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I just picked up a Rock Island Armory .45 this morning from the dealer. This is my first foray into the 1911 world, but it probably won't be my last.

I mainly bought this gun to see if I'd enjoy shooting a .45 and I didn't want to drop $700 (or more) on a name-brand pistol if I didn't like the cartridge. I've never fired a .45 before, but I have plenty of experience with .38/.357, 9mm, and .40 handguns, so I thought I'd see what all of the fuss surrounding it was about.

All I can say is this: What the heck took me so long to find this cartridge? I thoroughly enjoyed firing this round, and the RIA launching pad I bought was, so far, a bargain. From a sandbag rest, I was able to put 6 out of 7 rounds through one ragged hole at 7 yards. Of course, I only put a box of ammo through it, so I'll reserve final judgement on the gun until I've fired about 10 times that amount, but today I'm happy.
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