Rock Island Armory 1911 Box to Match Review, Part Deaux

Patrick Kelley has released a new Out of the Box and Into the Match review video. The gun in question this week is the Rock Island Armory FS Two-Tone 1911 in .45 ACP. This review departed a little bit from the norm as Pat was forced to do some slight tweaking before the match. Usually, Patrick prefers to clean and oil a brand new gun, get a feel for the trigger, and see how well he can run it in a shooting match. Unfortunately, straight out of the box, the RIA 1911 wouldn’t run.

Pat goes on to explain that as the rounds feed through operation, they nudge the slide stop and cause the slide to lock back out of battery. This, of course, makes the gun difficult to use in competition. With a few quick modifications in the shop, Pat thought he had the 1911 ready to run. As the video shows, this might have not been the case.

As you can see, the Rock Island 1911 had a lot of issues. More than just the previous slide lock issue, there were failures to feed, jams, trigger issues, and just general rough running. As he put more rounds through it, Patrick remarked that it seemed to be getting broken in and running smoother, but it still needed a little more shop work to make it trustworthy.

Mr. Kelley did qualify that some of these issues are common to 1911 handguns, especially mass-produced, budget-level 1911s. (The Rock Island Armory Two-Tone 1911 retails for around $520 on It could be that he got an exceptionally poor model, as many people in the comment section pointed out. Patrick won this firearm at shooting match earlier this year, and it is unfortunate that this particular specimen is plagued by operation issues.

All in all, this is what is great about Patrick Kelley’s reviews, he doesn’t shy away from showing you the bad performers. Most guns run right out of the box, but some take a little more work to become reliable, and this Rock Island 1911 seems to be part of the latter group. Pat should be back soon with a table top video explaining the modifications he’s made, and hopefully he’ll get it running.

Video courtesy of Patrick Kelley. Give him a like or follow to help him keep making these videos. Firearm courtesy of Rock Island Armory. Ammunition courtesy of Federal Premium. Patrick shoots Savage Rifles with Burris Optics, uses MGM Targets, and is sponsored by us, Defender Outdoors. Got a question for Pat? Leave a comment on his video or on here and he’ll get back to you as soon as he can!