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Ruger 1911 vs. Remington 1911 vs. S&W 1911

Discussion in '1911 Forums' started by wjv, Jan 6, 2012.

  1. wjv


    Jan 17, 2002
    Pacific NW
    Ruger 1911 vs. Remington 1911 vs. S&W 1911

    Which would you buy?

  2. 20South


    Nov 18, 2002
    East of CBUS
    Of the three, I would choose the Ruger.
  3. Rally Vincent

    Rally Vincent Bipolar

    Feb 16, 2003
    The Bar.
    That's like Having to pick between the three fattest chicks in the school for a prom date. Except you don't get any money for going through with it.
  4. okie

    okie GT Mayor

    Oct 28, 2001
    Muskogee Ok.
    As would I:thumbsup:
  5. bac1023


    Sep 26, 2004
  6. NeverMore1701

    NeverMore1701 Fear no Evil Platinum Member

    Jun 25, 2004
    Amarillo, Tx
    In that case it's obvious. The one who's most likely to put out and/or has the biggest jugs.

  7. MontanaG23


    Dec 14, 2011

    Thanks for the 1911 Guide comprehensive, and saved me hours and hours of time doing research!
  8. TomB985


    May 13, 2011
    Okay...don't know much about the 1911-style guns other than they are expensive and they all resemble the original to varying degrees.

    I held a Ruger SR1911 last week and liked the feel, but what's wrong with it? Is this just brand snobbery with everyone needing a Colt or Kimber to feel satisfied, or is there more to it?

    Just curious...
  9. JK-linux


    Mar 5, 2009
    I'm a G.I. kind of guy, so until Ruger comes out with a 1911 that's all one color and doesn't have extended doo-dads on it... I'd go with the Remington. I like the Remington overall, save only the roll marks and shiny finish. That is assuming I have to buy one of the three listed. If not, I'd snag a G.I. version from Norinco or Armscor, and spend the difference on adding some decent sights and a long trigger, then I'd call it a day.
  10. jrs93accord


    Jul 10, 2005
    Pensacola, FL
    I would be hard-pressed to tell you since I own each.

    Remington 1911-R1 Enhanced and Remington 1911-R1

    RUGER SR1911

    S&W 1911 Tactical Rail Series SS

    They are all fine pistols. If you are looking for the most for your money between the three of them, I would have to say the RUGER. However, the RUGER is a scarce pistol these days. I recently picked up the Remington 1911-R1 Enhanced and am I very impressed with it.
  11. It is that way sometimes...
    There is nothing wrong with any of these 1911's. They are good guns and either one will be fine.
    Understand the differences though.

    I personally don't care for the series 80 style firing pin block.
    Not that it hurts the trigger because I don't think it does enough to matter.
    I just don't like the part about taking them apart and putting them back together again. The Remmington uses this system.

    I like 1911's that are traditional and more along the lines of the Mil-Specs.
    The S&W uses an external extractor (I believe?) and I like the "normal" extractors.

    The Ruger would be my first choice but it is not a Mil-Spec with the enhancements such as the beavertail grip safety and the extended controls, different hammer. But this is the one I would go with of the three.

    After studying the buyer's guide that Brian worked so hard on it will be up to you to decide which one is right for you.
  12. Three-Five-Seven

    Three-Five-Seven Señor Mombo Millennium Member

    Aug 8, 1999
    Great Southwest
    Of those three, I'd choose the Ruger. The S&W is non-traditional and the Remingtons are pretty rough. The Ruger is not the smoothest 1911 out of the box, but is the best choice of those three.

    However, Springfield is the gun to have if you only own one 1911. Colt's is the next in line for your second 1911. After that get a Ruger if it blows your skirt up.
  13. Nestor

    Nestor Lean & Mean

    Jul 13, 2003
    For a shooter I would be very happy with S&W.
    It established itself as pretty damn reliable pistol already.
    I have no idea about the other two though. Too early to say I guess.
  14. TomB985


    May 13, 2011
    Thanks for the info, that makes sense. Perhaps someone can tell me why these style pistols are so expensive? The Ruger that I held last week was selling for $700, which seems like a lot for a run of the mill automatic handgun. This is $250 more than I paid for my G19 brand new with night sights! What makes them so expensive? The steel frame?
  15. Magus

    Magus Deo Vindice

    Jan 24, 2009
    Of those three, I'd pick the Ruger.

    Depends though upon your intent though as well. But weighing it all out, the Ruger would probably be the best overall buy.
  16. ArLEOret


    Dec 27, 2011
    Little Rock, AR
    I would skip the 1911s and go with a G21SF! And save some $ to boot.