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Rock Island Armory 51643 TAC 1911 Compact 8+1 9mm 3.5"

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Model: 51643
Condition: Factory New
Bud's Item Number: 411548758
UPC: 51643516435
MFG: Rock Island Armory

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Combat hammer, beavertail grip safety and skeletonized trigger. Dovetail Novak style rear sight; dovetail front sight. Ambidextrous safety. Serrated slide. Parkerized finish. Comes with a case.
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Finish Black
Type Semi-Automatic
Action Single Action Only
Caliber 9mm
Barrel Length 3.5"
Capacity 8 + 1
Safety Thumb and Grip Safety
Grips Black
Sights Dovetail
Weight 2.25 lbs

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Reviewed By: John B on 04/18/2014 Rating: 5 of 5 Stars! [5 of 5 Stars!]
This is my second RIA 1911 purchase from Buds. The fit and finish of this compact 1911 is excellent, especially for the price. The pistol is very accurate, with not one failure to feed, eject, fire, ect. I have fired approx. 500 rounds of all types, including HP's. The grip, like all 3.5 inch barrel and under compact 1911's, is shorter than a full size 1911, but you can still get all fingers (including your pinky) on the firearm easily, even will larger hands. This is a definate plus, and with a t-shirt and shorts and a hybrid iwb holster, this is an easy firearm to conceal, even in the summer. If I had one complaint, I wish someone would offer the same gun with a aluminum frame so it wasn't quite as heavy (for a reasonable price). The weight actually a benefit too (trade off) is a plus because it reduces recoil even more. 1911s that do offer this option are double the cost so it is not a true complaint. Best all around gun (range, CCW, home defense) I own.

The black grips are a hard rubber like material and are very nice. It is a bushing less barrel, but due to the lighter (9mm vs 45acp) recoil spring, breakdown is not difficult.

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Reviewed By: Lester D on 02/23/2014 Rating: 5 of 5 Stars! [5 of 5 Stars!]
Great job by Buds again. I had this gun in my hands 4 days after they received payment. Now about the gun. It is not the one that is pictured but in my opinion it is better. The RIA marking is much smaller so it hardly shows. Also this gun has checkered double diamond grips instead of the smooth wood ones. Only down fall are the sights but that is an easy fix. Anyone looking for a compact 1911 chambered in 9MM should seriously look at this gun.

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Reviewed By: george o on 12/27/2013 Rating: 5 of 5 Stars! [5 of 5 Stars!]
Received the gun in perfect shape. Opened the box, wiped the gun down from the excessive oil, loaded up the mag with Federal JHP's. Took the gun to the range, and right out of the box I was shooting bull's-eyes at 21ft. Ran some cheapo Wal-Mart white-box FMJ rounds and still shot bull's-eyes. Ran some Federal FMJ's thru it and again same results. The gun is all metal so it's small size is deceivingly heavy, with the 9mm rounds, recoil is very light and manageable. Had my friends younger son shoot it, and he liked it a lot, he does not like his dad's Glock .45, but he enjoyed my gun.
After around 100 rounds without a jam or malfunction, I cleaned it up, loaded it with JHP, and it is now my new carry gun!
I am very pleased with the gun.

IT took a while to get it shipped out to me, but I did order it around Christmas time, so they had quite a long list of orders to get thru. Once it was out the door, 2 day air and it was at the gun store in time for the weekend.

So far I have ordered 2 guns thru buds and have been happy with every purchase.

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Reviewed By: Bruce T on 08/23/2013 Rating: 5 of 5 Stars! [5 of 5 Stars!]
Love this gun! Very accurate, low recoil, a bit heavier than I expected, but then it's all steel! Would really like to find some slom checkered rosewood grips for it, and extra mags are a bit hard to find at this point in time.

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Reviewed By: William A on 06/04/2013 Rating: 3 of 5 Stars! [3 of 5 Stars!]
My first RIA and am on the fence with this handgun. I like the size and the fit and finish is good. The handgun is very accurate and recoil is very light. I received the pistol and took to the range and first shot is bullseye but then the mag falls out. Each subsequent shot results in the mag being released, and round will not feed. I called RIA and they are sending out another mag release and hopefully that will resolve the issue.

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