Armscore/Tanfoglio RIA MAP1 9x19mm with Hogue Grip and Magazine with Pearce Grip Magazine +2 Extension
Was lurking in my favorite local Gun Shop, looking in vain, for some .22 LR ammunition, when I spied a new small frame 9mm Tanfoglio variant, of which I had been wanting for some time. With the market being what it is, I decided to GET, while the getting was there, and the rest is a good history.
Armscore/Tanfoglio RIA MAP1 Field Stripped
My initial impressions were that the Pistol is well made and durable and that is still my assessment after some 200 rounds downrange, now. The only visible tool marks found were on the left side safety and they were quite minor. Finish is a dark Parkerize that can be dark grey to black, depending upon the light and whether preservative oil is present. I'm keeping a very light coating of Ballistol on it, which makes it appear more Black. The Pistols action was smooth, even when dry of oil. This handgun is of all Steel Construction. Manual Safety has ambi-dextrous levers.
Armscore/Tanfoglio RIA MAP1 9x19mm Accuracy with Match load of Berry's 124 grn FP over 4.8 grains of WST at 50 feet, offhand.
At the Range, it performed very well in the Accuracy Department. In Reliability however, the Magazines that came with it, were only so so, as the supplied Magazines ( it comes with two 16 rounders) had weak springs. As I had a good stock of Mec-Gar Magazines, this proved not to be an issue, and with my Mec-Gar Magazines, it proved to be 100% feed reliable with all Factory and Reloaded Ammunition used. The only issue with the Witness Mec-Gar Magazines was that they did not activate the Slide Stop, which is not a deal breaker. I have some Wolff +5% Magazine Springs on order ( 4 to 6 weeks out) and that should cure the supplied Magazines issues.
Ammunition used was mostly my Reloaded Match ammunition with a box each of CCI 124 grain +P Gold Dots and Winchester 124 grain +P PDX.
The supplied magazines have the "Triangle T" symbol stamped on them, which denotes Tanfoglio, however I strongly suspect that they are made by Sabatti, which can be infamous for having weak Magazine Springs. The rest of the Magazines are made pretty well, and generally all you need do, to redeem a Sabatti Magazine, is to replace it's Spring. I've put them off to the side till my Springs get here. When the new Magazine Springs get here, I will also add Pearce Grip +2 extensions to the Magazines, which should give me an 18 round Magazine Capacity.
All in all, I'm very happy with it. I love the fixed sights, the Grip, the Trigger, the Accuracy, and Reliability. The only minor inconvenience is the Rail, which has made holster selection a bit more problematic.