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Rock Island Armory Mil Spec High Cap M1911A2 
by Robert S
Date Added: Monday 15 March, 2010
I purchased my RIA 1911-a2 in February 2010. I was pleasantly surprised to find a FFL licensed dealer close to my home, who already had their license on file with Bud’s. Online ordering was simple and shipping took about 1 week. The pistol was received in excellent condition with manual, one 14 round magazine, two fired casings from the manufacturer, and a bonus gun lock that I wasn’t expecting.
RIA’s HiCap version of the 1911 is very accurate right out of the box and well balanced. The weight of its all steel construction is an excellent counter-balance for recoil. The grip is comfortable, even for smaller hands. The slimmer pistol grips on RIA’s 1911-a2 compensate for the “wide body” 14 round double-stack design. Everything else is military spec. As a veteran having cut my teeth on the original 70 series Colt 1911, the higher capacity of RIA’s “a2” is welcomed and the only design change I could have recommended.
For its first firing, I purchased 100 rounds of Winchester 230-gr. FMJ .45 ACP (brass casing) from the indoor range I was shooting at. While loading the 14 round magazine, I noticed that the Winchester brass casing protruded slightly where the bullet is pressed into the casing.
The first 14 rounds I fired went off without a hitch. As the pistol warmed up, the slide would occasionally fail to return completely to battery. Slight thumb pressure on the back of the slide would completely chamber the round. Despite adding a bit of RemOil to the ramp and chamber, this failure to return to complete battery continued on every 4th or 5th round throughout the 100 round firing. I thought that the protrusion of the Winchester brass casings may have been contributing to the problem.
A few weeks later I purchased 100 rounds of Blazer 230-gr. FMJ (aluminum alloy casing) and headed to the range for a second firing. The Blazer aluminum casings did not have a slight protrusion where the bullet had been pressed into the casing. 100 rounds fired, not a single failure.
I’m extremely pleased with this pistol and my purchase from Bud’s. I’ve recently discovered that the Para Ordinance P14 magazine and wrap-around pistol grips will fit the RIA 1911 a2. The RIA is less expensive than some other1911 manufacturers, but certainly not less in quality and workmanship.