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Thread: Rock Island Armory Centennial Edition

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    Rock Island Armory Centennial Edition

    I recently acquired this gold-plated Rock Island Armory 1911A1-FS and have had little luck tracking down exactly what it is.
    Armscor customer service was very responsive and has S/N RIA1279196 listed as a model 51433 (Nickel-plate Standard GI) mfg in February 2011.
    There was an old thread here from Nov 2010 showing four different proposed Centennial Edition configurations.
    Mine is closest to the third, gold-plate frame and slide with all other parts a high-polish black.
    All four of the proposed pistols had slightly different engraving on the slide, and location of the "Centennial Edition", but the style and font are consistent with what I have.
    Anyway, here's mine - note the lanyard loop, smooth mainspring housing, beveled mag well and the hand-stamped "H02B" in the mag well.
    The S/N and "M1911A1 FS" are done through the plating, suggesting this isn't just a gunsmith special.
    Any help in identification, production numbers etc would be greatly appreciated.
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    This looks more like a Titanium Oxide finish. It should be reasonably hard-wearing.
    Too many people miss the silver lining because they're expecting gold.
    M. Setter

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    The first pics were indoors with a flash and I think it washed out the color and "shine" somewhat.
    Comparing to a couple other pistols I know 100% are gold-plated, it looks the same to me.
    I'm not a great photographer to start with, and I find taking pics of highly reflective surfaces like this one (and high-polish Colts!) particularly challenging.
    These are with natural sun-light and black background....
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    I knew I'd seen this gun before. I have a picture of it as it was displayed on RIA's booth in the 2011 SHOT show, unfortunately I didn't take a picture of the description below it... sorry, there were so many 'centennial' guns on display that year that it was real easy to lose interest in them after a while. But I do remember thinking that it didn't quite look like gold-plated to me. There were other gold plated guns on the show floor (including a Thompson and IIRC either a Gatling or a Puckle gun) but this one looked a bit less bright than the others, for lack of a better term.

    Come to think of it, there was a TiO Desert Eagle there too, and its finish sure didn't look like the RIA's, either.

    Too many people miss the silver lining because they're expecting gold.
    M. Setter
    Last edited by Spyros; 18th November 2018 at 09:13.


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