Rock Island Armory M200 Revolver Range Report

Published on September 1st, 2012



Rock Island Armory Revolver – M200

Most of you know that I’m a fanatic about my RIA 1911. I learned a while back that there was a Rock Island Armory revolver, in fact, two different models. After a short visit to my LGS, I had one on order. I don’t have much experience with wheel guns, but will do my best to present a nonbiased review.

I paid $229 + tax. Cheaper online, but I like to give my business to my favorite gun store.


Initial Impressions

It’s simple and spartan in its look. I have read reviews that talk about how cheap the grip looks, and while I agree, it feels really solid in your hand. It’s not beautiful, but I find attractiveness in its simplicity. The M200 feels well-balanced and comfortable. No extra safety features except for the long DA trigger pull, just like I like it.

It shoots .38 Special only, no .357.

I had the opportunity on the range day to shoot four other revolvers from other manufacturers. The RIA held up and met or exceeded the feel and accuracy of several of its high-dollar counterparts.

The gun feels solidly put together, and everything fits together well. No sloppiness was observed.


Trigger Pull

Double Action

They say it’s around 12 pounds, and straight out of the box it feels like 100. I was concerned immediately that it felt pretty uncomfortable pulling the trigger. I performed my standard new gun cleaning and treated it with FrogLube and after about a half-hour of FrogLube seasoning the DA trigger pull felt smooth and clean.

Single Action

Wow. Light, crisp, smooth. Armscor says 4 pounds, and it feels great.


Range

I had a chance to shoot while students went to lunch and broke out the M200 with some PMC ammunition. After a couple nights of sitting after being FrogLubed the action was smooth and clean. Both DA and SA felt very good and was accurate to my abilities.


Pros

  • Price
  • Operation
  • Accuracy
  • Ergonomics

Cons

  • Cheap-looking grip, though it feels solid.
  • No accessories. I’d like a new grip but can’t seem to find options

Final thoughts

I really like it. I am looking forward to shooting it again and it has made me a fan of revolvers. I’m not sure it will be anything that I would carry, but if it shoots a couple of thousand rounds with no issues I could learn to trust it.


Recommendation

Sure. Solid revolver.

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