To have another Gun Maker coming out with a 1911, isn’t surprising. But for Ruger to jump into this crowded pool actually makes sense. Much like S&W before they entered the game, Ruger has been making 1911 parts for a long time.
The “SR”1911… because Ruger can’t say 1911… actually looks pretty good. I like the fact that the slide is Forged, even if the frame is cast. Ruger’s casting is the best in the industry. I’ll give them points for not putting on forward slide serrations. I’ll even go so far as to give them props for not making the slide a huge freaking billboard. The simple Double Diamond checkered grips also look good, with a simple Colt style medallion inset into the wood. As much as I’ve been hating on Ruger… I have to give them a nod here. Well done, Ruger. Well done.
Now if you would just change your Distributor Only business model so dealers could actually make a buck stocking your guns – yeah… that would be great. Because as it is now, I hope I don’t have to sell one, because I’d make more money selling anything else. Ruger and Glock… there’s no money in selling the things. So am just not excited about these things.
Had some emails asking about how this gun has held up. Well, I’ve not shot it much lately primarily because I’ve been off my feet letting my knee mend. But before me knee issue, I’ve put a number of rounds through it. It has about 350 rounds fired of mixed ammunition. PMC, CCI, Speer, Cor-bon, and Remington UMC. I did have one hiccup in the first round of firings, a failure to feed. That was with some Remington UMC ammo…. which any time I do have a failure in any gun – it’s usually Remington UMC ammo that has the hiccup. I really don’t like that ammo.
I put in a heavier recoil spring. Reason being, it felt like it was under sprung. Just a couple pounds more…. feels just right now. Since then, I’ve not had a single failure of any sort. Then again, I’ve not fired any more Remington ammo through it.
Ejection remains very consistent. Accuracy, while yet to be put on paper, has been Minute of Water Bottle. My impression is that it’s very accurate. However I still need to paper this gun along with a couple others. (My Springfield GI and the Sterling) When I am more “On my feet” I’ll do that. Until then I’m only speculating on the accuracy.
The gun shoots better than other 1911′s that cost much more. Cosmetically, the gun remains unchanged so far… as far as Finish goes. It’s only sporting the swapped grips I mentioned in another post. I’ve yet to have the finish altered in any way. So other than a spring and some wood, this ATI remains stock.
I do want some more appropriate grips for it. The very nice reddish wood grips don’t quite look right. They are too nice. And I need an appropriate holster. Simple brown leather.
I remain well pleased with this little Commander.