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    Default Para GI Expert or RIA Tactical 1911

    Your Thoughts on it. I have the chance to get one used for $400. Is it worth it? I know it isn't a ed brown or nighthawk. But for the price is it worth it? RIA Tactical or Para GI Expert??? Which would u choose?

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    I have had a couple of Para's. I loved them both. The last one was a Para LTC.
    Shot like a dream never a jam never a problem.

    Never owned a RR maybe someone else can help you on that side.
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    i recently picked up a para ltc ive only shot 100 rds through it but so far i like it shot good and no jams so far.

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    I don't have any experience with either one. But if you can get a 1911 for $400 buy it. Are they both 45ACP?
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    Yes both are .45

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    I would go with the Rock Island. It is a nice base 1911. No frills, but you can customize it to how you want it as you go.
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    I think you can do the same with either one.
    Most companies make their 1911's so they are customizable.
    Usually with only minor filing.

    I have a large set of tiny files if you need help
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    Guntests gave RIA tactical a good review in their budget 1911 comparison recently. It didn't jam and was plenty accurate.

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    I have fired tons of 1911's, and Wilson combat, along with ED Brown takes the cake, followed by STI, Kimber, and Para. I have shot a couple of other 1911's, and for the most part all aftermarket pistols perform better than original Colt GI guns. Colts rattle like hell when you shake them, have poor frame to slide fitting and mag alignment. Those aspects are fine with ball ammo, but with defense ammo, Ed brown, Wilson and STI take the cake for eating defense ammo
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    I love my RIA GI model. No problems at all.
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    The local store clerk was convinced a takedown comparison would show me that the RIA was an excellent buy. Compared to a Taurus PT 1911 there was no comparison, I'd go RIA all day long. Also something to note with the RIA guns, apparently the best are "dong" guns. He's supposedly some 70 year old assembler/inspector, and he'll fail guns that most any other inspector will pass. The fit on the one I inspected was tight, and it came with match barrell bushing standard.

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    I just went to the gun shop and fondled a para gi tactical. I am thinking of trading the STI for a full size 1911.
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    ak ive always heard that once you get a 1911 youll be addicted. ive always stayed away because of that and ive been happy with glocks. now that i have a 1911 ive started thinking about trading my glock for a 9mm 1911.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sksshooter View Post
    ak ive always heard that once you get a 1911 youll be addicted. ive always stayed away because of that and ive been happy with glocks. now that i have a 1911 ive started thinking about trading my glock for a 9mm 1911.
    I bought a 1911. But bought a glock 30 for CC. I like them both. 1911 is bedside at all times.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sksshooter View Post
    ak ive always heard that once you get a 1911 youll be addicted. ive always stayed away because of that and ive been happy with glocks. now that i have a 1911 ive started thinking about trading my glock for a 9mm 1911.
    I already have an STI Ranger. It's a shortened 1911, that is what I am thinking about trading for the para
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    I have a Wilson and a Brazo's (customized STI) and I love them. A little more pricey than the RIA he's looking at though. I have shot some RIA's that have had some upgrades done to them and they were nice. $400 is an ok price for a Rock Island, but no super bargain. If it were me, I would save up a little more and get an STI Spartan.
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