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I was able to bring my 45 home yesterday. The first thing I noticed is the slide to frame fit. There is no noticeable clearance between the slide and frame, horizontal or vertical.
Slide works silky smooth, pretty impressed with a 389.00 pistol.hell my brand new kimber custom 2 has more slop! Anyway cannot wait to shoot it.

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Yea, my newest Rock double stack is that tight and smooth! Its also full combat spec. and yet doesn't jamb up, fart, hickup, or choke, and feeds everything equally well! In fact, the first 1000 rounds through it were flawless! I don't feed it with practice stuff ether, full spec 10 mm auto near the high end of the range! :s0155:
 

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ME....I'd change the grips. Never took much of a liking to smooth wooden grips. Especially since we are talking .45 ACP.

Personally.....I like Pachmayr Signature grips or Houge OverMoulded grips. Rubber......Yeah!. Of course if you like wood.....yup, plenty of choices there too. And now a days.....G10 seems to be popular. Then.....I always liked checkering and I'm not really into finger grooves (for me anyways).

Aloha, Mark
 
I have the GI Officer's Model in 45 and love it I had put some Ivory grips on and they were beautiful but I shot it and that broke the left panel, Oops. I went to Hogue's clearance site and bought some G-10's for half price, had to sand them down a little as they were aggressive with my hand. I have carried this gun and would again if I favored 45. I think I would have liked the 'Rock' series better for the sights. Speaking of series this is a '70' series in case someone was wondering.
I own a great Ruger 1911 too, but RIA is just a super value.
 
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Congratulations on your new 45. I’ve put thousands through my $350 Rock Island, just really enjoy shooting that old pistol. My favorite at the range every time and in my nightstand every evening. Got lots of other pistols and several “better” 1911’s that are clean and ready, but that’s the one I actually shoot regularly.
As an addition, I would highly recommend the Wilson Combat 10 round magazines. They bring the 1911 into more modern capacity territory. I personally feel pretty comfortable checking on bumps in the night with a single 10 round mag, where as in the past I would be grabbing a second 7 or 8 rounder.
Cheers.
 
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Another good addition I think is aggressive Talon grip tape
(looks like sandpaper) on the front strap. Super helpful in my opinion. I also put it on the front of the trigger guard, but to each their own.
Good shooting.
 
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