It's in our DNA
Responsible firearm ownership isn't just a right, it's in our DNA. Welcome to ShootingDNA.com, from Rock Island Armory.
- Experience the stories we've included on this site that speak to the many reasons why someone chooses firearm ownership.
- Share why shooting is in your DNA at the bottom right of your screen.
My name is Jack. Nothing’s gonna come between me and my family. Protecting them is in my DNA.
I want a home companion that shows I mean business. I chose the RIA 2011 Tactical VZ Grip model because I can count on it every time. It’s balanced and powerful and gives me the confidence that I can keep my family safe from harm, no matter what comes to our door.
I’m Courtney and I leave nothing to chance.
I sometimes find myself in situations where I need to stay strong. So I carry the RIA Tactical Compact. It’s small but loaded with everything I need to feel safe. Like a full-length guide rod and snag-free combat-style sights built for performance.
I hope I never have to use it, but if I do, I want something I can count on. Not only is confidence in my DNA. It’s also in my purse.
My name is Rodney and I’m a first-time gun owner.
I wanted something both simple and powerful. Something that made me feel like I had done this before. So I chose the RIA 1911 Tactical II for its fit, quality and practicality. It’s everything I wanted in a pistol at a great value.
Shooting is something where either you get it or you don’t. As for me? It’s in my DNA.
I’m William and I believe in the constitution of the United States of America and its 2nd Amendment.
When I decided to learn to shoot, I went all in. I chose the RIA Micro Mag TCM for its blazing performance with .22 caliber bullet speed of over 2,000 fps. It’s outfitted with an original Armscor cartridge for excellent muzzle energy and light recoil.
The right to bear arms? Yeah, it’s in my DNA. And I’m going to do it right.
I’m Mike Seeklander. As a nationally ranked shooter and instructor, I know what I like.
I only use guns I trust and fit my style of shooting. Like the target grade Rock Island Armory 1911 Match. It is a competition gun right out of the box. It’s equipped with adjustable rear sights and fiber-optic front sites. And it has an extended beavertail for safety and accuracy.
I need a gun that won’t let me down when it’s time to pull the trigger. Looks like I found it. Shooting. It’s in my DNA.
LEARN MORE ABOUT THE FIREARM OF YOUR CHOICE
Is shooting in your DNA? Want to show it? For 100 of our lucky fans, you can become a part of our marketing efforts and “DNA-ize” a picture of you with your favorite Rock Island Armory firearm. This photo will then get recognition on our web site, Facebook page as well as win a DNA T-shirt. In addition, 10 of our favorite submissions will receive a DNA hooded sweatshirt and a pair of custom DNA grips for the Rock Island Armory of your choice!
To enter to win
You must take a photo of yourself in a firing position, just like Mike in the photo on the left. NO pictures of the gun pointing straight at the camera will be accepted. Please make sure to be safe.
Please submit your picture and information in the form below.
No purchase necessary. Must display a Rock Island Armory gun. Selection of winners is at the complete discretion of Rock Island Armory. Once the pictures are submitted, the user waives all rights to inspect or approve the finished product of the picture and can be used in the Rock Island Armory and Armscor advertising as the marketing team sees fit. There is no compensation, rights or any financial benefits given to anyone who submits photos, beyond the selection of winners, which the value is in physical goods. All rules are subject to change at any time.
Chris on 9/29/14
I am a Navy vet. My grandfather was a Navy vet in World War 2. In WW2 he carried an old M1911A1 that he brought back with him from the war. I remember shooting that 1911 with him when I was a boy. Rock Island's M1911A1 is the perfect marriage between price and quality. Every time I pick up that pistol memories of my grandfather immediately rush back to me and bring a smile to my face. Someday I hope to pass my RIA M1911A1 to my son so he can remember me as well! Thank you Rock Island Arms!
rotciv on 9/12/14
76 Yrs YOUNG. Always loved leading edge innovation. Regularly shoot my 1911 45, 45/40corbon and my JERICHO 941(9MM/.41 AE). Looking forward to shooting the 22TCM. Currently have the ability to reload for 47 different cartridges and looking forward to a new one. Vic
roemopie on 8/29/14
Shooting is in my DNA due to a rich family history of service to this country and its citizens . I was blessed to be born in the greatest nation in the world and born to proud men who served in the military and law enforcement from the territorial marshals to the CHP members of my family have taught the next generation both male and female about safety and responsibility. From a young age I have been schooled in the use of all tools and today I continue that tradition proudly as my grandsons grow into manhood.
Eldy Bryan on 8/27/14
My dad had me shooting his 30:06 when I was four years old. Of course I ended up with the round scope scar on my nose. I have been shooting every type of weapon except pistols, since I was a little kid. I qualified expert with the M-14, M-16, 1911-A1, M-79, and the M-60 during my time in the Army and Vietnam. I didn't start shooting pistols 'till I was in my 40's. I could find no use for pistols. Then I learned what the World is really like. I go no where, but church, without carrying concealed. The world has become a place where you need to be ready to protect yourself, your family, and your belongings all the time. The World has become a most evil place, especially in the last 30 years. Many people have no real feelings about the value of human life. Nowdays, I'd rather it be them than me or my family, no matter the consequences. Jail time is much better than losing a child, grandchild, or wife to a maniac. Eldy
India75 on 7/30/14
I'm 39 year old, love guns from I can remember. I just took NRA classes and waiting for my CC license. I thing woman's should own guns too that's why I encouraging my 22 year olds daughter to take the NRA class. I go to the range a less 3-4 time a month. Yes shooting is in my DNA.
bzamojda on 6/24/14
I am a 30 year Army retiree. I retired in 1997. As a former Armored Cav Trooper, who started life as a reconnaissance scout, I enjoy all firearms.
bzamojda on 6/23/14
I am a 30 year Army retiree. I retired in 1997. As a former Armored Cav Trooper, who started life as a reconnaissance scout, I enjoy all firearms.
QUICK DRAW. CA on 6/22/14
Just an introduction of an old shooter to the forum. After all the great press and spoken word from friends and club members I put one on order. Hope to follow up here when the waiting period comes to an end. Happy trails Quick Draw
GURU1911, SEALY, TX. 77474 on 5/10/14
REALLY LIKE YOUR 1911A1 PISTOLS & PERSONALLY ENDORSED 2 OF MY SHOOTING BUDS TO PURCHASE ONE & THEY DID (Gov. Model Tactical & Officer Model, both in .45ACP). I AM A NRA LIFE MEMBER & RETIRED SAFETY ENGINEER. I DEVOTED 32 YEARS OF MY LIFE TEACHING ADULTS HOW TO AVOID INJURIES BOTH ON & OFF THE JOB. I AM SPECIFICALLY DIRECTING MY COMMENTS TO THE PICTURE ON PAGE 62, IN THE MAY 2014 ISSUE OF THE "AMERICAN RIFLEMAN" MAGAZINE. PICTURED IS A BLACK MALE IN THE ACT OF FIRING ONE OF YOUR "1911A1 "TACTICAL II, VZ" GOV. MODELS. HE IS PICTURED NOT WEARING ANY SAFETY GLASSES OR HEARING PROTECTION. I AM ALSO THE IN-HOUSE GUN "GURU" FOR THE FACEBOOK WEBPAGE---"1911 TIPS, TRICKS, & MODIFICATIONS". ACCESS & GO TO THE "FILES" SECTION & READ THE ARTICLE I WROTE ON THE IMPORTANCE OF ALWAYS WEARING PPE WHILE PARTICIPATING OR OBSERVING ANY OF THE SHOOTING SPORTS. I MY OPINION, THE FAILURE OF THE MAN PICTURED NOT WEARING THE PROPER PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT (PPE) THE SHOOTING SPORTS DEMAND, IS DEPLORABLE. YOUR COMPANY NEEDS TO IMMEDIATELY REPLACE THAT PICTURE & DEPICT THE SHOOTER WEARING EYE & HEARING PROTECTION. I AM ALSO ASHAMED OF THE NRA, FOR NOT EXAMINING THE PHOTO MORE CLEARLY BEFORE PRINTING IN THEIR MAGAZINE. YOUR FIREARMS ARE AWESOME, BUT THIS PHOTO REALLY SUCKS BIG TIME !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!-------"GURU"
ORKEES-VOLKAN KUVVETLI on 5/7/14
sorry, somebody say, somebody listen, some body still do the things that he knows...
spark10000 on 4/26/14
Guns are tools, the same as a wrench, hammer, or keyboard. Shooting is an extension our body with a tool. People have found it handy to use tools, starting with stone tools through the modern tools that make everything you enjoy everyday.
Lorenzo Quijano on 4/21/14
I shoot for the sheer joy of it. I enjoy teaching it as an instructor, training for my own benefit, and just spending time on the range. I enjoy every range session like I would good wine or good food. I take pleasure in knowing that I can hit a target (even with aging eyes) with acceptable accuracy. My first firearm was an XD9 Service Model and I haven't turned back. Lately I'm becoming more enamored with the 1911 style pistol, and recently bought a RI 1911 9mm GI Series for what I thought was going to be experimental fun. It turns out I really like the platform. The pistol runs smooth, without a single issue to date. I'm still in the process of learning the platform and what it, and I, are capable of, but I see myself carrying my RI in 9mm, or perhaps a future 1911 45ACP into the future.
Stephen M. on 4/14/14
I have enjoyed hunting for many years and have spent many hours at the range shooting and meeting others who enjoy the shooting sports. It's just a natural thing for me to do. Some people appreciate Art and fine Wine. I just happen to enjoy fine Firearms. When you hold a really well made firearm and see all the detail and workmanship that went into the manufacture of it, it is something to behold. I enjoy everything from working up reloads for individual guns and then trying them out at the range to just sitting at the bench cleaning or mounting a scope. I guess it's just in my DNA. When my children were young I got them involved in target shooting. They both enjoyed and became very good marksmen. My oldest daughter still enjoys shooting and her husband is a hunter and enjoys all the shooting sports.
Jarhead 80 on 4/7/14
I started shooting in 1938 at the age of 6 with a BB gun for entertainment in New Hampshire to get outdoors away from watching the radio. The natural progression was to the .22 single shot rifle, the 30-30 Winchester and did deer and black bear hunting. Joined the Marine Corps in 1949 and was assigned into an infantry company when the Korean war broke out. When I returned to N.H. 8 years later my Dad wanted a hunting buddy so I bought a Remington 308. Enjoying the outdoors I thought it was fun until I shot my first deer. Looking at the carcass I realized that that I had seen enough killing to last me a life time and sold off all but a .44 mag revolver that I kept at home (just in case). We retired in Tucson and now at 80 I have decided I needed to level the playing field so I carry a Glock 36 with .45 JHP Federal for protection and any thing I can find in FMJ for the range which I shoot at 4 or 5 times a month. I have felt a resurgence by shooting taking me back to the past. I am 81 and on a fast draw and fire at 15 feet I put two fast ones in the kill zone. At 30 feet I manage to get 5 out of 6 in the K zone firing the Marine single handed way.. My wife never had a gun in her hand before this year and I had her go to school and instructional shooting. With a .38 revolver she is at 70 years old shooting ok( better than me but I refuse to admit that). I keep telling her that the cataract in my right eye is the reason my grouping is spread. I am not having it removed because it would take away my excuse. We do plenty of 'snapping in' our garage at least every other day. I am now calling her 'LiL Grany Oakley'. Any other shooters out there older than dirt?
Lostgirl72 on 2/13/14
I shot my husbands Rock island armory 1911 45 for the first time I shot all in the orange except maybe 3!!I wanna Rock island Armory now!!Ive shot my glock 23 worst than the 1911!!Ive impressed my hubby!!!!I have A photo but , no place to put a photo!!!!Do I have shooting in my DNA??Ive only been shooting since jan last year so it's been over a year now!!
Ace311 on 1/30/14
It's part of my nerve ending.
mefamily on 1/23/14
I like IDPA shooting and the people I meet at matches, but more important shooting is in my DNA because I want to be able to defend myself and my family.
Rockie-Owner on 1/22/14
I've been around guns guns since I was 6 years old, when I got my first bb gun. My dad and granddad were both hunters. Dad was in the Korean war and loved the 1911, I remember shooting the first 1911 I saw when I was 11 years old. I know own 3 1911's and will buy more (ALL 3 ARE ROCK ISLAND). SHOOTING IS IN MY DNA........
prr1361 on 1/15/14
I grew up in a shooting family. My mother even was a avid hunter and weekly target shooter in the 50's and 60's. My grandfather was founder of the Altoona Rifle and Pistol Club in Altoona PA. My two older brothers and father were hunters and shooters. My grandfathers Club was featured in 1955 Rifleman magazine twice I think also 1956. Because of very physical condition with myself it is hard to any of the sport for years but still is my DNA!
Donald W. on 1/15/14
Because the world we live in is full of evil people. To protect myself from such evil I chose the M206.
Tom on 1/13/14
I have been around guns all of my life. My Grandfather bought me a BB gun when I was 7. He taught me the responsibility of owning a gun. We were hunting buddies from then on. I have taught my daughters that responsibility, now I look forward to teaching my own grandchildren. It is our way of life and I will defend that as long as I am able.
Rich on 1/7/14
Ever since I was old enough to cross the street alone I've been into the out of doors. The Boy Scouts bored me terribly, (how could that fat guy survive anything?), organized sports was for those who could run faster, jump higher, I just couldn't fit into the program! But hiking, exploring, walking the RR tracks, or combing the riverbank for treasure, there was my forte. These are the things that set me up for the love of the hunt, and the pride of being a shooter. Not just the once a year guy to make sure your zero was still good at 100 yards….I mean shooting your guns as much as possible to get as good as possible and as comfortable as possible and as safe as possible. to be an expert with the gun in your hand, which ever it is.
MV-01 on 1/2/14
I love shooting and like to learn more as the days go by, also reload my own
rokmon on 12/20/13
one is either a survivor or a victim and I choose to use every means for my and my family's survival because being a victim is NEVER an option.
carviescrafts on 12/17/13
I grew up shooting ,went through life shooting, retired now and still shooting
Nathine Godlenthal on 12/15/13
I am a certified NRA instructor pistol, Refuse to be a victim, Personal protection in the home, as well as a certified Well armed women instructor. Additionally I am a professional model / film and video personality. It takes a woman to promote and teach women. I think we should get together to promote to the over 50% of the population you are not reaching. My website is www.classicamodel.com. Multiple looks. Please forward to the appropriate division. Thank You
Kenosha King on 12/13/13
Firearms are a way of life woven into the fabric of this great country which gave citizens the means to fight oppression and protect our way of life, liberty, and freedom of choice.
explosiveRIO on 12/5/13
To protect my family.