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RUGER 1911 PROS AND CONS

Discussion in 'Shooting Related Threads' started by Kolar 309 - 2, Aug 7, 2013.

  1. Kolar 309 - 2

    Kolar 309 - 2 Member

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    Please list some of the pros and cons of the Ruger 1911.Thank You . Charlie
     
  2. g7777777

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    Not as good as the reports say they are- particurally the trigger from the factory isnt as good nor is the action as smooth

    But it is a good value with the features anyway and you can gunsmith in the fine points

    Gene
     
  3. Calkidd

    Calkidd Well-Known Member

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    After about 300 rounds the front sight post broke off during a metal challenge. Apparently, I am not the only one this has happened to. After putting some rounds through it I found the trigger to get really gritty and the sear reset began to become sticky during my shoot. I went through and polished the trigger tang along with the sear reset. Other than that feels very nice and shoots similar to my brother's Kimber.
     
  4. shooter99

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    The trigger is not as good as my S&W E Series. Looks well made like most Rugers but the trigger sure is not the best.
     
  5. Mike L

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    I have about 400 rounds through mine without a single issue as for the trigger it is very smooth for a factory non tweeked trigger. My Kimber cdp is a better trigger but at twice the price if the ruger develops any issues ruger will reair on their dime.
    Mike
     
  6. rjstubbl

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    I would skip the ruger and buy an STI. I do a lot of action pistol shooting (USPSA) and STI's are by far the way to go. Most people offering advice on them shoot very little, 300-400 rounds thru the gun. I have an STI Edge with over 10K rounds thru it, an STI Trojan with about 2K thru it and a new escort on its way. Both have been extremely reliable. Being used for action pistol shooting also shows that they are pushed to the limit and they function flawlessly.
     
  7. ccw1911

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    The SR1911 is well, it's the Ruger of 1911's. Like all Rugers it's a good value if you can buy it at retail or less, for awhile dealers were charging a premium for them but I think production has caught up now. They have some features I like, the plunger tube is cast integral to the frame so you should never have the plunger tube come loose which happens fairly often on original type 1911s. The barrel and bushing are made from the same forgings which is superior to a cast bushing found on competitors in this price range. I also prefer the original internal style extractor over the external type on some other brands. The SR1911 relies on a titanium firing pin for drop safety so it is free of the 80 series parts that can hamper a good trigger pull. Ruger has always given me great customer service when I've sent in a gun for repair, many times free of charge even though it was the customers fault. The fact that it is made right here in the USA is another plus.

    I've seen front sights break on every brand, the Ruger's is probably cast which makes breakage more likely if not fitted perfectly. My understanding is that the frame is investment cast and the slide is forged. It has many MIM parts on the inside, which is not my preference, but they are successfully used in most all low to medium priced pistols. The trigger pull getting rough after the pistol gets dirty is not something I would hold against it, that's fairly common on many 1911's that are not finely polished internally. Hand work is expensive so you can't expect much of that in a lower priced pistol.

    I think the SR1911 will fill the needs of many people who are not looking for a heirloom quality or custom match grade pistol. If your budget will allow it you can move up to the Springfield Range Officer or one of the loaded models, I recommend these to people who are not looking for a full on custom pistol but want more performance than a lower priced 1911 will give.

    STI makes some excellent pistols, the Spartan is probably the best of the low priced 1911s coming out of the Philippines, the Trojan model is a much more refined pistol but is about $300 more expensive.
     
  8. mflora

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    Too hot to shoot clays here in Texas so last weekend I put 150 rounds each through my Les Baer and my STI Spartan. Both functioned flawlessly but I was reminded of how close the Spartan was in accuracy. I was not shooting off of a rest and am not a Master but at 15 yards both can bore a quarter size hole. Both are stock. Paid $1950 for one and $600 for the other. Drawing no conclusions other than both work real well.
    Mark
     
  9. kcbullets

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    Pro- its a 1911
    Con- its a Ruger
     
  10. Lawman214

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    I was an early adopter on the SR1911, and got one of the first ones to arrive in my area back in the spring of 2011. For $625.00, I thought I'd take a flyer, and have not been disappointed.

    Out of the box, the trigger broke at a crisp 4lb, 10oz, which is plenty good. No creep. The first seven rounds fired out of the pistol, off hand from 15 yards all went into point of aim into a ragged hole you could cover with a quarter. The fit and finish are very good...not perfect, but very good. Since then, I've put somewhere in the neighborhood of 2000 rounds thru this gun without a single malfunction...not one. This is with both factory ammo and handloads. Am I satisfied with it...yeah, I suppose so.

    Now, is it up to the quality of an Ed Brown, or a Wilson, or a Baer, or a Nighthawk, etc? Of course not. It also does not cost north of $2500. Does Ruger use MIM parts on the internals? At this price point, or course they do. So does Kimber. And for those that want to bash investment cast frames, you should not be afraid. Ever heard of a little company called Caspian Arms? Many top competitive shooters use pistols built on Caspian frames. Wanna guess where Caspian gets their frames? They buy them from a company called Pine Tree Castings. Any idea who owns Pine Tree Castings? You guessed it...Ruger. Ruger has been in the investment casting business for 50 years, and they know a thing or two about that end of the business.

    For my money, it's a good value. The fact that it does not have the "Series 80" or Schwarz safety is also a bonus. A little time spent with the polishing stones would only make it better. Plus, it's made in the USA. What's not to like?
     
  11. Jerry944t

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    read ccw1911's post carefully. He's an excellent and knowledgeable gunsmith.

    As a range officer at a large (4000) member club I get to handle and examine a large number of guns. I would take the Ruger over a Remington every time.

    If you enjoy paper punching The Springfield Range Officer is an excellent gun.
     
  12. C-Money

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    I am a big fan of the original Dan Wesson Pointman series.
     
  13. Sky Buster

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    I had a STI Spartan in 9mm. Very unreliable. Fail-to-feed
    and fail-to-eject were the most common malfunctions. I
    would stay away from 1911's made in the Philipines.
     
  14. SCTrapShot

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    I have one it is a great gun. It is not a match or custom gun so it is not going to shoot like one. However if you are looking for a very good value for a good basic 1911, I don't think you can beat it.
     
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