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M2 Carbine
01-20-2012, 22:21
Thursday the manager of the local gun store called me and said a Ruger SR1911 will be delivered in about an hour.
In an hour and fifteen minutes I owned the gun ($699).
Thirty minutes later I was home shooting the gun.:)
http://i1183.photobucket.com/albums/x464/Bell-helicopter-407/RugerSR1911.jpg

This morning the store manager called and asked me if I'd bring the gun by to show it to a customer that wanted a SR1911.
I took several loaded magazines for the manager and customer to try out the gun.
They both shot the gun well and liked it. The customer wants the next one the store gets, whenever that may be.

This afternoon a fellow came out to my place to shoot. I let him shoot the Ruger. I don't think he ever shot a 1911 before. He liked it and is talking about getting one.

Then a lady, that I've been helping with her shooting, came by to shoot a Beretta Model 21A she had just bought. I asked her if she wanted to try the new 1911 Ruger and I gave her four magazines.
She had shot a 45 Kimber one time in the past.
She not only liked the SR1911 but she tore the center out of the target with those big SWC bullets.:)

She shoots with ladies at a indoor range on Thursday night. I told her to take the Ruger with her next Thursday to impress the ladies with her 45 shooting and let them shoot it.:)


So far I've found two things I don't like about the gun.
1st, it shoots 2-3 inches high and a little left at 10-12 yards.

2nd, the black finish on the safety, slide catch, etc, is terrible. It's like a flat black finish that was botched up bad. Surely Ruger can finish parts better than this. A nice shiny or good flat black finish would look good but this finish looks like something that would come on a $150 throw down gun.
http://i1183.photobucket.com/albums/x464/Bell-helicopter-407/RugerSR1911safety.jpg

AA#5
01-20-2012, 22:27
I've never understood what's so difficult about making sure sights hit where they're aimed. If it's shooting that far off at 10-12 yds, it will be much more off at 15-20 yds.

As for the finish, well, I don't know how much quality can be expected for $699.00.

ETA: In today's dollars. I remember when Kimbers first came out, they were $599.00.

Nestor
01-20-2012, 22:36
Thanks Buck for your initial feedback. Looks like a very decent gun for $699 and made in America! Sooner or later I'm going to explore the 1911 bandwagon a bit. I'm just too busy with the revolvers now :wavey:

M2 Carbine
01-20-2012, 22:48
I've never understood what's so difficult about making sure sights hit where they're aimed. If it's shooting that far off at 10-12 yds, it will be much more off at 15-20 yds.

Yeah, I haven't shot it at 15+ yards yet. Changing those sights will be the first order of business.



As for the finish, well, I don't know how much quality can be expected for $699.00.
I've got guns, Rugers included, that cost half that price that have good looking finishes.
It's not a deal breaker but it does detract from an otherwise good looking gun.
I'll be asking Ruger about it.

arclight610
01-20-2012, 22:59
Nice write up, and I think the gun still looks nice. Is the SR1911 cast? Not that it really matters to me, just wonderin'.

Feanor
01-20-2012, 23:31
I've never understood what's so difficult about making sure sights hit where they're aimed. If it's shooting that far off at 10-12 yds, it will be much more off at 15-20 yds.

As for the finish, well, I don't know how much quality can be expected for $699.00.

It's a quality control thing, something that Ruger is notorious for falling short on. A 1911 is an easy design to muck up, if all his problem's sort out as just some poorly finished parts, he's ahead of the game.

Cole125
01-20-2012, 23:55
Thanks for posting the review, I have been thinking about getting one of those myself. :cool:

DFin
01-21-2012, 00:59
We should not be seeing those problems for $699.00!!!

DJ Niner
01-21-2012, 01:32
How does the trigger action feel, out-of-the-box?

Any stoppages so far? If so, approximate number and type?

Thanks in advance for any/all info.

bac1023
01-21-2012, 05:06
Congrats on the SR1911.

I have one myself and love it. :)

bac1023
01-21-2012, 05:07
Nice write up, and I think the gun still looks nice. Is the SR1911 cast? Not that it really matters to me, just wonderin'.

The frame is cast.

M2 Carbine
01-21-2012, 08:59
How does the trigger action feel, out-of-the-box?

Any stoppages so far? If so, approximate number and type?
The trigger is very good. It feels about 4 pounds or a little more to me. There's a adjustable trigger stop that is adjusted perfectly from the factory.
All the people that have shot the gun so far commented on the good trigger.

I'm not counting rounds. I've just been grabbing handfuls of 45 out of a 50 cal can. I guess we shot between 150 and 200 rounds so far. That count will go up shapely in the next week or so.
The only round that I've used is a 200 grain lead SWC reload. I load this practice round slightly lower than the normal 820 FPS, 230 grain factory load.
This is a good round but if a 1911 is ammo sensitive it will jam feeding this SWC bullet. The Ruger (thankfully) functions perfect with my main practice load.

Here's a Gunblast report I just ran across. I think I'd be interested in a compact model if Ruger comes out with one.
Gunblast.com - Ruger SR1911 45 ACP Semi-Auto Pistol - YouTube


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JaPes
01-21-2012, 09:16
Congrats M2 Carbine!

I own a SR1911. I've shot about 300 rounds of WWB, TulAmmo, S&B combined. No stoppages. I shot one mag of Remington HD JHP ammo. I've had no function issues.

For me, my sights are correct in elevation but not windage. My shots go just a little left. It's a small variance that I think it's me & not the gun. I'll have to shoot it more to be 100% sure.

Bruce M
01-21-2012, 10:10
Very nice. I wonder if maybe the parts are finished poorly because they are trying to rush them out. Seems like there is still a bit of a shortage of these.

M2 Carbine
01-21-2012, 10:30
Very nice. I wonder if maybe the parts are finished poorly because they are trying to rush them out. Seems like there is still a bit of a shortage of these.

The guns are in short supply.
The store manager has had a standing order for them for a good while. The only way he got this one is a distributor did him a favor and called saying,
"I got in a few if you want one". The manager asked if he could get two and the distributor said Not a chance.

I heard recently where one sold for just under a thousand dollars.

I buy a lot of guns at this small local gun store. The manager said he was going to put the gun out at about $740 (and I was willing to pay that) but when it arrived he said I could have it for $699.:)

Zombie Steve
01-21-2012, 11:32
Using a 6 o'clock hold for 1911's is nothing new.

:dunno:

plouffedaddy
01-21-2012, 12:04
Congrats on the new gun. Mine has been a great 1911 for the money.

I did a review on mine as well a few months ago:

http://gunreviewguy.blogspot.com/2012/01/ruger-sr1911-review.html

http://i96.photobucket.com/albums/l178/tiffani33/Guns/mail-14.jpg

DJ Niner
01-21-2012, 22:37
Thanks for the info, M2.

I'd agree that if it's functioning well with the stubby lead wadcutters, then it'll probably do well with just about any reasonably configured load.

Dang it, I've been on the 1911 "wagon" for several years, and I thought I'd gotten them out of my system. Like a nasty common cold virus, it keeps coming back when I least expect it.

280Z
01-22-2012, 01:14
I have been happy with mine.

https://fbcdn-sphotos-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/229438_678660692536_116505491_35726771_6090710_n.jpg

I have only shot ball ammo through it so far and don't intend on carrying it but it makes me smile whenever I pick it up. It was also the last one the store had besides their display model. (Which they won't sell.)

NeverMore1701
01-22-2012, 01:20
I'd really like to even see one. Only places that get them around here is Gander Mountain ($850) and a crappy LGS ($900).

FLIPPER 348
01-22-2012, 01:25
I got one of the 1st ones, looks sexy with all stainless controls

.........but NOT sexy with the light!

Nakanokalronin
01-22-2012, 02:08
Congrats OP! I really like mine as well. :cool:

http://desmond.imageshack.us/Himg715/scaled.php?server=715&filename=sr1911.jpg&res=medium

It feeds any ball or HP ammo I put in it.

PersonOfInterest
01-22-2012, 02:34
Wonder what the chances of it coming out in 38 super are

M2 Carbine
01-22-2012, 08:27
Wonder what the chances of it coming out in 38 super are
Probably not very good since the 38 Super isn't all that popular. I've come close to buying a 38 Super a couple times this past year but I don't want to get into another caliber.


I took the gun to the gun store yesterday morning, along with 8 magazines loaded with my lead SWC reloads. Five people shot it. They all liked it and a couple more talked about wanting one.

The magazines were some Vietnam area GI magazines I've had since the late 1960's. Some of my modern 1911 pistols won't function 100% with these mags, especially with SWC bullets. The SR1911 does fine with them. So I'll make it a point to use these mags with the Ruger.

I shot 8 230 grain FMJ. Functioned fine, as I was sure they would.
I'll dig through my 45 ammo and see what else I can try in the gun.

M2 Carbine
01-22-2012, 17:33
Three more people ran about 150 rounds through the gun today.
All three shot it well.
All three had nothing but good things to say about the Ruger.:)

tsmo1066
02-10-2012, 16:59
It took me a while, but I finally caught some SR1911s in stock today at Gander Mountain on their website. Ordered myself one and it will be shipped to the store here in Houston within 5 days.

Can't wait to shoot it!

M2 Carbine
02-10-2012, 17:07
I'm interested to see if there are any at the next gun show.


I'm still shooting mine.
I found that the old military mags, I've had for years, won't feed 230gr lead RN bulets. No loss I've got plenty of other magazines that feed everything.

NeverMore1701
02-10-2012, 18:41
It took me a while, but I finally caught some SR1911s in stock today at Gander Mountain on their website. Ordered myself one and it will be shipped to the store here in Houston within 5 days.

Can't wait to shoot it!

How much?

PartyBible
02-11-2012, 07:22
Are these selling at msrp?

mastrbloata
02-11-2012, 08:41
I was reading a couple of weeks ago (probably here) that Ruger is producing around 300 units of this gun a day. Still, I have yet to see one at any shop I frequent in Pinellas County, Florida. Before anyone starts taking out after me (you know who you are..), I'm not saying that they aren't here, just that I personally haven't seen them.

By the way, congrats on the gun. It's really nice. I like that you aren't having any feed issues with it using different ammo and mags. That's very interesting. (To me.)

As an aside, I was also reading a while back that while Ruger has been cranking guns out like crazy after the last election, they've been doing it with only 10 additional employees more than they had before the 08' election. When they were asked why only 10, they replied that they didn't know what the regulatory environment would be after this approaching election. So while there appears to be some slop on the finish of some of the parts on that 1911, it's actually quite amazing that they've had the level of success with them that they have to this point considering all the new products they've put on the market since 08'.

The Habit
02-11-2012, 08:45
How much?

They are listed as in stock on Gander's site right now for $749.

NeverMore1701
02-11-2012, 13:09
They are listed as in stock on Gander's site right now for $749.

Wow, local GM was selling them for almost $900 a couple of months ago.

M2 Carbine
02-11-2012, 14:33
Mine was $699+tax.

L Pete
02-11-2012, 15:14
If you're shooting to the left, how come the lady eat the center out of the target?

Nestor
02-12-2012, 15:58
I'm going to buy one, once they will become available up here.
This 1911 bandwagon called me for a long time now, but most of the cheaper pistols have problems with feeding HP's I believe. Looks like finally Ruger came out with quality gun in my price range. Every review I came across so far was positive. That means a lot.

cheapshot
02-12-2012, 16:04
If you're shooting to the left, how come the lady eat the center out of the target?
That's what i was wondering. Doesn't sound like the poster has had much of a chance to shoot it himself though!

mastrbloata
02-12-2012, 16:05
I'm going to buy one, once they will become available up here.
This 1911 bandwagon called me for a long time now, but most of the cheaper pistols have problems with feeding HP's I believe. Looks like finally Ruger came out with quality gun in my price range. Every review I came across so far was positive. That means a lot. From what I've seen on you tube and read at least, it doesn't seem that the Filipino 1911's have too many problems digesting HP's. The $500.00 Para GI Expert I used to have? It ate ANYTHING as long as you didn't use the crappy, tilt crazy Para mags of old. Kimber Tac-Pro, Chip McCormick and even Metalform mags all fed a variety of HP's in that thing with zero problems.

M2 Carbine
02-12-2012, 19:13
If you're shooting to the left, how come the lady eat the center out of the target?
I drifted the sight over. Still shoots a little higher than I like, a couple inches high, but the windage is right on


There was one at the gun show today. $850. :upeyes:

PartyBible
02-13-2012, 19:51
Question for you gents, a little off topic,
I would love to purchase my first, and really only, 1911. I am leaning towards towards a colt offering. Should I save a few bucks and buy the ruger instead of a rail gun or gold cup?