I am looking to get a 1911 pistole and Found the Rock Ilands for under 400 is this a nice price and are they worth it or should Isave up to buy a Tourus 1911 those are about 500 any coments would be a great help
I have had a few of them. They are a good value but they are a basic GI model 1911A1. The Taurus has a lot of bells and whistles already installed.
RIA also has a tactical model that has a lot of the same features that Taurus has they run about $440 or so.
Considering its made in the Philippines, it really isn't bad. Lot of people buy it because they think they are getting an American made firearm and others buy it because it say "Rock Island Arsenal" thinking it really came from the legnedary Rock Island Arsenal which of course it only shares the purchased logo/name.
That being said... Atleast the ones I fired and worked on where nice pistols and are like Whirlwind06 said they are normally basic GI model 1911's. I am biased towards the PT1911 (because I feel it really is better), but you could do alot worse. Buy it if you like it
I paid $510.00 for mine + tax which isn't bad. I've seen them elsewhere for sometimes a little more, sometimes quite a bit more. I've also seen them under $500 but that's infrequent. Here is one NIB on gunbroker.com starting at $475.00
Rock Island for the money is a good buy if you want to customize it yourself or like the classic GI. Taurus however has all the good stuff put in. You can get the basic RIA .45 for $319 new up here with tax that would be under $400 which is even cheaper than the SA GI. I've handled both and woudl recomend either it just depends on what you what to do with it.
Shot a friend of mine's and it shot good. The only thing I got used to was the ambi safety. The Mags had to be forced to click but fed good. He is doing a little work on it as he can, good thing a lot of parts are out there.
I just bought a ria tactical model last week. It has about the same features as the taurus. I took it to the range and new immediatly it was a winner. Very accurate nice trigger pull and functioned flawlwessly. I got it for 420 at the gun show. I would highly recommend them. Their customer service is fantastic from what I have seen. Best of all no straight eight sights. I really do not like them.