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Rock Island .45

Discussion in 'Firearms' started by Seacowboys, Jan 31, 2006.

  1. Seacowboys

    Seacowboys Senior Member Founding Member

    I took one in trade a while back; it seemed fairly reliable for a $300.00 1911. I ran about a thousand rounds through it without any problems and it was a little more accurate than my rock throwing but a long way from being a keeper. I put a set of pachmayer wrap-arounds and main-spring housing on it. I put a chip McCormick trigger and sear in it; that really improved the over-all performance. I just fit a stainless match barrel and bushing today. I fit a commander hammer and an extended grip safety, a decent set of sights, and off to the range again. My $300.00 pistol now costs around $700.00, but is shoots real good; I think I'll keep it.
  2. monkeyman

    monkeyman Monkey+++ Moderator Emeritus Founding Member

    Isnt that kind of like takeing the radiator cap off a chevey and pulling a Corvet under the radiator cap to fix up the car? [ROFL] Sounds cool. [beer]
  3. Seacowboys

    Seacowboys Senior Member Founding Member

    not really, the frame and slide are pretty decent steel and have a better than average fit. Turns out it is a pretty good gun to build on. I did the same with a Norinco except I also added an ambidexterous safety and an extended mag release and match take-down pin and I love it. I've won many matches with that baby.
    I have 9 1911s colts, Remington Rand, Thompson Auto Ordinance, Mitchel Arms, and Kimber but none of them will out shoot the Rock Island or Norinco.
  4. E.L.

    E.L. Moderator of Lead Moderator Emeritus Founding Member

    I have heard of lots of match shooters buying Rock Island, and Norincos to name a few, then basically stripping them down and just using the frame and slide. Glad to hear that Seacowboys is a big 1911 guy. But one thing is lacking Sea.....

  5. ghostrider

    ghostrider Resident Poltergeist Founding Member

    Yeah, the RIs got a good rep when they first started importing them. Heard "rumors" of some problems, but never saw anybody that had a problem. The 'rincos are a good .45, wish they would import some more.
  6. E.L.

    E.L. Moderator of Lead Moderator Emeritus Founding Member

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