I just read your post after I posted about the SDS reproduction made in Turkey. I have not found any reviews that talked about the finish, but that would be a deciding factor for me, so I’m really glad that you mentioned finish. The gun looks really really good as a replica. However, I’m getting one to use.. I don’t know if the finished is parkerized , or cerakoted to look parkerized. I’ve seen two different UPC codes and one costs a bit more. Wondering if they’ve come out with a new sturdier finish, because nothing appears different about the gun. I hope they have because I don’t want a gun that’s gonna look silver shiny metal with a few times in and out of a holster or something.I'm really happy with the RIA G.I. 1911.
I've owned several, used the frames for other 1911A1 clone builds and retained one as a garage gun for years.
I usually switch out the grips, lap in the slide if necessary and go shoot.
Never paid more than $400 OTD.
There is another brand made in Turkey that is a close clone but I've heard the finish is not durable. Plus I can't get past having the word "Turkey" on the pistol.
Those are really cheap at around $300. View attachment 680051