Posted 01 December 2014 - 08:12 PM
I would never, ever, considering a 2011 from RIA for any serious use. I'm not saying they aren't good, because they have quite the following of satisfied and successful owners.
But here are the key points about why I would just buy once, cry once, and get a GOOD gun for USPSA.
For starters, you won't find a RIA 2011 in 40sw from the factory, so you'll be taking a $500-600 gun, and having another few hundred dollars of work done between parts and labor. Regardless of what anyone says, if you are serious about USPSA Limited Division, you need to shoot 40 cal.
Next, as the post above mentioned 'with some work' they are good guns according to a gunsmith C-130 knows. Great, so you need to buy a gun, throw a different barrel in it... and then send it off to get work done to get it to run perfectly. So, more money, and then time and trouble to get your shit to run 'perfectly'. Now this is not to say that 2011s haven't come from STI fucked up, but it seems almost every time those guns either run good on ammo loaded to 1.185-1.200" or they go back to STI get fixed and run.
And last, what about the actual parts on the gun. I'm not talking about the argument over MIM, or anything else, but outside of slave labor, why are these guns cheaper? If you are serious about getting good, then chances are you'll do a good amount of shooting. Will the gun last? Who knows? People brag about how their 1911s have passed 5k rounds in x number of years of shooting without failure, that's a few months for my gun(s) when the shooting season starts.
You can find a good, used Edge/Eagle on Enos now that its winter for under $2k with mags, rig, and probably spare parts. Great package to get you seriously going in Limited.
Regardless of what you choose... I can tell you this, from what I have seen and my own personal experiences... A LOT of guys especially in lower classes fail to realize the importance of equipment that works perfectly. I see guys who come to matches, match after match... try to do good but fail because their gun or ammo fucks up and they fail to address the issue, match after match.
Get good gear, buy once, cry once. The cost of the pistol (whose ability to run perfectly is beyond important) is quickly offset once you realize how much you spend on ammo, matches, lodging, fuel, etc...and most importantly your own personal time to get better.
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