New 2011 Pistols from Rock Island Armory

Rock Island Armory announced two new options for anyone who would like to carry a sub-$800 compact 1911 for self-defense. One pistol is chambered in .45 ACP while the other is made for the 9mm cartridge.

The front sight is a fiber optic; the rear sight is a sloped two-dot. The pistols have an accessory rail, “combat hammer”, ambidextrous safety and extended beavertail.

The guns will carry a MSRP of less than $760 and should be shipping to the US market by the end of 2014.


From Rock Island Armory:

US distribution set to begin in November for new 9mm and .45acp pistols

November 11th, 2014 (Las Vegas, NV) – International 1911 pistol manufacturer, Rock Island Armory today reveals two new 2011 Tactical Compact pistols and plans for US consumer availability before the end of 2014.

The new additions include:


  • 2011 Tactical Compact – .45 ACP (7 rounds)
  • 2011 Tactical Compact – 9mm (8 rounds)

Both compact pistols are designed for concealed carry and are available for under $760 suggested retail.

“We’re listening to what our customers have to say,” said Martin Tuason, CEO and President of Armscor / Rock Island Armory.

“People want our 2011 Tactical Models in a more concealable format and we’re very excited to bring them to the US market at an affordable price.”

The Rock Island Armory 2011 Tactical Series was first revealed in 2010 as a 100-year celebration of the 1911 platform. The series is best known for its full picatinny tactical rail and dust cover along with an ambidextrous safety, combat hammer and extended beavertail for optimal recoil control.

Units will begin shipping to major US distributors including Big Rock Sports, Ellett Brothers, Davidson’s, RSR Group, Zanders Sporting Goods, Williams Shooters Supply, Cheaper Than Dirt, and others for dealers to make available to consumers.

The new 2011 Tactical Compact pistols are already being recognized as viable self-defense and competition options. The pistols were recently used by world-class competitive shooters KC Eucibio and Team Armscor’s Mike Seeklander in the recent IDPA Backup Gun Nationals in which Seeklander took first place for the second year in a row.

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  • Marlon

    Nice looking firearm, but for all the options available for a concealed-carry firearm a 1911 based system is pretty low on my list. I love the full size 1911 and shooting it for fun, but I don’t think it’ll be my go-to handgun for CCW carry.

  • Tim U

    Love the look of them. Might need to take another look at RIA 1911s

    • echelon

      They’re worth a look. Many of the 1911 clones coming out of the Philippines and Turkey are very nice and have a very attractive price point.

  • Tibbles

    In reading the title my first assumption was RIA invented a time machine…

  • McEsteban

    These aren’t 2011s…

  • Wow! Can’t wait to see what the 2011 design of the firearms genius John Moses browning will be!

  • Don Ward

    Too late suckers! I’m already building my own 1911 out of this chunk of scrap metal!

    *Continues flailing away with a hacksaw*

    • Zachary marrs

      This site is the master of comedic timing

      Entry 1; new company is to make 1911’s
      Entry 2; post about 1911’s made in the Philippines out of scrap metal
      Entry 3 (this one); post about RIA 1911’s

  • Phil Hsueh

    Not bad looking, good to see that RIA doesn’t feel the need to out their logo across the entire slide with this 1911.

    • kalashnikev

      If they went virgin slide, they would sell more guns. True fact.

  • Dave

    i guess STI doesn’t have the “2011” moniker locked down after all. STI and RIA “2011”‘s both have full length dust covers and have double stacks mags (just not the pocket guns featured here) but at a much different price.
    now if i could just get a commander-style double stack mctactical one…

  • kalashnikev

    They need a Commander size like the above.

  • Christopher Casto

    I’m pretty sure STI has copy write ownership of 2011, for their double-stacks. How is RIA able to call their 7-shooter the same thing?

  • noob

    nice grips. are they cnc milled?

    • DrewN

      G10. RIA uses VZ grips on their tactical models.