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Old 01-31-2010, 02:02 AM
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rock island versus citadel

looking for my first 1911 and have heard decent things about both guns. what should i look for in my first 1911:
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Old 01-31-2010, 02:11 AM
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Check your local gun shops. Handle some, spend some time investigating them in depth. The one you want will undoubtedly shine with an unearthly light and when you pick it up you'll hear angels sighing. It's pretty easy to pick up on...
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Old 01-31-2010, 02:16 AM
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You won't find either here in the holster section. Welcome to the forum!
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Old 01-31-2010, 10:55 AM
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Originally Posted by jeepspurple View Post
looking for my first 1911 and have heard decent things about both guns. what should i look for in my first 1911:
Their both made by Armscor. With that said I say try handling a variety prior to actually buying. I own both a Rock and a Citadel along with a SA XD. All three are good pistols and have been reliable. The Armscor made 1911's, IMO, are a excellent value for the money. With that said though there are plenty of other good 1911's out there in the same ball park as far as cost goes. The SA milspec and G.I along with the Para G.I Expert are a couple of examples.

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Old 01-31-2010, 12:10 PM
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I love the RIA I bought but ditto to what has been said, Citadel, RIA, in the same. The STI Spartan is made by Armscor, the Para GI or SA GI or Mil-Spec might be worth the extra cash if you want something you can slowly upgrade...

I've graduated to being able to afford Kimbers and some of the nicer SA's and I still have no plans to ever remove my RIA GI model from my collection, the gun is rock solid and with a Wolff spring here and some hogue grips there the gun has never failed and it has been plenty accurate.

Still, go forth, shoot, enjoy; breath in the manly reek of cordite, break free, and gun leather...then decide.
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Old 01-31-2010, 12:21 PM
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RIA customer service is the BEST - I mean the BEST - got a problem - they fix it.
for the RIA - get the Tactical - if you like parkerized finish

If you want a blued (traditional blued) matt rounds and brushed slides - get the American Classic - made by Metroarms from the P.I. - very high quality pistol in the same price range.

next step up in more $$$ = the Springfield GI or mill spec - or Para GI - Kahr Auto Ordnance - good pistols

will not perform any better - let me say again will not perform any better than than the RIA for American Classic.
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Old 01-31-2010, 08:10 PM
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bought a Citadel 1911 full size. Ordered the compact. the extras on the Citadel sold me on it. Novac sights, skeletized hammer and trigger. paid 515.00. though that was a decent deal. Thanks for all the advice
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