Rock Island Armory TAC 1911 FS 9mm

RIA3Rock Island Armory / Armscor is a Manufacture of 1911 pistols and some other firearms from the Philippines. I chose their TAC 1911 in 9mm. This is a full size parkerized, not blued, 1911 chambered in 9mm (duh). The pistol comes from the factory with a Novak style rear low-profile sight and a post front, both dovetailed into the slide. Both sights are target black with no dots of any type. This 1911 is a series 70 style, meaning it has no firing pin safety. The TAC model also comes with an extended ambi thumb safety, a beavertail grip safety, beveled magazine well, longer trigger, commander style hammer, full length guide rod, and a checkered flat mainspring housing. While the extended thumb safety is nice, it is too sharp for my liking. Where the safety angle back toward the frame, there is are really sharp corner. This sharp safety cause the pistol's safety to bite into your thumb under recoil, it was however better if you are one that rides the thumb safety. The frame of the pistol has vertical grooves on the front to help aid in your grip. I would have liked it better if they had checkered the front strap. The rear checkered mainspring housing feels nice in the hand, it is however made from plastic. The beavertail grip safety is very nice. It has a bump on the bottom to aid in depressing it and has a nice feel to it. Having a longer skeletonized trigger placed my finger just right, for people with shorter or longer fingers this might not be the case. The commander hammer and beveled mag well are nice touches also. The rubber checkered grips that come on the pistol where not of my liking, but they do supply an okay gripping surface. The RIA TAC 1911 makes for a good entry level 1911 with quite a few built in options.

lokgrip1911The TAC 9mm is extremely accurate. I could keep shots under a 1" circle at 7 yards off hand. The slide to frame fit on this pistol is very tight and I believe that is why it shoots so good. That, and the fact that the trigger was extremely smooth out of the box. The trigger has very little take up and over travel is adjustable with a set screw that is located in the trigger. The trigger pull weight is about 5 1/2 pounds. I have had no failures with the pistol in over 500 rounds of various types of 9mm ammo. Recoil is very manageable as one might expect with an all steel 1911 in 9mm. All in all I really do like this offering from Rock Island. It shoots great and would make an excellent starting point for a more custom pistol. Rock Island has many other 1911 style pistols also. So if this style isn't what you are looking for, they probably make a style you might want.

Firearms Insider Reviews - 8 Key Points

Claim to Fame: Entry level priced 1911 in 9mm with good options

Target Market: Shooters wanting a full size 1911 in 9mm

FNBs (Features & Benefits of this product):

  • Caliber: 9mm
  • Finish: Parkerized
  • Operation: Single Action Semi-Automatic with Thumb and Beavertail Safeties
  • Barrel: 5"
  • Length: 8 1/2"
  • Height: 5 1/4"
  • Width: 1.4" at the safety and 0.9" at the slide
  • Weight: 2.56 lbs
  • Grips: Textured black rubber
  • Sights: Novak style rear, Post front, both dovetailed in for drift adjustability
  • Safety: Extended Ambidextrous thumb and Beavertail grip
  • Capacity: 9+1
  • Trigger: Skeletonized
  • Hammer: Combat style
  • Beveled magazine well

What other aesthetic options or finishes are available?: The Rock Island Armory Tac 1911 is available in many different styles and calibers available at Rock Island Armory

What others are saying?: 

  • Budsgunshop.com By: Preston O on 07/20/2014Rating:  [5 of 5 Stars!] This gun is amazing! This is my first 1911 and the first gun I've bought off Bud's. Took it out to the range the first weekend after I got it and put about 75 rounds through it without any issues. Zero issues! The gun cycles everything I've put through it. I have even hand cycled some Hornady Custom 147gr JHP through this bad boy and still zero issues. I've read that if you are going to run HP's through this then go with a larger bullet. Don't use 115gr or 124gr. I have read that they can have issues, but the 147gr run perfectly. The gun comes with a Metalform magazine which i highly recommend for this gun. I bought a Metalform 10rd and it runs perfectly. Again, zero issues! The only thing I will say is that the picture shows the new model with the small logo on the rear of the slide. I got the older model with the "Rock Island Armory" billboard on the slide, but it's not that big of a big deal.
  • Budsgunshop.com By: Andrew C on 07/09/2014Rating:  [4 of 5 Stars!] This was my first Rock Island Armory purchase and let me say it won't be my last. Fit and finish exceeded my expectations for a sub-$450 1911. It shot great right out of the box and with over 300 rounds through it, I've experienced no failures, even with the sometimes sketchy reloads and cast lead bullets folks give me. It came with nice brand name magazines (to which I added a slam pad). Accuracy is very good and with a full size 1911 frame shooting 9mm, recoil is light. Now, why only four stars. My pistol came with a firing pin stop that I could not remove. I personally think they put a little too much finish on the slide and it got stuck. I sent it off to RIA prepaid and they fixed it, no problem. Now, it is a really great pistol and one I love to shoot. I wish I could give it 4.5 stars but that isn't an option. Anyway, I am quite satisfied and recommend this pistol.

Price point: MSRP = $559 Retail = $465

I need it now! Availability: Check your local gun store

Our Rating: 


  • Price
  • Novak style sights
  • Extended Beavertail grip safety
  • Full length guide rod
  • Extended skeletonized trigger
  • Beveled Mag-well
  • Combat hammer
  • Smooth trigger
  • Ambi-safety (see Cons)


  • Thumb safety is sharp
  • Rubber grips
  • Plastic mainspring housing
  • Only comes with 1 magazine

Score: 8.5 Great85



Chad's Favorite Link: U.S. Tactical Supply

LOK 1911 Grips

LOKgun2 LOKgun1I received these LOK 1911 grips after discovering the company while searching for grips on Amazon. These grips are great. LOK has definitely done their homework.  LOK Grips is a new company that has ventured into the grip manufacturing world.  They offer a variety of G10 grips for 1911's, Beretta 92's, Ruger 22/45's, CZ-75's, and Sig 238 and 938's.  Various textures and color combinations are offered as well.

The grips I chose were the "Spec Ops" in an orange/black color combo.  The Spec Ops have a golf ball texture on the front of the grips panels, and slanted ridges on the back.  This design gave me a good grip on the gun and excellent recoil management.  I originally thought that these grips might be too aggressive, but they are very comfortable to shoot with.  My hands were not any worse for wear after shooting with the LOK Spec Ops grips.

lokgrip1911LOK offers a number of different options for the grips. After you have selected the style and texture, you can select ambi-safety cuts, style of bottom cut, and magazine release cuts.  Since I chose 1911 grips, I opted for a magwell bottom cut, a magazine relief cut, and an ambi-safety cut.  I noticed that with the magwell cut, LOK also has relief cuts, on the back side of the grip, for the main spring housing pin.  This shows how much quality they put into the manufacturing process.

I am very pleased with these grips. They are attractive, functional, and less expensive than other G10 grips on the market. They are a very high quality grip at decent price.


Firearms Insider Reviews - 8 Key Points

Claim to Fame: Good looking functional grips

Target market: Any shooter who wants a functional, good looking grip, with emphasis on functionality.

FNBs (Features & Benefit):

  • Lightweight G10 material
  • Texture options
  • Color combinations
  • Grip cut options

What other aesthetic options or finishes are available?:  Many colors and options, please go look for yourself at LOK grips

What others are saying?:

  • "Lok Custom Grips... Best Value Anywhere on 1911 Custom Grips!"  - Amazon
  • "I picked up a pair of grips today at the gun show. I love them, they fir great and you gotta love the price." - Facebook

Price Point:

I need it now! Availability: Amazon

Our Rating:


  • Good grip texture
  • Style options
  • Color options
  • Lightweight
  • Made in U.S.A.
  • Fast shipping

Score: 8.5 Great85



Chad’s Favorite Link:  U.S. Tactical Supply

Firing Line Review



Negrini Compact Handgun Case Review

Negrini Compact Handgun Case Often when I visit the range and see other shooters bring their gear to the bench or when I visit a friend's house and they wish to show off their new pistol, I see cheap or make-shift cases. It sort of makes me cringe, seeing someone spend hundreds of dollars on addons, accessories, magazines, and ammunition, yet still toss their firearm into a $10 plastic case from Walmart, or simply holster-n-chuck into a tool bag for a trip to the gun club. Most gun owners think of $200-$300 Pelican cases when asked about a premium portable, locking, and sealed storage. I am pleased to correct them, and introduce them to a case manufacturer out of Italy called Negrini.

Negrini Compact Handgun Case

Negrini makes fine gun cases in all shapes and sizes, for shotguns, rifles, and pistols. Many Negrini case owners are traveling hunters and outdoorsman going on Safaris. These hunters will be facing dangerous game and scenarios that can go south in a mere second, you think they would trust their firearms with airport baggage handlers in just any gun case? I don't think so. For the ultimate protection of the firearm that you depend on for your own protection, Negrini cases are world renowned.

Negrini Compact Handgun Case

The Negrini Compact Handgun Case is small enough to stow at the top of a closet, under a bed, or any other small space. The dual briefcase-style locks are a great benefit for gun owners to be sure their stored handgun is tamper-proof, especially from curious youths. The outer shell is constructed of high-rubber content ABS plastic, which is designed to absorb shock without fracturing. The internal materials and resins used are chosen specifically for anti-corrosive, no off-gassing and temperature insensitivity.

Negrini Compact Handgun Case

The "Pluck-N-Pull" foam insert allows for the user to customize the fit to a specific handgun or handguns, depending on the tolerances you choose to leave. The foam is partially diecut from the factory in a square grid pattern. By pinching a square and pulling away from the surrounding squares, you can begin the form the firearm's shape. A blade may come in handy for the first few squares, until you get a negative space in which your fingers can get more leverage upon the "pluck." I found that plucking a shape to conform to a 1911 compact, a Glock 19 also fits the space nicely. While I will primarily use the case to transport a 1911, its nice to be able to fit other models in the case when necessary. I would definitely recommend making the gun shape first, then proceeding with slots for magazines or accessories lastly.

Negrini Compact Handgun Case

It's no secret that products made in Italy are known for fine quality and craftsmanship. While this case comes nowhere near the sticker shock of a Lamborghini, it is a great investment for your firearm at a modest price most any gun owner can afford.

Firearms Insider Reviews - 8 Key Points

Claim to Fame: Compact lockable case that can be customized to fit most handguns through pluck-n-pull foam.

Target Market: Handgun owners

FNBs (Features & Benefits of this product):

  • Lightweight Double Wall thermoformed ABS
  • IATA Approved for Air Travel
  • Pluck-n-Pull Die Cut Foam Insert
  • Combination Locks for Security
  • Limited Lifetime Warranty

What other aesthetic options or finishes are available?: Black by default, but it would appear that custom finishes are available upon request

What others are saying?: "Recently returning from a New Mexico bear hunt, Like any other trip, I was expecting to see some sort of damage to my case from the baggage handlers. Although it was a pleasant surprise the case looked good as new, Just like the day I received it. Tough as nails, light and secure, I can’t ask for much more. If its a trip to the range preparing for your next hunt or traveling around the world for a hunt of a lifetime, Negrini has you covered." Matthew Cosenzo Cooking Wild Magazine, Bear Hunters Online & NRA's American Hunter

Price point:

MSRP = $139

I need it now! Availability Order direct from Negrini.

Our Rating:


  • Pluck 'n Pull foam requires no tools
  • Materials and Glue used are corrosive free, impervious to temperature change
  • ABS texture on shell is attractive
  • Built in Locks - Air Travel compatible
  • Thin profile for easy  storage


  • Foam insert isn't snug / easily comes up if fit around handgun is tight.
  • Foam insert of lid could have been Pluck 'n pull for extra magazine storage, other range gear
  • Rubber Gasket appears to be held by friction alone

Score: 8.0


Featured FFL:

For FFL services I choose Promised Land Firearms in Toulon, IL.

Ryan's Links:

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Firing Line Review



Negrini Dedicated 1911 Handgun Case Review

negrini2 For those unfamiliar with Negrini you should definitely familiarize yourself with them. To me, they bridge the gap between wanting security/strong construction and lightweight/slim construction. If you want something more sturdy than your average thin plastic case with flimsy foam, but don’t want to sacrifice half your trunk to get your pistol to the range, this case by Negrini is a great choice. Although built and marketed as a dedicated 1911 case it can fit, and store securely, most medium to full size pistols. When you add built in locks it makes legally transporting in some states easier it is one of the most versatile single pistol cases I have seen.



negrini3Firearms Insider Reviews - 8 Key Points

Claim to Fame: Quality and secure construction without bulk

Target Market: High end gunners perhaps the people already familiar with their shotgun cases.

FNBs (Features & Benefits of this product):

  • Slide length adjustability
  • Storage for a few mags and more
  • Proprietary double wall abs constructions
  • Hand finished
  • Double locks built in
  • Customizable finishes

What other aesthetic options or finishes are available?: It would appear that anything is possible given the money is available

What others are saying?: Cannot find any third party reviews for this product.

Price point:

MSRP = $149

Retail = Have not located any places other than the manufacturer site.

I need it now! Availability In your hands today not very likely, however you can order direct from Negrini.

Our Rating:


  • Build Quality
  • Built in Locks
  • Finish Options
  • Storage Versatility

Score: 8.585


Featured FFL:

For my gunsmithing and FFL services including custom Cerakoting, I choose Dynamic Combat Solutions. Gus is really great to work with and you can check him out at his website here.

Sam's Links:

Guns of Hollywood Podcast

NJ Gun Blog

Springfield Armory Mil-Spec .45 ACP Pistol Review

PB9108L By Mark Smith

Firearms Insider Reviews - 8 Key Points

Claim to Fame: Looks great (Cocobollo grips), feels good in your hand and shoots well.

Target Market: Collector that likes to shoot.

FNBs (Features & Benefits of this product):

  • Comes with 2 mags, mag holster and holster.

What other aesthetic options or finishes are available?: The Springfield Armory Mil-Spec .45 ACP Pistol is available in black parkerized and stainless steel.

What others are saying?: “Forged frame, slide and barrel, combat 3-dot sights, high-hand™ grip, beveled magazine well, polished feed ramp & throated barrel, arched mainspring housing, stainless steel barrel, lowered and flared ejection port, angled slide serrations, black and cocobolo hardwood grips, loaded chamber indicator and titanium firing pin.” - AmmoLand.com

Price Point:

I need it now! Availability: You can purchase this pistol from many retailers, including Bud's Gun Shop and Cabelas.

Our Rating: + Great performance + Classic design + Functions well

Score: 9.5 Amazing Amazing


Sig Sauer 1911-22 Pistol Review


By Bradley Johnson

I know what you're thinking; "Why would I want a 1911 that shoots .22?" Well, the answer is simple, because it's a blast!

This Sig Sauer (formerly GSG) 1911-22 is a full size 1911. The operation, and ergonomics are identical to a Colt M1911A1 pistol. In fact, many parts are interchangeable with a standard 1911-45. However, unlike the M1911A1, ammo doesn't cost an arm and a leg. It's this very reason that many people opt to supplement their training with a .22LR.

12724119843_8cd4ffb844_bIt comes in a decent hard shell, foam lined case. Included in the case are Allen keys (needed for takedown), 2 magazines, a pistol lock, a replacement guide rod buffer disc, a chamber brush, and 2 front sight posts(2 sizes).

One of the really cool additional features of this (well, not this one, because I reside in California) pistol is that the barrel is threaded by the factory. Unfortunately, the cap on my pistol is fixed due to my state of residence.

Take down is very similar to a standard 1911. However, there are additional pins that require the use of an Allen key. I was originally bothered by this, but it's not a deal breaker.

The pistol is made of some type of alloy, and as such cannot be finished with a traditional hot blue. I suppose this was done to keep the cost down. The finish is not great. It seems like some type of paint, and it scratched/wears easily if you're not careful. It is my biggest complaint about the pistol. Another area of concern are the sights. They're bright, and it's easy to get a good sight picture, but they're made of plastic! Perhaps this is why they supply a replacement front sight in the kit.


At the range, this pistol performed beautifully. I used the12725304505_5272d87637_b recommended CCI Mini Mag for the break-in period, and did not have a single misfeed, or failure to eject. Since the break-in period, I have fed several other brands of ammo thru it without any problems. Considering the price point, I feel that the accuracy of this pistol is excellent. The wood grips feel pretty good in my hands, and if they're not your cup of tea then just replace them with your favorite 1911 grips. Overall, I am very pleased with this purchase.

 Firearms Insider Reviews - 8 Key Points

Claim to Fame: Full size 1911. Same ergonomics and manual of arms as a Colt M1911A1 with a low Price point.

Target Market: I think this pistol will appeal to anyone looking to have some fun at the range. Additionally, it is a great trainer companion to people who already own a 1911-45.

FNBs (Features & Benefits of this product):

  • 2 Magazines included
  •  Replacement sight, and taller sight post to adjust for elevation
  •  Nearly identical to a M1911A1, but at a lower cost than the competitors (1911-22 competitors)
  •  Skeletonized hammer and trigger

What other aesthetic options or finishes are available?: The Sig Sauer 1911-22 Pistol is available in black, OD green, flat dark earth, and camo.

What others are saying?: "The last ten shots were fired as fast as I could pull the trigger just looking to see how the pistol cycled without worrying much about accuracy. To my surprise it was flawless and I can tell it will burn up ammo if you let it!" - Tallgrass, MarlinOwners.com

Price Point:

I need it now! Availability: This pistol is available from many retailers, including Cabelas and Bud's Gun Shop

Our Rating:

+ Accurate + Reliable + 2 Magazines

- Finish - Plastic Sights

Score: 7.5 75

Sig Sauer 1911 .22 Review

Sig Sauer 1911 22 Now I am a 1911 guy. I love all 1911’s. Unfortunately this is only my second one I currently own. I purchased the Sig Sauer 1911 .22 so I could train with “cheaper ammo”. I know, what 22LR? Well I have been able to keep a steady supply and its definitely cheaper than .45. Also my son is kinda fond of my Colt 1911 in .45 but is a little to small to shoot it yet. This on the other hand he shoots like a pro. It is a bit picky about ammo and needs the good stuff (hi velocity) tho cycle the slide reliably. Now as it turns out, this pistol is manufactured for Sig Sauer by GSG and GSG seems to sale for about $100 less. Why did I buy the Sig? Because I found it in the store. Also I feel the finish might be a little better compared to the GSG’s I have seem. Or maybe that is my justification for paying more. It came with only one magazine so I went online to purchase extra’s and found that they are about $30 dollars. I also discovered there are few nifty accessories and upgrades for the Sig Sauer/GSG. They make +4 followers for the magazines as well as +1 and +3 base plates. I also discovered an accurizing kit that replaces the guide rod and bushing with stainless parts. Although I have only had this for a short time, I have put 5-600 rounds through it with only a couple of misfeeds. I really like the fit and finish as well as the extended ambi-safety and extended slide release.

Firearms Insider Reviews - 8 Key PointsSig Sauer 1911-22

Claim to Fame: Quality, reliable firearms

Target Market:  Plinkers and Practice weapon

FNB's: (features and benefits of this product)

  • 1911-22 Specifications
  • Caliber - .22LR Hi-velocity
  • Overall Length - 8.5 in
  • Overall Height - 5.5 in
  • Overall Width - 1.4 in
  • Barrel Length - 5.0 in
  • Sight Radius - 5.4 in
  • Sights - Contrast Sights
  • Weight w/Magazine - 2.2 lbs
  • Frame Material - Alloy
  • Frame Finish - PTFE
  • Slide Material - Alloy
  • Slide Finish - PTFE
  • Magazine Capacity - 10 rounds
  • Trigger - SAO
  • Trigger Pull† - SAO 4.2 lbs - 5.6 lbs
  • Features Skeletonized hammer and trigger

What other aesthetic options or finishes are available?:  Comes in Black and Camo.

What others are saying?:    Cabelas

Price Point:

  • MSRP = $460.00
  • Retail = I paid $365.00

I need it now! Availability:  Readily available at   GunsAmerica and Buds Gunshop

Our Rating:

+ Nice fit and finish + Feels like a standard 1911 + Weight almost the same as a standard 1911 + Most aftermarket 1911 parts are interchangeable + Magazines are comparable in size/weight

- Magazine lockout - Plastic guide rod - Odd looking beavertail grip safety - Requires Hi velocity ammo

Score: 8.5 Great85



Radetec Ammo Control Digital Counter for 1911

radetec Have you ever wanted instant feedback from your pistol, just like the interface of a first person shooter video game? In almost every FPS that tries to mimic real gunfire with realistic guns, there is a HUD (heads up display) that gives the player data on how many rounds are left in their character's magazine (or clip!) Now there is a product that brings that interactivity into the realm of real firearms, and its called the Radetec Ammo Control Digital Counter by Radetec, and this particular model is for the 1911.


Designed to enhance firearm control and efficiency, this electronic device provides real-time information about the amount of ammunition left in the magazine, as well as total rounds fired. Radetec's core business deals with research and development for the creation of new products for the international market. They specialize in the integration of electromechanical components and plastic polymers. With their own advanced prototyping machinery, they manufacture electronic circuits and plastic parts into innovative devices that meet specific needs in the medical, military and security sectors.

The Ammo Control Digital Counter didn't necessarily 'float my boat' at first, but after installing it to my Ruger SR1911c and emptying a few magazines instantly saw the draw. It's easy for some to scoff at the inability to perform basic addition (especially for 1911 owners, counting to seven) but after that first trigger pull, its very easy to forget or lose count of rounds fired downrange. Unless you were rigorously trained to maintain good shooting mechanics and count in your head, its surprisingly easy to screw up either while trying to do both. This product takes the counting out of the equation and gives immediate feedback, which not only is a good training aid but would serve well in the field in certain applications. Note that it only reads the capacity of the magazine and not what's in the chamber, so DO NOT rely on the grip's reading of "0" rounds in an empty mag to indicate a safe gun. Always check your chamber, folks.

Another plus is the secondary feature, which displays the total amount of rounds fired through the firearm while the grip has been installed. This allows users to not only keep a log of a gun's history, but keep track of what parts will need maintance after X many of rounds have been fired. For 150-200 dollars this is an investment for certain, however from a civilian/enthusiast's viewpoint I see this as a very interesting addition that gives John Browning's old warhorse a bit more of an edge.


Firearms Insider Reviews - 8 Key Points

Claim to Fame: The Radetec AmmoControl Digital Counter makes the days of worrying about how much ammunition you have left in the magazine a thing of the past.

Target Market: Training, Students/Classes, and Law Enforcement

FNBs (features & benefits of this product):

  • Displays the exact number of rounds left inside the magazine on a digital screen after each shot, or by pressing the manual activation button on the front.
  • Displays the total number of shots discharged while installed on the firearm. Activated by a small button on the top of the left side grip panel.
  • Highly shock- and temperature-resistant polymer body
  • Easy to install.
  • Adds the same weight and mass as a factory grip.
  • Uses one CR2016/CR2032 Battery.
  • Has an auto dim feature for low light situations

What other aesthetic options or finishes are available?: Black Polymer only

What others are saying?: 

  •  "They would also be great for the institutional end of military and law enforcement. While the available round tally is nice, knowing the history of the gun would be great for service history and accountability concerns." Guns.com Review

Price Point:

I need it now! Availability:  www.radetec.com or budsgunshop.com

Our Rating:

+ Slimmer than factory grip, does not interfere with grip. + 1911 model comes with two high quality 7 round magazines with followers installed. + Won't interfere with most holsters (wih combat cut) + Remembers total rounds fired + Covered by limited warranty

- Grip texture could be more unique. - Rubber front strap containing button receptor is a bit fragile/loose, could use reinforcement.

 Score: 8.5  Great!



CC3 Recover Tactical 1911 Grips



After featuring the CC3 1911 Grips back in December '13 in a product spotlight on the podcast, I preordered a pair of grips to try for myself.  They arrived this week (late February) and I installed the black set on my Ruger SR1911c.  The grips only come with screws/nuts for tightening the two halves together at the rail under the dust cover, by the trigger guard. Its a solid mount, no wobble and the gap between the two halves becomes virtually non-existent. As far as looks go, it definitely adds something to the 1911.  Whether that something is good or bad is really personal preference. Prepare for questions and admiration from newer shooters, and scoffs/hisses from veteran 1911 owners. I've heard the word 'Heresy' at least once so far in passing. If you want your 1911 to look and feel more like a XD-M or similar polymer pistol, this is right up your alley.

The main purpose of the CC3 grips is adding the benefit of a rail to affix lights or lasers to a 1911 pistol that is railless, some may say as God or JMB intended.  The designer, Tamir Porat (creator of the Tavor and other Israeli defense products) clearly wanted to add a futuristic look to the timeless war horse. There are reliefs for thumbs on both sides that have very contemporary angles that continue throughout the panels.  This could very well find itself in the next futuristic shooter flick.  With three colors in black, green, and tan, there's a color that will match your pistola's frame and slide.

I'm not a huge fan of how it looks on my commander-sized pistol at the reduced length of barrel, slide, and dust cover make it so the CC3 rail protrudes about 3/8 of an inch further than desired, for the lines in the frame to really line up with the rail.  Of course its still a flush fit inside the channel of the grip.

As for the 'grippiness'of the grip itself, I'm not a huge fan of the texture. It's just raised curved lines that are quite pronouced. Easy for the ejection molding process but cutting edge and comfortable they are not. I foresee a dremel and a woodburning pen in this grip's future.

For the price point, you certainly would be in the market at nice G10 grips or even some exotic wood grips.  I really did just fork out $50 a piece for a plastic design concept of a new product.  Would I have still bought them if I weren't hosting the show/reviewing them for you guys? Probably. Will these stay on my 1911 for awhile? Probably not, I'm not interested in getting a new 1911 holster as I'm enjoying the ones I already have grown accustomed to. They are working with holster manufacturers to get more options out there available in popular rigs.

One of the grip panels for the Dark Earth set was a factory second / had defects, upon emailing CC3 Tactical with a photo they promptly sent out a brand new set, like within hours.  Needless to say their support is very dedicated to customer satisfaction, gotta love that!


Firearms Insider Reviews - 8 Key Points

Claim to Fame: The easiest way to add a grip and rail to your 1911

Target Market:  1911 Owners, Airsoft as well.

FNBs:  (Features and Benefits of this product)

  • Easy 3 minute installation. No gunsmith or permanent modifications required.
  • 2 piece, High Quality Polymer will not break or damage your gun
  • Universal Fit for most 1911 model pistols
  • Total Weight 80 grams
  • Made in Israel
  • Only 0.25" thick grip panels

 What other aesthetic options or finishes are available? Olive Drab, Black, Tan

What others are saying? "Both halves of the grips mate perfectly with one another with no visible gaps. Weighing in at a 80 grams, about the weight of the current generation iPod touch, it looks and feels very well made. The grip itself adds a quarter inch thickness on each side and less than a quarter inch to the front strap. The grooves on the grip are mostly smooth. You can run your entire hand and grip it quickly without scraping your hand. It is very "un-aggressive" unlike the VZ Recon's that would grate cheese. What surprised me the most about the CC3 is how my Surefire X300 fit on the picatinny rail. The light slide on just snug and flush with the front of the "new" trigger guard with no play or wiggle to it."

Price point:

  • Retail = $49.95

I need it now! Availability: Readily available on Recover Tactical

Our Rating:

+ Cool Factor is very high, gives an old design a futuristic spin + Customer support is very quick and responsive. + Only .25" thick, will not add bulkiness

- Grip texture is raised thick lines, a little too pronounced for my liking. - Introductory price is a bit high for a polymer molded product.

Score: 7.5 Good75









Kimber Eclipse Target ll


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I have had this gun for about 10 years now and its still my gun safe queen!  Recently I have resolved to bring her back out and start using it more often.  After all isn't that why we buy guns...so we can enjoy them right?  As soon as I got this Kimber in hand, I decided to put on an extended magwell and Kimber tactical grips.  But that's it! Those were the only mods that I deemed necessary for this beautiful piece of firearm bliss.

OK ... time to get into the meat of the matter.  I have fired approximately 1,500 rounds through this Eclipse.  To be completely honest with you guys, when I first took it to the range, I had some feeding issues with the first 300 rounds.  However after getting it tall broken in, the gun ran flawlessly for the last 10 years.  If you have never held a Kimber, they are extremely tight tolerances with no loose rattling like most other 1911”s.  Everything is worked by hand to ensure maximum accuracy and it is very accurate! My ol’ man can punch an 1”-1 ½” group with this firearm. The Kimber Eclipse has a crisp 4-5lb aluminum match trigger and when you pull the slide to the rear, its very smooth.  In fact, everything about this gun is crisp and smooth. I do have one major qualm with the Kimber …. the black oxide finish seems to wear off too easy, especially on parts like the safety that get a lot of skin contact.  Other than that, the pistol has a solid steel slide and frame that is very well balanced.  The target 2 model comes with a 5” match steel barrel and meprolight adjustable night sights.  Last but not least, the Kimber Eclipse has 30 LPI checkering on the front grip (I love this feature) and come with two 8 round mags.

Firearms Insider Reviews - 8 Key Points

Claim to Fame: Superb detail, accuracy reliability and smooth operation.

Target Market: Serious 1911 fans, competition and law enforcement.

FNB's (features and benefits of this product):

  • 5" match grade barrel and bushing
  • Aluminum match grade 4-5lb trigger
  • Meprolight adjustable night sights
  • Contrasting brushed stainless finish over black infill
  • 30 lpi front strap checkering

What other aesthetic options or finishes are available?:  Brushed stainless flats/ black oxide contrast

What others are saying?:  "Kimber 1911's are what 1911's should be"

Price point:

Our Rating:

+ Accurate + Reliable + Beautiful + Superb Quality + Balanced

- Expensive - Break in period - Black finish wear

Score: 8.0 Great80


Remington - 1911 R1 Enhanced Review

Remington R1 Enhanced Review

Firearms Insider Reviews - 8 Key Points

Claim to Fame: Accuracy and reliability

Target Market: Mid range 1911 market with emphasis on reliability


Key Features

  • Adjustable Rear Sight
  • Fiber-Optic Front Sight (Red)
  • Front/Rear Slide Serrations
  • Beavertail Grip Safety with Checkered Memory Bump
  • Enhanced Hammer
  • Anodized Aluminum Match Trigger
  • Enhanced Wide Thumb Safety
  • Flat Checkered Mainspring Housing (20 LPI)
  • Match Grade Stainless Barrel and Bushing
  • Front Grip Strap Serrations
  • Custom Grips with Thumb Groove and Ambi Cut
  • 8-Round Magazines with Bumper Pad (2)

Key Benefits

  • More accurate
  • Very shootable factory sights
  • Free cleaning, lube and inspection in the 1st 12 months
  • 7 day warranty repair turn around and free shipping
  • Looks better than standard R1 in my opinion

What other aesthetic options or finishes are available?:  Black ... OK technically it’s “Satin Black Oxide.”

What others are saying?: “The pistol’s fiber-optic sight is one of the most robust of this type the author’s seen. The Enhanced also features front slide serrations.”

Price Point:

I need it now! Availability:  Available on many websites includeing gunbroker.com

Our Rating:  I really enjoy how well it shoots. Very easy to acquire your next target with the front red fiber sight and black rear sight. Slide serrations and grips are pleasing to the eye.

+ Solid midrange 1911 price point + Great stock sights + Match grade barrel

- Base of front sight extends too far out and scraps kydex off of some holsters

Score: 8.5 Great85



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