“Right on Target. Right On Price.” Armscor/Rock Island Armory Company Profile

This is not a custom race gun. This is a standard model 51567.

After receiving the country’s first official firearms license from the government in 1952, under the name Squires Bingham Manufacturing Inc., the now renamed Armscor has moved at full speed ever since. In 1985, Armscor Precision International opened its U.S. doors in Nevada and shortly after purchased Rock Island Armory. Armscor plans to double its production in 2013 to meet ammunition supply demands by opening a new facility in Pahrump, Nevada.

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Armscor has been in the firearms business since 1905.

The Best-Kept Secret in 1911s

Rock Island Armory makes its 1911s in an ISO-9001-certified factory right outside of Manila, Philippines. The company mills their gun frames from cast 4140 carbon steel and forged 4140 steel for the slides. Rock Island, by far, beats any price on any solidly built 1911. Its basic no frills 1911 is slightly over $400. For that price, you have extra cash to spend on customizations. Speaking of customizations, Rock Island’s fancier 1911 with all the bells and whistles, including Novak sights, skeletonized trigger, Beavertail safety, and full-length guide rod sell for not much more.

Armscor/Rock Island Armory makes more 1911s than any other gun manufacturer in the world. Not only does the company build the Rock Island Armory pistols, it also makes Auto Ordnance’s entire line of 1911s as well.

Besides the wide variety of 1911s from basic GI to match models, Armscor also produces the reliable and straight shooting M200 and M206 revolvers, three semi-automatic rimfire rifle models, three .22 Long Rifle bolt-action rifle models, a .22 TCM bolt-action rifle and two extreme value-priced pump action shotguns—the M5.

Clean, American-Made Ammunition

Armscor makes an entire line of ammunition right here in the United States at its factory in Stevensville, Montana. All Armscor ammo is new production with polished casings, uniform crimps and consistent overall length. We love the fact that Armscor uses large pistol primers for its .45 ACP ammunition and how each .223 Remington round is crimped properly exactly at the cannelure. On the .22 Magnum head stamp, do not be alarmed if you see “F” instead of “A.” Armscor makes the exact same ammo for Fiocchi. Armscor stands by its ammo quality. If you find one round you are dissatisfied with, Armscor will replace the whole box free.


Inspired to create more power in a smaller caliber, Armscor President Martin Tuason and master gunsmith Fred Craig developed the .22 TCM (Tuason Craig Magnum). The round is comparable to FN’s 5.7×28 load. The two took a .223 bullet and shoved it into a 9mm case to make a hot caliber that gives you 2,100 feet per second from a 40-grain bullet from a 1911. Of course, Rock Island Armory has a 1911 and a bolt-action rifle chambered for the innovative new round. The result of the .22 TCM is a big fireball with little recoil. Armscor maintains a presence in the shooting industry by regularly updating their social media outlets such as Facebook and web TV series, Armscor Nation, and by sponsoring its shooting team consisting of JJ Racaza, Eric Grauffel, Jethro Dionisio, Athena Lee, and the newest competitor to sign Mike Seeklander.

Armscor is some of the most reliable and consistent ammo for the price. As production grows, I’m anxious to see what lays ahead for Armscor and Rock Island Armory.

Armscor/Rock Island Armory is offering free pro 2A pictures for 2013 NRA convention attendees at booth 4965.

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Comments (8)

  1. I was a die-hard Glock fan for years after carrying one as a security contractor in Baghdad. I wanted to look for a 1911, mainly because it looks cool, but also because it served the Marine Corps for years (and still does). I also had an issue with price and couldn’t justify a pistol that cost more than my M4 and AK put together. Don’t get me wrong, I’m sure a $2000 custom piece serves its purpose, but I’m a combat shooter. I don’t need fully adjustable fiber optic blah, blah, blah. Give me a basic issue weapon and I’ll trust my life with it. I checked out all the reviews and asked everybody I knew. A 1911 in .45 for less than $500?? Sounded way too good to be true. I decided to pick one up after my local shop had a deal I couldn’t pass up. Granted, it was a used gun, but it came with the 5″ barrel GI model, two 8 round mags, a 7 round and a 10 round mag, the factory box and I picked up two boxes of ammo. After tax, I walked out the door (gun in hand) for $480. I brought it to my local range and ran through a bunch of shooting drills. This weapon continues to amaze. As a result, the Glock 19 has since been retired to the safe. My GI model is my EDC, paired with an AlienGear IWB holster. I call it my Visa. I never leave home without it.

  2. The 22 tcm does NOT use a 9mm case but rather a shortened 223 case as the web of the 223 case is thicker. This is a must due to the psi the the 22 tcm operates under. It is for safety sake that I mention this for the handloader. Though very close in size it is important to use the correct brass and not attempt to use 9mm pistol brass for loading the 22 tcm

  3. I bought my first armscor 1911 45 best investment ever my dad had bought his 38 1911 and fell inlove with it soecially when he custom it beautiful grips and he also cromed the slide Black Death grips my next will be 22

  4. I first fell in love with RIA just by looking online at the best prices found on the internet.. I ordered one (3.5″ 1911 .45 ACP) and it shoots like a dream. The next purchase was a 4.25″ TCM in BOTH 9mm and 22TCM !! It’s two guns for the price of one, What a no brainer! I’m sold on all Armscor/Rock Island Arms products.. Will be a fan for life…..

  5. I have wanted a 1911 for quite some time.Have been caught up in the $ dilemma & settled for an eaa witness a decent gun also ,bulky & heavy but nice gun.My son aquired an RIA m1911 A1FS that looked horrible .I work on & recondition firearms constantly.He wanted this redone ,gone through,completely refurbished.I tore down ,cleaned polished feeeding ramp,chamber bevel,barrel & bushing,put back together to testfire ,fell in love with this thing.The witness was nib made in 1994 very nice gun.My son agreed to a trade deal.I finished gun 2 tone painted logo inlay to match nickel & bought new sights.I would not take a colt even up for this gun it shoots like a dream , reliable no hangups period.This one beutiful piece.Would reccomend RIA to anyone looking to ge into a 1911.This is one fine lookin & made gun.

  6. I bought a Rock Island Armory M 206 38 Special snubbie parkerized finish with wood checkered grips. This is a clone of the Colt Detectove Special snubbie. I like its all steel construction no zamak pot metal. It’s not intended for repeated range nonstop firing and not rated for +p though it will handle a few +p rounds without damage. Practice with standard pressure and keep +p in it for defense use. I believe these are only sold under the RIA name now but are still made by Armscor, This very durable revolver should outlast me with proper care. I say pick one up for home defense or for the wife’s purse.

  7. When I went shopping for a 1911 last year as an alternative to my Glock G22C, I was prepared to find decent guns way out of my price range. And mostly that’s just what happened, until I was introduced to Armscor/Rock Island Armory by my LGS. First came a full-sized, loaded Tactical model in .45 ACP that far more pleasant to shoot than the Glock; then a pistol running the .22 TCM (convertible to 9mm)that really turns the grin level up at the range. I was hooked on Rocks and so in January I sold my Glock and went on the lookout for an officers-sized Tactical as a concealed-carry gun. I found it last month and it continues the positive tradition of Armscor guns in my collection. No, they aren’t hand-built or laden with custom touches (though the TCM has a lot of custom gun characteristics), but they shoot reliably and accurately and didn’t cost the Earth. So far Armscor is making converts by doing everything right for the American firearms enthusiast.

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