Well seeing as I have a firearm that I really like that I do not see a review on, I have decided to do a little write-up on my RIA 1911.
I purchased this used for a small price of $350.00. I have always loved the look and feel of a 1911 but never had deep enough pockets to make it happen, this was my answer.
No it doesn't have the fit and finish, trigger, or quality of machine work as a Kimber, but this gun has been one of three guns that I would classify as the best guns I have ever got for my money and recommend to anyone looking for a good firearm on a budget. I have put around 800 rounds through it, I am the third owner from my understanding, so I feel the gun is past the "breaking in phase". The first two hundred rounds I did have a couple small malfunctions, it didnt feed right a couple times, and I believe when my finger wasn't on the trigger I was holding it in such a manner that it would but pressure on the pin to disassemble it so that caused me some problems. But every time I shoot it it gets better and better. In the last 4-5 hundred rounds I have not had a single malfunction with a combination of reloads, FMJ and JHP ammo in all makes and loads ( what I could get for a good deal). The Hogue finger groove grips make the gun incredibly comfortable and easy to hold. Even my wife loves it.
I got this firearm the same day that my brother got a S & W double stack 1911 .45 and we have shot them side by side a number of times. They started out about the same, as time has gone on, his has performed worse and worse and mine has gotten increasingly more reliable and pleasant to shoot. Sure his may look nicer being S.S. and of a better finish quality, but I would trust the RIA pistol with my life (and do). I dont think I would carry the S & W in its current state unless there was no other option. Once we went up to the range to try IDPA type shooting and there was my gun, my brothers gun mentioned above and an xd-m 9. My gun was the only one that functioned flawlessly throughout the entire morning.
About 200 rounds into my adventure, I noticed the barrel was becoming difficult to remove. It kept getting a tighter and tighter fit on the slide where the guide rod goes (sorry, see the picture for a better understanding of what I'm talking about)
I called armscor in Arizona despite not being the original owner just to see what they had to say. They transfered me immediately to a Technician and he could understand what I was trying to say, but offered to send me a shipping label so I could send it to him to look at it. I mentioned that I wondered if it just needed a stronger recoil spring to help buff it so it wouldnt smack the frame and slide and mushroom out the metal on the slide. He immediately sent me a stiffer spring free of charge no questions asked without even knowing the serial # of my gun. I am incredibly impressed with the customer service I have received and I am sure that if I do experience more problems that they will be quickly resolved. The package came with two business cards, one for the tech and one for a customer service person with direct phone numbers to reach either of them. They didn't even make these guns, just import them, and they still stand behind their product this well. I purchased a 2" 38 spcl imported by armscor and it was also one of the best guns I have bought. I took it to the range side by side with a colt detective special and no - joke, aside from a few functional differences ( like the way the cylinder releases) they shot identical grouping, both had similar triggers, the armscor felt great in the hand, and costs hundreds of dollars less, but i digress, sorry. I filed it down a bit for better clearance and replaced the recoil spring, and this problem has not come back yet after several hundred rounds thrown through it.
The 1911 feels like a 1911, shoots like a 1911, accepts all standard 1911 parts and accessories, at half the cost of almost everything else out there. I am extremely happy with my officers model 1911 .45 made by Rock Island Armory and imported by Armscor.
Oh, i forgot to mention, I did have one other problem with the gun. The gun failed to lock open after the last round about 1/3 of time time when I first got it. I switched to a Kimber magazine and the problem is all but eliminated. It does still happen, but it is less than 1/15 magazines. IMHO this doesn't affect its ability to defend myself or my family, its just nice. My other carry gun (an LCP doesnt either).
I cant get more pictures to post so I will put them in replies to this post