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Old 06-28-2019, 09:04 PM
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Initial Research - RIA 1911 XT22 22 WMR



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Doing a bit of research on the Rock Island Armory M1911-A1 XT22 22 Magnum Semi-Auto Pistol – 51996 and wondering if anyone has any experience with one. My research so far seems to be fairly positive for a 1911 rimfire. I have never owned a Rock Island 1911, but they seem to produce a decent product for the price point. I found a dealer that has some reasonably priced inventory which peaked my interest. Basically just kick'n tires at this point.


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Old 06-29-2019, 09:12 AM
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I have had one for almost a year now. It is probably my favorite handgun but:
1. While mine has been very reliable, it will occasionally fail to extract when it starts to get dirty. Ironically, Armscor ammo has been the most troublesome.
2.It is not as accurate as my MKIII but the Ruger has had trigger work done, the RIA is crisp but probably twice as heavy. It is probably typical accuracy for a basic 1911 platform.
3. It doesn't lock back on last shot, it's not designed to according to Armscor.
I bought mine to shoot at marauding coyotes while bow hunting for deer,(this is legal in MI if you have a CPL) and it fills that role nicely, and how could you not love a 15 shot .22 mag. 1911?
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Old 06-29-2019, 11:35 AM
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Have had mine for 1 1/2 YRS AND LOVE IT. Had to buy aftermarket mags to get it to run right but no problems since. Very accurate out to 50 yds haven't tested past that and mine seems to like most 40 grain pills.
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Old 06-29-2019, 09:46 PM
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Cronkytonk & papatrout65 - thanks for the feedback . . . exactly what I was looking for. I would not expect these to be ragged hole shooters with 22 WMR being hunting ammo, however as with all firearms, ammo testing hopefully would find a couple brands that function better than others. This RIA 22 WMR has intrigued me since first announced at the 2018 Shot Show. They are rather rare around my part of the country and most are asking near $600 which is the main reason I have not actively pursued one before.

I have a couple of 1911 22 LR conversion kits and neither of them lock the action on the last round and one of them uses polymer mags but they work just fine . . . so neither of those items are a new experience or a show stopper for me.

No particular reason to get one other than it adds to the 1911 caliber collection and it looks like it would be fun to shoot.


Nice option to be able to carry a handgun during archery season.
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Old 06-30-2019, 04:04 PM
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I finally found one for sale yesterday. It seems to be put together rather nicely.
Who makes aftermarket mags for it?
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Old 06-30-2019, 10:19 PM
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I have a RIA in 9mm that shoots perfectly and is accurate. I also have a GSG 1911-22 that shoots 22LR. If the price is similar, I would choose a 9mm RIA over the 22 magnum because the 9mm is cheaper to shoot than the magnum 22.
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Old 07-01-2019, 07:38 AM
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Advanced technologies I know that's not spelled right but they make mags reasonably priced and worked better than factory. Have a camp and it goes with me every weekend for ground hogs and vermin control for the garden.
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I finally found one for sale yesterday. It seems to be put together rather nicely.
Who makes aftermarket mags for it?
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Old 07-02-2019, 01:46 PM
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Got my XTM22Mag to the range today.

I had 50 CCI Maxi-Mag 40gr TMJ and 50 CCI 40gr Gamepoint JSP.

The gun shot well. In those 100 rounds, I had one failure to extract, about round 40 or so. All other 99 fired and operated the gun perfectly.

I had cleaned it and given it a few shots of RemOil before I got it to the range.

I was shooting at a standard Silhouette target, both slow fire and rapid fire. Since I am old and can't see for nothing anymore, I kept my range at 7 yards and 10 yards. 50 rounds mixed at 7 yards kept 47 in the x ring, with 3 rounds in the 9 ring. At 10 yards, it put 5 into the 9 ring, 35 in the x ring and 10 grouped quite nicely as head shots.

Recoil was negligible. Since it was an indoor range, the fireballs from the muzzle blast were large.

I had replaced the rubber grips with a set of Cool Hand G-10 grips with finger grooves.

Sad to say, this Rock Island performed better than the last Kimber 45 ACP I bought.

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Thanks to everyone who provided input on the M1911-A1 XT22 22 Magnum. You have affirmed my initial research on the product and I will probably acquire one when I have the funding.
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Going to dredge this one up as it is the most recent thread regarding the xt-22.

Finally found one to handle here locally, it appears to be well made and well machined considering the price especially. I killed a kel tec but still love the idea of a 22 wmr pistol for carrying as a sidearm for our smaller furry woodland creatures when hunting big game. Have a few questions for the users of this pistols.

Has its reliability held up over time?

Has anyone put larger numbers of rounds through it? The kel tec was great but wore out fast, I shoot high volume for practice through guns that get hunted.

How noticeable is the weight of the pistol? at 40oz unloaded its half a pound heavier than a fully loaded glock 22, would become my second heaviest pistol only taking a back seat to a 500 smith wheel gun.

Any corrosion issues?, the brand new pistol had surface orange on the grip screws already. Have some concern with the barrel in a barrel design getting saltwater spray and having corrosion issues. (I live in coastal Alaska 8-10 months a year.)

Its a decent looking piece of equipment for a fair price considering its literally in a class of its own, would pay a significant premium for a stainless version if they had one available. Would prefer to not have to save pennies for a volquartsen as that would probably take till next year.
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Old 12-09-2019, 07:55 PM
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Runnin’ strong

Mine’s still running just fine, no issues, no breakages.

Mine didn’t like Armscor either, I mostly run CCI 40 gr. round nose in all my .22wmr Firearms and that seems to run best in my XT-22.

Accuracy is way better than my PMR as well. Not surprising as the RIA has a fixed barrel and the PMR’s tilt barrel doesn’t have the tightest lockup.

Weight feels identical to my Colt 1911. No idea on corrosion, I clean & oil mine regularly and no where near the coast.
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Old 12-09-2019, 11:22 PM
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only one i own was a 45 donar lower for my kimber 22 lr upper and ive had no complaints in over a year , has worked perfectly so far ,

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Mine is still going strong and no problems to report.
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Too loud to shoot in my yard w/o hearing protection, and at the cost of ammo would be more inclined to just get a 2011 (9mm).
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