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Old 06-03-2016, 07:18 PM
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RIA 1911 10mm vs RIA 1911 .45 acp, RIA 9mm

Okay guys I have a little discussion to make in a few weeks, I hae a RIA 1911 10mm 5" barrel on layaway and have until the 25th of June to get it out. I really want the 10mm with the 4.25" barrel on which the guy at the LGS is trying to order me one but if he can't should I go with the .45 acp or the 9mm RIA?


I have a SA 1911 .45 acp now and love it and in the 9mm I have a Sig Sauer M11-A1, G19 and a Shield. I the .45 acp I have the SA and a G30S but I have about 400 to 500 rds of the 10mm so I really want the 10mm.

Should I just go with the RIA 1911 10mm 5" barrel, do any one have the RIA 10mm that they like? Thanks guys for your comments.
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Old 06-03-2016, 08:16 PM
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The 45 is nothing special, it's literally the most common caliber chambered for 1911s. If you have a 45 in another 1911, then adding a new RIA in 45 won't be any different.

Now the 9mm and 10mm are altogether different. I absolutely love a 9mm 1911. The weight of the gun makes the recoil extremely soft and pleasant. You'll enjoy shooting a 9mm 1911 so much you will wish the mags had more capacity. I suggest them to anyone, it's like little more recoiling 22LR. Tons of fun to shoot.

And I also happen to love the 10mm, but for completely different reasons. It's a hand-cannon. I reload, so most of my 10mm rounds are screamers. I like taking shots at 100 yard steel plates from the bench with my 10mms. But after about 200 rounds, the webbing of my hand starts to get a little sore. But 10mms are a different kind of fun and also have the added application of being able to be used for hunting. I've carried a 10mm while hog hunting and while deer hunting. The commander size 10mm will feel like it has even more recoil and muzzle jump being a shorter barrel and slightly lighter gun. For a RIA 10mm, I always liked the full size with the full length rail. I like the monolithic look and having the extra weight under the muzzle helps tame the recoil and reduce muzzle flip. Plus you can attach a weapon light which adds another laying of practicality as well as adding additional weight to further reduce recoil and muzzle flip.
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Old 06-03-2016, 08:46 PM
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Thank you Olympus, I have a little more direction now, this have narrower it down a little. How many rounds do the 9mm RIA 1911 holds?
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Old 06-03-2016, 09:06 PM
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I have a full size Tactical ll in 10mm and it is excellent. I had thought about buying a .45 but once I started reading about the 10mm it seemed like the better choice. I am certainly glad I bought it. It can be pricey to shoot though.
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Old 06-03-2016, 09:31 PM
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That okay about the price, it's no problem, but do you edc yours?
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Old 06-03-2016, 11:22 PM
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I just purchased a used holster from a member of the forum. It has not arrived yet but I do plan to see how it works for EDC.

I'm not sure which model 10mm you are considering. My Rock has the stock VZ grips. They seem to be a love 'em or hate 'em. Some say they are too aggressive. I love them.
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Old 06-04-2016, 03:04 AM
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Yeah, that is the same one and yes the VZ grip is aggressive but I have seen on this forum that somebody took a fine sand paper to the grip. I don't know if I will do that but I think that I will get use to it after a little while.


I was just coming for the gym tonight and was thinking that I use to carry my G22 and my XDm .45 acp 4.5 barrel so I think that it will be doer able. When you get your setup do you mind taken a pics?
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Old 06-04-2016, 06:07 AM
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Thank you Olympus, I have a little more direction now, this have narrower it down a little. How many rounds do the 9mm RIA 1911 holds?
I think 10 round.
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Old 06-04-2016, 12:00 PM
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I have the Rock Ultra FS in 10mm and I have always liked the 10mm cartridge but it depends on what you want out of the gun. 10mm ammo isn't cheap and the brass isn't either if you reload but that is a investment because you really cut the cost if you reload and cast your on bullets. The 10mm retains more K.E. at 100 yards than the 45acp does at the muzzle. The 9mm ammo is cheaper than either and easily located. If you are not getting a drop in barrel you can get a 40 S&W and ream it out to 10mm because if it isn't a drop in barrel after fitting a 10mm barrel more than likely it will also have to be reamed just not as much.

10mm is a very impressive cartridge with a 200-220 grain bullet it's really close to a 41 magnum.
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Old 06-04-2016, 12:15 PM
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Everyone's different but I wouldn't want anything less than 5" in a 10mm 1911, especially if the grip is the same size. The extra length makes no difference to me in an IWB and all the difference when shooting with the benefit of the extra sight radius.
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Old 06-04-2016, 12:53 PM
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I've got one of the first RIA 10mm to come in. It was way under sprung so I changed out the recoil and mainspring, plus added a Harrison design FBFPS. Those coming in now seem to be better suited to 10mm. Mine has gone over 3k of my 180 and 200gr loads with no problems. Its one of my EDC 1911's. I don't know if I would want to use my loads in a lighter weight 4.25" barrel gun. I've never had the desire to own or carry a 9mm so I stick with 45acp or 10mm. Actually my RIA MS Tac is of my favorite 1911's for range and carry.
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Old 06-04-2016, 04:34 PM
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Thank you guys for all of your comments, it is deeply appreciated because I wanted something but I wanted to make the best choice, I'm leaning more on keeping the 10mm 5" on layaway until I get it out. Getting a 9mm is very tempting those but I might have to put that on my list.
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Old 06-04-2016, 04:47 PM
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Thank you guys for all of your comments, it is deeply appreciated because I wanted something but I wanted to make the best choice, I'm leaning more on keeping the 10mm 5" on layaway until I get it out. Getting a 9mm is very tempting those but I might have to put that on my list.
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Old 06-04-2016, 09:46 PM
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I think 10 round.
mine holds 9
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Old 06-05-2016, 05:19 PM
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Oh, okay I can get something like that then, by the end of this month I have to do or get something because I can only keep it on layaway for thirty days, I have until the 25th. I'm still doing my homework, is anybody that have the 5" 10mm carrying it in a iwb holster and if so how is it?
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Old 06-05-2016, 06:22 PM
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I'm still doing my homework, is anybody that have the 5" 10mm carrying it in a iwb holster and if so how is it?
I do with no problems in a Comptac CTAC. I good belt is a very important part of the system, I recommend a Wilderness 5 stitch.
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Old 06-06-2016, 03:00 AM
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I do with no problems in a Comptac CTAC. I good belt is a very important part of the system, I recommend a Wilderness 5 stitch.

Roger that, I'm looking forward on getting it.
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Old 06-06-2016, 02:57 PM
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for me it comes down to which chambering you want to get into.

I love the 10mm but it's sort of an enthusiast's or reloader's round. most factory loads suck and are overpriced (yes there are exceptions). if you're looking to push the ballistics of the 1911 platform and willing to shell out some $$ on ammo, then get the 10mm.

if you're looking for something low recoiling that's different from .45acp, then go with the 9mm model.

personally I have no use for a 1911 chambered in 9mm. I prefer the 45acp chambering 8 days a week, and now that I have a stash of quality 45acp 1911 mags there's no point in me dicking around in 9mm land.

my mileage.
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Old 06-07-2016, 03:18 AM
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The reason why that I'm even looking at the 10mm is I have a lot of 10mm ammo from when I had my G29 but I sold it, I really will love to get a single stack 10mm, money is not a problem.

I want be shooting it all the time but every once in a while I'm planning on carry it and I have enough 10mm ammo to last a little while. I can buy a box here and there just to keep my stock up.

They do have a RIA 1911 .45 acp that I have been eying but I have a SA 1911 Champion .45 acp now, if push come to shove I could get another one though, I have a few weeks before I make a discussion.
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Old 06-07-2016, 05:46 AM
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The reason why that I'm even looking at the 10mm is I have a lot of 10mm ammo from when I had my G29 but I sold it, I really will love to get a single stack 10mm, money is not a problem.

I want be shooting it all the time but every once in a while I'm planning on carry it and I have enough 10mm ammo to last a little while. I can buy a box here and there just to keep my stock up.

They do have a RIA 1911 .45 acp that I have been eying but I have a SA 1911 Champion .45 acp now, if push come to shove I could get another one though, I have a few weeks before I make a discussion.
Boxed 10mm ammo is usually highly watered down. You'll want to get into reloading if you buy a 10mm.
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Old 06-07-2016, 01:10 PM
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Oh I have a bunch of the Underwood SD, that's all I buy when I come to SD ammo but the ball ammo I have are factory reloads and the UW are from 150gr to 180gr that I have.
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Old 08-10-2016, 10:37 PM
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I pick up my FS 1911 RIA 10mm and I had to send it back yesterday for FTE and a broken rear sight screw.
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Old 08-11-2016, 04:40 AM
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bummer.
hope they fix it up for you, as my 10mm has issues too and will most likely be going back for repairs also.
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Old 08-11-2016, 01:40 PM
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I don't own RIA guns but a 9mm 1911 has been far more useful for me than a 10mm. Had a couple 9's for few years, still collecting parts for a 10.
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Old 08-11-2016, 04:39 PM
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Have RIA, 9mms in both 3.5" Compact & 5". Suspect most of us favor 9mm because of the cost of ammo. The weight offsetting recoil just make it more fun collecting targets. Years ago I bought 8 additional magazines for 3.5" and 6 for 5" when RIA was selling in them in the $14 - $15 range. Since I'm paying for range time, I load all of them before I leave home. Just doesn't make sense to spend money to stand at the firing line or sitting at a table loading. That's not what I'm paying for. Often take a 3" or 5" 45 ACP to finish up a session. 45 is more fun to shoot, but can break the bank.
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