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I finally bought a new 1911 after a long hiatus. I read reviews, forums and everything else I could find to try to figure out which production gun would give me the best experience. I must have made up and changed my mind a thousand times, then when I thought I knew what I wanted, I changed my mind again at the gun store. This is what I ended up with:

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It is a Rock Island Armory 51448 TAC 1911 FS (Matte Nickel Plated).

I had the salesman show me every full-sized 1911 he had, a list that included RIA, ATI, MetroArms, Ruger, SA, Colt, Kimber, S&W, Remington, and Taurus. They all looked well made and felt tight. Some were better finished than others, and some had obviously ill-fitted parts. But, for the money, fit & finish, and just plain old good looks, this RAI seemed like the best deal in the store. I got it for $615.

It included Novak-style sights, extended beavertail, skeletonized trigger and hammer, lowered/flared ejection port, stainless barrel, speed bump grip safety, 4 lb. trigger (super crisp break), and full-length guide rod. The roll stamped logo on the slide is gone and has been replaced with a much more subdued laser etched logo as you can see in the photo. The other side of the slide has no marking. I was also attracted by the standard rear slide rail cocking serrations, some of the more aggressive front and rear serrations didn't appeal to me. The MSH checkering is a little aggressive, but the front strap grooves feel just right. Oh yeah, the feed ramp is smoothly polished and the barrel is throated and polished. It also has an extended ambidextrous safety.

I got it home, stripped it down, cleaned the oil off it, wiped it down with CLP and took it out back to shoot it. I shot 300 rounds, including 230 grain ball ammo and some weird Browning flat-nosed stuff the salesman talked me into. Using the supplied ACT-MAG, it fired all 300 rounds without a single hitch. All rounds cycled, fired, ejected and the slide locked back after the last round just like it was supposed to do. I shot it limp wristed and rapid fire trying to induce a malfunction, but the gun just kept on running.

A lifetime warranty also helped my decision. Just before I left the house I read where RIA CS was outstanding. Contact the company with a problem, they send you a shipping label, you send them the gun and get it back a couple of weeks later all fixed up and ready to run. That takes confidence in your product to offer such a warranty.

I must say, this was one enjoyable out-of-the-box experience. Now, let's see how it does after a few thousand rounds.

So, what was your best out-of-the-box 1911 experience?
 

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Easy question,
Springfield RO was the top outta box
experience hands down.
Later changed grips and trigger but
That was personal taste,
Gene
 

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I've not owned any RIA guns but have handled 2 or 3. Got to field strip and examine a friend's RIA and was prepared to trash it. Nope. Internal machine work and fit of barrel/slide/frame was better than some of my more expensive guns. Seemed like very solid guns to me.

I've had very good out-of-the-box experience with several 1911 type pistols from Colt, STI, Baer, etc. Most recently, a new Kimber Eclipse Target model has performed flawlessly with any factory or handloaded ammo I've been able to stuff into it.
 

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I've got two. Both S&W 1911 pistols.

One is my EDC. 108296

The other is a older target model. 108299

Both have been flawless.

Worst out of box? The other Wesson. Dan Wesson. 2007 CBOB and PM7, both in 10mm.

Both had flat extractors. NO TENSION at all.

Never had a problem with any of my XD series either.
 

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1977 Gold Cup. Still shoot that gun. Still works great.
 

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It was similarly amazing for Both my Wilsons, and my Ed Brown Kobra Carry. Every aspect of all 3 was flawless. Worst experience was my Kimber Eclipse Ultra II. I had a number of issues with that gun.
 

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RIA Ultra FS 9mm.

Detailed stripped, cleaned & oiled when I purchased it - left all original springs; only changed was fiber optic from orange to green. After that, just field strip/clean about every 300 rounds or so.

1st failure was at just over 4,200 rounds when the trigger wouldn't always reset. Problem was some crud that had built up. Detailed strip & clean & lube and replaced all springs and has been 100% again.
 

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My last Colt Series 70 reproduction in blue. The thing is so gorgeous it took me a long time just to set it down.
 

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The only ones yet to have a failure are a Springfield 5" loaded stainless, and a 5" Ruger SR1911. Both have between 2k and 3k rounds through them. Others - Colt, AutoOrd, Kimber, Springfield Champn, a Frankengun and a few others all have had a failure at some point before 500 rounds - some much sooner. All were sorted out fine in the end - except the AutoOrd, which peened itself to death. Out-of-the-box, I'm still waiting on the first problem with the three year old Ruger and the seven year old Springfield.
 

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My Kimber Classic Stainless purchased new back in 2000 from Welcher's Gun Shop, Tacoma, Washington. Pistol shoots great.
 
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