Rock Island Armory Ultra FS 9mm update

1,074 rounds. That’s how many rounds the Rock Ultra FS 9mm has gone through, and oddly enough that’s the same number of rounds it’s fired without a single failure of any type. This gun is blowing my mind. It’s passed the 10-8 Performance Test, passed the 100 round challenge, I set a PR on Bill Drills with it, and it just keeps running. Sure, the fit and finish isn’t as nice as the Springfield, and it costs more than the Taurus, but it’s done several things that neither of those guns were able to do. It’s got it where it counts for me, and that’s performance. It runs. It’s accurate. It’s reliable. In fact, it’s the best 9mm 1911 I’ve tested so far.

I have now crossed over into the camp of rooting for this gun hardcore. I’m still going to continue to subject it to our object test protocol, but now I really want it to go the distance to 2,000 rounds without an issue. How cool would that be? A 1911 that’s ready out of the box for IDPA or USPSA for less than $700? It has a magwell, good grips, fiber optic sights, adjustable rear sights, it’s everything I want (except forward cocking serrations).

Dear Rock Island Armory: I don’t know what kind of devil magic you put in this gun, but please put it in all your guns from now until the end of time.

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  1. That’s awesome. I’ve heard good things about Rock Island and this seems to validate that.

  2. I picked up a lesser frills RIA 1911 in 9mm a while back, and except for one bad magazine that I discarded, and some horrible remanufactured ammo that would cycle anything, I’ve had the same amazing experience with it. Reliable, accurate, really fun to shoot.

  3. Your experience with the RIA 9mm 1911 mirrors mine. I didn’t run mine nearly as hard as you have, but it proved to be quite reliable and a lot of fun to shoot.

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