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The latest addition to the Ruger line is a 10mm 1911 (MSRP $1019.00). Who saw that coming? Here’s their press release:

Sturm, Ruger & Company, Inc. (NYSE-RGR) announces the introduction of the SR1911® in 10mm Auto. Hog hunters and aficionados of major power-factor cartridges will be glad to learn that Ruger’s growing family of SR1911s will now include this full-size, stainless steel model.

The new SR1911 in 10mm Auto features the same Bomar-style adjustable sights as the SR1911 Target model. It also has a tight-fitting, bushingless bull barrel – a first for Ruger. The ramped barrel is black nitride coated to reduce the wear associated with hard-hitting 10mm Auto ammunition. Another first for Ruger, this model also utilizes a full-length steel guide rod for the recoil spring. The SR1911 in 10mm Auto has rubberized grip panels for extra control and comfort.

Ruger is already well known for producing some of the best quality 1911s on the market today. Ruger’s American-made, CNC-machined SR1911 comes fully equipped with upgraded features like Ruger’s classic Series 70 design, a lowered and flared ejection port, titanium firing pin and a precision-machined bull barrel. The SR1911 features an integral plunger tube, beaver-tail grip safety, extended magazine release, oversize thumb safety, skeletonized hammer and skeletonized aluminum trigger for fast, accurate shooting.

The new Ruger SR1911 in 10mm Auto features a 5″ barrel and weighs 40.4 oz. with an empty magazine. It ships with two, 8-round magazines and a cable locking device.

For more information on the SR1911 in 10mm Auto or to learn more about the extensive line of award-winning Ruger firearms, visit or To find accessories for Ruger firearms, visit or your local independent retailer of Ruger firearms.

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    • “Should have priced it $0.11 more.”

      I’m grateful they didn’t price it at $1911.00.

      (If I had that, I’d name it ‘Thumper’ 🙂 )

    • Look up Ruger’s # of recalls; not many, especially for a company making a profound number of different firearms. At least Ruger takes care of things quickly, promptly and efficiently. What would you rather have: foot dragging, finger pointing and ignoring the problem? I will take Ruger’s proactive stance on safety matters any day. So what if my new Mk IV 22/45 Lite is going back; I’m getting an updated grip frame and a free spare magazine that I wanted. I think, IMO, that most companies may have ignored the Mk IV issue and blamed operator error.

    • The prudent man waits 2 years till all the lil dings and crappers are out of the way; and reliability reigns supreme. Never buy the first years production of any maker.

    • You do realize this is a Ruger and not a Remington don’t you? At least they will take it back if there’s a problem and fix it vice taking it back and sitting on it for almost a year before determining what to do.

    • Bagging on Ruger for immediately issuing a recall and taking care of the issue instead of lawyering it out for years while injuries and possibly deaths racked up like some other companies I could mention?

      That’s smart.

    • I carried my model 65 Smith service revolver for over twenty years, while most green badgers opted for the plastic 40’s.
      Fifteen years ago I switched to the Glock 23 works every time, it just never felt right in my hand.
      The Glock 20 is a great gun much lighter than the 1911 and as you expend rounds it becomes harder to return to target.
      I never thought of the 1911 .45 as a carry. I’ve always thought of them as a big sluggish bastards of history. That is until Ruger’s SR1911 in 10mm hit the streets! What a pleasure to shoot!
      With an empty clip the Ruger weighs as much as the Glock 20 fully loaded, giving it a solid feel.
      As far as a carry it doesn’t print anywhere near as much as the Glocks.
      I have thousands of rounds now without as much as a hiccup. Never had a misfire ever!
      The 1911 profile isn’t for everyone for sure, my wife for example can barely point the 10, let alone shoot it but she loves her LC9.
      So if yer a little person the SR1911 10mm probably isn’t for you. But if you are looking for a quality 1911 10mm backed by a company the stands behind their products. You can’t go wrong by the Ruger name…

  1. Don’t want. Sorry. Big ‘meh’ for me. For anybody who works a normal job that doesn’t allow tacticool cocked-and-locked carry, most of the old warhorses (CZ75, 1911, etc) are impractical dinosaurs. I love my CZ, but I live in a world of gun-free zones, some of which could have me arrested for violations. Ruger should have released this as a modern SR10 or American polymer.

    • What does condition of carry have to do with gun free zones and employment? Your boss is okay with striker fired but not 1911s?

      • This gun is:
        1. Already very large (harder to conceal).
        2. It REQUIRES the safety be on to prevent discharge because it cannot be carried hammer-down.
        3. Said safety can easily be knocked off by accident if concealed in a bag.
        4. No trigger safety to mitigate risk of trigger accidentally being bumped (unlike most striker-fired guns).

        Bottom line, there are guns that make very good weapons for open carry or going to war, and guns that make better weapons for every day carry on civilian life. This gun would be fine for the former and piss poor for the latter.

        • I conceal carry a full-size Ruger 1911 and a full-size RIA 1911 all the time including in Summer! The simple fact is that the 1911 is as good a gun today as any and just as concealable. Yes, I own striker fired guns and I carry them as well. Unlike some who say you should only carry one type of handgun, I say practice with all of your guns and decide each day what you want to carry. I have never forgotten which gun I was carrying and I never will because it doesn’t matter. My drill is the same for every single handgun I own.

          As to your complaint about the thumb safety on the 1911 being easily switched off, that is true of every single handgun out there with a thumb safety including striker fired handguns! With regard to the lack of a trigger safety, only 70s series 1911s do not have a trigger safety but they are not necessary on any 1911. That is what the grip safety is for. Those of us who carry 1911s know not to depress the grip safety when holstering a 1911. What’s more, your comment praising trigger safeties is false righteousness. Just Google “Glock leg” and you will discover how prevalent it is for striker fired handguns, especially Glocks, to go off when being holstered! Why? Its because trigger safeties are defeated any time anything gets inside the trigger guard whether its a finger, a piece of cloth from a shirt, a holster strap, a waistband, the edge of a belts, etc. The key to safely carrying ANY handgun regardless of caliber, size, method, etc., is practice, practice, practice.

    • Sounds like you have all the savvy needed to run an innovative gun company! I can’t wait to see the guns you design that are vastly superior to the Redhawk, 10/22 takedown, SR-556, M77, and the like.

      • How innnovative is it to slap a 10mm barrel in a 100 year old design? I never slammed Ruger for their innovation. I own a lot of their products, but let’s not pretend they’re the cleverest company in creation for rehashing a 100 year old pistol with a new caliber.

        • You are complaining because the 1911 is a 100 year old design? Do you own or use a bolt action rifle? How about a semi-auto rifle or shotgun? How about a pump action shotgun? Then there is the question about the striker-fired handgun you prefer. Are you aware the fact that 99.9% of a striker-fired handgun is technology more than 100 years old? Only a portion of the firing mechanism of a striker-fired handgun is not more than 100 years old. Yet, ALL of these designs are still in use today. Do you know why? They work.

          Think about it, 99.9% of everything you use, wear, or shoot is based on designs that are hundreds of years old. Even the electric car is more than 100 years old and was rejected for the internal combustion engine in the early 1900s.

        • The fact that you think all it takes is “slap a new barrel in” shows you have no clue what you are talking about.

          The 10MM auto generates significantly more energy that Browning’s design was ever meant to handle. Its a magnum automatic cartridge.

        • Agree. I like metal guns. However I’m enough of a realist to recognize that this is little better than a range toy.

        • Jomo, based on reports of bear attacks stopped by 10mm, this would be a dandy pistol to carry in the woods. And a lot of fun to shoot. And the fact that you can’t or won’t carry 100 year old technology doesn’t mean that others won’t. My 75 year old dad carries a 1911, and it did a fine job of deterring a douche bag who made the mistake of thinking he was an easy mark. Worked well for me once too.

        • Meh. I just hit the soft-lob joke.

          Truth be told, all of my semi-auto handguns are polymer framed.

          Oh! except for the crappy .22 that I regret buying. That one’s zamak, which is… sort of metal, so I guess I get in the club on a technicality.

      • Any lightweight polymer 10 mm should come with a factory bowl to hold the ice and water you’ll need after you shoot a magazine through it. That’s not to mention the plethora of videos we’ve all seen of slight people getting smacked in the face by a hard-kicking handgun.

        • Those people getting smacked in the face with a hard kicking handgun are just the butt of someone’s fucked up joke.

          The first “big boy pistol” I ever shot (besides the ubiquitous .22) was a ruger blackhawk that my uncle rolled his own .454 casull for, before they were a commercial cartridge. He actually taught me how to hold it correctly and redirect the recoil so I wouldn’t get hurt. If 100lb, 17 year old me can handle that then I argue just about anyone can handle anything (within reason of course).

        • Sounds like someone talking who has zero experience.

          For the frail and weak full load 10mm might present a bit of a challenge, for those who’ve spent time with pistols it’s entirely controllable.

  2. They should make it with a ramped barrel standard. That way it has the case head support necessary for hot 10mm.

      • Mr. Taylor, Ms Austin was making some noise a few weeks back about picking up a 10mm for bear protection, would you consider letting her review it after you satisfied your curiosity on the teardown?

    • Has a ramped bull barrel. Very good review on ‘Real Guns’ website. I think that it goes without saying that Rugers are so well built that ‘hot’ ammo is not a major issue.

      • Exactly, Ruger has a reputation for overbuilt tough guns. They aren’t going to risk that reputation, so I’m fairly confident this addition will be well sorted out to handle a steady diet of full power ammo.

        • Build quality and price are why Rugers sell so well. I have no doubt the chamber is fully supported and the gun is strong enough to handle everything it is fed just like all Rugers are.

        • That reputation is built on their revolvers being ‘overbuilt’ but even that is not really an accurate claim.

          Ruger uses cast metal. It requires more weight to be as strong as forged guns. So in the end, most Rugers are not particularly stronger- they’re heavier. Not that there aren’t some benefits to extra weight but it’s a meme that arose more from clever marketing than anything else.

        • ‘It requires more weight to be as strong as forged guns.’

          Wrong. As an example, a Rooger GP 100 with a 4.2″ bar rel weighs 40 oz. while a S&W 686 with a 4.125″ barr el weighs 39.7oz. ( , ) This is as close as an apples to apples comparison as you can get. What you’re missing is that true, un-heat treated cast stel is weaker than forged steel, but properly heat treated cast steel can be every bit as strong as forged. AND, Rooger has a much newer and better engineered design that eliminates the side cover which results in a much stronger revol ver. Not that the 686 is weak, it was designed specifically because the Security 6 was taking sales away because it was much stronger and cheaper than the K frame Smiths. But it’s the GP not the 686 with the reputation for strength.

  3. Me like!

    I might have to start saving up for this. Eight rounds in the magazine plus one in the chamber which means 9 rounds without reloading. And that long five-inch barrel. That is a serious self-defense platform. I would definitely carry this over a .357 Magnum revolver — assuming it is reliable.

    Of course the most important question: is the handle a lot less chunky/bulky than Glock 20s???

    Oh, and does anyone know what actual price to expect at local gun stores?

    • I own and carry (in the field, on a large belt with a sturdy holster) a Dan Wesson Razorback 10mm. The grip is identical to the .45 ACP as, even though the 10mm has a longer case, the cartridges share the same OAL.

      • Thanks for the information Joel IV.

        Between the weight and semi-auto action, I imagine recoil has to be pretty tame. How is the recoil shooting hot 10mm out of your 1911? How does recoil compare to a 1911 shooting standard 230 grain .45 ACP loadings?

        • Even out of a 40 ounce pistol, recoil is heavier than a .45, but not that you’d notice if you weren’t shooting them side by side. It handles hot 135gr self defense loads and 180gr XTP hunting loads with equal aplomb. Come to think of it, this probably means my recoil spring is too light. 😉

  4. A thousand bucks for a gun that has to go directly to a gunsmith for fitting a right side safety… So now it’s a $1200 gun, and you don’t get it for weeks after you plunk down the bulk of your money.

    Brilliant. Yawn.

    • No one pays retail for Rugers, and why does it need a right side thumb safety? Shoot with the correct hand! 10mm is cool, if I wanted one this would be a top contender, I just like my .357’s better.

        • I just got the 5″ Smith 627 PC. Great gun. Definitely wider than a 1911, though, and a few hundred bucks costlier than this gun. I’ve yet to chronograph my Underwood. 357, but I bet it’s fast.

  5. This is the first 1911 style gun that has piqued my interest in a while–steel frame 10mm, nice looking sights, a full 5″ bbl, and the venerable 1911-trigger that can be tuned to perfection.

  6. I’ve been wanting a 10mm Auto for a while now, love Ruger (own a GP100 and SR9C) and this really piques my interest. I’m pretty much in the 9mm camp for pistols, all of those “real world terminal effectiveness” arguments about 9mm/.40/.45, the only way I’m stepping up is with a BIG step to 10mm.

  7. I guess I don’t understand why anyone would want a 1911 chambered in something other than .45acp?

    I get that other calibers have different stopping power, ballistics, costs, and sub vs supersonic.

    They make plenty of firearms with a more modern design for those calibers too. I’m not a 1911 purist, I just am missing the point I guess.

    • One one hand, there are a lot of people who think that 9 mm has less recoil than .45 so they like the idea of a heavy pist ol with light recoil. On the other hand, there are people who think that the all steel 19 11 is a suitable platform for something a little more stout than .45. I would tend to think they’re right, up until they start spouting out their blather about the 10 mm being ‘almost a .41 magnum’ when in actuality it’s almost a .357 magnum. But I would buy one of these over a Coonan any day, even if the price was the same, since the 10 was designed for a semi-auto and the .357 is just too long to feed up the grrip.

  8. I think I was very clear on why I consider a less than 10 round magazine to be a waste of time when we discussed the Mozambique drill a while back. You have to count of an assailant taking multiple rounds to put down. My standard is 5. It’s why I do 5 shot failure drills.

    • It’s a common misconception that 1911 stands for the year it was released. The truth is, the first 1 is how many shots you need to take out the threat. 911 needs no explanation.

      • So… does your model come with mass reactive explosive ammo? Because unless your setting off micro-grenades inside your target, that’s the only way you’re going to get a one shot drop from a handgun reliably.

        • Pwrserge,

          A .40 caliber, 135 grain hollowpoint bullet striking an attacker at 1,600 fps (that is actual hot 10mm ballistics at close range) is probably going to create some grenade action in the attackers chest. I have to imagine that very few attackers are going to stay on their feet and keep fighting after taking two of those center mass. (Two such hits combine to almost 1,500 foot-pounds of energy — well into rifle territory.)

          Saying it another way, I would be pretty comfortable relying on 9 rounds of 10mm sporting those ballistics … especially knowing that I would have two spare magazines.

        • u_s, just don’t try those rounds on any ursine critters. That’ll just piss them off.

        • Governor Le Petomane,

          Yes, 135 grain bullets coming from .357 Magnum or 10mm are strictly for defending against human attackers. If defending against bears, shoot the heaviest hardcast bullet available … which seems to be 180 grain for .357 Magnum and 200 grain for 10mm.

  9. Ruger is dead to me. Oh wait, which companies are supposed to be dead to me again? I can’t keep these boycotts straight. I’m still confused after yesterday’s tourniquet article.

    • Sold my Glock 20. (Replaced it with a Delta Elite) The Glock is far to large for human size hands, and there is nothing one can do to make the Glock trigger even close to reasonable.

  10. I predict that Ruger has another winner. There isn’t much in the 10mm market outside the Glock 20 and the STI Perfect 10. The Glock 20 is very snappy, and the STI is pricey. I haven’t seen a Delta Elite in the wild, although I’d be happy to shoot one.

    • There’s more options the past few years actually. In 10mm 1911s, there’s also rock island and dan wesson. Sig makes the P220 in 10mm now (though at the moment only with an ugly finish). EAA makes CZ based 10mm in a decent variety of configurations. Glock came out with their longslide 10mm. I have a few 10mms, and it’s looking like the number of choices is expanding quickly.

    • Springfield is due to release 10mm in their XD line (conversions already exist) and in their 1911s soon.

      Kimber, Colt, Sig, Remington and Dan Wesson have 10mm 1911s

      There are 10mm CZ clones from EAA and Desert Eagle

      And if you’re on a (relative) budget, Armscor / Rock Island makes a few different models of 10mm, including a double-stack that I would love to own.

      By the way – Street price is $735 to $800 on the Rugers. They are already being listed on Gunbroker. I’m sure the price will drop over the next year or two. (Plus you’ll be able to find used ones by then!)

    • I should say a new, reasonably-priced 1911 10mm option that isn’t fragile, should be easy to find, and hasn’t sold out gun rights…recently. I’d get a funky camo Sig 220 10mm in a heartbeat but my enthusiasm for the XD in 10mm is non-existent. The Delta isn’t very strong in stock form and the Dan Wesson is pricey. The Glock 40 is cool, but is a pretty big gun. The Glock 20 is snappy.

      I’m not familiar with the other options but I’ll certainly check them out if I get a chance.

      Since I just got a Smith 627 PC, my next gun will likely by a Henry pump .22 LR. I’ve got the. 357 / 10mm class covered.

  11. I normally don’t do press checks. But if I owned this gun, I would be press checking it all day long and every time I see that horse pill in that chamber, a smile comes to my face and I would mutter “fuck yeah!”

  12. Ruger support is very good, the GF’s LC9s had the front sight loosen after a couple hundred rounds, sent it back they drilled and pinned it. The gun itself shoots better than I do and that trigger, buttah!

    • Just shoot 40 out of it. No barrel change required. You can do it with a Glock 20. I believe Jeremy confirmed it on ttag.

  13. I want it. But I want a 5 shot .41 magnum GP 100 more. If anybody from S,R&Co is listening.

    • They’ll get to that right after they make my 8 shot GP100 in .327, release a lever gun in the same, make a 10 round mag for the 77/357, make a compact version of the budget 9E, and release a better engineered version of KelTec’s PMR-30.

    • Governor Le Petomane,

      Here is a really interesting thought:

      As you know, Ruger makes a GP-100 in .44 Special right now with a 5-round cylinder. Because that cylinder only holds five rounds, the steel walls on that cylinder have to be relatively thick and hence STRONG. Add the fact that Ruger seriously over-engineers their GP-100s — they have the reputation of being built like tanks — and you can probably see where I am going here. I’ll bet you could load hot rounds in .44 Special cases that match .41 Magnum ballistics and shoot it all day long without a hitch in that GP-100.

      Of course Ruger only offers their GP-100 .44 Special with a three-inch barrel which may or may not be what you want. It is an interesting idea, isn’t it?

      • I think there was something about the forcing cone being too thin for a steady diet of magnum-ish loads. That might need to be addressed if they make a .41 magnum as well, but they’d be starting out with 0.19″ less bore. Probably prefer the 4.2″ barr el. Just barely small enough for carry.

  14. Ima definitely have to get one of these. Carried their sr1911 in .45 for a couple years. I absolutely love that pistol.

  15. A full-sized, stainless, 10mm 1911 for an MSRP of around a grand?

    Damn, I might just have to look into this new Ruger offering.

  16. Damn it, Ruger, first you release an aluminum framed 9mm 1911, then the GP100 in 44 special, and now this? I guess I’ll just have sell a few things and make some room in the safe.

  17. 1911s should never be chambered for anything other than .45 except for the rare exception of micro carry pistols.

  18. Comments seem to complain that this isn’t a great concealed carry gun. Well, yeah. It’s a hunting gun. Bushingless bull barrel, adjustable sights. I have a 10mm Witness that holds double the ammo for half the price and still isn’t a carry gun. Well, maybe if you live in the fictional Amazonian version of Chiraq?

    10mm is mostly considered bear defense and a range toy now. Functionally, it reminds me of .357 Magnum in every way but reloading speed, which is satisfying and enjoyable but fatiguing if used for prolonged periods. At least the real 10mm stuff, most of what you can buy is just overpriced .40 S&W, but the real thing can be found. I’d like to see a review of this gun, mainly to find out if the trigger is matched to the rest of the build, and if it’s as accurate as it seems it should be.

      • I’d forgotten all about Gun Blast. I stopped using that site as a resource when I figured out that Jeff whatisface thought every single gun he touched was a “dandy shooter” and a “tack driver” and a Dick Holler cobbler pie. Does he still do that?

        In fact, it was partly because of his review that I bought the Chiappa 1911-22, which is, in truth, a colossal hunk of shit and not a Moon Pie sodacoke, or whatever the hell he said.

        • Moon Pie sodacoke?!? Lol. Yeah, he still does that. I don’t know that he’s ever given a negative review, even of guns that are total pieces of shit. He gave the R51 a great review, and still talks about how dandy it is whenever it’s mentioned.

  19. This might just be a good time for Ruger to shut up and take my money.

  20. The “cast vs. forged” argument is an old one, and pretty much put to rest in guns. Cast frames are just fine. So are most cast receivers.

    If people think that a cast 1911 receiver is not up to the task, then answer me this:

    Why have so many IPSC competitors been doing so well with Caspian frames on their race guns for so many years?

    The SR1911 has a slide made of bar stock, and a barrel made of bar stock (what many call “billet”, but which is not “billet” material). I wouldn’t turn up my nose at a SR1911.

  21. Yeah ruger is on a roll I wanted a gp in 44 special but I will own this 1911 in 10mm in a few weeks no doubt


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