Rock Island Armory 1911 Tactical II

Rock Island Armory 1911 Tactical II

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Summary: The description, specs, photo, pricing and user ratings for the Rock Island Armory 1911 Tactical II pistols.

Manufacturer’s Description

The Rock Island Armory 1911 Tactical II is a full-size 1911-style pistol built on a steel frame and chambered in .45 ACP, 10mm, 9mm or .40 SW. Features include:

  • A steel slide with vertical, rear serrations;
  • a red fiber-optic front sight;Rock Island Armory 1911 Tactical II
  • a dovetailed, low-profile adjustable rear sight;
  • a parkerized finish;
  • a skeletonized combat hammer;
  • a skeletonized trigger;
  • a beavertail grip safety with a grooved memory bump;
  • an extended thumb safety;
  • a checkered, flat mainspring housing;
  • G10 VZ grips; and
  • a steel magazine well.

Rock Island reportedly also offers a model with an accessory rail.

Note: Rock Island Armory imports its version of these pistols from Armscor.

The Specs

Caliber Capacity BBL OAL Width Height Weight
.45 ACP, 9mm, 10mm, .40 SW 8+1 (.45 ACP) 5″ 8.75″ .94″ (slide) 5.5″ 39.84 oz. unloaded

MSRP: $659.95

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  2. My rating is for the Tac-II in 4″ Commander length and based on >100 handload rounds fired at the range after recent purchase. If I were rating it strictly at value-for-money, it would get an extra star, but I don’t want to muck up the system here, being a newbie to this blog. The first thing I did was ask the smith at my shop to tweak the trigger to 4 to 4.5 lbs with about 1/8″ inch takeup and no over-travel. Got that perfect. For range guns I am old-fashioned, I guess, because I like a trigger show. To use one on a skeletonized trigger like this, I probably would (and might) move to a solid adjustable Wilson trigger. Never did understand the value of skeletons except for the “cool” look.

    The gun has everything I need for a range pistol – ambi-thumb safety (I’m left-handed), beveled mag well, outstanding VZ grips, an adjustable Novak rear sight that I got to dead-center on the second adjustment. Balance is excellent. The gun has a finish that, while maybe short of impervious, is decent enough that I don’t have to worry about rust spots appearing if I don’t clean and oil it today or tomorrow.

    Groups were plenty OK, but not Wilson Combat (nor was the price). Build quality seems excellent relative to the price range. Zero failures to feed, fire or eject properly. A plus is that their one furnished 8-round magazine has a rust-resistant finish or else is aluminum, and it has a very good full-width follower, second only to Wilson Combat IMO.

    My minor difficulties were in adjusting to a fixed guide rod upper versus the familiar wiggle-barrel-link for reassembly, and the relative difficulty of raising the Novak rear relative to my shooting well low. My gunsmith told me that the rear elevation screw requires extra torque for the logical reason that it should not come loose once in proper position, so I do not fault RIA for this.

    Overall, this is so far a fun, reliable gun that I would have no qualms about using for self-defense. Darned close to nine stars, but I don’t yet know how the blog master likes to have ratings done.

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  3. This is a followup to my August 2014 post. The gun continues to shoot perfectly, the VZ grips are the greatest. Kinda wish I had bought the longer rail model (or that this one comes out with a dust cover rail), but as soon as Hogue introduces a left-handed green laser grip for this frame, I’ll switch to that and use the VZs on a different 1911. The Tac II is great value for the money.

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