Ruger’s Rugged 1911

This U.S.-made .45 is everything you’d expect from the folks who gave us the Redhawk, Blackhawk, SR9, LC9 and, of course, the No. 1

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Ruger has a winner with the SR1911, the company’s long-anticipated entry into the Model 1911 arena.

Story and Photos by Dave Workman

First, there were the jagged pieces of broken clay targets, and then a tin can to pepper, and after that, a broken section of wood sign board—that stuff about 1½ inches wide and a quarter-inch thick that was lying against the 25-yard berm.

The first shot at this chunk of wood missed to the left just slightly, the second round snapped it.

Virtually right out of the box, the pistol was everything one would expect from a Ruger handgun—and then some. For this was the SR1911, the long-anticipated entry of this legendary American company into the Model 1911 arena. Better late than never, with emphasis on the word “better.”

A MODERN-DAY 1911

One might believe that the 1911 market is already saturated, but one session with the SR 1911 is enough to demonstrate that there is definitely room for one more! Built in Ruger’s Prescott, Arizona plant from stainless steel, the SR1911 is fitted with dovetailed 3-dot Novak Lo-Mount fixed sights. The front sight has a slight forward slope on the rear face below the dot, which I discovered aids in a smooth draw that does not present any threat of binding.

Ruger’s SR1911 PistolIt also has checkered hardwood double diamond grip panels with the Ruger medallion and a long lightweight aluminum skeleton trigger that is adjustable for overtravel. The flat steel mainspring housing is checkered, and this pistol also has a skeletonized lightweight hammer for fast cycling.

The SR1911’s high-ride beavertail grip safety has a memory bump, and the thumb safety is extended and operates smoothly and positively. The thumb and grip safety, slide stop and magazine release, front and rear sights, and mainspring housing are all black and offset the blasted stainless finish nicely.

Ruger’s SR1911 is a full-size gun with a 5-inch stainless barrel that has a visual inspection port to allow quick examination for a loaded chamber. It has a nice, tight bushing and black mainspring plunger. The ejection port is lowered and flared, a feature that allowed all of the empties to sail away clean and to the right rear by several feet. The magazine well is beveled for fast, smooth insertion.

To read this article in its entirety, pick up a copy of the November issue of Gun World, available at newsstands now.

2 thoughts on “Ruger’s Rugged 1911

  1. The Ruger 1911 is a great gun. However it and all Colt clones would need a double action trigger mechanism to be conidered really modern. I mean a double action for the first shot and all subsequent shots fired in single action mode. The double action is for an emergency such as a “hell from leather draw”. The Para LDA was a step in the right direction but is a double action only proposition. I like a single action when not in need of a lightning quick draw. Most 1911 fans use the piece for competition and the single action is superb for that; however , those of us who need a street carry gun would benefit from a double action trigger for the first shot. I hope some firearms factory would listen. I’ve got a great esteem for Ruger products , they are second to none!

  2. The Ruger 1911 is a great gun. However it and all Colt clones would need a double action trigger mechanism to be considered really modern. I mean a double action for the first shot and all subsequent shots fired in single action mode. The double action is for an emergency such as a “hell from leather draw”. The Para LDA was a step in the right direction but is a double action only proposition. I like a single action when not in need of a lightning quick draw. Most 1911 fans use the piece for competition and the single action is superb for that; however , those of us who need a street carry gun would benefit from a double action trigger for the first shot. I hope some firearms factory would listen. I’ve got a great esteem for Ruger products , they are second to none!

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