[SHOT 2023] RIA's Unique and New American Made 5.0 Pistol

Rusty S.
by Rusty S.
[SHOT 2023] RIA’s 5.0 Pistol

New this year from RIA USA is an American designed, American-made pistol with a lot of unique features: The 5.0 Pistol in 9x19mm. We got a chance to shoot this smooth operator at SHOT 2023 Industry Day at the Range. Let’s take a closer look:

[SHOT 2023] RIA's 5.0 Pistol

[SHOT 2023] RIA’s 5.0 Pistol: Unique, New and American Made

Only half a year after Rock Island Armory USA opened their new Cedar City, Utah plant, their toils have come to fruition-and to the American market-with the new 5.0 pistol, designed by Fred Craig. for more specifics on the design aspects of the 5.0, check out Matthew Moss’ article on the pistol here. But how did it shoot?

[SHOT 2023] RIA's 5.0 Pistol
The 5.0 pistol was, in short, a joy to shoot. It is very very flat shooting, much like the Laugo Alien. The trigger, which also houses the safety blade, was very smooth. It had a consistent roll back until it released the shrouded internal hammer, with a very short and positive reset. Repeatable hits were very easy at 25 yards both with the red dot sight limited edition model and with the iron/fiber optic sights.
[SHOT 2023] RIA's 5.0 Pistol
[SHOT 2023] RIA's 5.0 PistolInternal shrouded hammer cocked
[SHOT 2023] RIA's 5.0 PistolInternal shrouded hammer forward
The Ram Valve System designed by Fred Craig, who also designed RIA’s .22 TCM cartridge, delayed the unlocking of the action, resulting in very little felt recoil to the shooter. The 5.0 was so good and so unique, in fact, that plenty of people were willing to wait in a substantial line to shoot this pistol.
[SHOT 2023] RIA's 5.0 Pistol
[SHOT 2023] RIA's 5.0 Pistol
The Rock Island USA 5.0 pistol is currently shipping, and has an MSRP of $998.

Specifications for the RIA 5.0 ST:

SERIESRIA-USA
CALIBER9MM
CAPACITY17+1
BARREL4.91″
OVERALL LENGTH8.11 INCH / 205.99 MM
OVERALL WIDTH1.33 INCH / 33.78 MM
OVERALL HEIGHT5.17 INCH / 131.32 MM
WEIGHT2.47 LBS / 1.12 KG
FRONT SIGHTDAWSON PRECISION, FIBER OPTIC ON DOVETAIL CUT
REAR SIGHTLPA ADJUSTABLE ON DOVETAIL CUT (ALSO AVAILABLE WITH C MORE RTS II RED DOT OPTIC)
GRIPSNYLON GRIP
FINISHE100 CERAKOTE
ACTIONSEMI-AUTOMATIC
TRIGGER PULL4.5 LBS
PURPOSEPERSONAL PROTECTION
MSRP (US)$998.88

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Rusty S.
Rusty S.

Having always had a passion for firearms, Rusty S. has had experience in gunsmithing, firearms retail, hunting, competitive shooting, range construction, as an IDPA certified range safety officer and a certified instructor. He has received military, law enforcement, and private training in the use of firearms. Editor at Outdoorhub.com

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  • XM1A2A XM1A2A on Jan 20, 2023

    My tinker-lust is already itching me to cut recessed threads into that square muzzle — as can be done with the S&W Model 41. There’s not quite as much meat around the bore of the USA 5.0 barrel, however.

    Would like to have seen RIA go with a steel [upper] frame on the USA 5.0, especially since there is some subtle design inspirations from the Laugo Alien, and a capability to support both iron sights and co-witnessing, mini electronic dot sight versus one option or the other.

  • El Duderino El Duderino on Jan 21, 2023

    I like it, but as a WA resident I'm caught with the problem that if it doesn't take a magazine I already have (like, uh, a G17 mag), it's a non-starter.

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