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Old April 29th, 2017, 06:01 PM   #1
 
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Are rock island armories built on old Colt equipment?

I was just curious about this. I know the GI's were built in the Philippines during the wars using Colt manufacturing equipment.



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Old April 29th, 2017, 08:01 PM   #2
 
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I am not sure but have visited the Philippines and they are excellent at copying and reproducing things even down to the original manufacturer,s logo. I only knew as saw them building the equipment in the back of an office front with an original item in the showroom. Could not discount that they did not copy it.
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Not sure but they do make very good copies of the 1911 and at a good price.
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I have an ATI 1911 45acp manufactured there. It is a good quality pistol and have had no problems with it the past 3 years. The Rock Island 1911 is made there too.
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I have a Rock Island Armory Standard GI 1911 in .45 ACP. I've had it since Christmas and put maybe 100 rounds through it so far and it has been flawless and smooth. Pretty nice for the price.
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I have a RIA 1911 in 10mm and it is very well built. I did have an issue with the mag release, but I swapped it out with a Wilson Combat piece and it has been great ever since.

Can't answer if they use Colt equipment, but I would doubt it.
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The only place known to use Colt equipment for 1911s is Argentina. They made the Argentine Model 1927, which is virtually identical to a USGI Mod 1911A1. Earlier versions of the Argentine Mod 1927 were made in Hartford, Connecticut but later the machinery was moved to Argentina for convenience.

As noted above, the Philippines is well known for copies of virtually anything mechanical. Their workmanship is excellent but frequently their raw materials are poor. The metal in most Philippine made guns came from a scrap yard .... recycled, not from a high quality steel mill like we see with US made guns.
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The only place known to use Colt equipment for 1911s is Argentina. They made the Argentine Model 1927, which is virtually identical to a USGI Mod 1911A1. Earlier versions of the Argentine Mod 1927 were made in Hartford, Connecticut but later the machinery was moved to Argentina for convenience.

As noted above, the Philippines is well known for copies of virtually anything mechanical. Their workmanship is excellent but frequently their raw materials are poor. The metal in most Philippine made guns came from a scrap yard .... recycled, not from a high quality steel mill like we see with US made guns.
That was my main fear when I bought a Rock Island Armory GI spec 1911. That was 15 years ago and thousands and thousands of rounds later it has proven itself to be a great gun.


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I read somewhere that RIA do use old Colt machinery. My RIA 1911 is my favorite and I became a convert from 9mm to 45acp.
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It might explain why their revolver is a close copy of the Colt Detective.
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No- they do not use old Colt machinery.
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No they don't and never have
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Watch an interview with the owner of RIA. All their equipment is new state of the art. He was walking through his factory and it looked impressive. I sold my RIA 1911 and sorry that I did. I will own another someday.
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