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Rock Island Armory Standard GI No. 51421 45 ACP, $410

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The RIA GI pistol is a handgun that gives the shooter on a budget more than he bargained for. More than a few shooters with other more expensive makes in the gun safe carry the RIA or keep it as a truck gun or beater.

Rock Island Armory Standard GI No. 51421 45 ACP, $410

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Home Defense
Concealed Carry
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Weight Unloaded
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Trigger Pull Single
Trigger Span Single

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The RIA's sights were General Issue, which means small. However, they were well regulated for 230-grain ammunition. The sight picture and point of impact of the RIA were nearly ideal for personal defense because the pistol did fire a bit high at close range. This pistol shot best with the Winchester 230-gr. PDX round, which is a defense-designed hollowpoint. The RIA pistol did not need a break-in period; it came out of the box running.
One of our raters is left handed, so we ordered a southpaw Wright Leather Works holster for the speed-shooting segments. This is a well-fitted holster as good as any we have used. The lefty rater did manage to disengage the RIA 1911's one-side-only safety, but it was slower than the dual safety lever of the Eclipse Target II.

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