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My New Ruger SR1911

Discussion in '1911 Forums' started by Deadduck357, Apr 21, 2011.

  1. Deadduck357

    Deadduck357

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    Back in December of 2010 I had the privilege of being invited to Gunsite for the introduction of several new Ruger products, among them the Ruger Gunsite Scout Rifle, which I have reviewed previously.

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    Also present at the gunwriters' review was Ruger's then-secret SR1911, which we've been keeping quiet since. I personally am not a 1911 aficionado. I like the design and have owned several, but I'm not as familiar with the platform as some. One hundred years after its adoption by the U.S. Government as a military service sidearm, Ruger is now offering their version of John Moses Browning's classic pistol.

    The 1911 type has been produced in many configurations by many manufacturers in numerous countries. Some companies currently producing the 1911 use parts imported from foreign countries, whereas Ruger's new SR1911 is wholly American-made. Every pin, spring, screw, and part is produced domestically in the United States of America.

    The pistol is built on a 1911A1-styled frame, including crescent relief cuts on the frame behind the trigger, though it departs from the -A1 with a flat mainspring housing and a lowered and flared ejection port.


    Pistol specs:

    Manufacture: Sturm, Ruger & Co
    Model: SR1911
    Caliber: .45ACP
    Capacity: 7 or 8 rounds
    Barrel: 5 inches (mfr)
    Weight: 36.4 oz (w/o mag)
    Trigger pull: 5 lbs 7.0 oz (tested)
    Grooves: 6
    Twist: 1/16 right hand


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    We were amply provisioned for testing. Seen here are four .50-caliber cans of preloaded 7-round magazines. Because the only thing better than shooting is having somebody else load the mags.
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    ...we ran out anyway. Ruger brought several more cases of .45ACP but after we burned through the initial lot of preloaded magazines we had to reload our own.

    On the range with the SR1911. We shot in two alternating groups.
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    We also shot in low light...
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    ...and later in full dark with flashlights. This range session yielded no usable pictures.
     
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    Later we toured the Ruger factory as Prescott, AZ, where we got to see the manufacturing of the SR1911 and various other pistols. This is the CNC machine used for milling barrels and bushings.
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    At left, matched barrels and bushings before the machine. At right, after machining.
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    Two SR1911 frames in the CNC machine.
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    Slides in CNC machine.
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    Slides after final cutting.
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    Ruger's Coordinate Measuring Machine (CMM) used to ensure precise tolerances on all major parts.
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    Back at Gunsite, Ruger's Mark Gurney enters the Playhouse with the SR1911.
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    Engaging a target.
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    Sheriff Jim Wilson entering the Playhouse.
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    Sheriff Jim engaging through the door.
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    The sheriff pie-ing.
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    The Gunsite instructors and range officers. Left to right: Il Ling New, Ed Head, Chris Weare, LaMonte Kintsel.
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    Left to right: Michael Bane, myself, and Jeff Quinn.
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    Ruger sent me the current production SR1911.
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    Included is a padded pistol case, a lock, and a bushing wrench.
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    The SR1911, fresh out of the box.
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    The pistol features a conventional recoil spring instead of a full-length guide rod. It is of all steel construction with no plastic parts. Frame and slide are stainless steel, as are the barrel and bushing. The frame is cast. Originally the grips were black hard rubber, but since the gunwriters' review Ruger switched to Diamondwood. My understanding is that this is a laminate impregnated with resin for greater durability with a traditional appearance. The grip pattern is the classic double diamond with the Ruger emblem. Sights are Novak 3-dots dovetailed into the slide.

    The SR1911 is built along the lines of the Series 70 1911s, as there is no firing pin safety block. Also of note, this model does NOT feature a magazine disconnect safety.
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    Included are one 7- and one 8-round magazine.
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    Over five test pulls the trigger averaged at 5 lbs 7.0 oz with a Lyman electronic gauge. This is a departure from the models tested at Gunsite, which felt considerably lighter.
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    Bottom of the slide.
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    Breech face and extractor.
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    Rear of the slide, showing firing pin and plate.
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    Barrel hood is stamped .45 AUTO.
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    Polished throat. The cutout at the rear of the barrel hood is the loaded chamber indicator.
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    Internal parts after field stripping.
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    Right grip panel, showing Ruger's emblem and Diamondwood grip panels.
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    Nicely beveled magazine well.
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    Ruger's obligatory warning, as present on the dust cover. Not overly obnoxious.
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    Skeletonized trigger with adjustable overtravel. Also note the pronounced magazine release.
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    Skeletonized combat hammer and extended safety lever.
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    Extended beavertail safety with raised memory bump. Also visible, the flat steel (not plastic) mainspring housing with not 20, not 30, but 25 lines per inch. Nicely done, Ruger.
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    Polished feed ramp.
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    Note the lack of firing pin safety block.
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    Demonstration of the loaded chamber indicator. Note brass casing. Simple, but effective.
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    Ruger's emblem on the right of the slide. Tastefully done.
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    Right side view of the SR1911.
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    Though I have yet to take this pistol to the range and put it through its paces, the model I tested at Gunsite ran flawlessly through countless rounds, and nobody on the firing line reported any malfunction that I am aware. Fit and finish are superb and frame to slide fit is tight with no play. As mentioned above, the trigger is heavier than that of the model tested at Gunsite, though possibly it may improve with shooting. The Novak sights are very user friendly and highly visible, allowing for quick target acquisition. The slide serrations allow for positive slide manipulation and are nicely cut to correspond with the angle of the pistol grip.

    The black accents of the smaller structural components nicely compliment the satin stainless steel frame and slide, and the addition of reddish Diamondwood grips adds a touch of class, recalling the design's origins while embracing a century of refinements

    Range report to follow.
     
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    Quack Rent this space

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    Thanks for all the info. I think they'll have good sales with this one. The shop I was at will be selling them for $649
     
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    Nice write up! :thumbsup:

    I don't have a ton of interest in it, but it looks like Ruger did a good job with it.
     
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    That sounds like a very good price, thats 150 off of MSRP
     
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    Deadduck357, read your post also on ARFCOMM, great write up and pics! Have my SR1911 ordered, cost was 639.80, before taxes. It looks like one of Ruger's best.:cool:
     
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    :wow:Very cool trip you got to take Deadduck357. :thumbsup:
     
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    I'm really liking the looks of that 1911. If I can scrape up the cash, I may have to pick one up. I guess it depends on what it is really going sell for.
     
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    Thanks. Those sound like some really good prices. Once you get it in your hand your going to be so surprised at the quality.
     
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    Yes, it was a blast.
     
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    Great report. Can't wait to see one at a gun show or store.
     
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    Sounds great.

    I look forward to getting my hands on one. :)
     
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    Scamp Geaux Tigers!

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    That's a great review, I can't wait to get my hands on one!
     
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    You guys are all such sluts!

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    Yeah, I want one too!

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