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Old 07-13-2013, 11:36 PM
DBH45 DBH45 is offline
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Rock Island vs Tisas

Any of you have experience with these. I understand that they can be had for under $400.00.

Could be intrestring
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Old 07-14-2013, 09:56 AM
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There are plenty of threads about Rock Island 1911's, most note that they are great low cost firearms with few quality control issues. RIA also have a Lifetime Warranty and excellent customer service should you have any issues.

Mine has been very accurate, and 100% reliable. I would buy another RIA.
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Old 07-14-2013, 10:15 AM
Otony2 Otony2 is offline
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We sell both in the shop. There is an immediately obvious difference in quality between the two. I would (and have) purchase a Rock Island. Would never consider a Tisas.

For the sake of those who might wonder at my experience with 1911s in general, I have owned/own Colt, Springfield Armory, many Caspian builds, Essex, Para USA, Rock Island, ATI, and probably a few others I've since forgotten about (old and CRS). This doesn't make me an expert by any means, but it certainly gives me enough experience to adequately judge build quality. Tisas lacks in that department, although the pistols I've seen might work.
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Old 07-14-2013, 11:58 AM
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Can't comment on the Tisas; however, I am very fond of my RIA's (actually, one of my RIA's is actually a Citadel).
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Old 07-14-2013, 01:21 PM
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Have a couple RIAs and they are nice for the price. Got to shoot one Tisa and look at it during a field strip, but not my gun and did not detail strip it. My feeling it was not finished as well as the RIAs.
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Old 07-14-2013, 01:34 PM
turboyoshi turboyoshi is offline
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You might save a little money going with the Tisa, but RIA's lifetime warranty is worth the investment and their cs dept is serious about making sure you're happy with your purchase. Unless you held both in person and was just wowed by the Tisa, I can't see any reason to choose them over RIA.
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Old 07-14-2013, 07:18 PM
Otony2 Otony2 is offline
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Originally Posted by turboyoshi View Post
Unless you held both in person and was just wowed by the Tisa, I can't see any reason to choose them over RIA.
And if you DO hold both in person the build quality difference will become immediately apparent. The Rock Island is simply a better pistol, and you can both see and feel the differences without disassembling either one.

IF, and it would be a big if, you were able to obtain the Tisas for a significantly lower price than the RIA it might be worth your while to buy one as an exercise on how to work on 1911s. Because you will certainly be doing so! By significantly lower I mean a few hundred bucks difference.

For whatever reason, the base RIA and the Tisas are priced relatively close to one another. Don't mistake that to mean they are equals in any way. And remember, there are better pistols than a Rock Island as well, although Rocks are an excellent value for the money spent.
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Old 07-15-2013, 10:14 PM
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I am unfamiliar with the Tisa. I own a rock island. It is an excellent weapon. Well built, very uniform, very flat slide sides indicate good manufacturing technique. Internal parts are well built and properly hardened.
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