Ruger’s entry into the 1911 field has dropped. [Click here for TTAG’s review.] The SR1911 will run ya eight bills ($799). Eight rounds or nine, depending on which mag you deploy. Five inch barrel. Thirty-nine ounces. Any finish you like as long as it’s low-glare stainless steel. So, what’s the SR1911’s USP (Unique Selling Point)? The website proclaims it’s “a classically styled pistol designed with all of the modern manufacturing advances that you have come to expect from Ruger.” Did I expect a titanium firing pin and heavy firing pin spring? I did not. But the fact that the SR1911 is “100% American-made in American factories with American workers” comes as no surprise. (American parts?) I was hoping Ruger’d bring the gun in around five or six bills, but then I’m hoping that Diet Coke is the Fountain of Youth. Official press release and pics after the jump . . .
Sturm, Ruger & Company, Inc. (NYSE: RGR) is proud to announce the Ruger 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 swedged 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 holsters.