I was perusing the Ruger website this evening lusting a little bit over the new-ish Mini 30 tactical trying to decide whether or not I need another AK47 style rifle or a different style tactical rifle that handles the 7.62x39mm round. That’s when I came across this bad boy, the BRAND NEW JUST ANNOUNCED Ruger SR1911. Spend any time at all around Haus of Guns and you’ll notice we’ve got a real sweet spots for 1911 style pistols. They’re sexy, smooth shooters and in modern times have proven to be an incredibly reliable carry and self defense option.
Ruger announced a couple years ago they were getting in the AR15 game with the introduction of their piston driven (very smooth) SR556. This proclamation shouldn’t come as a complete surprise since Ruger released their 22/45 with grip angle and controls that mimic those of a 1911. Since they got into the game with their rimfire pistols, it seems logical they would follow up with an actual 1911, and what a quality piece this beauty appears to be! I would be remiss to point out that being 2011, it’s the 100th anniversary of the original 1911 which could be part of Ruger’s motivation to release this new pice. Though I’m surprised it there was no buzz on it at the SHOT show, the only reason we foresee being fear of overshadowing the new LC9.
The gun sports a bead blasted low glare finish, low profile novak 3 dot sights, steel frame, trigger adjustable for over travel and minimal reset, a titanium firing pin and a heavy firing pin spring eliminating the need for a firing pin block safety which mirrors the Colt Model 70 1911 original features. I could bore you with more details that would just sound like “BLAH, BLAH, BLAH” in your electronic ears. The best thing for you to do is check out Ruger’s SR1911 Site to check out all the features, press release, exploded view, and even a little hype on the side to get exact details.
Pricing seems a little steep ($799 MSRP) for a company who hasn’t traditionally manufactured 1911s BUT with Ruger hitting the mark (see SR556, SR9/SR9c, LCP, LCR, LC9) the way they have been so dead on in the past few years, What bites is the availability is supposedly May 2011, which probably means it’s more like May 2012. Not hating, just sayin’!
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