Gun Report

Rock Island Armory Tactical 45 ACP, $499

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The two Philippine 45s were enjoyable to fire, accurate, and comfortable due to their steel frames and full-length slides. Overall, much to make the 1911 man glad. The two handguns share the same homeland and are comparable in many ways. Attention to detail favors the RIA 45.

Rock Island Armory Tactical 45 ACP, $499

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Home Defense
Law Enforcement
Concealed Carry
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Weight Unloaded
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Barrel Length
Sight Radius
Overall Height
Front Strap Height
Back Strap Height
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Grip Thickness Max
Grip Circumference Max
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Barrel Material
Grip Material
Trigger Pull Single

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The RIA pistol, left, features a well-designed grip safety that all of us found comfortable. The plain grips have been modified to accommodate an ambidextrous safety (arrow), and they seemed small for the frame. Our testers said they would probably change the grip panels.
The RIA pistol features a lowered ejection port. The finish of the Tactical pistol is parkerized, and the slide-lock safety is ambidextrous. The trigger appears adjustable, but it is not. The fit of the barrel, locking lugs and bushing seemed fine. The RIA 45 never failed to feed, chamber, fire, or eject.

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