On the Tenth Day of Christmas, My True Love Gave Me a Lady Dressed in Black

Alright Santa, I know what I want. I have been above average this year and this is it. I got to shoot the Rock Island 1911-A1 FS Tactical in 10mm last week and it was awesome. My manager and I spent a couple of days drooling about the ballistics of the 10mm cartridge. I love to do the math by hand and he checked current offerings for this monster 10mm Auto cartridge. This was going to be a fun day at the range. A new gun in a great big caliber.

Here it comes my friends, out of the box this was one of the best shooting firearms-under $1,000-I have shot in years. Prepared for the backtalk that you get from the 10mm cartridge, my first two shots were a little off center but from that point on it was just punching holes through holes. My manager, the Great Exalted One of Gun Wisdom, took only one shot and before drilling out the center of the target. We moved the target back, back some more and back even father until it was at the far end of our lane. The groups grew slightly but this was learning on the fly with this cartridge and the gun.

The sights on this weapon were dead on upon delivery. The front fiber optic sight was easy to see in the typical indoor range lighting. The gun weight is great and well balanced- typical of most full-size government 1911 models. I would not be up for shooting this cartridge in a sub-compact officer model frame.

For those 1911 fans it is set up as a series 70 pistol. We won’t get into that right now, but what it means is that for most 1911 aficionados is the trigger pull is much cleaner. We also shot a Colt Commander and Kimber TLE.  I would have to say the trigger was as good as the guns costing at least two times as much.

Everything I had heard about the 10mm and recently about Rock Island went into the waste can. I too had fallen victim to Internet jabber and gun-forum diatribe. The caliber is tremendous and shot great. Rock Island made an outstanding firearm. Apparently, I am not the only one who believes this: we have recently watched 10mm ammunition fly out of the warehouse. It literally is here to today and gone well, in an hour—yet we keep getting more.

As far as the gun, we sold 36 within a two-day span and it keeps selling. Now I know why. On that day, we lined up an array of .380, 9mm, .45 ACP, even a 7.62x38R and this lonely 10mm Rock Island 1911. While most of the guns shot well, the most fun was had with the Rock Island 10mm and a very, very, very nice and expensive Sig x5. The Sig x5 is for another day.

If you are in a rut with the same old 9mm and .45 ACP Bag O’ Guns its time to put some pizzazz back into you gun life. If you are looking for a little romance with a new friend, this is the gun you need–this year, soon, today. There will be no buyer’s remorse or guilt. It will be a memorable lifetime dance with a lady dressed in black.

On the Tenth Day of Christmas my true love gave me a Rock Island 1911-A1 FS Tactical in 10mm

9 GLOCK 19
8 Birchwood Casey Dirty Bird Saloon Shootout Targets
7 Taurus 738 TCP pistols

6 Tracers

5 Windham SRC AR-15s


3 WaterBOBS

2 MRE Desserts

…and a Cheaper Than Dirt gift card

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Comments (4)

  1. I have this exact gun & its my ccw & my favorite gun I have!!! It’s a beast to handle & carry but I LOVE it!!! Worth every penny!! I promise if u buy 1 u will NOT regret it!!!

  2. I’ve always wondered this. Is the relationship between the 10 mm and 40 S&W the same as the 5.56×45 and the 223? Can both the 10 and 40 be shot from this gun? But I will not want to shoot a 10 mm round out of my 40 cambered gun since it’s more powerful, however does it work vise versa?
    -Merry Christmas

  3. I’d really like to shoot this pistol. People complain about the recoil of a 1911 .45 and to be frank I just dont feel or see it. I’ve shot full frames and subcompacts and I’m still baffeled as to were the recoil is people keep complaining about. I’m thinking the recoil of the 10mm is also a victom of shooters who think all guns should shoot like a .22 but I’m looking foreward to shooting one of these myself.

  4. Beautiful gun and I think RIA is to become a household name in the very near future–they are building a plant right here in the US and make rock-solid reliable AFFORDABLE firearms (I have even fired their “no-frills” .38 revolver and it just works for pocket-change). That said, in a perfect world I would jump on this but I cannot afford to add another caliber to my modest collection so I would pass on the 10mm. –Happy Holidays

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