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Rock Island Armory 51643 TAC 1911 Compact 8+1 9mm 3.5"
by Matthew H Date Added: Friday 13 April, 2012
This is my 3rd 1911, but first in the 9mm caliber. I've wanted a Rock for a while as a cheaper alternative to the Kimber's, etc. of the world. I have to say, I'm thouroghly impressed. The fit and finish are top notch, except for the grips, which are terrible. This isn't an issue, as I have VZs on order anyway, but they definitely need to go. Worse, the gun arrived so covered in lube that the gun wants to jump out of your hands with the smooth grips even after a good wipe down. I thought I bought a cosmoline coated curios and relic for a second. I mean, the thing was dripping oil all over the place.

Anyway, where was I? Oh yes, the gun. It's great. I shot 100 rounds of reloads that are sold at my range with only 1 failure to feed. This was due to the round not being properly seated in the magazine. Speaking of, I've read you need to buy Wilson or some other mags, as the stock ones are garbage. I can definitely see that. Don't know much about 9mm 1911 mags, so I need to look into that further.

The takedown of the gun isn't exactly like a typical 1911. There is no barrel bushing to turn to release he guide rod/spring like 99% of the 1911's out there. This was a little strange to me, but it could be common on a non-.45 for all I know. Those wanting an exact replica of a M1911A will be disappointed.

Bud's was great, as always. 1 week from order to delivery. Couldn't be happier with them or my purchase.

Rating: 5 of 5 Stars! [5 of 5 Stars!]
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