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Old 05-11-2011, 10:22 PM
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Neat Things About The Ruger 1911




Recoil spring plug can be removed from the rear.



Extended-length mag release.



Integral plunger tube.



"Bowtie" and bevel on vertical impact surface.



Grip safety is cut for removal without first removing the mainspring housing.



Sear feet are relieved to ensure adequate trigger pretravel.



Neat relief cut on the hammer spur.



Barrel is machined to provide clearance where it interfaces with the frame's barrel bed.



Slide bottom is beveled.



Edges of sight are beveled.




It's obvious that Ruger seems to be paying a lot of attention to details when building these guns, which bodes well for their reliability. I haven't shot this one yet, but I'm looking forward to putting it in the Ransom rest to see what's what.
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Old 05-11-2011, 11:42 PM
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That looks like a very nice gun for the price range and Ilike some of those details.
My wife was looking for something to get into shooting maybe I can talk her into buying one so I can try it out.
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Old 05-11-2011, 11:44 PM
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Looks good. I think this Ruger is going to be a huge seller.

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Old 05-11-2011, 11:49 PM
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I think this may actually be my first 1911....was looking at the Range officer too but i think ill be getting the sr1911.
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Old 05-12-2011, 08:37 AM
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Superb photos. Thanks for sharing them.

I had the opportunity to hold and inspect one yesterday afternoon and was VERY impressed. The trigger felt very light and very crisp for a "right-out-of-the-box" example. It's on my to buy list for sure.

I'll be looking forward to your impressions of it after your trip to the range.
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Old 05-12-2011, 04:06 PM
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That's some superb finish there. The last time I saw finish like that was H&K USP stainless... SR1911 suddenly leap to the top for my next gun...
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Old 05-12-2011, 04:16 PM
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really impressive looks considering the pricetag, a Ruger surely would be a good base for a 1911-build
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Old 05-12-2011, 04:19 PM
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Thanks for the report and photos. Makes me want to get one before Ruger goes "cheap" on them.
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Old 05-12-2011, 06:10 PM
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That's some superb finish there. The last time I saw finish like that was H&K USP stainless... SR1911 suddenly leap to the top for my next gun...
The interior surfaces weren't free of toolmarks, but I've seen worse. They were mostly smoothed out where they needed to be.
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Old 05-12-2011, 06:43 PM
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I think this may actually be my first 1911....was looking at the Range officer too but i think ill be getting the sr1911.
I own both and the Ruger shoots better IMO.
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Old 05-12-2011, 08:18 PM
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It'll be interesting to see what models and options Ruger offers in it's 1911, and whether they have some sort of "Custom Shop" to build one to spec. I like the basic model, and if I could add frontstrap checkering and either a Melonite or DLC finish at the factory level, that would be even better.
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Old 05-12-2011, 08:39 PM
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Pretty nice, looks like Ruger is going to need its own subforum down here.
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Old 05-12-2011, 08:41 PM
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Very interesting post Ken.
I was not aware of the features you described, thanks.
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Old 05-12-2011, 08:56 PM
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Nice photos and good attention to Ruger's detailing. It's there for those who care. I was going to get an R1 till the SR1911 came along.

I picked mine up last night at a LGS -- $645. I thought that a fair price. I've got it all cleaned, lubed, and the feed ramp polished. I loaded a couple hundred rounds of 230 gr hard-cast today. I'll be off to the range tomorrow. I expect good things.

FWIW, even though I'm 68 years old and already have a ton of guns, I'm as excited as a kid with a new puppy.
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Old 05-12-2011, 10:12 PM
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Nice photos and good attention to Ruger's detailing. It's there for those who care. I was going to get an R1 till the SR1911 came along.
Yep, I just wanted to take a few photos of subtle things that struck me as I was taking it apart... things that the typical Youtube review wouldn't get into.
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Old 05-12-2011, 11:00 PM
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I own both and the Ruger shoots better IMO.
good to know I am putting away $50 a pay till i can get mine best part is it will match my stainless mini 14
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Old 05-12-2011, 11:17 PM
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Excellent contribution

What a great post! Fantastic pics with great information.
More pistols and brands need this attention. I wish you'd go forum to forum doing the same for Kimbers, Springfields, Sigs, ETC. ETC.
Thank you very much. Well done. +100%
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Old 05-13-2011, 08:53 AM
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What a great post! Fantastic pics with great information.
More pistols and brands need this attention. I wish you'd go forum to forum doing the same for Kimbers, Springfields, Sigs, ETC. ETC.
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Old 05-13-2011, 02:23 PM
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Excellent post and some excellent pictures.
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Old 05-13-2011, 06:06 PM
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Thanks for the headup on the nice things and good pics too !!
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Old 05-13-2011, 07:08 PM
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It's funny that Ruger's MIM sear has more attention to detail than guns costing twice as much. I think this gun will sell like crazy and Ruger would be stupid to not ramp up some more models.

I hope I can play with one soon. I probably wouldn't buy one but I would like to shoot a few hundred rounds through it. From the looks of this gun provided by the pics, I would have no problem recommending this gun to anyone.
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Old 05-14-2011, 07:48 AM
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Ken, thanks for the detailed post!
This is the best info I've seen about this pistol on the 3 different gun forums I check out.

I have mixed thoughts about the integral plunger tube, first thought is "man that is really heavy-duty" but the next thought is "what do I have to do if it gets damaged?, get the old one machined-off and new holes drilled for a stake on type?"... sounds expensive.
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Old 05-14-2011, 07:54 AM
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Great pictures, thanks for posting. I look forward to the ransom rest and shooting review as well
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Old 05-14-2011, 08:51 AM
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"what do I have to do if it gets damaged?, get the old one machined-off and new holes drilled for a stake on type?"... sounds expensive.
Plunger tube damage has to be rather rare, you would have to drop the pistol just right or crush it somehow. Anyway, I would bet that Ruger would fix one FOC.
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Old 05-14-2011, 09:59 AM
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Thanks for the great post and pics. I was impressed by the details that Ruger has looked after. I placed my order for one this morning
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