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The Making Of The Ruger SR1911 (Video)

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It is finally here and it is now official. Rumors have been roaming around for years that Ruger is making a 1911. These rumors started way back even before Ruger considered making one. Back in November 2009, the first discussions started among the engineers. Through extensive work and planning including 1000s of interviews through the “Voice of the Customer Program” the specification was put on paper and the project set in motion. Michael and I were down at Gunsite in December 2010 along with a handful of other representatives from the Outdoor Media and were introduced to the first production guns.

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Read Jeff Quinn’s Review on Gunblast.com
Ruger SR1911 Product Pages

45 Responses to The Making Of The Ruger SR1911 (Video)

  1. bruce watson

    April 18, 2011 at 1:48 pm

    WOW! Great review and great video. Leave it to you to get the information out first, thanks. What better way to celebrate 100 years then to add a Ruger 1911 totally American Built to my Colt Gunsite that I bought earlier in the year. Also makes me proud that I hold a few shares of Ruger stock! As one who started shooting the 1911 when Colt was the only place to buy a new one, my first cost 149.00. Anyway good job Michael and good job Ruger.

  2. chris

    April 18, 2011 at 3:14 pm

    so it’s not really any different than all the other 1911 on the market. just brand name is it.

  3. wally

    April 18, 2011 at 3:43 pm

    Ya Baby !

  4. Adam

    April 18, 2011 at 3:43 pm

    NICE! Like the video and detailed info. about the new 1911 from Ruger. I have been looking to purchase my first 1911 for some time now. I am 100% American and will always try to buy American when possible. Great job as always Michael on the video, I always enjoy your commentaries.

  5. Driften

    April 18, 2011 at 3:45 pm

    It looks like a great option! I think it would be on the top of my list if I was still in the market for a 1911.

  6. Michael Little

    April 18, 2011 at 3:46 pm

    I agree with Bruce, What a great Video. It was great to see how the guns are built and great to hear that this is not going to be Ruger’s only venture into the 1911 market. I can not wait to get my hands on one. Sure would like to see Ruger do an Alumimun Frame Commander style.

  7. Gunnar

    April 18, 2011 at 4:09 pm

    That’s not fair! That was so slick a video that now I just have to have a Ruger SR1911, gol darn’t!!!~

  8. Moses

    April 18, 2011 at 4:31 pm

    If they add front checkering then I’m in.

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  10. David H Daniels

    April 18, 2011 at 4:52 pm

    I want one! I want one! I want one! I want one! I want one! I want one! I want one!

    My order will be placed as soon as they are available here in MA

  11. Rob Leahy

    April 18, 2011 at 5:32 pm

    Sorry I missed you at Gunsite.
    Next time you get down this way please give me a call.
    All the Best,

  12. Stuart Fischer

    April 18, 2011 at 5:40 pm

    I probably won’t trade my Para Ordinance 1911, but I am dang sure going to add the Ruger SR1911 at some point in the near future, especially in a Commander size format.

  13. Mike Merry

    April 18, 2011 at 7:54 pm

    Great looking gun. Why is it not CA legal?

  14. dave

    April 18, 2011 at 9:06 pm

    must have….

  15. SteveGS

    April 18, 2011 at 9:28 pm

    I can’t wait to get my hands on one…it’s about time Ruger stepped up to the 1911 plate. How stiff is that action–wonder how many rounds for a good “break-in’ of the gun?

  16. Dan

    April 18, 2011 at 10:52 pm

    oh goodie, I’m guessing when a company can’t come up with an innovative idea on their own they must have a 1911 button on the side of their CNC machine, push the button out pops a popular gun. Good for you Ruger, last to the AR platform and last to the 1911 hmm I’m sure it will be toted as highly and the SR556 as well, and like the SR556 after I’m done shooting it, I’ll probably be thinking hmm whats the big deal. Sorry I don’t start drooling over ruger like many fanboys (michael)

  17. Jim Wright

    April 18, 2011 at 10:54 pm

    What idiot customer requested a loaded chamber indicator?

  18. John NC Mountains

    April 18, 2011 at 11:13 pm

    Gotta have one!

  19. ed malinas

    April 19, 2011 at 4:50 am

    I own 3 ruger pistols only one colt 1911. one colt 1911is all I need no better 1911 has ever been built

  20. Awtha

    April 19, 2011 at 8:13 am

    To tell you, the best thing it has going for it – is it’s NOT made in any of the main ANTI states!!! I realize the cost to move a companies infrastructure, however, for my pea brain i don’t know why any company from NY, NJ, Conn, Taxsachusetts, etc can stay there. . . . . .

  21. scott

    April 19, 2011 at 1:30 pm

    Appears to be a nice 1911,I custom build them and here in the past 5 years or so they all seem to be building decent quality 1911’s RIA,Taurus,CD,IAI,Para-Ord,Springfield,Ect…

  22. Dave

    April 19, 2011 at 5:00 pm

    It’s NOT an EAGLE —– it’s a PHOENIX !!! PLEASE…..

  23. Dale

    April 19, 2011 at 7:07 pm

    Alright ! Gotta have it … now the only decision is whether to jump on one of the originals or wait for it in .40 with front serrations, a full length guide rod and checkered front strap 😉

  24. Spinelessplague

    April 19, 2011 at 9:23 pm

    I ran across a website that is offering preorders on this firearm!!!


  25. 1911fan

    April 20, 2011 at 8:21 am

    I hope they did a lot of thinking about the feed ramps and magazines. The Nowlin ramped barrel would be a great way to update the design. The two stage ramping with all the varying magazines on the markets tends to cause a lot of FTF malfunctions. The ramped barrel approach would probably eliminate a lot of that problem if they get all the angles right and it would also provide more case support as opposed to the unsupported case area of the Browning design. Browning himself made that change in the 1935 Hi Power giving it a ramped barrel and I suspect he would like to have seen it done with the 1911 as well. It’s something you see on most modern barrel locking pistols other than 1911, so there must be a reason. Another area that could use updating is the extractor. The bend and try it until it works extractor design is a bit lacking in this day and age. The spring tensioned pivoting extractor (again from Browning on the later 1935 Hi Power) would be a much more positive, foolproof extractor design as it is used in virtually all modern designs now. I wished Ruger would have talked to me, I have built more 1911s than I can remember and have worked with all the issues that cause problems as hinted at above. I sure would like to try one but I have more 1911s than I need already, so it will have to wait.

  26. David Wilson

    April 20, 2011 at 4:20 pm

    Looks like Ruger done it up right. Just what we needed in the 1911 arena, an American made pistol at an affordable price. Can’t wait to handle one.

  27. Steven C. Johnson

    April 21, 2011 at 6:35 am

    I own a couple of 1911s…one is a SA full-size and the other is a Colt Commander, both in .45ACP.
    I have been thinking about adding some more 1911s to my collection.
    I am impressed with this new 1911 from Ruger. At the price point of $799MSRP, which will be considerably less(maybe $650 or so) at retail, it looks like a winner.
    It looks like there is Ruger 1911 in my future. I already own about a dozen or so Ruger revolvers and am well pleased with each of them.
    I see no reason why quality or fit/function should be an issue with the new 1911 and I expect that after a reasonable break-in of, say, 500 rounds to ensure reliability, it would be a viable carry alternative to my aforementioned 1911s.
    I do look forward to what the future iterations of Ruger’s 1911 might be…I would like to see a blued version in .38Super and adjustable sight versions produced.


    April 21, 2011 at 12:32 pm

    so it’s not really any different than all the other 1911 on the market. just brand name is it.–chris

    False. It has an integral plunger tube, which rectifies what may be the 1911’s only weak point.

    Barrel and bushing are both cut from the same bar stock. The link pin is “fixed” to the barrel link.

    The new Ruger may also boast other unique features of which I am unaware.

    True, it has no front strap checkering but this is cheaply remedied with skateboard tape. If you must have cut checkering instead, 1911 gunsmiths who offer such a service abound. The stainless frame needs no refinishing afterward.

    This is arguably the best combat handgun Ruger has ever offered and it outclasses all its competitors at this price point. Colt cannot possibly hope to compete against it.

  29. sshooter1911

    April 22, 2011 at 1:44 pm

    I’ll put any 1 of my 5 kimber 1911 up againt’s this ruger 1911

  30. usmc1974

    April 23, 2011 at 11:07 am


  31. usmc1974

    April 23, 2011 at 11:08 am

    “Looks like Ruger done it up right” No,John Browning did it right.

  32. Nick

    April 26, 2011 at 9:35 pm

    I Recently bought the sr40, and its awsome! I cant stop looking at it. To me it was like looking at a hot babe in a swim suit. This 1911 is a world class babe naked in my bed spread eagle! I cant wait to buy this all American babe and take her home.

  33. waltincranston

    April 28, 2011 at 6:14 pm

    Got mine on order, can’t wait to send a bunch of lead downrange.

  34. Dennis

    May 4, 2011 at 9:33 am

    I love it. It is not just another 1911. Look at the extras.

  35. ductileiron98

    May 5, 2011 at 11:58 am

    Praise to the positive comments ! To the negitive one’s, get on some happy pills . Geez.. Graet work Ruger !

  36. ductileiron98

    May 5, 2011 at 12:09 pm

    Oops, Great.!

  37. WOP2

    May 6, 2011 at 7:17 am

    Had a chance to fondle and drool over one at the NRA convention on Saturday. Put money on one on Tuesday at my favorite gun shop. Really looking forward to getting the gun around the end of May. I’m number 3 in line. I’m predicting heavy sales on this. I’ve got Colt’s, Springfield’s, and Kimber’s offerings, and I’m really looking forward to one more 1911. A guy can’t get too many 1911’s.

  38. Lawnmower

    May 6, 2011 at 5:37 pm

    Why am I buying it?
    It’s a 1911, 45 ACP, a Ruger, and it’s all American made!

  39. Jimmy Golden Jr.

    June 7, 2011 at 12:52 pm

    I fell in love with my stainless kp89 with hogue grips ten years ago. First pistol i bought at 22 yrs old. Just got to hold the new SR1911 and i’ve never been more impressed with a firearm. Revolutionary design with unmatched quality, craftmanship, and durability. Welcome to the first and only .45 ACP 1911 I’ll EVER own… Thanks Ruger this is great, can’t wait to break her in…

  40. Tim Boose (The Rev)

    June 8, 2011 at 11:53 am

    I have over half a century of using Mr. Brownings inventions, both professionally and for recreation. I also have almost as many years playing with Ruger products. With Ruger putting the two together, I know we will have a win, win situation. Cant wait to get my SR 1911.

  41. Hammerdog

    December 30, 2011 at 8:58 pm

    Ruger got everything right in this design. A great design in the first place, and well built, reliable, and built to last. What more can you ask for in a 1911? I love mine. 🙂

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  43. Ray

    February 19, 2012 at 8:21 am

    I bought one and love it. It is everything it is said to be. Great video

  44. Bill VanEpps

    February 24, 2012 at 6:42 pm

    I will be trading my Para Wart Hog in and replacing it with the new SR1911.

    This will be a welcome addition to an already well stocked gun safe with several from the Ruger Brand.

    American made by Sturm Ruger is all I need to know.

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