Originally Posted by OH-MAN
RIA is a lower end 1911.
I have never had one to say what is good or bad.
But with many things you get what you pay for.
That said the Ruger will work and they have a long and high pull trigger.
I do not do well with long hard triggers myself.
I love my 1911s, Colt, Springfield, Randall a bunch and I shoot them better than any other handguns I have.
They are all double the price range you are looking at after having work done on them to make them more accurate and reliable.
All that said I carry a Glock 30SF. A $500.00 pistol that works every time I pull the trigger and with any ammo I have run through it ( only factory no reloads ).
For your price range if you intend to use it for self protection get a Glock.
Rugers are one of those "Damn, I gotta have a gun but can't afford what I really want" guns... you'll find yourself trading in a short while for something better. A gunsmith can cut dovetails in the slide for new sights but it won't be cheap, and it may not clean up all the problems with the accuracy of the gun.
Glocks are fine, and a lot of people swear by them, but personally I can't stand their triggers. Same thing with Sigs.
If I were going to go through my pistol buying thing again, knowing what I do now, I'd spend $600-700 on a lightly used Kimber Custom and be done with it.