We have called Rock Island Armory’s 1911s at one of the best-kept secrets in the 1911 world. Rock Island Armory builds a solid, reliable 1911 that it is well worth its price point. Much like your old G.I. model 1911s, the Rock Island Armory’s 1911s come quite paired down without many bells and whistles. Knowing you will upgrade your grips and sights anyway, Rock Island Armory keeps costs down on their standard model 1911 with smooth wood grips, and standard sights. The Rock Island Armory standard 1911 is the perfect starter 1911.
Owners have been singing the Rock Island Armory praises for years now. The company has really flown under the radar as far as the 1911 to have, but with its new product releases for 2012, I do not doubt that Rock Island Armory starts becoming a household name in affordable and reliable 1911s.
XT 22 Standard comes as cheap shooter in .22 Long Rifle in a 1911-style configuration. It is made of all steel with a 5-inch barrel and holds 10 rounds. In typical RIA fashion, it has a parkerized finish.
If you want the best of both worlds for training and tactical, the XT 22/45 combo includes both a .22 Long Rifle and a .45 ACP barrel. The .22 LR barrel holds 10 rounds and the .45 ACP holds eight rounds.
RIA has added to and upgraded their tactical line, calling these models the 2011 Tactical Series. Available in .45 ACP or 9mm is the High Capacity with new adjustable sights, ambidextrous safety, combat hammer, and an extended beavertail. The Tactical 2011 VZ Grip has two-dot adjustable rear LPA sights, a TruGlo front sight, slide serrations, and all new VZ grips.
If a 1911 chambered for 9mm is more your thing, than RIA has the answer. The new Micro Mag TCM series includes a 9mm and a .22 LR barrel. To convert between the two calibers, simply swap the barrel, recoil spring, and then adjust your sights. The Micro Mag TCM is available in either a Standard or a Target version.
All of RIA’s firearms come with a lifetime warranty.
Last year, Rock Island Armory opened a production facility in Stevensville, Montana. This year the company remains focused on excellent customer service and a more simple structure.