I will admit some of their product lines are crap, but their 1911s like the "fatboy" are made in the philipines by SAM which have the same reputation for quality and sturdy 1911s that RIA does.
So lets not turn this into an barfcom brand snobbery. Does anyone actually have experience with the ATI imported 1911s or not?
I had a snarky response to this but then I realized you stated that RIA makes, 'quality and sturdy 1911's' so it would fall on deaf ears.
Be the experiment. Buy two.
I have handled many RIA 1911s and they are every bit as good as other well known brand names twice their price. I would take a RIA tactical any day over a kimber.
They may not be able to compete against a dan wesson or STI, but for a functional gun at the price they command they are pretty hard to beat.
If you have any gripes against S.A.M. or RIA I would like to hear them, because they seem to be highly praised on many forums and I have not seen anything in person to dissuade me from that opinion.
@ Regular Guy : I am not calling you a brand snob just generalizing those who believe that if it is not a $2000 custom 1911 that is must be crap. ATI is much in the same regards as Century arms in that they are a large importer who simply brands their name on a lot of stuff they do not have any hand in manufacturing other than being the sole distributor. Some of their stuff is crap, some of it like their 1911s appear to be from a reputable manufacturer. The problem is if you run into problems that ATI may give you trouble in the CS dept.
As to comparing a 1911 to a glock, well that just ain't going to happen. The glock is a superior firearm hands down, but personal preference being what it is I choose something else. The only polymer pistols I have ever liked was my HK USP and Steyr M9. For concealed carry I prefer single stack guns for their profile, but this "fatboy" is supposed to be on par with a standard 1911 in terms of its grip profile, will fit my existing holsters for my micro compact and will double my carrying capacity. So for a sub $600 gun it is worth a try, I will ring it out and see how she does (unless someone has a compelling reason aside from ATI CS to dissuade me).
Well, "wait until it's been out for awhile" is pretty stock advice, and Gelgoog probably already knew that. Doesn't mean it's bad advice.
Someone just posted a review of an ATI 1911. Not the fatboy, though. It's his second post on ZS.viewtopic.php?f=110&t=84634
Yes I will probably wait a little while at the very least to see if the pricing on them stabilizes and a few more reviews pop up. Right now I have my hands full with a Galil build, Micro uzi and a dakota tactical D-94. But if I calculate my funds correctly, it is certainly next on my list.