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Thread: Armscor Rock Island Armory Baby Rock Review discussion thread

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    Armscor Rock Island Armory Baby Rock Review discussion thread

    Please use this thread to discuss our review of Armscor Baby Rock, as it appears in our E-zine.

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    John Caradimas SV1CEC
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    Hello,

    Being a lefty, I'm not sure.

    The 1911 appeals to me partly because of the availability of the ambidextrous safety. Additionally, while I like Armscor, I do prefer using tooled steel for carry pistols. The 1911 on my side right now started life as a Rock Island 1911 FS, but now has U-notch rear and Tritium front sights, EGW sear, disconnector, thumb safety, mag catch, ejector, FPS, bushing, plug, etc; Brown hammer, trigger, and beavertail; and S&A magwell.

    The original parts, though I'm sure were fine, did not inspire confidence for carry. For the range, yes.

    I'd love to be able to buy this thing, gut it, and replace the parts I want with forged parts. Unfortunately, I'm not aware of anyone making forged replacements.

    This is the same issue I have with the other micro-1911-type .380 pistols like Kimber's offerings. I'm not picking on Armscor at all.

    Regards,

    Josh

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    Thanks for the review. So the Baby Rock is less like a 1911 than the Browning 1911-380 and more like an old Llama III-A. Named after a horse but really decended from a camel.

    I wish someone could do a side by side of the Baby Rock and the 1911-380.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mark75H View Post
    I wish someone could do a side by side of the Baby Rock and the 1911-380.[/COLOR]
    We almost did. John published a review of the Browning 1911-380 in the previous issue of the e-zine. Both reviews have dimensional comparisons to the Colt Government 380, and both have accuracy results that were fired by the same reviewer at the same range.

    In fact -- I just looked, and both reviews even have a photo of the pistol on the same sight-in target with 1-inch grid squares, for comparing size graphically.
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    My Colt Gov't .380 is locked breech, recoil operated. But it has a solid backstrap like a Spanish Star.

    I don't remember whether it was a Star or a Llama, but one of the Spanish brands, the .22 and .32 were blowback and the .380 was locked breech.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hawkmoon View Post
    We almost did. John published a review of the Browning 1911-380 in the previous issue of the e-zine. Both reviews have dimensional comparisons to the Colt Government 380, and both have accuracy results that were fired by the same reviewer at the same range.

    In fact -- I just looked, and both reviews even have a photo of the pistol on the same sight-in target with 1-inch grid squares, for comparing size graphically.
    I know, but having both on the range the same day in the same hand would make a comparison of the recoil of each more accurate.

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    "Armscorís specifications for the Baby Rock list the capacity as 7+1. The magazine is capable of holding eight rounds, and has witness holes for 8 rounds"


    My magazine has seven witness holes, and holds 7 rounds.
    My baby rock came with 1 (one) magazine.
    My baby rock's trigger pull is 4 pounds.

    Since I bought and paid for it, I will call it a baby 1911. :<)

    I had a Llama .380 and it was jam city. The only ammo I ever got it to shoot
    error free was a box of lead bullets that came with the purchase from a neighbour.
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    Nice review, Hawk, thanks!

    It does seem like a decent shooting pistol for someone wanting a .380 that they could get a grip on.
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    Well written review, about the 9mm Kurz:

    Recently while at a gun show I overheard a sales person conversing with a customer about a .380. The sales person explained the 9mm Kurz as being a short 9mm....and the short 9mm is a lot more powerful than the .380.
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    Quote Originally Posted by horse 91-A1 View Post
    Well written review, about the 9mm Kurz:

    Recently while at a gun show I overheard a sales person conversing with a customer about a .380. The sales person explained the 9mm Kurz as being a short 9mm....and the short 9mm is a lot more powerful than the .380.
    That's great I love it!

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