So I’ve been rolling around the internet gun boards (you will never find a more wretched hive of scum and villainy) and I’ve noticed an odd trend with regards to the venerable 1911 platform. Mainly, a lot of people seriously hate the Taurus PT-1911; which I’m fine with, right up until those very same people turn around and praise the glories of the Rock Island Armory 1911s.
That’s where I get “the madness”, because last time I checked, the Taurus guns had something that all 1911 afficianods crave, which is a forged frame, barrel, and slide – whereas the RIA guns have a cast frame. And then there’s the fact that the Taurus gun comes with all kinds of goodies like an ambi safety, checkered frontstrap, forward gripping serrations, Heinie sights; while the admittedly less expensive RIA gun comes in what is basically a mil-spec package.
Now, I’m not a 1911 expert, so color me confused. Unless I’m completely missing some detail here, is it just because people like to hate on Taurus? Or are the RIA guns in possession of some kind of secret Filipino gun making juju that I just don’t know about? Is it because STI uses a boatload of parts from the RIA guys?
I mean, I have to admit that I’m interested in the RIA guns if for no other reason that $350 for a 1911 that I’m going to fill full of Ed Brown parts sounds pretty awesome; but the amount of internet hate for Taurus cross-stitched with unrequited love for the Rock Island guns has me pretty confused.
Although the RIA Match Grade pistol is pretty sexy looking, and I’m a sucker for wood grips.