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Old 08-06-2017, 04:59 PM
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Ruge SR1911CMD (SS 4.25" 1911)

I was pleasantly surprised to put 1,100 rounds through this new gun without fail. I thought I was going to need to spend ~$2K+ to get a reliable 1911 as I'd needed to do in the past, but took a chance on this gun after a friend's recommendation.

1st range trip: Lubricated, then 300 rounds of Tula, then cleaned & lubed.
2nd range trip: 600 rounds of Tula, then cleaned and lubed.
3rd range trip: 100 rounds of Tula, 100 rounds of Speer "Gold Dot".

I've used the stock mags and my usual Tripp Research "Cobra" mags; McCormick mags with Tripp internals; and Wilson 47D mags, also with Tripp internals.

For carry, I'll use a Galco Kydex IWB holster with my preferred Kimber rubber grips, along with slotted grip screws, instead of the stock Allen screws. I've also put on some traction tape to the front strap, again, as I preferred.

If anything fails over the next few years, I'll try to return and update this thread.

FYI, even though I just bought this new, last week, I noticed it was made in 2013. It must have been sitting in the dealer's inventory for 4 years.
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Old 08-07-2017, 07:11 AM
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Thanks for posting that. I have had a 5" model for several years and it has been 100% reliable. My LGS has the commander model you have bought and I have been eyeing it. It is a beautiful gun.
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Old 08-07-2017, 09:37 AM
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I have a 2014 CMD. It was the 1st 1911 I purchased. Can't say anything bad about it. Awesome gun.
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Old 08-07-2017, 02:37 PM
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Purchased my Ruger 1911 Commander about a year ago and have not shot it that much, but the 300-400 rnds I have put through it have fired and ejected with no problems. I am a hardball fan, so I have not tried various hollow point/defensive ammo except for a couple of mags full. Again, no problems. I have always been a fan of the commander sized 1911's. Looked at a Ruger commander in 9mm this weekend but thought the price was too high. Glad you are having good luck with yours. I may look for a lightweight commander, but for now I am very happy with mine.
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Old 08-07-2017, 03:00 PM
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I have had my Commander for about 4 years and put thousands of rounds through it with very few issues. Most of the ammo has been hand loaded, but plenty of commercial as well. Shoots like a dream. The only issue I had was right after I bought it. The range master at my local range and I were talking about the guns we had with us (he was shooting too and had several of his with him). He asked to take a look at my Commander and did a few checks. He noticed that the barrel did not go into full lockup when it was in battery. The tail of the barrel had about 1/16th inch of vertical movement when you pushed on it with your thumb. Apparently this is something that you should look for when shopping 1911's. I was unaware. I contacted Ruger and they sent me an overnight label to ship the gun back to them. 2 days later, I had my gun back with a brand new barrel that locks up tighter than, well, you know what, and at no cost to me and without any questions. You don't get service like that from too many folks these days. I'll buy Rugers for the rest of my life.
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Old 08-07-2017, 03:03 PM
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Thanks for sharing the info on a beautiful pistol.

This might create another itch that needs scratching :-)
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Old 08-07-2017, 03:06 PM
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My SR1911CMD was the first commander-sized pistol. I like it so much that I later bought a Kimber Pro and a lightly-used Colt 1991A1 Commander. My only regret is that I did not shop around a bit and save $100 off the price asked by my LGS. Over 500 rounds, no complaints!
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Old 08-07-2017, 03:09 PM
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I purchased the Ruger 1911 CMD in 2015 and had some problems shooting steel cased Wolf ammo. It would shoot the first 5 or 6 rounds without problem but by the 6 or 7th, the slide would get stuck in out of battery. I had been shooting in Feb outdoors in NE Ohio, so needless to say it was cold. Previous months did not have problem shooting this ammo. Fortunately, Wolf is 100% guaranteed. I was able to have them reimburse me for the remaining rounds, over 400 or so. Now shooting brass cased anytime of the year without any problems.
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Old 08-07-2017, 03:12 PM
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My sentiments exactly. I bought this and couldn't believe how good it has been.
It is as good if not better than my other 1911's I spent more $$$ for. My boys liked it so much they have bought one too.
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Old 08-07-2017, 03:28 PM
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My SR1911 Commander has been flawless through a few hundred rounds of mixed ammo (i.e. hardball and defense-style JHPs), and it is wonderfully accurate. Like it so much that, when I saw an online auction for a full-size SR1911 in the Night Watchman special edition that had received no love at all from bidders, I put in the minimum and ended up pretty much stealing the pistol. Both of them are really nice and very tight. They are for more accurate than I can make them with my old eyes. Congrats to the OP. Hope yours continues to serve you well!
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Old 08-07-2017, 04:00 PM
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Exclamation . . . Or . . .

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"... I'll buy Rugers for the rest of my life."
. . . OR . . . until they give you a reason NOT to do so !!!. . . ... ... ...
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Old 08-07-2017, 04:38 PM
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Were anyone who enjoys the fine qualities of the Ruger 1911 as much as I do, particularly the Commander sized specimen....where the hell was I......oh yeah, to get a wild hair some day, send it to Gary Reeder for the 1* conversion. Then buy a second one so you'll have two. The 1* on a Ruger Commander is incredible and does not break the bank once is all said and done, and you've not only got a unique weapon that is virtually flawless, you've got an extraordinary fighting 1911 that you can count on.
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Old 08-07-2017, 05:10 PM
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Well, those are all good reports, but not quite the experience I've had. It is reliable with Ruger, Kimber, Kimber's Kimpro, and Wilson mags, but I had spotty reliability with Mc Cormick mags. Within those parameters, I like it. 1,072 rounds thru it. Mostly cast, Lee's 200 gr. RNFP and 452374 230 gr. Not as accurate as my Target II, but for me the Commander platform points more quickly than a 5".
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Old 08-07-2017, 05:27 PM
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I just noticed my misspelling in the title. "Ruge" should be "Ruger". It's too late to edit.
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Old 08-08-2017, 07:29 AM
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Here's my Ruger. Love this gun. Also own a Kimber Pro Carry II.
I prefer this Ruger. Commander of course.
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Old 08-08-2017, 11:23 AM
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I just noticed my misspelling in the title. "Ruge" should be "Ruger". It's too late to edit.
I'm sure that most did just like I did...mentally filled in the missing "r" without realizing it.
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Old 08-08-2017, 06:38 PM
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I have a few. They are amazing for the money.



Now I bought the SR1911-CMD in Jan 2013 and the SR1911-CMD-NW in 2014 and the SR1911-CMD-LW in 2015.
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Old 08-09-2017, 07:09 AM
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Nice, and nice, and nice. Now I want another.................
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Old 08-09-2017, 12:03 PM
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I have had great luck with my commander, 5000 rounds and still going strong. I was so impressed with the customer service, and the quality control, and most importantly the accuracy, that I am looking for the new 5 inch in 10mm,in the stainless finish. Enjoy yours, keep it clean and lubed it should last you a life time!
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Old 08-09-2017, 02:56 PM
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My first 1911 was a 5 inch Ruger Sr1911.
It's an excellent 1911 in my opinion, ended up trading it for a Sig P228 though.
Plan on getting another one in the future as well as the lightweight 45acp CMD, lightweight 9mm CMD, and possibly the 10mm Sr1911.

Hoping that Ruger comes out with a CCO sized 45acp or 9mm or even a longslide and possibly a 38Super.

Enjoy your CMD!
I find the Rugers to be my favorite "Modernized" 1911.
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Old 08-11-2017, 09:15 PM
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UPDATE 8/11/17.
Front sight blade broke off while shooting 100 rounds today; total round-count was just under 1200 rounds; gun was 9 days old; on its 4th range trip.

The slide is already on its way back to Prescott, AZ for warranty repair.
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Old 08-11-2017, 09:55 PM
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I get this feeling they will fix it asap, and get it back to you. I have a lot of respect for Ruger. Solid guns, fair price, and they fix anything that is broken. That says a lot.
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Old 08-17-2017, 06:12 PM
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UPDATE 8/11/17.
Front sight blade broke off while shooting 100 rounds today; total round-count was just under 1200 rounds; gun was 9 days old; on its 4th range trip.

The slide is already on its way back to Prescott, AZ for warranty repair.
Welcome to the club. My sights sheared off twice by the time I got to 1200rds.

The good news is that Ruger finally started using an improved sight a couple of years ago so the replacement should be more durable.
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Old 08-17-2017, 09:37 PM
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Welcome to the club. My sights sheared off twice by the time I got to 1200rds.

The good news is that Ruger finally started using an improved sight a couple of years ago so the replacement should be more durable.
Thanks for that news. I'm looking forward to that slide coming back to me someday (soon).
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Old 08-19-2017, 09:22 AM
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I would expect it to be returned quickly. The one pistol I sent back to Ruger was back within a week. Ruger service usually takes good care of their customers.

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