Ruger’s SR1911

Sturm, Ruger & Company–colloquially referred to as Ruger—began producing their SR 1911 in 2011. This was a fitting year since it marked the 1911’s one-hundred-year anniversary. The United States army used the 1911 as a service pistol from 1911-1985.[1] In the many years since the 1911’s designs, many manufacturers have produced their own version of the pistol.

What sets Ruger SR 1911 apart from the competition? The short answer is, their manufacturing process. Ruger uses the most modern methods to ensure a high-quality, high-functioning pistol. For example, the Ruger SR 1911 has a machine frame made from a casting and barrel. The slide is made from bar stock.[2] Also most of the parts—even the small ones—are made in-house by Ruger Precision Metals. This guarantees Ruger control almost all aspects of their 1911, which helps ensure the quality of their product. See Below for full review.

 

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Ruger SR1911 Review

 

If you are a 1911 fan, or just gaining an appreciation for the design, you will want to consider owning a Ruger SR1911. Ruger combines the classic design of the 1911 with their high craftsmanship and stellar materials. This coupled with the many design options—discussed below— and overall affordability makes Ruger SR1911 one of the best version of the classic pistol on the market.

 

 

 

            Models and Specs

Ruger provides many options of the SR1911 chambered in the traditional .45 ACP. However, you can also choose from 9mm and 10mm Auto options. The specs vary slightly depending on the caliber used. So, below we’ve provided the specs and designs for the SR1911 broken up by caliber.

 

SR1911 .45 Auto

            Specs

 

                        Caliber: .45 Auto

                        Overall Length: 8.67 in.

                        Width: 1.34 in.

                        Height: 5.45 in. 

                        Weight (unloaded): 39 oz.  

           

Designs

 

Model 6700: Standard model type with 8+1 capacity, hardwood grip panels, and a low-glare stainless steel grip frame. MSRP=$939.00

 

Model 6702: Commander-Style model type with 7+1 capacity, hardwood grip panels, and a low-glare stainless-steel grip frame. MSRP=$939.00

 

ruger sr1911 (shown left) Model 6711: Lightweight Commander-Style model type with 7+1 capacity, hardwood grip panels, and an anodized aluminum grip frame. MSRP=$979.00

 

Model 6736: Target model type with 8+1 capacity, deluxe checkered G-10 grip panels, and a low-glare stainless-steel grip frame. MSRP=$1019.00

 

Model 6708: Commander-Style model type with 7+1 capacity, enhanced Micarta grip panels, and a black Nitride grip frame. Talo exclusive

 

Model 6709: Standard model type with 8+1 capacity, enhanced Micarta grip panels, and a black Nitride grip frame. Talo exclusive

 

Model 6715: Standard model type with 8+1 capacity, deluxe checkered G-10 grip panels, and a black Nitride grip frame. Talo exclusive

 

Model 6720: Lightweight Commander-Style model type with 7+1 capacity, enhanced Micarta grip panels, and an anodized aluminum grip frame. Talo exclusive

           

Model 6744: Lightweight Commander-style model type with 7+1 capacity, black rubberized grip panels, and an anodized aluminum grip frame. V.F. Grace exclusive.

 

                        SR1911 9mm

                                    Specs

 

                                                Caliber: 9mm

                                                Capacity: 9+1

                                                Barrel length: 4.25 in.

                                                Overall length: 7.75 in.

                                                Width: 1.34 in.

                                                Height: 5.45 in.

                                                Weight (unloaded): 29.3 oz.

 

                                    Designs

 

Model 6722: Lightweight Commander-Style model type with 9+1 capacity, black rubberized grip panels, and a gray anodized aluminum grip frame. MSRP=$979.00

 

Model 6758: Lightweight Officer-Style model type with 7+1 capacity, deluxe checkered G-10 grip panels, and an anodized aluminum grip frame. MSRP=$979.00

 

Model 6759: Target model type with 9+1 capacity, deluxe checkered G-10 grip panels, and a low-glare stainless-steel grip frame. MSRP=$1019.00

 

ruger sr1911(shown left) Model 6743: Lightweight Commander-Style model type with 9+1 capacity, brushed aluminum grip panels, and an anodized aluminum grip frame. Talo exclusive.

 

                        SR1911 10mm

                                    Specs

 

                                                Caliber: 10mm Auto

                                                Capacity: 8+1

                                                Barrel Length: 5 in.  

                                                Overall length: 8.67 in.

                                                Width: 1.34 in.

                                                Height: 5.45 in.

                                                Weight (unloaded): 40.4 oz.

 

                                    Design

 

Model 6739: Target model type with 8+1 capacity, black rubberized grip panels, and a low-glare stainless-steel grip frame. MSRP=$1019.00

 

Features

While their design sticks closely to the original 1911, Ruger’s SR1911includes many features that set it apart. Here are the most important.

 

            Grip

The classic beavertail of the SR1911 is comfortable to shoot. Ruger has included interchangeable grip panels for a customizable experience. The front strap is smooth with a checkered or otherwise textured backstrap on most models.

 

There is also a “speed bump” on the beavertail, which helps you hold and shoot the pistol correctly and accurately.[3]

 

            Trigger

Ruger has kept the Sao trigger design of the original, so if you are someone who does not like SAO triggers, you will not change your opinion with this pistol. However, most reviewers note that the trigger pull is light and crisp and takes about 4.5 lbs. of force to break.[4] This is fairly standard for a 1911, but if you dislike the out-of-the-box trigger you can always add a new aftermarket one.

 

            Accuracy

Because the SR1911 is a heavier pistol—29-40 ounces depending on the size and caliber of the pistol—it does not have much felt recoil or muzzle flip. This makes the gun easier to shoot, even if the weight makes it harder to hold for long periods.

 

The sights on the SR1911 are the standard Novak three-dot and are adjustable. The sights coupled with the manufacturing of the SR1911 make it an accurate weapon even at longer distances. It has also been reported as shooting almost any type of ammunition, which means it will be more reliable for you for many years.[5]

 

Safeties

Ruger does include the manual thumb safety from the original Browning design on their SR1911. However, it is non-ambidextrous, which has caused some reviewers to complain.[6]

There is also a beavertail grip safety, sear disconnect, slide stop, and a half-cock position. This makes Ruger’s SR1911 design extremely safe for even the novice gun owner to handle.

 

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Ruger has returned to the basics with their design for the SR1911. Unlike many redesigns of the classic pistol currently on the market, the SR1911 doesn’t have that many new bells-and-whistles. Instead, Ruger stays close to Browning’s original, but updates the design enough for the modern user to shoot the gun comfortably. You can also alter the pistol easily, as Ruger has designed it to be compatible with aftermarket 1911 parts.

 

Another important positive of Ruger’s pared-down design is the affordability of the SR1911. While the MSRPs still fall in the $900-$1000 range, that is quite cheap for a 1911. Some manufacturers charge upward of $3000. In all, the great features, the guarantee of quality, and affordable price make Ruger’s SR1911 a gun you should try today. Just make sure you know all the safety rules before firing a gun.

 

 

 

 

[1] Randy Wakeman, “Ruger SR1911 Pistol,” Chuck Hawks.com, https://www.chuckhawks.com/rugerSR1911.htm (accessed May 10, 2018).

 

[2] Andrew Butts, “Tested: Ruger SR1911 Target Pistol,” American Rifleman (January 9, 2017), https://www.americanrifleman.org/articles/2017/1/9/tested-ruger-sr1911-target-pistol/ (accessed May 10, 2018).

[3] J. Guthrie, “Tackling the 1911: The Ruger SR1911 Review,” Guns & Ammo (April 9, 2012), http://www.gunsandammo.com/reviews/the-ruger-sr1911-review/ (accessed May 10, 2018).

 

[4] R. Rodriguez, “5 Year Review on the Ruger SR1911,” SkullCrush.com (January 9, 2017), https://skullcrush.com/blogs/news/5-year-review-on-the-ruger-sr1911 (accessed May 10, 2018).

 

[5] J. Guthrie, “Tackling the 1911: The Ruger SR1911 Review,” Guns & Ammo (April 9, 2012), http://www.gunsandammo.com/reviews/the-ruger-sr1911-review/ (accessed May 10, 2018).

 

[6] Robert Farago, “Gun Review: Ruger SR1911,” The Truth About Guns” (May 13, 2011), http://www.thetruthaboutguns.com/2011/05/robert-farago/gun-review-ruger-sr1911/ (accessed May 10, 2018).

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