[5 of 5 Stars!]This RIA MS 1911 is a great firearm. I love the 45ACP and I concealed carry a 1911 on a daily basis. This is just like a full sized GI style 1911 but is .75 inches shorter than the full sized 5 inch version. The big difference here is the MS has a full length guide rod and a bull barrel and no barrel bushing or recoil spring plug. As a result, the take-down/ field strip process is a little different than your standard issue 1911 and in some ways a bit more difficult. But don't let that scare you away. I highly recommend that you use a bent paper clip or an Allen-wrench to help you with field-stripping this pistol. This pistol can also be taken down without those items as well. Disassembly without an Allen-wrench or without a paper clip will get easier after you break in the pistol after a few hundred rounds as the recoil spring is very, very tight but will losen up over time. A simple search on YouTube will help you in figuring out how to field-strip the pistol, as the owners manual is quite simple and doesn't explain much in detail.
This gun functions well and has tight tolerances. The finish is also very well done. I cleaned off the oil the gun came covered in- it was coated but not over-done as some reviews have said. Upon field-stripping the weapon, I examined the parts and internals and am happy to report that this pistol is very well made... no machining or tooling marks inside (or outside) the pistol. The folks at RIA know what they are doing and I hate to say this but the internals and machining inside this RIA 1911 are smoother and better done than the internals and parts on my American-made Springfield Armory mil-spec 1911's (I own 2 of those) and this RIA 1911 is better machined and better fitted than both of my Springfield 1911s...
This RIA 1911 is my new EDC and the 4.25 inch barrel does lighten the pistol enough that you will notice a difference in the weight.
This firearm will feed hollow points and hard ball ammo very well. The only time I noticed issues feeding hollow points is when I used magazines that were higher in capacity than 8 rounds. If you use 7 or 8 rounders they will work flawlessly in this pistol. Hard ball ammo fed flawlessly from my 10-round Wilson Combat extended mags. I have not fired this gun yet but everything on it functions and works great. Very high quality 1911. Also, RIA made 1911s for the US military back in WWII -The US government gave a copy of the original Colt 1911 blueprints to the RIA company back then so they could make these pistols for the US troops in WWII. That same factory that was used in the Philippines to make those 1911s is the same factory that is being used today and RIA still uses those same old Colt blueprints to make their 1911s. So, although these pistols have the small RIA logo on the rear of the slide, these 1911s are exact copies of the original Colt 1911s. They look just like the WWII era 1911s. -Because they in fact, are. Also all RIA 1911s are series 70, just how John Moses Browning intended them to be. You can't beat these 1911s for the money. I highly recommend them. Also Buds was great as usual. Transfer at my FFL was quick and easy as well. Thanks again, Buds! Life long customer right here. What the polymer wonders promise... the 1911 steel warrior has proven.
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[5 of 5 Stars!]This was my first buy from Buds and it was a great experience overall. I paid for my gun last Saturday, Rock Island 1911 gi ms. Buds shipped it to my FFL on Monday and it arrived on Wednesday. I put around 100 rounds of Remington 230 grain through the gun today and it ran flawlessly, not a single issue. Thanks Buds. The RIA 1911 is a solid gun, well made for a cheap price. And it%u2019s fully customizable. I enjoy the classic look of the gi model, but over time I might add a few bells and whistles to mine. I highly recommend this gun.Show More Reviews...