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I recently heard a very favorable review of the Tisas Stingray. Got me curious. Looking around, it appears that most folks seem to like them. What's your experience?

Their commander / carry model might be a good donor for a 450SMC platform. ...maybe

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I recently heard a very favorable review of the Tisas Stingray. Got me curious. Looking around, it appears that most folks seem to like them. What's your experience?

Their commander / carry model might be a good donor for a 450SMC platform. ...maybe

Peace favor your sword,
Kirk
Be careful here, the 460 Rowland website says that many cheaper 1911 slides are basically "cast steel" and not recommended for a 460 conversion. But a 450SMC is roughly the equivalent of the 45super so maybe....

Most RIA are on the Rowland no-go list, but all Citadel are good to go for the conversion. Citadel being the RIA upscale model.
 

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Be careful here, the 460 Rowland website says that many cheaper 1911 slides are basically "cast steel" and not recommended for a 460 conversion.
Tisas says that their frames are hammer forged, for whatever that's worth.

But a 450SMC is roughly the equivalent of the 45super so maybe....
IMS, that was kinda the idea. 45 Super is trademarked so no one can chamber guns or make ammo for it without paying royalties. The 450SMC was supposed to be the exact same thing only without the licensing hassles. The literature says that the 450SMC platform must be a .45ACP +P capable gun and requires an upgrade to the recoil spring. I asked Tisas if they're +P rated and the answer I got was "not only 'yes', but we recommend +P for the break in."

Most RIA are on the Rowland no-go list, but all Citadel are good to go for the conversion. Citadel being the RIA upscale model.
RIA says their 45's are +P rated but it's buried in the literature and the general trend seems to be "OK for occasional use, but don't do it as a regular diet."

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Tisas uses forged frames & slides, Armscor uses cast frames, dunno about their slides. I've sold one Tisas, and not too happy about it. Was sold from my distributor as Parkerized, was told by Tisas that it was Ceracoated to look Parkerized.

RIA cut their prices to match, I have 53x Parkerized Armscor on order. Tisas is telling me if I buy 10 of their Glockish clones, they'll throw in a real Parkerized GI 1911, I'm waiting for them to set me up a dealer account and we'll see.

I have no problem w/ Ceracoat if that's the way it's advertised, I don't much care for color on guns but I'm fine if it's obvious. I don't like being misled, particularly 5 years down the line when my customer takes her "Parkerized" gun in for a sight cut and gets quote a price for the cut, then the gunsmith finds out it wasn't Park @ all, and now there's additional time & expense to the quote.

ETA: The RIA's showed up today, 1 mag per, look nice but I'd be happier w/ standard wood or plastic grips. One won't lock back on the mag it came w/, requested an RMA from the distributor.
 

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Nothing but good reviews on a Tisas, I'd grab one
It's on my list but I'll probably wait for a good while. I'm still spooling up handloading for the 5.7.

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