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Old 10-02-2008, 10:54 PM
Emanon Emanon is offline
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Rock Island Armory...Cast, Forged, MIM, or WHAT???

So does ANYONE know the definitive answer here???

Which part is made how???

I've heard ALL cast, I've heard MIM for the small parts and cast for the frame while the slide is forged, and every other variation of this theme.

What is the truth???

How the heck are they made???
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Old 10-02-2008, 11:00 PM
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Who cares, they're steel and go bang when you ask them to.
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Old 10-03-2008, 03:04 AM
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I believe is all cast. One of issue Combat Handgun mention they test the "cast" RIA frame with "forged" Colt frame and the resolve was the same. So I think at lease the frame is cast.
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Old 10-03-2008, 10:00 AM
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I've heard cast frame, barstock slide, and hammer forged barrel.
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Old 10-03-2008, 10:38 AM
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Yup...those Armscorp frames are very well made. My HS frame is holding up pretty darn good, nothing(i.e. ejector/plunger tube) is expected to come apart on it's own anytime soon.
i can't speak the same for their slides though.
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Old 10-03-2008, 10:43 AM
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I have heard nothing but 98% positive reviews of the RIA. I think it is a steal for the price. I just bought a Colt, but my next one may well be an RIA. Nothing to be wary of there.
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Old 10-03-2008, 02:09 PM
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Well guys, I already own a RIA GI model, and I LOVE IT so I assure you I'm not wary of them

I'm just curious to find out how they're REALLY made.
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Old 10-03-2008, 03:13 PM
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Well guys, I already own a RIA GI model, and I LOVE IT so I assure you I'm not wary of them

I'm just curious to find out how they're REALLY made.

However they are doing it must be right. The casting and mim process must be top notch.
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Old 10-03-2008, 03:40 PM
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What do you expect from a $350 1911? Shoot it and enjoy it until it develops problems (if it does).
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Old 10-03-2008, 03:51 PM
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What do you expect from a $350 1911? Shoot it and enjoy it until it develops problems (if it does).

To be a jam-o-matic, with a shot finish and the words LLAMA down the side.
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Old 10-03-2008, 04:11 PM
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I remember when Llamas came out, they got great reviews too. History shot that one down!
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Old 10-03-2008, 04:25 PM
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I just called Advanced Tactical to ask them about this, but they're closed today.

I'll call again Monday and let you all know what they tell me.
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Old 10-04-2008, 11:09 AM
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RIA MIM parts;
slide stop
plunger tube
sear
disconnector
ejector

hope this one helps


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Old 10-04-2008, 01:33 PM
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RIA MIM parts;
slide stop
plunger tube
sear
disconnector
ejector

hope this one helps


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Thanks Tex!!!

Where did you get this info???
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Old 10-04-2008, 04:30 PM
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http://forum.m1911.org/forumdisplay.php?f=17

The info actually comes from a guy in the Phillipines that works for Armscor who make the Rocks Island's.
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I know I'm resurrecting an old thread, but I thought this info would be beneficial to our members. I'm a big fan of RIA and own two identical 1911s. I found this info on RIA's FAQ page.

"Our 1911 Frames are Cast 4140 Carbon Steel and our Slides are Forged 4140 Steel"
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Old 10-05-2015, 02:58 PM
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Cast frame and slide, MIM on the internals from all the ones I have worked on.
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Old 11-07-2015, 11:40 PM
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I know I'm resurrecting an old thread, but I thought this info would be beneficial to our members. I'm a big fan of RIA and own two identical 1911s. I found this info on RIA's FAQ page.

"Our 1911 Frames are Cast 4140 Carbon Steel and our Slides are Forged 4140 Steel"
Of note, the slides on RIAs were cast until circa 2006 or 2007.
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Old 11-21-2015, 10:19 AM
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Cast 4140 steel frame, 4140 forged slide.

I clean it lube it with ts-70 moly and forget about it.
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Old 11-21-2015, 04:24 PM
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What do you expect from a $350 1911? Shoot it and enjoy it until it develops problems (if it does).
And if it does, R.I. will make it right.
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Old 12-12-2015, 12:13 PM
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I know I'm resurrecting an old thread, but I thought this info would be beneficial to our members. I'm a big fan of RIA and own two identical 1911s. I found this info on RIA's FAQ page.

"Our 1911 Frames are Cast 4140 Carbon Steel and our Slides are Forged 4140 Steel"
AND I thank you!!
I'm a new handgunner, and the RIA 1911 A2 was my first handgun purchase, it is nice to find BRAND specific info for the more budget conscious. It's easy to find info on Kimber, Dan Wesson, Wilson Combat etc. but generally all I get is RIA is OK, heavy and ugly, and goes bang when you pull the trigger.

I bought mine this past October and because of heath I can't even take it apart for another month (I have the 12# spring in it right now with a 10# weight limit until January. and I am not supposed to do any fishing hunting or any such thing until March.
Right now I have my gun smith marking, drilling and painting the front sight with a white dot.
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Old 12-14-2015, 07:54 PM
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I use white nail polish for marking front and rear sights. Saves time and money and with a little practice, most can't tell the difference.
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Old 12-19-2015, 01:40 PM
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They're definetly cast. I saw the episode of Shooting Gallery with Micheal Bane,and they visited the Armscor factory in the Phillipines. They showed them casting 1911 frames, in addition the new (at the time) 22TCM rounds & guns that shoot them.
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Old 03-01-2016, 11:27 AM
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Slide: Forged 4140 steel
Frame: Cast 4140 carbon steel

RIA MIM: slide stop, plunger tube, sear, disconnector, ejector
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