It is nicely to look at a basic 1911 at an affordable price, in a day when you will find 1911, with compensators, red dots affixed, go pedal and all the other things you can throw on a gun. With its inexpensive (and extremely simple) 1911 style, Rock Island Armory gained its name. This 1911 was a gift, the first actual gun that I had acquired 13 years ago. It is always marked and my collection will never leave. The GI 1911 name refers to a very simple weapon without contemporary computerization of most of the 1911 manufacture. He isn’t a perfect depiction of history, but he’s quite narrow. (Review) The GI 1911 From Rock Island Armory.
This article is from May 2019.
It’s all extremely basic, making the pistol rather reliable. The Rock Island GI 1911 offers the smallest and most simple sights. It’s an ultra-thin little half-circle front view. The back is quite a little bit. Colors or forms are not contrasting. I don’t believe that the sights become much smaller. The grips coming with this weapon are wooden, but I replaced them, as you can see. The fetters have been working, but over time they have been scratched and weak.
No ambidextrous safety, extensive beavertail, or skeletonized hammer or trigger is available. It’s quite straightforward. Mine has a lovely gray antique finish. The newer RIA GI 1911s are black and look like a more bluish style. There are small and delicate controls, very different from what you see today on most weapons. (Review) The GI 1911 From Rock Island Armory.
The weapons are so easy and straightforward that they would have a lower grade if they tried to be a current pistol. However, it is a good job of reproducing the original design because of the virtually working WW2 period 1911 clone. These weapons are manufactured in the Philippines, and the 1911 platform in the Philippines has a lengthy history. After the Second World War, they were produced on obsolete machinery and used them for decades in the police and armed forces.
The GI Armory GI 1911 Rock Island includes rear tightening and a somewhat controlled hammer. The tightening is superficial and thin and you have to be careful that you are in good handling. The security has a slight shelf which facilitates movement and decommissioning and provides a place for your thumb to rest. The release of the magazine is a little spherical button that closely engages and sets the magazine open. (Review) The GI 1911 From Rock Island Armory.
Everything works as well. It’s nothing special, you can imagine.
The GI 1911 – An Age-Old Design
This is as close as an original 1911 for about $400. My model was bought in 2006 for 389.99 dollars, and since then costs have increased significantly. As the weapons became more popular, they became more popular and therefore more expensive. But this is one of the cheapest and most reliable variants as far back as the 1911s go.
It wasn’t always trustworthy, I’ll say. I will not lie. I will not lie. Thirteen years ago I tried my hand and sucked at bowling pin contest. The slide failed to properly enter the battery. My rifle had several problems. To do it, a manual press was necessary using my thumb. For a brief while, this problem tormented me and then suddenly it vanished half way through the first summer when I shot bowling pins. It sucked much less afterwards.
I almost got trouble-free for 13 years with my GI 1911. The weapon is, of course, moist. It has troubles here and there without lubrication—mainly in connection with cycling with the rifle. These problems are still uncommon and many, perhaps at most once a year, and usually remain unused for a long time after the weapon.
I’d use it as a firearm defensive? No. There are better choices. I’d encourage you to keep it clean and well lubricated if this is your only option. It can also be chic ammo-wise. They don’t like JHPs of 180 grains. It definitely favors the larger and better JHPs and FMJs of 230 grains. The GI 1911 was intended to run with these rounds so that this vintage design appears to be the best choice.
How it Fires
It is tough if you’re used to a tuned 1911 or just a more sophisticated gun. It’s hard to find. The trigger for such an inexpensive weapon is really nice. The 1911 design is a side consequence, and even a bare-bones GI 1911 is seen. It is louder than a custom weapon, however, it has a short pull and only a pre-trip hair. The reset is extremely short, yet it is difficult to hear and feel. The reset is difficult to hear and barely touchy. (Review) The GI 1911 From Rock Island Armory.
The beavertail on the pistol is small and thin, and it’s hard to bite. However, hammer morsel is only long enough to avoid. It digs in and that is the worst part about the pistol. I recall I shot an M9 for the first time and how soft the pistol was.
However, it’s true. This is quite precise. The views are a difficulty, but its modest size makes it easy to see your goal over extended distances. It is fairly easy to align and shoot at longer distances if you see the sights.
The challenge is to look at the scenery. It’s simple in the center of the day. But before early in the morning or in the sunlight? Good fortune. Good fortune. It’s always a fun weapon, but not a very pleasant one, to shoot historical.
You’d think I’d begin to see problems after 13 years of use. I shot more than any other pistol for a while. When I just couldn’t afford anything other than ammunition, I always took this weapons.
Mine came up with a magazine Mec Gar 8, but also a conventional 1911 magazine with a gun. You can use it. Ten rounds are greater than eight. I like ten rounds.
Hell, I was taken a thousand times a summer of bowling pin shooting and shot worth three summers. On occasion, I still shoot the rifle and really like it.
Who needs a GI 1911?
Nobody, so to speak, needs one, but it’s enjoyable to do. The 1911 Rock Island Armory GI offers a historical perspective of guns from back to back. The comparison with other guns reveals how far the fighting gun has been going in a hundred years. It is a good piece of work for Rock Island to get to market a simple, well done 1911 bare-bones and I welcome them. After thirteen years of loyal service in 1911, I suppose I can claim that I am a fan for this Rock Island review.