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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.

Why Choose a 1911 for Home Defense?

// Home Defense

Why Choose a 1911 for Home Defense?

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Sure, the 1911 is ideal for firing off a few rounds at the range, but have you ever considered it as a home-defense handgun?

Ideas for Safely Storing Your Firearms at Home (That Aren’t Gun Safes)

// Home Defense

Ideas for Safely Storing Your Firearms at Home (That Aren’t Gun 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.

A guide to women’s clothing selection for concealed carry

// Concealed Carry and Self Defense

A guide to women’s clothing selection for concealed carry

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You have a lot to think about before you leave the house—and if you’re a concealed carrier, making sure your firearm is hidden, secure, and easily accessible is a big one. Concealment isn’t just about putting your pistol underneath a heavy sweater—it’s about blending in and feeling confident in your ability to defend yourself, no matter the occasion or the season.