Rock Island Armory Releases Two New 10MM 1911’s

Rock Island Armory introduced several new guns at SHOT. Two caught my attention because of the number of readers expressing interest in a 1911 in 10mm. I must say I also have an interest in this caliber especially in a 1911.

The first 10mm is the Tactical II pictured above. The new Tactical has an orange fiber optic front sight as well as an extended magwell. Lastly it comes standard with VZ grips in gray/black.

12 - 10mm Tactical VZ Spec Sheets copy

Next we have the 2011 Tactical with the full-length dust cover with rail. Additionally a fiber optic front sight is standard as is the new extended magwell. VZ grips are also included as part of the package.

Magazine capacity for both pistols is 8+1 of powerful 10mm. Both of these new 1911’s will be released the second quarter of 2013. Price has yet to be announced.


• Single action
• 10mm
• 8 +1 round capacity
• Full extended magazine well
• Fully ramped barrel
• Full guide rod
• 5 inch barrel length
• 8.75 inch overall length
• Front fiber optic and adjustable low profile rear sites
• VZ Grip
• Extended beavertail for added control
• Ambidextrous safety
• Parkerized finish
• 2.49 pounds – empty

For those who have been looking for a standard size 1911 in 10mm your train has just come in! Click on the pictures for a larger view.

Phil White

Retired police officer with 30 years of service. Firearms instructor and SRU team member. I still instruct with local agencies. My daily carry pistol is the tried and true 1911. I’m the Associate Editor and moderator at TFB. I really enjoy answering readers questions and comments. We can all learn from each other about our favorite hobby!


  • Platypus

    I’ve always been crazy about full length dust covered 1911s. And 10mm auto. I think I know what to replace my dad’s old 1911 with.

    • Sounds like a match!

    • Suburban

      Looks like they managed to get it in under the IDPA weight limit. Rock Island has it listed as just under 40 ounces. My .45ACP 1911 came pretty close, with a G.I. guide rod, and without a full-length picatinny dustcover.

  • mosinman

    Are these made in the Philippines?

  • Top one looks almost perfect, just need to ditch the fiber optic sight for a tritium bead, get rid of the silly mag well, and ditch the VZs for something a bit less aggressive.

  • k4karnage

    awww yisssss
    RIA sure knows how to brighten my day 😀

  • Sorta wish 10mm was more popular, but I know where my first 1911 will be! Gooah, Rock Island Armory!

    • totenglocke

      Seeing how cheap RIA 1911’s are, these might make it more popular.

  • FourString

    Hooooooollll—I just got a massive boner!

  • The 2011 tactical 10mm will be mine. MINE.

  • Mark Medina

    Glock 20 would be my choice in 10mm. Yet did once get to shoot a Colt Delta Elite 10mm back in the day. Not bad, not bad at all.

    • Is the Glock 20 as wide as double stack nines like a Beretta/Taurus 92?

  • Joseph B Campbell

    10mm = .393″ smaller than a 40. Go for gusto by the .45 or even .50!

    • Suburban

      10mm uses the same bullets as .40S&W

    • Marc

      Same bullets as .40 (shortned 10 mm) and more energy at 100 yards than .45 at the muzzle.

  • Lance

    Want one Steve buy all of us one and we give you a review!!! LOL I do want one.

  • Deeznuts

    Too bad the owners of this company are the biggest cocaine dealers in the Philippines.