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Posted: 1/29/2011 7:05:35 PM EDT
...going to buy myself a RIA 1911 for my birthday. What kind of prices are these going for these days? Would I be better off holding off and ordering one online?

Also, post your RIAs if you have them.


So I bought another Filipino-made 1911 instead. There were only a few RIAs at the show and the prices were retarded. I picked up this American Tactical Imports
for $400 OTD instead. NIB with one magazine. It feels tight. The finish looks really good, and it doesn't rattle or anything. Functions wonderfully, though I haven't
shot it yet. The grips are Bakelite, I think, so I'll be swapping those out soon. My money was burning a hole in my wallet, and so far, I'm happy with my purchase.
Online reviews are sparse, but almost universally positive. I can't wait to shoot it.


Crappy cellphone pic:

Link Posted: 1/29/2011 7:09:56 PM EDT
[#1]
gun shows are not the sure-thing good deal like they used to be.

you may be lucky and find one cheap, or haggle with someone to get it cheap, but it probably isn't worth it.

go to the EE
Link Posted: 1/29/2011 7:11:59 PM EDT
[#2]
Quoted:
gun shows are not the sure-thing good deal like they used to be.

you may be lucky and find one cheap, or haggle with someone to get it cheap, but it probably isn't worth it.

go to the EE


Yeah, the gunshows around here usually suck these days, but I go anyway. My best friend wants to go with me, so I'll wind up going anyway. If I don't find a decent deal, or one that isn't marked up
to 500% of its retail value, I'll definitely check out the EE.
Link Posted: 1/29/2011 7:15:42 PM EDT
[#3]
Do you have the right clothes?
Link Posted: 1/29/2011 7:16:50 PM EDT
[#4]
Quoted:
Do you have the right clothes?


I'll need to gain about 300 lbs, but I have some smelly flannel and dirty blue jeans to wear.
Link Posted: 1/29/2011 7:45:30 PM EDT
[#5]
bamp
Link Posted: 1/29/2011 7:47:32 PM EDT
[#6]
mmmmmmm jerky
Link Posted: 1/29/2011 7:49:50 PM EDT
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Link Posted: 1/29/2011 7:53:04 PM EDT
[#8]
RIA's were in the $4's today here.

If you go , don't listen to the stupid. It's everywhere.

Danny

Link Posted: 1/29/2011 7:55:55 PM EDT
[#9]


Thanks for the link. I'll keep them in mind if I don't get lucky tomorrow.

Quoted:
RIA's were in the $4's today here.

If you go , don't listen to the stupid. It's everywhere.

Danny




Kinda what I figured. Thanks for the tip though!
Link Posted: 1/29/2011 7:56:12 PM EDT
[#10]
They were going to about $400 last weekend in Tallahassee for the base models.
Link Posted: 1/29/2011 7:59:23 PM EDT
[#11]
Paid $385 at a show about a year ago.  Around here, they're pretty common and reasonably priced.
Link Posted: 1/29/2011 8:03:51 PM EDT
[#12]
I'm no expert but also check out a brand called American Classic (by MetroArms).  I've handled a couple recently (gun show and in store).  They are priced comparably to RIA but have an even better fit and finish when compared side by side (this is in my opinion as I actually had a chance to compare them side by side).  While I've never shot one (yet), 90% of what I've read about them online has been very positive.  There's a lot more information on them at m1911.org.

ETA:  When I saw them at the gun show and store, they were in the $4-500 range but I've seen plenty of them online near and below $400.
Link Posted: 1/29/2011 8:25:54 PM EDT
[#13]
Quoted:
I'm no expert but also check out a brand called American Classic (by MetroArms).  I've handled a couple recently (gun show and in store).  They are priced comparably to RIA but have an even better fit and finish when compared side by side (this is in my opinion as I actually had a chance to compare them side by side).  While I've never shot one (yet), 90% of what I've read about them online has been very positive.  There's a lot more information on them at m1911.org.

ETA:  When I saw them at the gun show and store, they were in the $4-500 range but I've seen plenty of them online near and below $400.


Cool.. never heard of them, but I'll keep my eyes peeled now that you mentioned it. Thanks a lot!
Link Posted: 1/29/2011 8:28:17 PM EDT
[#14]
I'm actually looking at this one. $490 + $15 transfer = duotone 1911 for $505. Not to shabby.
Link Posted: 1/29/2011 8:31:58 PM EDT
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Quoted:
I'm actually looking at this one. $490 + $15 transfer = duotone 1911 for $505. Not to shabby.


That's a good looking gun!

I'm going to try and find an RIA tactical if I can, in the traditional finish and grips. I like the way they look, and I think it would be a great first 1911.
Link Posted: 1/29/2011 8:34:06 PM EDT
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Quoted:
Quoted:
I'm actually looking at this one. $490 + $15 transfer = duotone 1911 for $505. Not to shabby.


That's a good looking gun!

I'm going to try and find an RIA tactical if I can, in the traditional finish and grips. I like the way they look, and I think it would be a great first 1911.


I was thinking the same way, but I like the duotone over the regular, and that one I posted is a tactical. Also, VZ Grips is here in Tallahassee, so I'll probably be paying them a visit.
Link Posted: 1/29/2011 8:39:41 PM EDT
[#17]
Do not buy at the first table you see one.....go thru the whole thing before buying....I see RIAs between mid $300s and mid $400s at the shows in D/FW area....
Link Posted: 1/29/2011 8:48:01 PM EDT
[#18]
Quoted:
Do not buy at the first table you see one.....go thru the whole thing before buying....I see RIAs between mid $300s and mid $400s at the shows in D/FW area....


Yep, that's my usual gunshow-trolling strategy. Thanks for the reminder, though. Good advice.
Link Posted: 1/30/2011 9:04:11 AM EDT
[#19]
Quoted:
...going to buy myself a RIA 1911 for my birthday. What kind of prices are these going for these days? Would I be better off holding off and ordering one online?

Also, post your RIAs if you have them.



Link Posted: 1/30/2011 2:34:10 PM EDT
[#20]
Edit in OP
Link Posted: 1/30/2011 2:37:45 PM EDT
[#21]
Pic is broken op, might want to try photobucket or imageshack to re-host it.
Link Posted: 1/30/2011 2:40:41 PM EDT
[#22]
Try now...
Link Posted: 1/30/2011 2:58:39 PM EDT
[#23]
American TActical is in the industry forum. I'm guessing it's still an RIA in different packaging.
Link Posted: 1/30/2011 3:10:46 PM EDT
[#24]
Quoted:
American TActical is in the industry forum. I'm guessing it's still an RIA in different packaging.


Hmm, didn't know that. I kind of figured they were similar to RIA. They make a snazzy .22 1911 too, which I was actually tempted by.
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