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First Time Owners

As a responsible firearm owner, you must read the USER MANUAL of your weapon thoroughly before you handle it. A product specific manual will be provided with each new Rock Island Armory weapon. 

This USER’S MANUAL is designed to assist you in learning the proper use and care of your handgun. After reading this manual, examine your handgun carefully and ensure that you understand all the features associated with it. This includes knowing it’s basic parts, how the safety features operate, how to open and close the action, and how to safely load and unload ammunition. Remember that improper use and handling of this handgun is dangerous, may void the warranty, and could cause severe injury or death.

Rock Island Armory weapons are as well made as modern technology allows and will give you a lifetime of reliable service, security, and pride of ownership. Use it properly and take good care of it, as per the instructions given in this USER’S MANUAL and do not hesitate to ask pertinent questions from the manufacturer or from competent gunsmiths.

The USER’S MANUAL that comes with your weapon should always be kept available for reference and should accompany the firearm if transferred to another party.

Ideas for Safely Storing Firearms at Home Other Than Safes

// Home Defense

Ideas for Safely Storing Firearms at Home Other Than Safes

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We hope it’s not going to be at all controversial for us to say that if you store firearms in your home—especially if you have children under your roof—you should prioritize safety above all else. You’ve probably read elsewhere (and even in some of our blogs) that a gun safe is the most secure way to go when choosing where to stash your guns when they’re not in use. However, during a home invasion, when seconds count, trying to access your safe and retrieve your weapon might not be the most optimal way to go about defending your life, your family, and your property.

Four Best Shotguns for Home Defense

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Four Best Shotguns for Home Defense

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You might have considered a shotgun for hunting and pest control, but take a moment and think about the benefits of keeping a shotgun handy for home defense. At the kinds of close shooting distances you’re likely to encounter when defending your home, a shotgun is going to give you a more forgiving chance to hit your target than a pistol or an AR-style rifle—and one that’s likely just as lethal. And, thanks to its versatility in shot type/pattern, choke, and gauge, it’s an ideal solution for newer shooters and experienced tinkerers alike.

1911 Pistol Accessories Everyone Needs

// Concealed Carry and Self Defense

1911 Pistol Accessories Everyone Needs

1911 Pistol Accessory Additions

There’s no shame in it. A lot of people do it. You might be doing it and not even realize it.