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Range Report: Ruger SR1911 10mm

Ruger SR1911 10mm handgun left profile

Ruger’s SR1911 line continues to expand with the introduction of the Ruger SR1911 10mm. This handgun differs considerably from previous pistols and may arguably be one of the best 10mm 1911 handguns ever built.

Ruger SR1911 10mm handgun left profile
The Ruger SR1911 10mm is a burly and effective handgun.

The original SR1911 follows the 1911 template closely with attention to modern details. When the SR1911 9mm lightweight Commander was added to the lineup, Ruger launched a winner. Ruger made viable improvements on the 1911, including redesigning the plunger tube for permanent attachment rather than staking the tube to the frame. The result is a rugged handgun with much to recommend, and a real improvement on the 1911 chassis.

Ruger’s latest SR1911 is a bold step. The 10mm auto cartridge is a powerful number that gives handgunners a viable cartridge for long-range use and hunting medium-sized game. It is suitable for defense against animals and a viable service and personal defense cartridge.

The 10mm has been called a specialist cartridge. It offers real power for those willing to master the heavier recoil of the hard hitting combination. The 1911 platform is reasonably light and may be concealed more readily than a magnum revolver, which is part of the appeal of the combination.

Double Tap hard cast 200-grain flat point bullet
The Double Tap hard cast 200-grain flat point is a fine outdoors load.

The Ruger SR1911 10mm is a stainless steel pistol built on the full length or Government Model frame. The barrel, slide lock, slide lock safety, and grip safety are finished in black. The grip safety is a beavertail type. Those who sometimes allow the palm to rise off the grip safety when executing the palms forward grip will find the beavertail grip safety helps keep the grip safety properly depressed.

The extended slide lock safety offers a positive indent. It is sufficiently larger than the GI types to ensure positive manipulation. Both the trigger and hammer are skeletonized types. Trigger compression is 6.5 pounds, tight, and breaks smoothly without creep or backlash.

The front sight is a post design I had not previously seen. It offers a good sight picture and is solidly dovetailed in place. The rear sight is a fully adjustable unit resembling the Bomar type. This sight is very well done with excellent machine work and good final finish.

Custom-grade beavertail grip safety and extended slide lock safety on the Ruger SR1911 10mm pistol
A custom-grade beavertail grip safety and extended slide lock safety add to the pistols usefulness.

The barrel is a ramped design for feed reliability and full cartridge case head support. The barrel is a bull barrel with bushingless lockup. Barrel to slide fit is excellent.

The pistol features a full length guide rod. Other features include a beveled magazine well and an extra power firing pin spring. This extra power firing pin spring is used instead of the complication of a firing pin block or drop safety. The Ruger is supplied with two magazines. The grips are checkered plastic.

The 10mm cartridge offers many advantages. Light 10mm loads such as the Federal 180-grain Hydra-Shok allows good control—this load is no hotter than a standard .40 Smith and Wesson loading. This is a reasonable choice for personal defense. However, the advantages of the 10mm are more apparent with full power loads.

The 10mm shoots flatter than the .45 ACP. The effective range of the 10mm is greater than either the .45 ACP or .38 ACP Super. The cartridge offers power that outstrips even the .357 Magnum with top end loads. As an example, the Federal JSP bonded-core design maximizes the caliber as a dedicated hunting load.

Bull barrel with bushingless lockup
A bull barrel with bushingless lockup provides excellent accuracy.

I began the firing evaluation with a number of suitable practice and service loads. The pistol was lubricated along the long bearing surfaces and the magazines loaded with CCI Blazer ball ammunition. The Ruger came out of the box running without any type of malfunction. I began by firing at man-sized targets at 5,7, and 10 yards. The big Ruger stayed on target, delivering X-ring hits with attention to the sights and trigger compression.

With standard loads, recoil wasn’t any more difficult to control than the .45 ACP, it is simply a different feeling. I expended 100 cartridges as quickly as I could load the magazines, aim, and fire. The Ruger is a pleasant gun to fire with good practical combat accuracy. I added a blue steel MecGar magazine to the test program. Function was 100 percent.

Moving to personal defense loads, I used the Hornady 180-grain XTP and Hornady 155-grain XTP. The heavier loading offers good penetration and may be called an outdoors load. At 1,180 fps, it is controllable for those that practice. The 155-grain XTP loading breaks 1,355 fps. This is an excellent all around defense load.

Bob Campbell firing the Ruger SR1911 10mm offhand
Firing offhand, the pistol was fast enough in personal defense drills to serve as an all-around defensive handgun.

Recoil was certainly there, but controllable, with a solid grip and firing stance. I fired these loads off the bench with the aid of my Bullshooters shooting rest. Accuracy was excellent—on level with any .45 ACP target pistol. The 180-grain XTP turned in one 1.5-inch 25-yard group and several 2.0-inch groups. The 155-grain XTP’s best showing was a 1.75-inch group with the average around 2.0 inches. This dog will run, and the 10mm Ruger has plenty of accuracy.

At this stage, I took the Ruger home and cleaned it. No eccentric wear was noted. I traded the supplied plastic grips for a set of Kim Ahrends skip checkered tactical grips. These grips offer superior adhesion when firing heavy loads and simply look right.

Back at the range, I took along a number of loads to further test this new offering. Among these were three loads from Double Tap ammunition. First up was the 135-grain JHP. The average of three of these loads over the Chrony was 1,555 fps and very consistent. This is a powerful load intended for personal defense. The bullet fragments and penetration is at about 12 inches. For those wishing to limit penetration, and hit the target with plenty of energy, this is the choice.

The second load is the 230-grain Equalizer using a 135-grain JHP over a 95-grain lead ball. At 980 fps, it is controllable, even mild to fire in the SR1911. At 10 yards, the two projectiles impact in almost the same hole. Penetration was some 20 inches in water.

The impact of a single Double Tap 230-grain Equalizer.
This is the impact of a single Double Tap 230-grain Equalizer.

Another hard hitting load uses a hard cast 200-grain flat point at 1190 fps. This WGNGC bullet would be ideal for protection against large animals. Double Tap loads show the versatility of the 10mm. Defense loads that are controllable and offer wound ballistics comparable to the .41 Magnum and exceeding the .357 Magnum and .45 ACP may be used. Even stronger loads may be used for hunting.

The Ruger SR1911 is accurate enough to take advantage of these loads. It is up to the individual shooter to master this handgun. It requires more skill and effort than firing a .45 ACP or .40 Smith and Wesson handgun, so the 10mm isn’t for everyone. For those who favor the 10mm, the Ruger is a good option and one that cost less than any other quality 10mm handgun.

Accuracy: Five-shot Groups Fired From a Solid Bench Rest at 25 Yards

Load Group in Inches
SIG Sauer 180-grain FMJ 2.25 inches
Double Tap 200-grain WFNGC 1.75 inches
Federal Cartridge Bonded Core 1.75 inches
Federal Cartridge 180-grain Hydra Shock .95 inches
Double Tap 135-grain JHP 2.35 inches
Hornady 155-grain XTP 2.0 inches
Hornady 180-grain XTP 1.9 inches
Seller and Bellot 180-grain FMJ 3.25 inches
SIG Sauer 180-grain V-Crown JHP 2.15 inches
CCI Blazer 180-grain FMJ 1.75 inches

Let’s hear from the hardcore 10mm fans. How does Ruger’s SR1911 10mm rank? What’s the best 10mm ammunition? Share your answers in the comment section.

[bob]

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Comments (55)

  1. The 10mm Auto is an awesome round – especially the original Norma rounds – own and fired several pistols in 10mm. The 1911 is a great platform – own and fired several (and carrried – and used on occasion) a 1911 on duty for many years (in .45 ACP). Like the 1911 platform so much switched my backup piece to the little Sig P938 (with 8 rounds of 9mm + P) from my 6-round .357 Kimber. Also own several Rugers and they have all been good quality, very accurate, and quite reasonably priced – even have a Ruger revolver in 10mm. I think too much is made of recoil. For 10mm it gets down to the proper design of the pistol, and the best I’ve ever fired is the Bren Ten – no more reciol than the 1911 in .45 ACP. Plus, you don’t even notice recoil in the heat of battle, and can even be a little reassuring knowing you’ve got that much power in your hand when you need it.

  2. I missed the magazine capacity somewhere.I guess I can look it up… Is it still limited to the single stack? That’s a big grip to not fit more rounds inside…

    1. I have carried the 6 shot .357 and the 8 shot .45 auto for many years.
      The Ruger holds 9 round total of 10mm
      the 10mm 1911 has the same small grip that fits most hands well, compared to the high capacity pistols that stretch most hands.
      It all depends on how often you are planning on missing. My mantra is that the only shot that is important is the one I am firing right now and it needs to be a hit.

    2. Of course 6,7,or 8 rounds may be plenty fot any given armed encounter, and yes, shot placement is critical — but — ammo is just like firearms in general, it’s better to have it and not need it than to need it and not have it.
      Everybody’s hands are different. Mine are medium-sized but with fairly long fingers. I dind single-stack pistols to have grips that are way too narrow for comfort. The most comfortable grip I have ever felt on a pistol is on the CZ-75 and clones. I actually feel like I have a good grip on the pistol and the larger contact area spreads the recoil out across more of my hand rather than pushing it all against the web between my thumb and forefinger. But that;s just my hand. Other folks have different hands.

  3. I enjoyed the write up and I prefer Ruger anyway but, it’s still just another .40 cal. Either way. Now make it a 10mm special or even a magnum… Now you’re on to something new and interesting. If it can be done I’m sure Ruger will be the “Doers”, so to speak. As of now, if I need another 1911, it’ll be .45 ACP. It’s tried and true.

    1. I don’t understand your comment.
      The 10mm has 200 fps on the .40 SW

      I suppose the downladed 10mm would be the 10mm Special

    2. Original LOADS for 10mm from NORMA, 200gr FMJ @1,250fps, and their 170gr JHP @ 1440fps, and 165gr JHP loafing along trying for 1600fps,, (Norma specs verified on PACT chronograph, with personal handloads clocking at 180gr Hornady XTP @ 1,350fps, (NOT quite max but you have brass life) , FIRING these loads from 1911 is REACHING 41mag specs FOR REAL, and doing so in 9-shot 1911 single stack pistol is pretty good deal. Want more go for Glock 20 with extension on mag for 17-rounds without mag change, 18 rounds if you start ONE UP.

      CURRENT load data for 10mm has been REDUCED from original Norma load data (have copy of ALL Norma load data with variety of bullet weight, using Accurate No 7 powder) Yeah favorite all round gun, Detonics 45 in old day, currently Kimber 3″ , always in 45acp.

      SERIOUSLY NEED SELF DEFENSE, GLOCK 20 GETS THE NOD, COMING OUT OF DRAWER WHERE IT NORMALLY RESTS.

      CANNOT GET IT DONE IN 9, OR 18, OR 5 (carry Kahr with five rounds 45acp is NOT risky, or undergunned. JAHOWEHO

    3. Dude if u think a 10 mm in just a 40 cal ur sadly mistaken do ur homework the 10 mm is the cream of the crop it kicks hard but has stopping power like no other ! Although my guns are mostly glock I love my ruger p90 D.C. And wish they would bring them back it is my every day carry! I say this cuz I own everything glock makes 10 mm /45 /45gap /357sig/40/9mm and once again 10 mm is hard hitting like no other I’m on my way to my gun shop looking for this new ruger 10 mm

  4. I am a devoted Ruger fan! Have several, as in a half dozen or more. That said, this may suit 1911 ‘pistoleros’ that think to hunt with a semi-auto pistol. Personally, if I want to hunt with a handgun that cruises past the 40 oz line on the weight scale, I’ll stay w/Ruger 44 mag in Blackhawk or Redhawk variety! As a defense gun? Absolutely, as long as u don’t think u are going to want to pack this much ‘iron’ all day into the night! Possible home defense until you can round up your shotgun. Remember I said I love Ruger, & have since the ’60’s! Glock, however, is the only game in 10mm for concealed carry w/their G29 – approx 27 oz v/s 40+ – 6-3/4″ v/s 10″+ – 4-1/2″ high v/s no comparison. More benefits include having 26 rounds on tap with just ONE extra mag. When carrying in public, I like to have the 10 rd mag in the gun w/one in the pipe=11 – the other 15 are in a G20 mag w/spacer in reserve, just in case I run into those walking dead things! Accuracy w/stock <4" bbl using Buffalo Bore type ammo, 1250 fps, 180 Speer GDHP, is consistently.75"-1" @25 from a sandbag rest! I carry it all day, every day, in a Crossbreed holster.

  5. I’ve had a Glock 20 for several years and use 165g loads for range and carrying in the woods, I owned a S&W .41 Mag back in the 80’s and 10mm is just as good if not better. The Glock is thick for my hands, but a 1911 Frame would be a good fit. I too will be looking to purchase the Ruger down the Road. It’s funny I bought it as an after thought when I bought my other Glocks (19 and 22) neither of which hit where aimed, but the 20 in 10mm was dead on out of box at 25 yards.

  6. Bob,

    Another very well done article. I acquired a Ruger when they first arrived in town and added it to my stable of 10mm. It joined a Glock 29, a Glock 20, an EAA Witness all steel compact, an EAA Witness Match Elite, and a Rock Island Tac FS2.
    For some years the Glock 29 was my daily carry. Now my daily carry is either the Glock 29 or the EAA Witness all steel compact. Both have about the same magazine capacity and accept longer magazines from a big brother as spare carries. All shoot acceptably well. I sent the Witness compact to a gun smith recommended by Hennings Walgren and he milled off the made in the frame front sight and added Tru Glo TFX sights, comparable to the sights added to my Glock 29.
    But, the Ruger now joins the Rock Island and the Witness Elite Match as the most accurate, out of the box, pistols I own. The Ruger delivers, for me, much the same accuracy you experience. Ruger also solved another problem common to my Rock Island bull barrel. Releasing the recoil spring on that pistol to clean the full length guide rod requires you to pay attention and use your strength to avoid holes in the wallboard. Ruger solved the problem by using one part reversed to compress the spring for pinning after it has been removed to clean the guide rod. Great idea.
    Quite frankly, i do not accept the idea that the recoil is more than any man can handle. In my view, far too much is made of recoil as if it is a perennial topic to give writers something to comment about. My 120 pound 75 year old wife shoots all my 10mm pistols. Her view is that I cannot have a pistol she cannot shoot. My response was put on your big girl pants and step up. She did. It took her a whle to realize that because the gun moves back sharply in her hand, it is really no big deal if she grasps and holds it properly. After all, it is not going to break her hand, arm, leg or skull. Yes, it is going to recoil smartly but so what? it will not kill you and can’t cook you and eat you, so she has said to one of our sons shut up or quit shooting it.
    It may suprise a new and inexperienced shooter but really should not intimidate or scare an experienced shooter who uses good technique. Don’t misunderstand, i am no fan of recoil or any other fan of self flaguation. I sold my Ruger M77 .458 Win Mag shortly after buying it. Same with my short barreled Smith & Wesson model 29 .44 Mag. they were just not fun to shoot. But, the 10mm in any of my pistols is nothing like the .44 Mag, or the .454 Casul I took brown bear hunting — fortunately for me I had no luck that trip.
    I reallly think that the recoil issue is overblown. When did we become such a nation of wimps where our every whim must be catered to and any degree of discomfort avoided at all costs in every case. Life is just not like that. It has moments of discomfort, pain and sorrow and that is just the way it is. Live with it and quit whining, or stop doing it and quit whining. If my little old wife can do it than anyone can do it — but, you are going to feel the recoil. So what? What’s the big deal?
    In any event, the Ruger is excellent, even if it is single stack, in my opinion.

    1. EVERYTHING SAID IS 100%, MY SON’S AT AGE 14 OR SO, SHOT IT ALL FROM 44mag TO 10mm TO 44 Auto Mag, TO 454 Casull (NOT MANY, NOT MUCH FUN WITH 4-3/4″ EVEN MAGNAPORT WITH ORIGINAL FREEDOM ARMS AMMO AND LOADS. MAGNAPORT CUTS MIN 1/3 OF RECOIL TO HALF ON 44MAG SHORT BARRELS.

      ADD SCANDIUM S&W 4″ in 44MAG TO NEAR HOPELESS. FIRED 12 ROUNDS (no ports) FOR FRIEND WHO WANTED SOMEONE ELSE TO TEST,, TOLD HIM TO MAGNAPORT, DONE IT’S MANAGEABLE BUT NOT FOR BEGINNER OR LOTS AND LOTS OF SHOOTING. PAST RECOIL GLOVE HELPS, BUT THIS REVIEW WORE HOLE IN GLOVE AND BLEEDING AFTER ONE SESSION USING 454 CASULL.

      SOME ARE NO FUN. AMERICAN DERRINGER , GREAT GUN, BUT IN 10mm, WITH STRONG HAND AND FINGERS, ALL THAT COULD BE DONE TO KEEP HAMMER FROM BURYING ITSELF IN TOP OF HAND.

  7. 10MM is my favorite pistol round and I own many 10MM pistols, some costing over twice what I paid for the Ruger. After firing many rounds in the 155 and 180 gr. area- all loads capable of being used for hunting, meaning 1300fps +, the Ruger was stellar in the accuracy and reliability department. I test accuracy at 50 yds., hunting distance, and the Ruger has to be in the top 3 in that category, going up against a couple longslides as well. Trigger broke at a little under 5 lbs. but was very gritty. Installed new sear spring, disconnector and match grade sear. Trigger broke at 4lb. 2oz and broke real clean and crisp- no gritty feel. Haven’t shot gun since new parts but assume accuracy may be better. Recoil was not as harsh as expected with casings landing 10-15 ft away. The Ruger SR1911 10mm is a bargain, believe me.

  8. I have two 10mm pistols. One is a stock Kimber Eclipse II, the other one a modified Glock 20. Both shoot very well, and I find the recoil very manageable. The Kimber required aftermarket magazines and extensive break in before the reliability became acceptable. The Glock ran well right out of the box, but I went to an extended KKM barrel and a reflex red dot sight. With a healthy dose of Blue Dot under a 200 grain Nosler JHP, I get 10 shot ragged hole groups at 10 yards. I cannot get the Ruger in California, but the 10mms I have serve me will. The Glock will be in a chest holster when I go to Alaska after brown bear. It is a great cartridge, and will do whatever I choose to do with it.

    1. Agree on BOTH guns, in all the many thousands of 10mm shot since ’80s, would suggest Norma 200fMj for start and back up with JHP if in Alaska, the 200FMJ Norma runs at 1,250fps, punches HOLES and stays together.
      Try Accurate No 7 powder, original Norma powder and never found powder that was better (tried). “RUGER in 10mm, don’t need and cannot afford ANOTHER gun, but oh Boy.

  9. Among my many 1911 platform pistols are 2 Ruger SR1911 LightWeight Commanders(.45ACP & 9mm). Definitely don’t need yet another caliber to reload but this may be moving up the future acquisition ladder to a top spot.(pistol category)

    1. Thanks for reading1
      My friend when is the last time we bought something we needed? I am glad we can buy what we want!
      It has been a long long time. I have 1911s as well and I really enjoy this handgun. The 10mm is one awesome number!

      Best

      Bob

  10. It is $ 150.00 cheaper than the Sig P220.
    By common acceptance big bore carry always will be the .45ACP.
    The 10mm, is a hunting cartridge. To get its full potential requires a 6″ barrel. In a stressed situation (heavy predator) I like to have the advantage of a high cap mag.
    Glock delivers all that $ 400.00 less.
    What exactly is so unique about that Ruger worth coughing up $1,150?

    1. so it takes an extra inch of barrel to get perhaps 40 fps extra before this cartridge climbs out of mediocre for hunting.?! Underwood or double tap or Buffalo bore or even sig ammo provide significant performance to maybe even meet your tough demands.

    2. So the 10mm is not a good self-defense cartridge because it “needs” a 6″ or longer barrel to make it perform? Does that mean that the 135 gr. Nosler JHP bullets moving out of my 10mm Witness’s 3.6″ (ported) barrel at 1560 fps (measured by chronograph) making 730 ft-lbs or kinetic energy won’t stop an aggressor? Not just blowing hot air here. I have measured this.

  11. I have both the Colt Delta Elite and the Rock Island 10 MM both are very well built pistols. I held one of these the other day and it feels very good a little rough but I’m sure a few hundred round will smooth it out. The biggest issue I have with 10MM is the cost of the Ammo.

    1. Yep, ammo cost is still a factor. There are only two ways I know of to correct that. One id for the US military to adopt the cartridge — don’t hold your breath. That would be the FBI fiasco all over again. The other way is for more civilian shooters to buy 10mm ammo, and that will take a lit of time

  12. I agree to say the best is a stretch. EAA Tanfoglio is great and is all metal as well as 14+1. Rock Island Armory 52000 10mm is phenomenal and it’s 17+1 as well as all metal.

  13. I got my 10mm Colt Delta Elite back in 1988 when they first came out. Original factory loads were pretty much on a par with the 357, approaching 41 mag levels. Seems most manufacturers reduced velocities to only slightly more than 40 S&W levels when that round came out. So, you pretty much had to hand load to get the full potential of the round. Good to see the round making a comeback.
    As to the plunger tube, seems like Ruger found another elegant solution to a non-problem.

  14. I just purchased my first 10mm. My choice was the Rock Island Ultra FS 1911. For the money, this particular firearm has many good features. I haven’t taken it to the range yet but when I do, I will leave a followup comment.

    1. I shot the Rock Island 1911 10mm a few days ago and I really liked it. You can definitely feel the difference in recoil when using high power loads but not overbearing by any means. I did have a few FTFs but it hasn’t been broken in yet, being a new firearm, and I am going to replace the 20 lb. recoil spring with a 22 lb. spring to see if that helps. It seemed to shoot high and to the left, but that maybe just me. It does have adjustable sights which helped my point of aim. Overall, I am pleased.

  15. Please pass along to Ruger my thanks for not considering that left handed population. They don’t deserve consideration when designing and building a new handgun. I have become a reasonably good pistol smith by making handguns ambidextrous.

  16. To say that this is one of the best built 10mm 1911s ever seems to be quite a stretch and the claim is backed up by no data whatsoever. I’ve got a Dan Wesson and a Kimber that I’d put up against this gun any day of the week.

    1. I think at the price point of this firearm vs the ones you mentioned, I think you made the author’s point

    2. Vic, read the article again. He didn’t qualify his statement based on “price point”. He merely stated it was arguably one of the best 10mm 1911s ever built to his statement, not yours, I take exception.

    3. Ruger has a well earned reputation for building touch reliable firearms.

      Bull barrel, new plunger design – and plunger tubes worked loose in older 1911s at high round count-adjustable sights- this is a great handguns at a fair price.

    4. the author really liked the way the Ruger is built… you really like the way some more expensive firearms are built… the Ruger is several hundred dollars less expensive… for most people, this is a hmmm moment of comparison. You discount the article because the author didn’t state specifically enough for you. You then brought it to his attention your more expensive units were as equal as the Ruger. Not sure what to tell you Tim. It’s kinda like when the Corvette test sets a tremendous track time. Somebody always chimes in their Porche does it a tenth quicker… forgetting to add it cost 40 g’s more.

  17. Great review. The 10mm seems be the forgotten caliber that will not go away. A 5″ 10mm has been on my wish-list for years. It would be great if someone would start producing a compact 1911, as small as possible (maybe 3-1/2″ or 4″) with a shortened mainspring housing yet still retain the bushing for us “older” 1911 people.

    Sure there is a Glock, and yes this is a round that needs training and we all know there a .40 but I think that this an area of the 10mm market that has long been forgotten.

    To clarify, I am a 1911 of 35 years because most of the plastic guns and double-stacks are too big for my hands and after 35 years of carry the 1911 has become second nature, shortcomings and all.

  18. I love the power and versatility of the 10mm and the reloading options are very useful and a lot of fun! My favorite pistol for this caliber is the Glock model 40 long slide although I have been warned against non jacketed rounds. Anyone know if the double tap or buffalo bore hard cast are ok in the polygonal rifling? Thanks!

  19. Nice review. As for the 1911 vs Glock comments, I have both and I have had several FTFs with my Glock 23. I have never had any issue with my Dan Wesson 10mm 1911.

  20. Great article. I bought one a week after they hit the market. Ditto to all of your good remarks. I carry a Glock17 at work. Love it! But for 10M&M I want the Ruger. It tames the beast the way no Glock ever has.

  21. I do like the article, but you forgot to list the price I believe. The power loads, you should have shot some Underwwod ammo. Underwood offers a 135 Nosler HP at 1600fps, and a 165 HP at 1350fps both great and very accurate, and consistent, at least out of my EAA Tanfoglio FS 10mm 2-3 inch groups at 50yrds off hand. I believe if you own a 10mm you should shoot full power loads, because if you want light loads, than stick with the S&W .40.

  22. Great review Bob. Y’know I’m a die hard 1911 guy and somewhat of an on again, off again 10mm man. That Ruger is badass in every way, and considerably cheaper than any other 10mm 1911.

  23. While I can appreciate the 1911 my personal choice was a Glock 20 in 10MM. 15 rounds is preferable to 8 or 9 rounds and the glock is utterly reliable with any load I feed through it.

    1. I agree. The G20 is a great firearm. Having said that, I also own a G21C which is my favorite…..until I put a G 30S in my hands. Move aside, this pistol is …..perfect. Nuff said.!!

  24. Thanks for the review, Bob.

    When is a century-old design “new?” When it’s a “new 1911” but I’ll get to that after praising the 10mm Auto cartridge — something I do quite often.

    The 10mm Auto is one of my favourite handgun cartridges, and one that I choose for carry and home defense alike when I am not using the 9×25 Winchester. Special thanks for evaluating the 135 gr bullet loads as these are what I use for personal defense. In general I do not buy factory-loaded ammo since I have more time than money (and I enjoy handloading on my Dillon XL-650) but I have heard good things about Underwood ammo — perhaps someone who has used it will add their comments.
    As far as the “new 1911” (isn’t that some sort of oxymoron?) from Ruger, it appears to be a very good pistol, though still slightly handicapped by the single-stack magazine — at least in my opinion. I must admit to being out of step with my fellow American shooters in that I do not own a 1911.My 10mm rounds are fed through an EAA Witness Semi-Compact with a brace of Ruger’s Buckeye Specials doing revolver duty and a Star Megastar awaiting a replacement extractor. High compliments to Ruger for using a ramped barrel with full case-head support. The 10mm really needs this if one is to realise its true potential as a high-powered cartridge.

    The 10mm Auto is a great cartridge that is now enjoying something of a resurgence in popularity, and this “new 1911” from Ruger should help that situation.

  25. I must say, this article was 180 out from the last time I gave you a bit of critique. It was clearly presented and cohesive. You offered good insight into what appears to be a beautiful and effective pistol. Nice choice on the grips. Would like to get my hands on one set up much the same way. Keep up the good work.

  26. Yet another offering for the 1911 Fanclub. I’ve been buying motorcycles and guns since the 50’s and I’m struck by the similarities between Harley and 1911 devotees: the former overlooks shortcomings (overpricing, unreliability and old technology) for the Harley ‘sound’; the latter overlooks shortcomings (overpricing, overweight, old technology and unreliability) for the ‘Look’. I gave the ‘plastic’ guns 20 years before investing in one, but wound up choosing the Glock 21 for my service weapon for 27 years. I have yet to experience my first failure to fire, feed, extract or eject with any of my three Glocks, using every available ammunition. That, my friends, is the ticket!

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