The Ruger SR1911

It’s the most famous pistol ever produced. More than 100 years old, the design has endured largely unchanged. Almost every pistol manufacturer throughout the world has made one at some point or another, and yet most attempts at improvements fall short and John Moses Browning’s design continues along the same as it has since 1911. That’s right, the 1911 pistol is an icon and is revered by many as quite possibly the perfect design.

Sure, metallurgy and materials technology have allowed for newer more modern designs that incorporate super-light super-strong polymer components. Advances in cartridge development has created loads with faster muzzle velocities and bullets with better expansion. But JMB’s famous design persists as a viable combat pistol.

This year, the 100th anniversary of the military’s adoption of the design, many manufacturers have come out with commemorative models of the 1911. Rumors circulated around the internet and were whispered in hushed tones at the 2011 SHOT Show by retailers and manufacturers alike anticipating the announcement that Ruger would be bringing to market their own variation of the 1911.

At long last Ruger has confirmed the rumors in a recent press release announcing their reincarnation of the design.

Ruger is proud to announce their new SR1911, an “All American” classic rendition of John Browning’s most famous handgun design. The public debut of the Ruger SR1911 pistol will take place during the NRA Annual Meeting in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania April 29 – May 1.

The single‐action .45 Auto Ruger SR1911 features a bead‐blasted stainless steel frame and slide, precision CNC machined for a precise slide‐to‐frame fit. The stainless steel barrel and bushing are produced simultaneously, from the same ordnance‐grade barstock, for a precise fit and improved accuracy. The slide features rear cocking serrations and a dovetailed three‐dot sight system with a Novak® rear sight and standard front sight.

“We are very proud to offer a 1911 pistol, an icon of American gun design and manufacturing,” said Ruger CEO Michael Fifer. “In this 100‐anniversary year of the introduction of the Government Model 1911 it is only fitting that such a firearm be completely manufactured in America with all American‐made components.” The Ruger SR1911 pistol features a titanium firing pin and heavy firing pin spring, which negates the need for a firing pin block, offering an updated safety feature to the original “Series 70” design without compromising trigger pull weight. An extended thumb safety offers improved manipulation and an oversized beavertail grip safety provides positive function and reliability. A visual inspection port offers visual confirmation of a round in the chamber.

Positive extraction is facilitated by an improved internal extractor. The plunger tube for both the slide stop and thumb safety is integral to the frame and will never shoot loose. The swaged link pin also will not shoot loose. The SR1911 uses a skeletonized hammer and an aluminum, skeletonized trigger with an adjustable over‐travel stop. The Ruger SR1911 features a standard recoil guide system and flat mainspring housing.

The Ruger SR1911 grips feature a Ruger logo in checkered hardwood panels. Each pistol is shipped with one 7‐round and one 8‐round stainless steel magazine, bushing wrench and a soft case. The SR1911 will fit currently available 1911 size holsters.

The SR1911 slide and barrel bushing are both CNC machined from a single piece of stainless steel bar stock to ensure that both pieces fit together perfectly. The frame and plunger housing of the pistol is investment cast as a single piece as well.

The most notable thing about Ruger’s SR1911 is that it uses an older design that does not incorporate Colt’s Series 80 firing pin block. The Series 80 design, and the similarly designed Swartz safety device, consisted of a series of levers that blocked the firing pin, preventing the gun from firing unless they were moved out of the way by depressing the trigger. This additional lock-work, by necessity, made the trigger more gritty and difficult to pull. By eliminating the Series 80 firing pin block and going with a light titanium firing pin and stronger firing pin spring, Ruger made the trigger that much lighter and smoother. The trigger itself, along with the hammer, features the lightweight skeletonized design sought after by many 1911 aficionados.

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Ruger SR1911 Specifications

Caliber .45 ACP
Capacity 7+1 and 8+1 (both magazines included)
Trigger Pull 4 pounds
Weight 2 pounds 11 ounces
Overall Height 5.5 inches
Overall Length 8.6 inches
Barrel Length 5 inches
Sights Novak 3-dot
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Comments (10)

  1. SD Montana seems to be a little enthusiastic, but I also understand MC’s frustration. I’ve had one on order (credit card supplied) with two online vendors who both supposedly have “inside lines” with major wholesale distributors, but do I have one yet? No. I even emailed Ruger to see what the “corporate story” was. Lo and behold, the director or marketing emailed me, and gave me his friggin’ cell number! I called and talked to him while he was at the airport, and he was kind enough to give me 10 minutes of his valuable time. He explained that the 1911 is NOT one of those “tupperware” guns that you can spit out as fast as you can Chinese egg rolls (my phraseology), and that they are shipping them as fast as they can, and eventually know they will catch up with demand. Who’d a thunk that a 1950’s era company would have sprung up out of nowhere, headed by some guy name Sturm and another guy named Ruger, who insisted on making All American guns for a very competitive price, at a quality level that rivaled the ‘big boys’? Well, I for one applaud Ruger’s all-American ideals, and don’t give a darn if BOTH of my online retailers come through. I’ll just have to have one for the car AND the home, and for the price of the “factory semi-custom” jobs coming from gobs of other manufacturers. Go Ruger, and GO AMERICAN!

  2. Well, well, well. MC, you certainly know nothing of which you speak. Cry “MOMMY” and run and hide. My SR1911 makes most of my Kimbers, Colts, Springfields, Taurus’, Remingtons and Para’s take a back seat. Smooth trigger, action, mags, sights and very, very accurate all wrapped up in a $699 package. BTW, it will eat ANYTHING I stuff into it. 750 rounds so far of all types of ammo, including cast, SD, Hardball, HP’s and WC’s. I suggest you get one and use it before bashing indescriminetley like a whiney juvenile momma’s boy. You might also like to know my favorites are my Colts, Kimbers, STI’s, Wilsons and Ed Browns. BUT- They do NOT perform any better or more accurately. It will be my go-to carry and ride in the truck from now on. Totally AMERICAN MADE, and made by AMERICANS. Good job, Ruger.

  3. Who cares about a gun that you cannot find anywhere to buy. Go on GunBroker and pay some greedy sellers. No thanks! For those prices I’d buy a Colt or Kimber. I’m thinking Ruger is having a production problem and is keeping it quiet.

  4. the price at impact guns now is $600+ …for sure it will go up since the dmand is expected go go really high

  5. This looks pretty Darn sweet!!!! I hace thee Colts but I would be willing to give this a Try!!!!

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