Your [Complete] Guide To Rock Island 1911 Magazines (2022)


Have you ever woke up during the night and thought ‘man, I need more ammo for my Rock Island {GUMODEL}, then went to buy some nice rounds for it, came hope happy and realised that you’ve only got one mag to feed the ammo in? That sounds like a straight up nightmare.The old shaolin saying is ‘more ammo is always a good choice’ and we’re here to guide you through all the things about Rock Island 1911 magazines plus some extra tips at the end. So let’s start at the beginning, If you ever find yourself in a self-defense situation, you’ll quickly realize that you can never have too much spare ammunition. That spare ammunition can be a life saver and having an extra mag at the ready is always a good idea. You can find hundreds of opinions on the internet on how much is enough, some may tell you that 2 or 3 extra mags are enough, some may tell you that at least 30 rounds are enough, some may tell you otherwise. But all of those responsible shooters know one thing, carrying spare ammo in a proper mag pouch or mag holder is as important as having a handgun holster. So before you check on all the things about magazines and all the possible upgrades to your Rock Island 1911 carry capacity, be sure to check custom made magazine pouches below.

Mag Pouches For Rock Island 1911

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Magazine pouches provides space for extra magazines or rounds of ammo. You can never be wrong wearing one (or two) on your belt or anywhere esle on your body. The most important thing is the extra mag but well, you gotta store them somewhere, so be sure to check them out below.


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Sometimes the aftermarket or any type of market is generous and you can find some upgrades to your magazines or some spare ones. Be sure to check the link and if you’re lucky you can find what you need.


Mind the thumb sometimes and get yourself a proper magazine loader. Loading one mag may be fun and games but if you plan on emptying dozens of mags at the range your thumb will not be happy. Pistol magazine loaders are a handy thing that you can fit almost anywhere in your range bag. Let’s talk about the best handgun mag loaders on the market.

Maglula Uplula Pistol Magazine Loader/Unloader
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The Maglula Uplula for your Rock Island 1911 will work very well for you. Works with all 9mm mags. This device is especially beneficial on newer mags and final rounds where there tends to be added resistance. It is far easier to use. It uses mechanical advantage not just downward pressure to load. And finally it can be used on a variety of magazines.

  • Universal magazine loader/unloader
  • Speeds up and simplifies the pistol loading process
  • Makes filling a magazine as easy as flipping a switch
  • Compatible with 9mm, 10mm, 357 40- and 45-caliber mags

Makershot Custom Magazine Speedloader
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MakerShot custom speed loaders are fine-tuned across more than two dozen critical dimensions for a specific magazine, resulting in superior fit, speed, comfort, and durability. Simply select your magazine and caliber from the dropdown menu above to order a loader that is specifically designed for your magazine. .

  • Universal magazine loader/unloader
  • A budget-friendly option that speeds up the reload
  • Makes life easier, if life is centered around reloading mags
  • Compatible with 9mm, 10mm, 357 40- and 45-caliber mags


You may be the fastest hand in the west and empty a mag on target in zero point fast seconds, but if you can’t reload your gun properly well, there is just some bad news coming your way. Let’s talk about 4 key pistol reloads and 9 magazine tips.

The 4 major Pistol Reload Methods:

  • 1) EMERGENCY RELOAD (ER) or Slide-Lock Reload
  • 3) TACTICAL RELOAD (TR); and

1) EMERGENCY RELOAD (ER) or Slide-Lock Reload

You perform an ER when the pistol's slide is locked back, all rounds have been fired from the mag and chamber, and the gun runs out of ammo. There is NOT a round left in the chamber and the gun and mag are empty. So, you press the mag release to release the empty mag, insert the new fully-loaded mag by placing your index finger of your support hand on the front of the mag to guide it, and then release the slide forward. These steps are very similar to the SR steps that follow.

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You perform an ER when the pistol's slide is locked back, all rounds have been fired from the mag and chamber, and the gun runs out of ammo, you press the mag release to release the empty mag, insert the new fully-loaded mag by placing your index finger of your support hand on the front of the mag to guide it, and then release the slide forward. These steps are very similar to the SR steps that follow.

1) Press the mag release with your strong-hand thumb to eject the partially empty mag to the ground; Keep the gun high center chest. In a SR, an advantage is that the gun is still in battery and loaded with a round in the chamber, so you do not have to rack the slide. The disadvantage is that you have ejected a mag with rounds in it to the ground.

2) A split second before your strong-hand thumb presses the mag release to release the mag to the ground, your support hand should have grabbed and started pulling out a new fully-loaded mag from where it is stowed. At the same time, your strong-hand thumb should move to the mag release button.

3) Place your index finger straight alongside the front strap of the mag to guide it when you get the full mag and insert it into the mag well. Place the back of the mag into the mag well directly to the rear against the backstrap and with the rounds in the mag bullet-end facing forward toward the target.

4) Quickly move your support hand up in position to quickly rack the slide rearward to chamber a round from the new full mag.

(3) TACTICAL Pistol Reload Method (TR)

When there is a round in the chamber and you have a partially-spent mag during a break or lull in the action, it may be necessary for you to catch your breath and refresh your partially-filled mag with a fully-filled one for the action that follows.

WheThe shooter gets a new mag with his support hand, moves it toward the gun, releases the mag in the gun to the support hand where it is held at the same time the new mag is inserted into the mag well. The shooter has two mags in his support hand at the same time. Remember, you do NOT want the ejected mag to go to the ground so it will be readily available later. Do NOT drop one or both mags or fumble with them. The major advantage of the Tactical Reload is that you have a few extra rounds or so already in the partially-empty mag for later.

(4) RELOAD WITH RETENTION : Pistol Reload Methods (RR))

With the RR, you first release the partially-loaded mag into your support hand, stow it in your pocket (NOT onto the ground), then get a fully-loaded mag from your pouch, and place it in the gun, with rounds still in the magazine, one round in the chamber, and from a tight, close high-ready retention position. This is a more basic and efficient reload method than some of the others and is preferred by many shooters, since there are less manipulations and only one hand (support hand) is used.

9 Mag and Reload TIPS to Consider:

Ensure the Mags Always Face the Same Direction in your mag pouch, so you can grab them and insert them correctly and quickly in the gun (I like to face the bullet-end of my rounds in the mag towards the front);

1) When you grab or acquire a mag from the pouch or insert it into a mag well, always index and guide it into place by extending your support-hand index finger on the front strap of the mag

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2) Always safely keep the gun's muzzle pointed downrange or slightly up to the air on your right side, while grabbing the mag from the pouch and performing the reload

3) Hold the gun up high in the chest or chin area (high retention position) with arms in close to the body during reloads and mag changes

4) Label your Mags by Priority (1,2,3,4), so you will know which ones are the reliable ones and your frequency and order of use

5) Ensure the Mags Always Face the Same Direction in your mag pouch, so you can grab them and insert them correctly and quickly in the gun (I like to face the bullet-end of my rounds in the mag towards the front)

6) Rotate & Shoot your Various Mags Often (especially carry ones) to ensure they function well (I try to change my carry mag springs once a year or so)

7) Never Place EMPTY Mags back in the Mag Pouch so you can expect the mag you reach for to be loaded; some say put ONLY fully-loaded mags in the pouch, while others say put the partially-loaded mags in your pocket or in another pouch or at the back position of a double-mag pouch (your call)

8) Divide your mags into 2 categories: Practice Mags and Personal Protection-Carry or Home Defense use, based on their reliability and length of use;

9) Have at least 4 Mags Per Gun, since they are easily damaged, are perishable, and will not last forever; your purpose and use for the gun influence the number of mags you should own.


We are dealing with the issue of extra ammo, how to get it in the mag the best way and how to reload like a pro but unless you haven’t got the AMMO itself you may as well read about rocket science without sitting in your rocket. So not only is it important to know the size of ammunition you need, but it is also important to consider the use you have intended for the bullets that you are picking out.Consider the type of ammo that you prefer. The type of bullet varies and may be important if you are using the ammo for a specific activity such as either target shooting, hunting, or self-defense.Here are examples:

  • Full Metal Jacket (FMJ) have a brass or other metal casing surrounding the softer (usually lead) core. These are required by the Geneva Convention for military rounds, as they have very limited expansion, making combat wounds less devastating. They generally leave less fouling on the barrel's rifling, resulting in slightly better accuracy than some other rounds.
  • Soft point bullets have the front, or tip of the bullets soft metal core exposed, but the sides and tail of the bullet are jacketed so they foul the barrel less than bullets with no jacket at all, and engage the barrel's rifling more aggressively.
  • Hollow points have a hole in the center of the tip of the bullet, which causes more initial expansion on impact. There are arguments as to whether this feature affects accuracy, but the real results vary from gun to gun.
  • Semi Wadcutter bullets are flattened on the end to create a shockwave in living tissue on impact. These are often a preferred round for self defense, since the generally do more damage than other bullets. Wadcutters have a completely flattened tip, again designed for causing maximum damage on impact. Shot shell bullets are bullets load with small bird shot, sometimes referred to as rat shot, used for shooting small varmints (hence the name) at very close ranges.
  • Non Lethal rounds are special low velocity rounds used for riot control and other police/military purposes. Blanks, as the name implies, are blank cartridges, containing only a powder charge, used for theatrical purposes or in starter pistols.
  • Other bullets include frangible bullets, tracers, and armor piercing rounds with special purposes not really addressed in this content.

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What magazine does a Rock Island 1911 use? ›

45 ACP 8-Round Magazine ACT-MAG.

How many magazines come with a Rock Island 1911? ›

How many magazines come with a firearm purchase? To keep our firearms affordable, one magazine is included with each firearm purchase.

Will all 1911 magazines work? ›

Are all 1911 magazines interchangeable? The answer is NO. Although they are typically interchangeable within frame sizes, and often between some frame sizes 1911 magazines are not universal across the board. The 1911 pistol is one of the most famous handguns in the world.

Does Rock Island make good 1911s? ›

The Rock Island 1911 is a great starter-priced 1911 around $500 that maintains the look of a standard GI model with decent parkerizing and surprisingly good trigger. But beware of some initial break-in, potential for hammer bite, and terrible GI sights.

Who makes the magazines for Rock Island Armory? ›


Which 1911 is most like the original? ›


You can choose the simple or enhanced model of the 1911 made by one of the first manufacturers after Colt. This is one reliable, accurate and enduring handgun.

What does the FS stand for on Rock Island 1911? ›

Sights. fixed G.I. (FS model) RIA (Rock Island Armory) 1911s are derivative of the US Military G.I. M1911-A1, the standard issue US Service pistol from 1911 to 1985.

Is Rock Island made by Colt? ›

All Rock Island Armory 1911s are manufactured by Armscor in the Philippines and then directly imported by Armscor into the United States (specifically through Nevada).

What is the highest capacity magazine for a 1911? ›

If you own a 1911 . 45 Caliber pistol get one of these high capacity 28 round drum mags while you can. They're great on the range for spending more time shooting than reloading.

How many rounds are in a 1911 magazine? ›

The M1911 (often referred to simply as 1911) is a single action short recoil-operated semi-automatic pistol, chambered in . 45 ACP. It features a 7 round magazine and has an effective range of approximately 50 meters.

Are Colt 1911 mags any good? ›

Colt 1911 Factory Magazines

Colt's 1911 Factory Mags are actually pretty great and will work with any 1911 — whether it's made by Colt or not. Fortunately, they're sold individually, so you don't need to buy a Colt 1911 to get your hands on them.

Does Rock Island have a lifetime warranty? ›

We offer Limited Lifetime Warranty on our products for their intended purpose. As with any product, abuse, gunsmithing by an unqualified person and normal wear and tear are excluded.

Does Rock Island 1911 have a safety? ›

Each Rock series 1911 includes upgraded rear sights with front sight options depending on model choice. Skeletonized hammers and triggers with adjustable over travel stop are offered on every model along, with ambidextrous safety on all with the exception of CCO (51857) and CS-L (51585).

Is the 1911 still viable? ›

The 1911 is still a viable carry option, 107 years after its development.

What 1911 did they use in Vietnam? ›

Yes, the Colt 1911 saw a significant amount of action during the Vietnam War. Though originally adopted for use in 1911, as the name suggests, this iconic design was to serve with the US military until 1986.

What brand 1911 did the military use? ›

Despite this, it never jammed. The Colt 1911 was formally adopted by the US Army on March 29, 1911, and then by the US Navy and Marine Corps in 1913. By the beginning of WW1, more than 68,000 pistols were in service and the huge demand for the new pistol led to contracts being granted to other manufacturers as well.

What 1911 does the military use? ›

The U.S. military procured around 2.7 million M1911 and M1911A1 pistols during its service life. The pistol served as the standard-issue sidearm for the United States Armed Forces from 1911 to 1985. It was widely used in World War I, World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War.

Can you change the sights on a Rock Island 1911? ›

The most common Rock Island 1911 is chambered in . 45 ACP, and has fixed front and rear sights. These sights are drifted onto the weapon frame via a dovetail groove at the front and a Novak cut at the rear. Changing Rock Island 1911 sights can be accomplished with a few gunsmithing tools.

What 1911 are made in the USA? ›

Kimber builds the world's finest 1911 pistols right here in America—something that makes sense, as few things are as American as a 1911 . 45 ACP. Virtually every critical component of every pistol is manufactured inside the Kimber factory.

Who owns Armscor? ›

Armscor is owned by the Squires Bingham Co. Inc, a holding company for the family of Don Celso Tuason. Don Celso's eldest son Demetrio "Bolo" Tuason is the Chairman Emeritus.

Is Armscor and Rock Island the same? ›

In 1985, Armscor Precision International opened its first United States office in Pahrump, Nevada. A short while later, Armscor acquired the Rock Island Armory brand, a leading M1911 manufacturer and developer.

Who makes a 9mm in a 1911 pistol? ›

Kimber America makes more 1911's than any other company in America. There are 19 different variations of 9mms alone to choose from. Personally, I like the Pro Carry II. It's got a 4” barrel, so it's a 'Commander' size gun and easy to conceal.

Where is Rock Island Armory located? ›

Rock Island Arsenal Garrison (USAG-RIA) is an active U.S. Army facility located in Rock Island County on a 946-acre island in the Mississippi River, between Davenport, Iowa and Rock Island, Illinois in an area known as the 'Quad Cities'.

How many bullets does a 1911 45 hold? ›

Magazine capacities

Standard (not extended) single-stack magazines, pistols based on the 1911 design commonly hold 8 rounds or less.

Are there extended mags for 1911? ›

Dependable and Reliable ProMag 1911 . 45 ACP 15-Round Extended Steel Magazine.

What company makes Kimber magazines? ›

Kimber Magazines - Mec-Gar USA Inc - Firearm Magazines.

Will a 1911 fire if dropped? ›

Is the 1911 “drop safe”? While it has been proven that the original 100-year-old design can discharge from firing pin inertia if dropped on either end, particularly if thousands of trigger pulls have weakened the firing pin spring, this has been corrected on modern designs.

How many pistol mags do soldiers carry? ›

In military terms, your basic combat load is at least seven 30-round magazines for an M4-style carbine rifle and two spare high-capacity pistol magazines for an issued personal defense weapon.

Why is the 1911 still the best? ›

The M1911 series of pistols is renowned for its ergonomics. The svelte grip provided by the single stack magazine makes it easy to grip. The manual safety is placed perfectly for easy access, and the grip angle is superb. The single-action-only design provides a crisp trigger in even the cheapest 1911 configurations.

Are Wilson Combat 1911 magazines any good? ›

They ran flawlessly despite me treating them like a red headed stepchild. If you carry a 1911 daily and want to have a reliable magazine to have in your carry gun, I would definitely recommend these magazines.

Are Springfield 1911 Magazines any good? ›

Overall, the mags are pretty reliable. Like anything else from Springfield Armory these mags are well made and you'll have no issue with them. The stainless steel that is blued is a great touch to any 1911 you own and I'd recommend getting a few of these.

Are Act mags good? ›

I am happy to report that the SIG P320 ACT mags ran flawlessly. No malfunctions, no failures to lock back when empty, and drop free the same as the OEM mags. I fired about 900 rounds through my half dozen mags during the testing period, although 600 of those rounds were concentrated on one mag in particular.

Are Springfield 1911 mags good? ›

Overall, the mags are pretty reliable. Like anything else from Springfield Armory these mags are well made and you'll have no issue with them. The stainless steel that is blued is a great touch to any 1911 you own and I'd recommend getting a few of these.

What is a 1911 magazine? ›

The 1911 magazine is a single stack design that's rather simple. Components include the body, the spring, the follower, and the baseplate. As a single stack magazine, it's rather compact and thin and piles each round on top of the other.

What company makes Kimber magazines? ›

Kimber Magazines - Mec-Gar USA Inc - Firearm Magazines.


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