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I bought this RIA so I could learn some things about the 1911's. So far I have changed all of the trigger & hammer related parts, added a magwell & a beavertail. I think I'll up-grade to a better barrel & bushing when the weather turns cold this winter & I have more time to work on stuff indoors. This is a great hobby! There wasn't anything wrong with the RIA to begin with, I bought it new & it was a good gun. I just wanted to expand my gun skills.
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the only thing i have done is barrel fitting. i dont have the knowlege for that one yet and im a little hesitant to ruin my matchgrade barrels
 

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I have removed the magazine safety on my Browning yesterday. But that's as far as I would go. I don't want to ruin a pistol just to save a few €. I rather take it to a gun smith if I need to.
 

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Nice RI kansas, From a fellow RI owner :-B-:
Thanks Gunny! I was really suprised at the way the RIA shot the first time I tried it out. I'm not exactly fond of the lower priced guns, but I kinda' liked the looks of the RIA. I passed it by the first time I saw it at the gun shop, but when it was still there a few weeks later, I just had to buy it. Now I'll get another one & leave it factory stock. I also bought a barley used High Standard 1911 from a guy awhile back. It's made by the same company that mkes the RIA, & is of the same quality. I'm thinking that the RIA s a well kept secret that is becoming more well known. Kinda' like the Taurus PT1911! Dang It! :--- :-B-:
 

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kansas45 said:
I bought this RIA so I could learn some things about the 1911's. So far I have changed all of the trigger & hammer related parts, added a magwell & a beavertail. I think I'll up-grade to a better barrel & bushing when the weather turns cold this winter & I have more time to work on stuff indoors. This is a great hobby! There wasn't anything wrong with the RIA to begin with, I bought it new & it was a good gun. I just wanted to expand my gun skills.
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You have done a fine job with that one Mr.Kansas. I do some minor things to mine once in awhile but I take most of my stuff to a good gunsmith. Good luck with yours. :D



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You did some nice work there! I would like to learn some of that when I get more time. Right now I have a gunsmith do my work and I repair his electrical needs to pay for it. Works out nice. I have the same agreement with a meat processor by me. I have, however, fabricated my own stainless steel full length guide rod for my CZ 97b. I works great and really smoothed out the gun.
 

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I've done all the changes I've ever made to my guns myself but to be honest I've never done more really other than change triggers and such.
 

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It's been over a year since I got the first RIA. 2 more have followed me home since then. A RIA 38 Super & a RIA Tactical. I traded the Tactical because it wasn't even in the same game as my homemade one. I worked the Super over & absolutely love this gun. The original GI has many rounds through by now, & it is still one of my favorite pistols.
 

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I took my Taurus to the smith the first two times I needed to do something to it. It didn't entirely solve the problems, but I fixed them on my own. Filed down the slide stop where it was rubbing, so now I get a full engagement, and I changed out an ambi-safety for a strong side safety. Just needed a little fitting, but everything went well, and I learned a lot!
 

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Do you work on your pistols?

I do. I am a gunsmith. I am certified by the factories to work on SIG-Sauer, Heckler & Koch and Glock firearms. SIG has the best school.
 

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My first gunsmithing was done on a Norinco 1911A1. I also replaced most of the factory internals with stainless, or Wilson Combat parts. I had a very nice self-made custom.
 
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