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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.

RIA 5.0E Reviews are in: “There’s Nothing Like it!”

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RIA 5.0E Reviews are in: “There’s Nothing Like it!”

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You read that right. Reviews are pouring in about the RIA 5.0E and, to no surprise, it's garnering much acclaim, from the everyday sports shooter to hardcore firearm enthusiasts. Don’t just take our word for it. In this blog, you’ll find reviews from the very best in the industry talking about how much they enjoy the RIA 5.0E. Explore below, in fact, you may even recognize someone you know.

Concealed Carry with a Full-Size 1911: A Guide to Comfort & Confidence

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Concealed Carry with a Full-Size 1911: A Guide to Comfort & Confidence

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Concealed carry enthusiasts want the perfect blend of comfort, confidence and reliability when choosing a firearm. While there are plenty options available, the full-size 1911 pistol stands out for its historical significance, solid construction, and powerful performance. At Rock Island Armory, we are committed to providing top-notch, affordable firearms – including an array of 1911 pistols. In this blog, we explore how to optimize concealed carry with a full-size 1911, from clothing considerations to holster technology and we’ll help you find an affordable option that’s right for you.

Target Focus vs Front Sight Focus

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Target Focus vs Front Sight Focus

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When you first get into shooting, we all hear the same basic instructions from just about everyone: “Watch your front sight,” “Your front sight should be clear,” and “Your target and rear sight should be blurry.” Don't get me wrong, your sights are very important. But are they as important as we have been led to believe? Let's talk a little bit about when your sights matter most.