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Old 11-07-2014, 05:49 PM
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Does anyone have input on the Rock Island Armory "Baby Rock" 1911ish small 380 acp.

Seen one?

Shot one?

Pros?

Cons?

Other opinions?

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Old 11-07-2014, 06:05 PM
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I've only seen them online, but I'm interested in them.

Maybe not the best carry handgun, but could be a good trainer for smaller framed shooters or a SD gun for a recoil sensitive person if it proves reliable enough.
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Old 11-07-2014, 07:32 PM
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This is the first I've heard of it. Ya got my attention. I'll be watching for one to check out.
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Old 11-07-2014, 07:41 PM
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I've seen pics and that's all. Other than that want one and will get one.
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Old 11-07-2014, 08:27 PM
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Yeah, the Rock and the Browning 1911 .380 both have my attention. I haven't seen either, the Browning is supposed to be out in January. I've had some experience with the Browning 1911 .22 and it's awesome. I can imagine the .380 will be, too.
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Old 11-07-2014, 09:17 PM
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Must be pretty new, as this is the 1st I've heard of it too.
The main thing to keep in mind with a new pistol on the market would be the availability of mags and other 'extras'. Many times, like with the XD-S, Shield and others, when they first came out, nobody had mags. Since this is a .380 1911, finding extra mags may be like Hen's Teeth for 6 Months or longer.

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Old 11-07-2014, 10:33 PM
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Baby .380s seem all the rage these days. Colt had its excellent Mustang, then it was discontinued, then it was reintroduced, and now Colt has a polymer frame version. SIG Sauer couldn't help themselves, so they copied the Mustang in their 238 model and now I see Kimber is showing a copy of the Colt Mustang.

I suppose the shocking part is that with 9mm pistols now so small, it is difficult to figure out what place the .380 has in the defense battery. Oh well, to each his (or her) own. And, there is nothing wrong with getting something "just because," but a defense weapon should, in my opinion, be a more powerful weapon. The new breed of mini-9mm pistol really takes the place of the .380 much like the mini-.380s took the place of the .32s.
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Don't know about the Rock Island gun, but I handled one of these at Dick's the other day: Kimber America | Micro Carry Pistols

Not cheap, but very impressive. The new Browning is a novel idea, but not really what I would consider a concealed carry piece, though I would like to add one to my fleet of .380's!
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Don't know about the Rock Island gun, but I handled one of these at Dick's the other day: Kimber America | Micro Carry Pistols

Not cheap, but very impressive. The new Browning is a novel idea, but not really what I would consider a concealed carry piece, though I would like to add one to my fleet of .380's!
Dick's carry handguns now? They didn't when they first came to Vegas.
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The most important thing is does it use simple blowback or locked breech. Locked breech is the way to go for minimum recoil.
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Old 11-07-2014, 11:33 PM
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Dick's added handguns a few weeks ago in Dallas - stopped in a regular on my travel path, and found them with new display cases. Pity they are at retail suggested price.
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Never heard of it, never seen it, but I want one!
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Old 11-08-2014, 12:19 AM
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The most important thing is does it use simple blowback or locked breech. Locked breech is the way to go for minimum recoil.
It is a locked breech and a very well executed design at that!
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Old 11-08-2014, 09:30 AM
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Here ya go:

First Look: Rock Island Armory A380 "Baby Rock" | Guns & Ammo
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Old 11-08-2014, 10:58 AM
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Outside of resembling a 1911, I ain't impressed for a carry piece. Much prefer the old Browning BDA if ya gotta have a 380.
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Ivan, at Armscor says the Baby Rock .380 will start shipping in late April or early May. He also says it is an all steel pistol.
No plastic, composite or aluminum.
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The Baby Rock is all steel, the browning is Aluminum, just like the
1911 .22!
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Old 02-24-2015, 01:04 PM
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Hello all:

Does anyone have input on the Rock Island Armory "Baby Rock" 1911ish small 380 acp.

Seen one?

Shot one?

Pros?

Cons?

Other opinions?

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According to Ivan at Armscor, the pistol will ship late April or early May. It is an all steel pistol, in the manner of a 1911
as far as breakdown goes.
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Old 02-25-2015, 02:04 PM
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Here's the photo that appeared in Guns & Ammo Magazine's review of the RIA Baby 1911 .380 ACP...
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Old 02-25-2015, 06:38 PM
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Don't think I'd pick up a .380 due to the cost of ammo, but that is interesting.
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I have several .380s that I don't carry because they are far too large for the caliber. For instance, a Star Model S (which is a Government model and an incredibly good gun) and a Beretta Cheetah/Series 81. This RIA Baby 1911 .380 ACP appears to me to be in that same category. Why would I carry a .380 pistol with an overall length of just under 7 inches when I can carry the same caliber gun, 1911 style, in a pocket sized gun like the SIG 238?

YMMV I guess....
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I talked to Ivan at Rock Island Armory, and he says late April or early May. And, he says it is all steel, no Aluminum!
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Why would I carry a .380 pistol with an overall length of just under 7 inches when I can carry the same caliber gun, 1911 style, in a pocket sized gun like the SIG 238?

YMMV I guess....
My Rock Island Compact is 7 1/4 inches and is in 45 ACP. Great little gun. Of course it's all steel and feels like it weighs at least 10 poinds.
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