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Debating between Ruger SR1911 VS 2012 STI Spartan IV

Discussion in '1911 Forums' started by TxGlock9, Jan 19, 2012.

  1. bac1023


    Sep 26, 2004
    Tough choice

    I'd probably go with the Ruger if you can get it for a good price.

    I love the full size Spartan quite a bit.
  2. kasper7106


    Dec 10, 2010
    central ohio

    But, if you notice none of the guns are holstered so you really cant tell:rofl:

  3. slickab


    Nov 18, 2011
    I would get the Ruger if you could find one. I have been on a waiting list for 5 months.
    The STI is probably just as good. I went ahead and got an American Classic II/Metro Arms, while I waited, and I tell you, it is not going anywhere.
  4. Cobra64

    Cobra64 Deals in Facts

    They're holstered up here. :supergrin:

  5. crazymoose

    crazymoose Nonentity

    Feb 9, 2005
    I applaud Ruger for going with the original 1911A1 design, no useless Series-80 or Swartz safety. That said, I don't understand the huge demand for them. It's a decently built 1911 at a fair price... and there are a million other similar offerings on the market.

    For me, the STI is the easy choice. Both have cast frames. The STI has better internals and more useful (although less aesthetically pleasing) cocking serrations.

    My entirely unsolicited advice: Stick a tritium front sight on the STI and a Harrison fixed rear sight of your choice (tritium/no tritium) in place of the Bo-Mar style adjustable. I think this would be a slick setup that wouldn't break the bank.
  6. FLSlim


    Apr 12, 2010
    FL W Coast
    I really like STI products (I own 1 full and 1 commander size STI) but can't compare your choices or offer my opinion, since I've never had the chance to shoot the Ruger 1911. Good luck with your search! For a Spartan carry, CrazyM offers good advice.
  7. WinterWizard


    Jan 17, 2012
    And you can tell this from a picture how? And a 226 weighs 34 oz. with magazine. A steel 1911 weighs somewhere in the 38-42 oz. range.

    Without a duty belt, I guarantee you are going to be hitching up your pants about every 5-10 minutes, more if you are walking. Unless you have hips and waist like a woman, in which case I can almost guarantee you aren't going to be carrying a 1911 IWB.
  8. NeverMore1701

    NeverMore1701 Fear no Evil Platinum Member

    Jun 25, 2004
    Amarillo, Tx
    I can carry my Beretta 92FS with 18+1 IWB or a 5" steel 1911 with 8+1 OWB using my Wilderness Instructor's 5 stitch 1.5" belt all day with no issues whatsoever. Good holster and good belt work wonders.

    And that's not even counting 2 spare 20rd mags for the Beretta.
  9. Luminary


    Oct 26, 2009
    It's got more to do with the hype surrounding the SR1911. My buddy has an STI and it's one great pistol. Can't go wrong with either.
  10. Quack

    Quack Rent this space

    Jan 7, 2002
    NE Ohio

    no droopy pants here, even carrying a full size Springfield hi-cap 38Super, and i'm not using a duty belt.

  11. glock2740

    glock2740 Gun lover.

    Jun 19, 2008
    NW Ark.
    I think I'd take the Spartan over the Ruger.
  12. SonnyCrockett


    Jul 9, 2010
    the only 1911 worth owning is one MADE IN USA.....IDK what your budget is
    I want my 1911s to be American....I own the Ruger,its a competitively priced
    workhorse that has yet to jam or fail on me
    Last edited: Apr 9, 2012
  13. brisk21


    May 13, 2008
    Id probably get the Ruger. It looks better.
  14. TN.Frank

    TN.Frank Glock4Life

    Oct 11, 2004
    Avondale, AZ.
    If you have Direct TV "Guns and Ammo TV" on the Sportsman channel will be reviewing the SR1911 at 7pm CST tonight.
  15. MrGlock21


    Apr 16, 2001
    North Texas
    I started the very same thread a couple of weeks ago.

    I like the ruger, I really do, it's a great American firearm.

    But the STI is a better shooter. IMO
  16. WinterWizard


    Jan 17, 2012
    Beretta 92 weighs about 34 ounces, and OWB with a 5 stitch 1.5" belt is not what we are talking about. We are talking about an all-steel, 40 ounce gun (unloaded) IWB without a reinforced belt. Anyone who says they aren't pulling their pants up every so often is flat out lying.
  17. NeverMore1701

    NeverMore1701 Fear no Evil Platinum Member

    Jun 25, 2004
    Amarillo, Tx
    A good gunbelt is a good gunbelt. My Seth's Gunleather belt does just as well. I just weighed my 92, and loaded with 18+1 it comes in at 43.3oz. The 1911 with 8+1 is 47.2oz. I have a hard time believing that 4oz makes much difference at all (because it doesn't).

    Carrying either with a wal-mart special belt will of course not work out too well.
  18. Ummmmm, no.
  19. sappy13


    Sep 30, 2007
    Bremen, GA
    As most everyone who has used a real belt will say, Buy a quality gunbelt and you wont have an issue. There are multiple vendors and sponsors on this forum that make great quality products and are highly recommended. I have experience with the wilderness instructor and a beltman horsehide belt. Between a belt and a good holster that distributes the weight of the guy, you will see a world of difference.