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Short report on the Ruger SR1911.

Discussion in 'General Firearms Forum' started by M2 Carbine, Jan 20, 2012.

  1. M2 Carbine

    M2 Carbine

    Dec 21, 2002
    Thursday the manager of the local gun store called me and said a Ruger SR1911 will be delivered in about an hour.
    In an hour and fifteen minutes I owned the gun ($699).
    Thirty minutes later I was home shooting the gun.:)

    This morning the store manager called and asked me if I'd bring the gun by to show it to a customer that wanted a SR1911.
    I took several loaded magazines for the manager and customer to try out the gun.
    They both shot the gun well and liked it. The customer wants the next one the store gets, whenever that may be.

    This afternoon a fellow came out to my place to shoot. I let him shoot the Ruger. I don't think he ever shot a 1911 before. He liked it and is talking about getting one.

    Then a lady, that I've been helping with her shooting, came by to shoot a Beretta Model 21A she had just bought. I asked her if she wanted to try the new 1911 Ruger and I gave her four magazines.
    She had shot a 45 Kimber one time in the past.
    She not only liked the SR1911 but she tore the center out of the target with those big SWC bullets.:)

    She shoots with ladies at a indoor range on Thursday night. I told her to take the Ruger with her next Thursday to impress the ladies with her 45 shooting and let them shoot it.:)

    So far I've found two things I don't like about the gun.
    1st, it shoots 2-3 inches high and a little left at 10-12 yards.

    2nd, the black finish on the safety, slide catch, etc, is terrible. It's like a flat black finish that was botched up bad. Surely Ruger can finish parts better than this. A nice shiny or good flat black finish would look good but this finish looks like something that would come on a $150 throw down gun.
    Last edited: Jan 20, 2012
  2. AA#5


    Nov 26, 2008
    I've never understood what's so difficult about making sure sights hit where they're aimed. If it's shooting that far off at 10-12 yds, it will be much more off at 15-20 yds.

    As for the finish, well, I don't know how much quality can be expected for $699.00.

    ETA: In today's dollars. I remember when Kimbers first came out, they were $599.00.
    Last edited: Jan 21, 2012

  3. Nestor

    Nestor Lean & Mean

    Jul 13, 2003
    Thanks Buck for your initial feedback. Looks like a very decent gun for $699 and made in America! Sooner or later I'm going to explore the 1911 bandwagon a bit. I'm just too busy with the revolvers now :wavey:
  4. M2 Carbine

    M2 Carbine

    Dec 21, 2002
    Yeah, I haven't shot it at 15+ yards yet. Changing those sights will be the first order of business.

    I've got guns, Rugers included, that cost half that price that have good looking finishes.
    It's not a deal breaker but it does detract from an otherwise good looking gun.
    I'll be asking Ruger about it.
    Last edited: Jan 20, 2012
  5. arclight610


    Dec 2, 2009
    Nice write up, and I think the gun still looks nice. Is the SR1911 cast? Not that it really matters to me, just wonderin'.
  6. Feanor


    Feb 28, 2010
    It's a quality control thing, something that Ruger is notorious for falling short on. A 1911 is an easy design to muck up, if all his problem's sort out as just some poorly finished parts, he's ahead of the game.
  7. Cole125

    Cole125 Silver Member

    Apr 5, 2008
    Far West, USA
    Thanks for posting the review, I have been thinking about getting one of those myself. :cool:
  8. DFin


    Mar 22, 2008
    We should not be seeing those problems for $699.00!!!
    Last edited: Jan 21, 2012
  9. DJ Niner

    DJ Niner Moderator

    Feb 13, 2001
    North-Central USA
    How does the trigger action feel, out-of-the-box?

    Any stoppages so far? If so, approximate number and type?

    Thanks in advance for any/all info.
  10. bac1023


    Sep 26, 2004
    Congrats on the SR1911.

    I have one myself and love it. :)
  11. bac1023


    Sep 26, 2004
    The frame is cast.
  12. M2 Carbine

    M2 Carbine

    Dec 21, 2002
    The trigger is very good. It feels about 4 pounds or a little more to me. There's a adjustable trigger stop that is adjusted perfectly from the factory.
    All the people that have shot the gun so far commented on the good trigger.

    I'm not counting rounds. I've just been grabbing handfuls of 45 out of a 50 cal can. I guess we shot between 150 and 200 rounds so far. That count will go up shapely in the next week or so.
    The only round that I've used is a 200 grain lead SWC reload. I load this practice round slightly lower than the normal 820 FPS, 230 grain factory load.
    This is a good round but if a 1911 is ammo sensitive it will jam feeding this SWC bullet. The Ruger (thankfully) functions perfect with my main practice load.

    Here's a Gunblast report I just ran across. I think I'd be interested in a compact model if Ruger comes out with one.
    [ame=""] - Ruger SR1911 45 ACP Semi-Auto Pistol - YouTube[/ame]

    Last edited: Jan 21, 2012
  13. JaPes

    JaPes Rimfire 1010101

    Aug 21, 2010
    NW Burbs, IL
    Congrats M2 Carbine!

    I own a SR1911. I've shot about 300 rounds of WWB, TulAmmo, S&B combined. No stoppages. I shot one mag of Remington HD JHP ammo. I've had no function issues.

    For me, my sights are correct in elevation but not windage. My shots go just a little left. It's a small variance that I think it's me & not the gun. I'll have to shoot it more to be 100% sure.
  14. Bruce M

    Bruce M

    Jan 3, 2010
    S FL
    Very nice. I wonder if maybe the parts are finished poorly because they are trying to rush them out. Seems like there is still a bit of a shortage of these.
  15. M2 Carbine

    M2 Carbine

    Dec 21, 2002
    The guns are in short supply.
    The store manager has had a standing order for them for a good while. The only way he got this one is a distributor did him a favor and called saying,
    "I got in a few if you want one". The manager asked if he could get two and the distributor said Not a chance.

    I heard recently where one sold for just under a thousand dollars.

    I buy a lot of guns at this small local gun store. The manager said he was going to put the gun out at about $740 (and I was willing to pay that) but when it arrived he said I could have it for $699.:)
  16. Zombie Steve

    Zombie Steve Decap Pin Killa

    May 31, 2007
    Old Colorado City
    Using a 6 o'clock hold for 1911's is nothing new.

  17. plouffedaddy


    Apr 1, 2011
  18. DJ Niner

    DJ Niner Moderator

    Feb 13, 2001
    North-Central USA
    Thanks for the info, M2.

    I'd agree that if it's functioning well with the stubby lead wadcutters, then it'll probably do well with just about any reasonably configured load.

    Dang it, I've been on the 1911 "wagon" for several years, and I thought I'd gotten them out of my system. Like a nasty common cold virus, it keeps coming back when I least expect it.
  19. 280Z


    Feb 7, 2009
    NW MN
    I have been happy with mine.


    I have only shot ball ammo through it so far and don't intend on carrying it but it makes me smile whenever I pick it up. It was also the last one the store had besides their display model. (Which they won't sell.)
  20. NeverMore1701

    NeverMore1701 Fear no Evil Platinum Member

    Jun 25, 2004
    Amarillo, Tx
    I'd really like to even see one. Only places that get them around here is Gander Mountain ($850) and a crappy LGS ($900).