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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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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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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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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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