I can attest to Armscor Precision Customer Service first hand. I bought a RIA/Armscor 1911 CS new and promptly screwed up buy not putting in the Recoil Spring reverse plug in lined up wrong. Fire 4 shots before it locked up and breaking it. Called Armscor Pecision and they sent FedEx to pick it up within 2 hours of the call. I sent it back and got a call from Arnel their head gun smith. He asked me a couple of questions about what I wanted to do with the gun and I told him I had planned on using it for a daily carry CDW gun. I also asked about installing Trijicon night sights which he said sure but would have to pay what they cost him. I got the gun back in 5 business days with a polished speed ramp, put in a better extractor, slightly heavier springs, replaced the barrel with a match grade and titiumn firing pin. He installed the sights and finished off the front sight to match the shape of the slide perfectly. I paid Brownells' price they charged him for the sights with the rest on them. I got the gun back with an extra magazine, poker chips, decals and two towels with Armscor sewn into them.Many of the import companies are now competing quite closely with Taurus and the PT1911.
speaking of my particular weapons, and i own 4 PT1911's and 2 Rock island 1911's.
The Rock island tactical 45 acp was not a super great gun out of the box, it cost me about 475 out the door, but after a trigger change , a total breakdown and some smoothing it actually turned out to be a very nice 1911.
2 of the taurus recieved the strip and smoothing as well, 2 were simply no need to do anything and one the 38 Super is still one of the most accurate 1911's that i own.
BUT now in my mind there is NO comparison in the rock island tactical 2, it is 10 MM however.
it came stock with a fully ramped and supported barrel, VZ grips, ambi safety, speed hammer, vent trigger, adjustable sights, polished feed ramp, Fibe roptic front sight, magazine well, and a trigger that breaks crisp and cleanly at right at 4 pounds.
all that for 619.99, the taurus in blue here sales at 579.00, thats with fixed sights, plastic grips,conventional barrel setup,(not thats not good its just not fully supported barrel).
Reportedly Rock island has one of the best customer service depeartments going, and they offer a fair customer support base Via the repair station I understand.
I would imagine that the tactical II will be produced at least in 45 acp and 9MM in the near future!
I am waiting on a tactical II in 38 super myself.
anyway thats the way MY 1911's stack up, different guns may provide different results.
heres My pic for best 1911 bang 4 the buck.
Now it's a flip flop, Last time I checked the Rock Island tactical was more expensive than the Taurus.By Armscor I assume you mean the Rock Island? I looked at it and for the price it's a pretty decent gun but the Taurus seemed much better made, although the RIA is a more "true" GI style 1911. There was also a pretty decent price spread here, at the time the Taurus was $429 and the RIA $310. The RIA tactical is closer to the Taurus in features and price.
Right now here the Tactical II ( notice I said 2) is selling at 649.99, the taurus PT1911 is selling at 579.99.Now it's a flip flop, Last time I checked the Rock Island tactical was more expensive than the Taurus.
Thats a good price!Centerfire Systems is now selling them for $519.99 but they are out of stock.