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Ruger 1911 help

Discussion in '1911 Forums' started by matt_lowry123, Sep 30, 2012.

  1. matt_lowry123


    Nov 23, 2008
    owensboro KY
    I'm not new to the 1911 platform, but I'm new to this problem. I took it out today to go shoot and when I got back home to clean it. I noticed that the left side of the frame rail is getting marred up. It looks like somebody did a 30 LPI on the side of the rail. It runs good and I haven't had a problem out of 500 rounds or so. You think I should call ruger? Anybody else have this kind of problem before?
  2. do you have a picture? have you noticed any debris?

  3. CanMan

    CanMan Silver Member

    Jun 15, 2012
    in flagrante
    Need a pic please... debris or the most severe galling I've ever heard of ??
  4. tsmo1066

    tsmo1066 Happy Smiley

    Aug 31, 2004
    Houston, TX
    Sounds like galling, but if it as severe as what you describe I don't see how it couldn't be hindering proper function.

    A pic is definitely needed!


    Dec 20, 2002
    New stainless firearms need a proper break in, grease the rails often. You can switch to oil later.
    Stainless on stainless is galling waiting to happen.
    Last edited: Sep 30, 2012
  6. matt_lowry123


    Nov 23, 2008
    owensboro KY
    Hang on and I'll send you a pic of the good side. I can't figure out this damn thing. I only have limited space to put the pics up.
    Last edited: Sep 30, 2012
  7. matt_lowry123


    Nov 23, 2008
    owensboro KY
    This is the side that's tore up. I clean my guns after every range session. So if something got in there, it fell out before I got home to clean it.

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  8. matt_lowry123


    Nov 23, 2008
    owensboro KY
    It keeps saying that I'm going over my limit on space. The other side is smooth. It looks like every other frame I have.
  9. matt_lowry123


    Nov 23, 2008
    owensboro KY
    I guess I should have used some grease!!!


    I just googled "galling on sr1911" and it seems like I'm not the only one with this problem. That's a pisser that it had to happen to me. Oh well, it's still fun to shoot!!!
    Last edited: Sep 30, 2012
  10. jstanfield103


    Jul 25, 2012
    The best thing you could do would be a Email to Ruger Customer Service. Send the pictures with the Email and see what they say. They will probably want the gun back to take care of the problem. They have a good turn around and it will be done right.
  11. Three-Five-Seven

    Three-Five-Seven Señor Mombo Millennium Member

    Aug 8, 1999
    Great Southwest
    Every 1911 I own has patches on the rails where the frame and slide have worn the surface of the metal. I don't see how this design could possibly be built without sacrificial wear of the rails and slide to one another.

    I look at it as the "final fitting" of the gun. So, from that perspective, there's nothing to worry about.

    The SR1911 I have is certainly the tightest, inexpensive 1911 I own. I always thought that was a virtue in the 1911 world. It's probably one of the reasons why the SR1911 has developed a reputation for being particularly accurate for the 1911 type.

    I really don't see anything here to be concerned about. Do, however, keep the rails well lubricated. I like Posness-Warren grease for the rails.
  12. Gary1911A1


    Jun 14, 2005
    Ohio for now
    These pictures are why I want a SR1911 made in carbon steel.
  13. Unk


    Jul 27, 2010
    West Central FL


    OK so I'm no photojournalist..either.

    I disassembled my two(2) SR1911 - one unfired and examined all rails. All I see are uniform, very faint tool marks on all rails.

    As to galling as I recall was a very early issue in SS semi-auto pistols. The reason given was that the same exact SS could gall. The early fix was to use dissimilar SS and the problem was solved. Since that was many, many years ago would guess that new SS have developed and one non-galling SS is used.

    I'd lube the rails and shoot it, if it worsens or just makes you mad send back to Ruger.

    I'm not a SR1911 collector..the second one is for my son's Christmas present.

  14. ArmoryDoc


    May 14, 2006
    There is nothing wrong with that gun. Run the rails with a lube (very light grease) and quit sweating the small stuff. It's going to wear, especially if you don't lube it. That gun is seriously fine.
  15. grecco


    Sep 12, 2004
    philadelphia pa
    what he said,,,,
    i usually apply slide glide and a drop of gun butter on the rails,
    works for me.
  16. azdave


    Mar 8, 2007
    SE Arizona
    THIS is correct.

    Smith & Wesson found out the hard way in the 1980's with the advent of the second gen. 639's/659's that slides/frames of the identical SS material was an issue.
    I still have a jar of Rigs STAINLESS +P Lube that was popular back then to avoid issues, before they figured it out.
  17. Arvinator


    Jan 16, 2011
    I just bought a new Ruger SR1911. The rails look fine, and I have not shot it yet. I have already put Wilson's Ultima Lube grease to it...
  18. 3rdgen40

    3rdgen40 .45 fanatic

    May 3, 2008
    Grease the slide and frame rails.Also put a thin layer of grease under the slide stop.The two rub spots I see look like the slide stop rubbing against high spots on the frame.
  19. Whenever I buy a stainless 1911 I have gotten in the habit of polishing the frame rails with 1000g paper (wet).
    I try to do the inside of the slide rails as well.
    It really helps to make things slide better. You can tell the difference from normal to polished.
    Then just a little bit of grease and it is good to go.