Reviewed By: Darren P on 12/21/2015
Rating: [5 of 5 Stars!]
Just a few comments for anyone (like me) unfamiliar with RIA products and considering giving it a shot. I had previously tested the compact officers model and wanted to see how the government model faired. It did great over 850 rounds with 100% feed and fire; two FTE at #640 and #690 - far better than my Springfield Jam Master. Factory mag was used throughout. Unlike the compact, I only tried Winchester bulk 230 grain FMJ on this outing.
Accuracy. Three-shot groups usually around 2" @ 20 yds; long strings 4"; a fifty-round group inside a 4x4 or 6x6 inch square. I beat the paint off a chest size steel plate at 30 yds once the kentucky windage got worked out.
The trigger is great, safety positive on/off. Finish okay with some stamp-sized blemish on the top of the slide. This may "age" out as the parkerized gets worn, or duracoated one day. Didn't bother me, I'm looking for excellent reliability then reasonable accuracy at a value price point. I like the wood grips. They look okay and feel great to me. I prefer the normal grip safety. The compact beavertail lets the rear of the safety cut into my hand. Not a problem at all with the regular config as the grip position a little lower.
The local 400# range commando said my sites were bad. He had the night/tritium/thermal/red dot/laser/ESP commando sights just like they shot Bin Laden with. I still outshot him, so did everyone else. Don't discount the GI sights, they work well, are unbreakable, we managed to win a couple major world wars with them. They also keep the overall price of the gun reasonable.
The factory mag seems nice and worked 100% 850 times in a row. All shooting was done starting with a full load of eight rounds to test the spring and overall function.
Overall superior to the Springfield Armory experience and would probably be a good deal at $800. I think it's a fantastic deal at $415. I'm not a collector, I don't see guns as a work of art. This will go camping, hiking and hunting and get beat up. It proved very reliable with decent accuracy, a great price point - let's call it five stars.
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