Reviewed By: Benjamin F on 07/01/2012
Rating: [5 of 5 Stars!]
Ordered the gun Monday morning, picked it up at my FFL's place Tuesday evening, I'm not joking. The fastest shipping I've ever seen, thanks Bud's!
Now, onto the gun review:
First off, for those of you who don't know, this gun is made by the same people who make the RIA 1911's (Armscor in the Phillipines), this 1911 is virtually identical to the RIA except that it has a smaller rollmark (always a good thing), a better finish and better grips out of the box. For $25 more I figured it was worth it for me to go with the HS over the RIA, mainly because I wanted a deep black finish (the RIA's tend to be a little more greyed), I was pleasantly surprised to find that I made the right decision on this part.
The grips, well...they're garbage, I'm not even sure if they're actually wood, but I expected this, I had already ordered some nice double-diamond cocobolo grips to replace them anyway. Same thing goes for the 8round ACT mag that comes with the gun, again I expected this, and had already bought some government-standard Colt mags to replace.
Beyond that, this is GREAT gun, you have to realize that to save on cost, the grips and mag are going to be crap, I can live with that...the real gem is in the quality of the steel used (I heard from a gunsmith that Armscor uses old railroad-tie steel), the fit and the function. Do a search on RIA or HS 1911's, you'll find that a lot of people swear by them, even over their Springfield or Kimbers.
I finally had a chance to get this out to the range yesterday and put 50rnds of Remington FMJ through without an issue. Accuracy was spot on, but the trigger is going to take some breaking in, it's a bit heavy but I'm going to give it another 200rnds or so to loosen up (this is common with just about all 1911's). I have a feeling that by the time I get 500rnds down the pipe this will be the best shooting pistol in my collection.
In conclusion, Armscor has produced a very faithful, quality rendition of the classic military M1911-A1, even my grandfather who is a WWII vet was impressed when I showed it to him. Bud's Service was phenomenal and I couldn't be happier with my purchase.
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