- Oct 28, 2010
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Anyone know of a reputable, reliable 1911 maker that isn't super expensive? They're on a fixed income.
ARMSCOR, a Filipino manufacturer, produces lots of M1911 types, along with a couple of designs of their own.
The ARMSCOR .45 1911 is sold while branded as "Rock Island Armory" firearms. The original tooling was all Colt, but some years ago the factory upgraded and is now using CNC machine tools to produce their inventory.
The current prices range from $399 for a milspec M1911A1, up to about $700 or so for a fancier model with extra features that the military type didn't have going for it. There's also a compact model, which is basically one in the same as the milspec item... but which features a slightly shorter pistol grip and barrel. This shorty model is actually one-in-the-same as a Colt Combat Commander.
As to quality: one is likely to find more people who favor this type than those who have a negative things to say about it. Most curiously, the full-sized version tends to be very popular, even among owners of much higher-dollar models.
But of course, some won't like it. Ford vs. Chevy, or some other shit like that, I'd guess. But really: milspec is milspec is milspec.
However, to be truthful: I did purchase a RIA compact model and for a while it gave me a hard way to go. I had to soften the sharp edges at opening of the barrel chamber a little with a Dremel, then polished the feed ramp. I did that because the RIA compact used to choke on 180-grain truncated hollowpoint ammunition. It was only fifteen minutes worth of work, but that solved the problem.
Shortly after that, however, it started to goof up again-- double-feeds, stuff like that.
It took me a while to figure out what the problem was this time: it was that the recoil spring was actually too light for the model. The compact model calls for a 24-pound spring, but the one I found in my RIA model only provided 18 pounds. I don't know if it was simply a worn-out spring, or if the factory put the wrong spring into the pistol.
But once I got all that sorted out, the sucker runs like a scalded cat and is absolutely reliable.
I still don't carry it much, though. Kind of a clunker to lug around despite being a shorty, and I have a lot more faith and trust in revolvers than semiautomatic pistols to begin with.
But if I was gonna buy another M1911, I wouldn't hesitate to get an RIA model.
As I said: milspec is milspec... and thousands of dead enemy soldiers can't be wrong whereas the effectiveness of the cartridge is concerned.