Ruger’s SR1911, 9mm
Ruger’s SR1911, 9mm by Pat Cascio – Survival Blog
Even when I was younger I was pretty much “old school” in many things. Maybe it came from being raised by my grandparents and all their friends. It’s just one of those mysteries in life that I can’t explain. I still love to listen to “oldies” music on the radio. When I first started listening to “oldies” it wasn’t old; it was the music of the 1960s that I fell in love with. And, to this day, my favorite song is “Will You Be Staying After Sunday” by Peppermint Rainbow. Over the past several years, I have gotten to know several of the group’s members, and they are all super-nice people. Bonnie Lamdin-Phipps, her sister, “Peppermint” Patty Lamdin-Brown, and Doug Lewis are on my bucket list as people I want to get to meet in-person some day.
For many, many years, I was old school in that I believed with all my heart that the grand ol’ 1911 handgun was always meant to be chambered in one caliber– the .45 ACP, and I don’t think many will dispute the fight-ending effects of the .45 ACP round. Some years ago, I guess you can say I saw the light, or the error to my way of thinking. My first major shift in the 1911 was to a 10mm, and it was really a hot-stepping round. Then we have the 1911 in .38 Super, .40 S&W, 9mm, and many other calibers. The light bulb over my head started to glow a little bit. If many of those rounds were great for self defense in other handguns, then why not use them in a 1911? Hmm, so an old dog can learn new tricks.
The nice folks atRuger sent me their SR1911 “Commander” sized 1911 in 9mm, but I still wasn’t totally on-board with the gun. There are many other handguns that shoot the 9mm that are smaller, much smaller and more compact and light weight. So, why bother with a 1911, even if it is the smaller “Commander” sized gun in 9mm? I had to put it all to the test.
A quick look at the SR1911 “Commander” in 1911 is in order. Of course, it has the shorter 4.25-inch barrel, as opposed to a full-sized 1911 with a 5-inch barrel, so that’s a plus in my book. I’ve always thought, at least for me, that a Commander-sized 1911 handles faster for me than a full-sized gun. This gun is a light-weight model; with the aluminum frame, it weighs in at 29.3 oz and comes with hard rubber, checkered grips. The slide is brushed stainless steel. We have the outstanding Novak three dot drift adjustable, combat sights, which I personally believe to be the best in the world. (Way to go, Wayne!)
I always expect the best when it comes to Ruger firearms– all of them, so I carefully examine any and all of their guns that come into my hands. The frame and slide are precision CNC machined for a great slide to frame fight, and my sample had no rattle when I shook it. The stainless steel barrel and the stainless steel bushing are machined (from the same machine) from the same bar stock for an outstanding fit. The barrel locks up tight when the gun is in battery; again, there’s no rattle! BTW, the Ruger SR1911 line-up is based on the Colt series 70. It has no funky series 80 safety to contend with. The back strap on the frame is checkered for a firm grip; the front strap is left plain, and I take care of that easily with some skate board friction tape, which is a very inexpensive fix if you find the front strap on a 1911 too slick.
The trigger is a light-weight match, skeletonized version and had an over travel adjustment. My sample came timed perfectly with no need to adjust that little screw at all. There was a little “hitch in the git along” on the trigger pull; however, this disappeared during my testing, and this is very common. There is a speed-style combat hammer, for faster lock-time, and we have an extended beaver-tail grip safety that was also timed perfectly. The thumb safety is only on the left side of the gun, and this is outstanding. I used to believe, from reading gun magazines, that every 1911 had to have an ambidextrous thumb safety. I’ve since figured out that I don’t need those. If a gun comes with one, that’s fine, but I prefer only a single-side thumb safety.