Light A Candle post:
"I happened by your post for gunlight vigil day,
and was wondering what your experience has been with the compact 1911 from Rock
It was a long road to get the RIA 1911 to the point where is was reliable enough to be my daily carry.
When I first got the gun it would jam once every 5 rounds or so. Massive amounts of part polishing, a couple trips to the gunsmith, high quality magazines and about 1000 rounds to break it in and finally it's worked all the kinks out. I also had the hammer bobbed so the damn thing would not bite me and draw blood every time I shot it.
Once it began to shoot reliably I got some nice slim VZ Gator Back Grips for it and an excellent Crossbreed Supertuck Deluxe holster.
I will probably have some trigger work done on it. The trigger is not the worst I own but it's not close to the best either. I have been shooting some sweet 1911's, lately at blog shoots, with triggers like butter.
Now I have a compact frame, reliable, durable, single stack .45acp, that is slim AND powerful. Plus I only have about $700 into it including the smithing, holster and mags.
The negatives are that the fixed sights are very basic, trigger is not great and it weighs a lot.
Email me if you have any more questions! Or better yet, let's go to the range!!
--All and all, it took some time but it's good (but not great).