Unfair and Unbalanced
I wish I could give a first hand report, all I can say is that the Filipinos can make some good guns. Remington and STI(in the case of the Spartans) both come from the Philippines it basically comes down to how good a quality is ordered by the maker.Also sometimes loser tolerances(like the original war production Colts) help prevent having a "break-in period"(aka "this gun sucks period") that can plague some higher end 1911s that are trying to squeeze the last sliver of accuracy possible out.
I've got one given to m as a gift. I really haven't shot it enough to test reliability, but so far it's run like a champ. I've also heard good things on various boards about 'em. Maybe not as pretty as the higher priced offerings, but functional quality overall seems to be the consensus.
I have owned Kimber's Colt's SAs Remington Rand's and MANY other 1911s . I like RIAs I have had really good luck with them. If you can find one try the Hi Standard 1911 .45 mine was made by RIA and it is every bit as good as a series 80 colt (better I think)--Ray
Good news, most of them are good guns and if you have a good one, it's good to go.Bad news, if you get a bad one there's no fixing it short of spending the kind of money that if you had, you wouldn't have bought a RIA. Unless they warranty it, cross your fingers.I've no direct experience with their warranty department, but my second-hand listening to someone with one of the bad guns scared me.Perhaps even better news, the person with the bad gun and bad CS experience has bad luck with just about anything and the people who make them. Make of it what you will!
it is a good enough low-end 1911. The good news is that it is a real 1911 so you can get better parts from other manufacturers and drop them in, but you probably won't need to. This particular one looks overpriced. I would expect to find it at local gun shows for $450 all day long.
That gun shop is on the high side of pretty much everything they sell-You should see how proud they are of anything with a Winchester brand.
It is listed as used, which is fine.It is also listed in the category "shotguns" so maybe it don't group so very good?I've known 2 people that had them and heard no complaints.
Starter? I might change the grips to plain checkered plastic or wood, but aside from that, it looks like the gun John Browning intended. If you want to turn it into a pampered prissy range queen, you do so at the risk of its reliability and utility.Just my opinion. I carried one as a tanker. Rattled like hell. Would hold 'minute of chest' at 75 meters, though.MC
Yes a starter and plinking and back-up-for-pig gun.Also to let the wife feel the difference between a real American -by-Gawd hole punch compared to the Euro=pellets she's used to shooting.
I own 4 of them. A 45 ACP GI Model, a 38 Super GI Model, a 9mm GI Model, and a 9mm Officer's. Not had any problem with any of them. They feed, fire and eject any thing I feed them. They are GI spec, so parts are fairly easy to find for them. As for the customer service, I haven't heard any thing bad about it. They give a life time warranty that goes with the gun.
I've had to enable moderation because some bots just can't stop sh1tting where other people want to live......kind of like Liberals.It's either this or WV...