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Nickel Plated.......be good base for pimp gun. Think I'd just spent another $200 or so and get the Ruger.
 

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Not exactly that model, but I had a Mil-Spec full-sized RIA which I sold to finance other gun. It was very reliable and it went bang every time I toggled the trigger. IMO it is a very good weapon for the price. I also know two people who own full-sized RIAs and they are very happy with them. Yes, the Ruger's finish is a little better and it is American made, but I do not think it is a better pistol for that. Between the RIA and the Ruger I should definitely get the RIA.

This is the one I had: http://centerfiresystems.com/AC-RI1911.aspx
 

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There are a lot of people that post positives about RIA's and also other low cost makers. I don't think I would want nickle over stainless and unless I had the basic tools and knowledge to upgrade and maintain a rock, I would choose the Ruger. After reading Joe.C.'s thread on the Ruger I think the potential end result might make that extra $200 bucks worth ever penny. Just my .02 cents.
 

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Should have explained better. Not interested in one. My work has been real slow this year and will make 20,000+ less than I'm used to. Wife retired and lost another 35,000 a year. Now to buy a new gun and I like to buy guns I have to look at buying cheaper guns. Don't like the looks of either. Just put a RIA 9mm tac on lay-a-way. Want a 9mm 1911 and after buying the RIA CS I like RIAs. Just saw that and was wondering if RIA was trying to compete.
 

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Well one advantage I can think of of a RIA over the Ruger is that I can actually GET an RIA!

I haven't even had a SR1911 pass through the shop as of yet.

DAT85
 

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About the only good think I can say about the RIA over the Ruger is the RIA is carbon steel under the nickel. Other than that I'm sure the Ruger is a better 1911. I'd like to see Ruger offer the SR1911 in carbon steel one day. Maybe they will if they ever catch up to demand which looks like it's going to take a long time at this point.
 

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RIAs answer to Ruger?
Poorly worded question. Those were out well before Ruger came into the 1911 show.
I wouldn't hesitate to buy one over Ruger.
It is demonstrated on a number of forums that RIAs CS is pretty good, and you can actually buy one
 

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RIA = nickel plated and made in Phillipines

Ruger = stainless steel and made in good old USofA

I'd rather spend the extra $200 and support Amercian industry.
 

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Not sure how true this is but I was told Ruger produces 11 SR1911's a week...

Also, I was told the nickel finish on the RIA's is terrible and starts to flake prematurely ...

Like the other guy said spend an extra $150 and support an American business...
 
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