Rock Island Armory makes affordable 1911s, one of the greatest designs in firearm history. While true believers tend to go after the standard .45 ACP models, Rock Island breaks the mold and offers a 9mm variant as well. The smaller chambering coupled with the sturdy design makes for an affordable training pistol or manageable beginner gun.
With 1911s, you can find models in just about any price range, but for a practical gun like this, Rock Island priced it at a working man’s wage. While just a fraction of what some 1911s retail, this Rock Island 1911 has a performance comparable to those three or four times the price.
The Rock Island 1911 features a fixed front sight with a dovetail rear and a parkerized finish with wooden grip panels that give the gun a classic look. On the range, this model ate through all the Aguila 9mm I could feed it. I personally own one and would recommend this Rock Island version to any beginner who is looking to break into the 1911 platform.