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Rock Island Armory 1911 Tactical 45 ACP 5" Parkerized 
by Travis R
Date Added: Thursday 17 May, 2012
Overall I am very satisfied with this gun. I have only put 200 rounds through it, but so far it has performed very well. One FTF, but that was around my 20th round, and I was using a Springfield mag. Performance has been as expected, and all parts seem to be well fitted. The action is not butter smooth, but not overly rough either. The finish was a slight disappointment as when I got mine the park was worn through under the thumb safety, on the hammer, on the barrel, on the side of the beaver tail and one spot on the top of the slide (?). The rails are sharp, and weren't well polished prior to finishing, but that's no big deal. The grips are rather cheap looking and plain, but who keeps stock grips on anyway? One thing that surprised me is that the mainspring housing is plastic, which is odd, but it serves its purpose. As far as accuracy, it shoots pretty straight. It will need some sighting in once you get it to the range though. Mine shot way low and to the left. The sights are nice, and having the front dovetailed rather than staked through is a big plus if you want to change them out. With the stock sights you don't have any way to adjust for elevation, so you have to be cognizant of how high or low your gun shoots, and adjust up or down the front blade to compensate.
This is a sub $500 1911, so my comments are not as much criticisms, as full disclosure of my experience. Honestly if you want a pretty 1911, go spend $1200 on a Kimber. If you want a well functioning 1911 (with a lifetime warranty to boot) for a lot less scratch, this is the ticket.