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10 Best Rock Island Armory 1911s and Pistols Ideal for Self-Defense

Posted by Team Armscor on Jun 29, 2016


Protecting yourself, your loved ones and your home are all important to you. But when it comes to self-defense 1911s and other handguns, not all firearms are built to meet these needs. Luckily, there are a variety of Rock Island Armory pistols that are expressly created to optimize your self-defense carry.

Take these Rock Island Armory 1911s and pistols into account when picking out your ideal pistol for self-defense.


Baby Rock 380ACP

Whether it's the unassuming size or highly manageable weight, the Baby Rock 380ACP is an ideal fit for your daily concealed carry due to its stature, and brings with it a wallet-friendly price and easy-draw potential for your self-defense needs.

MSRP $460


MAP MS 9mm

What makes this mid-size pistol a great fit for concealed carry and self-defense is that it can be carried cocked, loaded and ready for action. It boasts a resilient all-steel design and comes in a compliant variant for California buyers.

MSRP $492


TAC Ultra CS 45ACP

With a few more bells and whistles than the less expensive options, the TAC Ultra boasts a tactical rail and highly customizable and adjustable sights and stops. Its crisp trigger pull and well-fit grip make it a great option for the self-defense-focused types.

MSRP $786


MAP FS 9mm

Bringing with a slightly longer barrel than the mid-size, the full-size still was constructed specifically to be optimized for concealed carry and self-defense with an at-the-ready carryability. It boasts a resilient all-steel design and comes in a compliant variant for California buyers.

MSRP $492



Engineered for quick-draw scenarios, the ROCK Ultra is an ideal choice for a daily carry pistol you need to be in self-defense mode in a pinch. It's good to go out of the box, with snag-free finish and smooth angles for optimum lawful concealed carry usage.

MSRP $731


PRO Match Ultra 6" HC 10mm

Invest a little bit more in performance, and you'll see results when you need it most. With a powerful follow-through and quick, easy sighting, the PRO Match Ultra 6" HC 10mm is a reliable and durable option for home defense.

MSRP $1,322


MAPP FS 9mm 

Whether sporting the dual-action or single-action variant, the MAPP FS is a lightweight but deceptively durable option for the self-defense-minded shooter. Its unassuming size makes it the perfect fit for your concealed, daily carry needs.

MSRP $492


GI Standard CS 45ACP

With a classic look and feel, the GI Standard is modeled after its combat-issue predecessor and comes with a smooth finish and compact dimensions. It's shooting-ready out of the box with a hand-comfortable wood grip.

MSRP $545


XT 22 Standard Combo 22LR/45ACP

Sometimes you need a good entry-level self-defense pistol - that's where the XT 22 Standard Combo 22LR/45ACP comes in. Get used to your 1911 with a firearm with low impact, low volume and low cost to train yourself up for larger calibers.

MSRP $885



If you prize a lightweight, adjustable pistol with a high degree of concealability in your self-defense firearm, the MAPP MS is the perfect blend of small size and powerful (and speedy) draw potential. It boasts a resilient all-steel design and comes in a compliant variant for California buyers.

MSRP $492

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Topics: 1911, Concealed Carry & Self Defense