-19-2009, 10:20 PM
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Rock Island Armory 1911

Anyone have any experience with these pistols. I've been searching for a cheap beater .45 to carry and have read some good reviews about these and It's hard to beat the price.

Any advice/input ?
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Old 01-20-2009, 02:28 AM
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Not sure what your price range is but there are several companies offering "basic" 1911 pattern 45's. Springfield Armory has a GI version, Taurus has a good looking model. Even Para Ordnance is coming out with a no frills "Expert" model I wouldn't mind having. I have a friend with a Rock Island gun and it seemed to function just fine. Would you be able to shoot it before buying?
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IVe read alot of good things about them. On another note, not too many gunsmiths will touch them if you want to do any custom work to them if that tells you anything. I myslef would do with a Springfield GI or Mil Spec and if you decide to upgrade anything you have a great base gun. IF you can find a used NM serial numbered Springfield it will be made in the USA and not in Brazil and will have NO made in Brazil markings on it like the others will. Look at Whittaker Guns's website. You can get Springfield GI's or Mil Specs for dirt cheap new. The STI you may have to dig around to find, but alot of people swear this is the bestt $600 1911. I myslef am partial to Dan Wesson 1911's but they are a bit more on the spendy side, but definitely worth it. The fit and finish is top notch on these, and built with alot of custom parts. They make a great Commander Bobotail for carry, but they are around 1k. I just bought a Valor and its real sweet but that was even more. Check out 1911Forum.com - 1911 news, reviews, and more! There is a wealth of knowledge over thee about all things 1911, thats if you didnt know about it already.

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thanks for the advice fellas, I'm not all that familiar with pistols.I grew up hunting deer and birds.
I'll ask around on that website. Maybe i can find a good deal on a decent .45
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How much are you wanting to spend? New or Used?
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One more thought-are you set on a 1911 pattern 45? Although I like my Colt very much, I wouldn't mind trying a S&W M&P 45, or a Springfield XD, or even a Glock, all available in 45acp, and maybe in an action style more suited to someone who is not an avid pistol shooter. A 1911 takes some dedicated practice to manage safely, even though it is easy to shoot well.
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Ive got a Glock .40 and it shoots good, small frame and seems to have some pop. I only paid $450 w/3 boxes of ammo.
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How much are you wanting to spend? New or Used?
sup Grayson, I'm just looking for a cheap/reliable carry gun. I really like the 1911 style but i'm open to any decent deal as long as it's a .45

what is that in your avatar ?
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here ya go! best handgun i have ever shot.




Springfield XD .45.

i thinks it feels alot better than the glock when you shoot it and the grip seems to fit alot better to me.
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sup Grayson, I'm just looking for a cheap/reliable carry gun. I really like the 1911 style but i'm open to any decent deal as long as it's a .45

what is that in your avatar ?
Its a Glock 23 which is a .40 and I might be getting it this weekeng but im having second thoughts now. I kind of want a 9mm now since I will be shooting alot and 9mm ammo is cheaper. Look on Gunbroker.com You might find a good deal on there
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