It is no secret Ruger makes a fine 1911, the SR 1911, and it was with great excitement my test sample came a couple of days after the 10mm Auto model was announced. Honestly, I have plenty of time with Ruger revolvers but my time with their 1911 style pistols is somewhat limited. I was looking forward to getting to know this pistol on a very personal level.
Traditional style double diamond stocks, but these are made of rubber. The pistol looks to be a matte stainless and is quite attractive.
The aluminum trigger is adjustable for over travel and broke clean just over 5 pounds with little take up and some over travel. A generous beavertail grip safety with palm swell to ensure disengagement.
The rear sight is adjustable for windage and elevation. The face of the rear blade is serrated to eliminate glare. A skeletonized speed hammer and titanium firing pin help cut down on lock time. The thumb safety is extended for easy of use and the plunger tube is incorporated into the receiver
Front sight dovetailed into the slide, but is plain black. I would like to see some color on at least the front sight to contrast on the rear sight.
This pistol incorporates a bull barrel, reverse recoil spring plug and full length guide rod. I understand the bull barrel as they require less fitment to maximize accuracy but the recoil plug and full length guide rod require the included tool to field strip. That system does get a bit more weight at the muzzle to help with muzzle flip.
The ejection port is lowered and flared, while the barrel is ramped.
Detail stripping the pistol shows no observable wear, which leads me to believe the pistol is built and fit correctly. This pistol does not incorporate a firing pin safety but is drop safe with a titanium firing pin and heavy firing pin spring. The checkered mainspring housing is all steel. The barrel is black nitride coated to protect against wear and the elements.
3 shot group fired from a rest at 25 yards
After about 400 rounds downrange by myself and several of my friends it is for sure the new Ruger SR1911 in 10mm Auto is reliable, as we had zero problems with all ammunition from mild range ammo to the warm defensive rounds. I am thankful the 10mm Automatic is making a comeback and I believe Ruger building this pistol in my favorite handgun caliber will only serve to further the rounds popularity. In my opinion the 1911 style pistol is an ideal carry/defensive handgun and the big 10 fits right into that category. The 10mm will do everything the .357 Magnum will do but will do it better, with a wider selection of bullet styles and ammunition choices. I would see this Ruger serving very well as a carry gun for the trail or sidewalk, with ammunition selection being the deciding factor on which role you need your pistol to serve that day. Groups averaged between 1 1/2″ to 2″ from 25 yards shot from a rest, depending on ammunition. Truthfully that is about as good as I can personally shoot so I am satisfied the 10mm SR1911 is plenty accurate for what it was designed for. All in all I am happy with the pistol and just a few things I would have done differently, but none were deal breakers. I believe Ruger has done well getting into the 1911 market and for sure by building one in 10mm Auto.
- Capacity: 8+1
- Slide Material: Stainless Steel
- Barrel Length: 5″
- Receiver: Matt Stainless
- Stocks: Black Rubberized
- Model Type: Target
- Slide Finish: Matt Stainless
- Width: 1.34″
- Sights: Bomar-Style Adjustable
- Weight: 40.4 oz.
- Overall Length: 8.67″
- Height: 5.45″
- Grooves” 6
- Twist: 1:16″ RH
- CA Approved: No
- MA Approved: No
- Suggested Retail: $1019.00