$201 Rock Island Armory 38 special

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  1. scottman

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    owner let me run one load through it that he had 130 grain fmj umc remington

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    Hangups due to improperly reloaded ammo (partially seated primer) does NOT indicate that the revolver is faulty in any way!
     
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    i like value priced, 38sp, double action revolvers, so i’ve ended up with a couple of steel taurus 85, a rossi 3” and a s&w 642. all used, all 5 shots, all incredibly functional and all at about $200. the taurus came to me impeccable looking, the s&w has significant “worm track” markings on its exterior. the rossi just needed new grips (pachmayrs). the s&w and rossi feel best with wadcutters. i had a charter arms 9mm (it beat my trigger finger to a pulp). i’ve shot a ruger security six (sweet but pricey and chunky) and had an sp101 (cylinder jammed up during a range session, odd grip to me and very chunky for just 5 shots, couldn’t see a role for it). i’ve handled ria and windicator, but both felt clunky and unfinished. i’m kinda in the market for a 4” 38sp. it would be useful to read more about long term experiences with the 4” ria.
     
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    I believe it was last year the taurus 85 had a rebate for $175
     
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    Looks like a Colt Trooper.
     
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    I've shot a members trooper. Did better with his 638 bodyguard
     
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    Does look Colt esque!

    I was gonna say defective specail, didnt Troopers had vent ribs?
    CW
     
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    Not the early ones .
     
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    I wouldnt mind picking up on of the wood handled snubbies. I had looked at one at a gunshop some time ago, you could see some machining marks on it, but that doesnt bother me given the price. Gives it some character.

    I have a RIA midsize 1911, while it goes bang every time it doesnt seem to be terribly accurate. Maybe I expect too much?
     
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    My RIA 1911 wasn't as accurate as I liked when new either. I determined that the fit of the bushing was quite loose, and replaced it with a fitted bushing from EGW. That made all the difference.

    The RIA revolvers don't seem to have the great reputation as their 1911's. I'm curious to see what you think of it, @scottman.
     
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    The midsize models dont have any bushings to work with.
    Im considering getting a full length slide and barrel for it. Sarco has GI style units for a little over $200.
     
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    I am curious as well. I have a Rock Island/Armscor 1911 in 22tcm that you could not buy from me and also a bolt action rifle in the same caliber that I will have til I die.
     
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    Will get some pics up after PT
     
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    Dad had one of their .38's and the crane bent on his first trip to the range.
    took a few months to get it back, but they fixed it for free.
     
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    What caused the crane to bend?
     
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    snapping it closed with a wrist flick - the way he used to do with his colt service revolver back in the 70's.
     
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    That'll do it. Harder on some revolvers,than others, but not good for any of them.
     
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    Another bit of misinformation and down right stupid courtesy of Hollywood!! :mad::confused:

    -John

    Edit: Another Hollywood tid-bit I always liked was jerking the gun forward James Cagney style to help the bullet get out the barrel faster!! :cool:
     
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    I like RIA. They do not have the best reputation, but by far, neither the worst. I have no experience with their revolvers. But, I have had good luck with their 1911's. A buddy of mine has a RIA shotgun. Decent weapon, but doesn't like low brass casings. Only high brass.

    Now. My brother bought two RIA G.I. 1911's when they were first sold in the states. One was a dream to shoot! Accurate & flawless performance every time. The other, no end of issues. It would even stovepipe ball ammo. ?? He polished the ramp & feed with a Dremel, and it performed better. Then a spring went weak & it wouldn't cycle rounds well. He bought a replacement spring from RIA & that one snapped. He then replaced all springs with Wolf springs. Still had some minor issues & had to do more internal polishing due to a couple of burrs on the slide & frame. After spending almost as much as what he paid for the gun, he finally got the kinks worked out & it has ran great since then.

    I bought a G.I. Model, and a Tactical model from RIA. I too, had to polish the ramp & feed on my G.I. After that, it was flawless. My tactical model was flawless right out of the box, and extremely accurate. It is actually more accurate than my Colt 1911.

    Rock Island Armory is a good company. And they have great customer service. They will usually fix any issue without question. In their early sales of handguns (1911 especially), they had fairly poor quality control. The final inspection process, prior to leaving the factory was spotty at best. This allowed for a lot of "lemons" to hit the market. It was a 50/50 as to whether you got a reliable gun or not.

    Over time, and from many complaints, their quality control is much better. Fit & finish has also improved. There is still a chance of getting a "lemon", but that chance has diminished. But, you can get a lemon from nearly every manufacturer. No company is perfect. The "human error" factory will always be there.

    That said, I wouldn't hesitate to buy another RIA gun. Just be mindful that it may not be as perfect as you like. If it is a problem, RIA willl usually make it right.

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    I always liked the Hollywood idea that holding the pistol flat or almost upside down negated any physical factors of bullet trajectory. In addition to making the concept of sights, sighting, or even instinctive point-shooting irrelevant.

    John
     
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    nice looking revolver. I do like my S&W 442.
     
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    They should make that in a 4" barrel for use as a cheap kit gun that people wouldn't be afraid to beat up while woods bumming.
     
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    I believe they do. I may have to pick one up to play with.

    https://www.gunbroker.com/item/800063082
     
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    Yeah I just ordered one for $225 shipped
     
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    There's a local dealer who sells them for $204 new. I'm tempted, but not until I have one in hand to see just how rough they really are. Obviously corners were cut to bring down the price.

    -John
     
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    Borrowed 200 dollar rock island armory 38 revolver 25 yards rested felt steady . Strangely 2 rounds hits vastly different then the other three . Poi is around 5.5 inches high at 25 yards and 4.5 inches left for the three shot group.
     
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    How does the trigger feel? I ordered one earlier today and am kinda going through buyers remorse. Obviously I don't have it in my hand yet but I'm curious how it compared to something much nicer like a ruger or smith. I mainly bought it as a range toy.
     
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    only shot 12 rounds or so all on single action so far. Not bad didn't have a trigger scale with me.

    How many rounds are you going to put through it in the first week with your higher range time/ammo consumption?
     
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    Honestly with this being strictly a range toy it won't see nearly the round count of my carry guns. First range session will probably be 100-150 rounds or so just to get a feel for it. I haven't shot a revolver in years so I figured this would be fun to play with on occasion.
     
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    Not that uncommon in some revolvers.
    Try Numbering your chambers and shoot groups from one cyl.

    CW
     
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    Interesting!
    So basically the Highpoint of revolvers, eh?

    Might have to see what local prices are like, one of these would be great for a gun I can leave in my truck or ATV 24/7 and not worry about...
     
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    CW if it was my gun..... Have about 600 b ucks worth of new personal handguns to play with for a while and take up my time for a while.

    GOOD analogy
     
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    Time will tell what these will appear on the used market and what price they will be. I see 100 dollar used hipoints sometimes
     
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