Rock Island Armory Moves Logo to the Back of the Slide

New look Rock Island Armory 1911 (courtesy

The firearms industry is configured for two main product launch cycles: the January SHOT Show and the NRA Convention (about four months thereafter). SHOT dominates; if you don’t bring a new product to Vegas you’re considered an also-ran. (You could say gunmakers shoot their wad at SHOT but I couldn’t possibly comment.) It’s a stupid set-up born at a time when the gun press was dead tree-based with a six-month lead time, when writers were closerthanthis with manufacturers. TTAG’s done its part to kill the system. We blog every damn thing we can at SHOT, eliminating the drip, drip, drip upon which the gun mags depended. On the downside . . . crickets chirping. Hey! Rock Island Armory’s moved their logo to the back of the slide! Press release after the jump . . .

Pahrump, NV – Rock Island Armory, the world’s largest seller of 1911 pistols, has introduced a new look for their entire line of popular handguns.  Guided by customer feedback and a shift to provide a more streamlined look, Rock Island Armory has moved their logo from the side of the slide to the back of the slide displaying the distinctive Rock Island Armory logo.  The company is now shipping all 1911 pistols with the new look.

“Two of the things that are important to us are staying true to the legendary standard platform of the 1911 and the second is listening to our customers,” said Martin Tuason, President of Rock Island Armory.  “We were ready to refresh the look of our pistols and we heard a lot of feedback that the subtle change to a smaller logo at the back of the slide would give our 1911’s a more distinctive and streamlined look.”

The new visual change to the company’s 1911 pistols follows on the heels of the addition of rubber grips to the 1911 Tactical Series.  Rock Island Armory’s global lineup of 1911 pistols includes the GI, Tactical, 2011 Tactical, Match, MAP/MAPP and the company’s revolutionary TCM series.


  1. avatar Matt in FL says:

    “On the downside . . . crickets chirping.”

    Somebody ought to review one o’ them newfangled 1911s. Maybe having the logo at the back makes it shoot different!

    1. avatar In Memphis says:

      Nah, that fancy and magical .45 cartridge does all the work and then some.

      1. avatar Andrew says:


        I demand, DEMAND that my firearms look like a NASCAR machine shop reject. I’m going to get the Tide (TM) logo on it next.

        maybe somma’ them lil’ logos too..

        logos… logos..

      2. avatar Rob1285 says:

        9mm kills the body, but .45 ACP kills the soul. 10mm on the other hand, removes any evidence of your existence…

        1. avatar Steve says:

          So does that mean the .50 AE does all of the above 2x over, as well as rapes your family???

          Just curious.

  2. avatar Scott Neves says:

    You could cover the total recall of all Caracal pistols. I know that one is close to the editorial heartstrings here.

    1. avatar Matt in FL says:

      It’s coming.

    2. avatar Alan Rose says:

      How about a side by side shoot off to failure against the Colt All American 2000 (if you can find one)?

    3. avatar Russ Bixby says:

      Again? I’ve had this déjà vu before.

  3. avatar Allen Smith says:

    Their old logo was just huge and nasty looking. Either way pretty junky pistols that are made overseas.


    1. avatar DavidT says:

      Have you ever even handled one? I have one and it eats whatever I feed it, even 12 year old reloads I found when moving. Fit and finish, while perhaps not up to Baer or Wilson standards, are excellent for any firearm in the price range. Just because it is made overseas doesn’t mean it’s low quality. Remember, when we could still buy Norinco 1911s, they were a preferred basis for a custom build, mostly due to better steel that would last longer before needing a refit.

      1. avatar Kelly in GA says:

        David’s right. My RIA 9mm eats everything and shoots smoother than my Sig.

        Your comment leaves me thinking you don’t have much experience with them.

    2. avatar frankgon4 says:

      I own a RIA as well . Full size. It shoots or out shoots the other 1911’s. It is not as pretty as the Colt 1911, but I found almost all the parts are interchangeable.

  4. avatar Ralph says:

    Finally, some real innovation in the firearms industry. I’m sure that Ruger and Smith & Wesson will soon demonstrate equal creativity by placing their logos on the rear of the slide.

  5. avatar Swarf says:

    Shouldn’t this be BREAKING?

    1. avatar Vhyrus says:

      No, the only thing breaking are the RIA pistols themselves.


      1. avatar Chris Mallory says:

        Doubtful, they are good pistols.

      2. avatar Bruce says:

        Well, I’ve put about 5k rounds through my RIA 1911, and no issues at. I agree with the others who say they will eat anything they feed it.

        I also compared it against a friends’ Kimber. Maybe not as pretty, but my RIA shot just as good for 1/2 the price.

  6. avatar Mediocrates says:

    up for a 1911 come Christmas. RIA is not on my radar…. should it be?

    1. avatar JaredFromTampa says:

      Sure. A 1911 is a 1911 is a 1911. YMMV.

    2. avatar Mmmtacos says:

      The only problem with RIA 1911s was the huge ass roll mark on the side. Now it’s not there any more and is very diminutive at best.

      For $500 it is the best value proposition 1911 you can buy and can hold a candle to a 1911 two or three times it’s price. It’s definitely on par with a Colt or Springfield I would say and better than Kimber nowadays.

  7. avatar Philthegardner says:

    Didn’t know they were the largest manufacturers of 1911’s. But considering they have a good product at a reasonable price, it’s not surprising. I’ve had an RI Tactical for more than (sheesh) a couple decades and the thing just keeps on ticking…

  8. avatar Kvjavs says:

    With all do respect, Rock Island Armory’s old logo was better than their new piece of crap. Any way to make the logo smaller and less noticeable is great in my book. Now I’ll consider buying one again. But my first dibs is on their old logo 1911s.

  9. avatar Duke of Sharon says:

    “On the downside . . . crickets chirping.” Ohh, poor you!

    If you are that bored, feel free to ship me a few examples of the new guns along with a few thousand rounds and I can test them out. I’m thinking that cycle time and felt recoil will both be impacted by the changed center of gravity brought about by the new location of the logo.

    While I’m at it, please send me twin Israeli supermodels, one with a tattoo on the lower back, one with tattooed ankles. Again, cycle time and felt recoil must be tested.

    1. avatar Bob H says:

      “twin Israeli supermodels” Methinks the Duke has outgrown his hat! I wouldn’t be able to handle that, but if he can, “me ‘ats off to the Duke!”

  10. avatar Bob H says:

    I have one of their 9mm/.22 TCMs on order. I have fired one owned by a friend, and if mine is as good I will recommend it to all y’all.

  11. avatar Hidden Hills says:

    How about an epic PF-9 run-it-dry-until-it-breaks-test? Then everyone could gripe about it and maybe get a gun manufacturer in AZ to whine (because KT would just post it on their FB page and grin). And…and…and…. bloggers could maybe blog about it !?!? OK.. maybe not.

    1. avatar Andrew says:

      That nutter IraqVeteran888 did this with his Hill country buddy with (I believe) a Hi-Point (spelling?).

      Eventually it digressed into them sticking a bolt in the end of the damn thing with a clamp. That’s literally the only thing that killed it.

      Google it – I don’t want to post the link here because I know they’re trying to keep inline you-tube videos out of the comments but I don’t know how to do that.

      1. avatar Matt in FL says:

        When you paste the YouTube link into your comment, lop the http:// off the front of it, so it just starts with the www. part. It will hotlink instead of embed.

        And thanks for caring.

  12. avatar Lewie Paine says:

    1911’s were state-of-the-art in…1911.

    Today they belong in the museum.

    It’s gonna be hard to say the same about a P220.

    Bring it! I wanna hear.

    (Sig Forever!)

    1. avatar Fler says:

      Out of curiosity, how does a P220, Glock, M&P, etc, operate in a more “modern” fashion? They all use the Browning design of operation.

      If it comes down to capacity, you can get a double stack 1911.

      Plastic (“polymer”) != “inherently better/modern”

  13. avatar Vendetta says:

    I sold mine because of the logo… I will buy one of these in the near future now.

  14. avatar Aaron says:

    Only so much you can do to a near perfect design.
    I’ve got no experience with ria though.

  15. avatar DisThunder says:

    Decent gun, decent price, and now better looking logo. I know it ain’t big news, but I’d rather talk about this than Zimmerman any day of the f-n’ week. RIA makes a commander, right? Need a summer carry. 🙂

  16. avatar Newt421 says:

    “1911′s were state-of-the-art in…1911.

    Today they belong in the museum.

    It’s gonna be hard to say the same about a P220”.

    Yup, I guess that’s why sig started making 1911’s?

  17. avatar Chris Mallory says:

    I own 3 Rocks. A .45, a 38 Super and a 9mm, all three shoot anything I feed them. All three are tack drivers. I would take any of them over a plastic Glock any day of the week.

  18. avatar Foster says:

    So…. me want. Where can I pick one of these up? Hated that slide logo.

  19. avatar Greg in Allston says:

    I’d prefer to have my firearms be utilitarian and modest and not fanboy billboards. Just sayin’.

  20. avatar Mark N. says:

    I am just waiting for California DOJ to declare that this is a “new” model that can’t be grandfathered onto the roster, and therefore cannot be sold unless it incorporates an LCI, a mag disconnect and microstamping technology….

  21. avatar Dallas Warrior says:

    Anything is better than that billboard they used to put on the slide.

  22. avatar Nyoka Tisa says:

    Agree 110% with Mark who said: “I am just waiting for California DOJ to declare that this is a “new” model that can’t be grandfathered onto the roster, and therefore cannot be sold unless it incorporates an LCI, a mag disconnect and microstamping technology”….

  23. avatar KY1911 says:

    More manufacturers should scale back their roll marks…some are just hideous.

  24. avatar Foster says:

    So… when & where can I pick this up?

  25. avatar Pete says:

    I liked my RIA tactical so much I sold my Colt! Honestly, the RIA outshot it . . . So did my Ruger SR1911cmd. Great pistols!

  26. avatar BlueBronco says:

    Someone should tell Armscor that Rock Island Armory isn’t in the Philippines. Then again SA wasn’t in Illinois either.

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