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Ruger SR1911 Review: The Best Old-School 1911 .45 ACP Gun on the Market?

Ruger SR1911
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“Two world wars!” they exclaim as I say I just don’t want to carry a heavy gun with only 7 rounds. I like 1911s, don’t get me wrong. I just don’t think they’re particularly perfect for concealed carry. Especially with other .45 ACP pistols with better magazine capacity.

With that being said, I’m always down to shoot a 1911 and too many colleagues have mentioned to me that Ruger makes a 1911, so you just know I had to take a look. Read on to find out if the Ruger SR1911 is outstanding or a flop.

This SR1911 looks like…a 1911. You won’t find any features missing here, nor will you find any new ones. You still get the same style of slide release, thumb safety, grip safety, external hammer, and trigger. This pistol is 1911 to the T. This platform has always been attractive and the SR1911 doesn’t change anything up too much, so they get a pass from me.

What’s fantastic is the trigger. I haven’t ever really shot 1911 that didn’t have a crisp trigger. Ruger upholds this with panache. 1911 triggers smack striker-fired triggers all over the place. I couldn’t have asked for a better trigger. What’s more, is that these clean trigger pull allow for some solid accuracy.

The accuracy of this pistol is top-notch. I actually found that I was outshooting myself compared to when I shoot my Glocks. Pinpoint groups at sub-15 yard distances weren’t uncommon and tight groups were frequent and easily attainable. I say the smooth shooting and accuracy are my favorite aspects of the Ruger SR1911. Practicality is a completely different story, especially for concealed carry.

The reliability is also noteworthy. I experienced no malfunctions over about 500 rounds of various brands of ammo. Some people have pickier pistols, but mine didn’t have any such problems. I was primarily pushing through super cheap ammunition too.

I will not carry 1911s, at least full-size ones, period. They are too large, too heavy, and too lacking in the capacity for me to really consider it. Those are the only reasons. The SR1911 is just too big for concealed carry. It prints like crazy especially here in the South where it really only gets cold enough to wear big jackets in the dead of winter. The SR1911 is not sitting comfortably in shorts and a t-shirt.

I like to bully 1911s, but at heart, I really do enjoy them. Their design is clean and classic, but it’s just not a practical pick for me and the prices make my wallet cower in fear. They’re just not for me. The Ruger SR1911 doesn’t change any of that, but it sure is fun to shoot and it won’t take up a fat percentage of your paycheck. The smooth action and accuracy make this a blast to take to the range. It doesn’t reinvent the wheel, it’s just another version of the wheel.

Richard Douglas writes on firearms, defense, and security issues. He is the founder and editor of Scopes Field, and a columnist at The National Interest, 1945, Daily Caller, and other publications.

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Richard Douglas is a long-time shooter, outdoor enthusiast, and technologist. He is the founder and editor of Scopes Field, and a columnist at The National Interest, Cheaper Than Dirt, Daily Caller, and other publications.



  1. Mel He

    November 23, 2021 at 7:48 am

    You fall into a category of many…but, for 30 years, my personal sidearm WAS a full size, military issue,, Vietnam Era (made in 1964) full size Colt 1911A1.
    I did make some custom changes for my own preference…such as installation of 3-dot sights, thicker rubber, finger grooved grips, reduced trigger resistance, 8rd magazines, etc.
    This firearm saved my life and the lives of others on 3 separate occasions in the 30 span of my career.
    The majority of the time it was carried in a custom made shoulder harness as my daily mode of dress was a suit…I was an Investigator during the 30 years!

    Today, my daily carry is still the 1911 frame…in a 3.5″ Kimber Custome Ultra 8+1, CDP. It rides in a “quick draw” hi-ride hip holster…And I am very “deadly” with this set up if I do say so my self.

    I too live in a very warm climate of Central Florida and usually wear an oversize Columbia Outdoorsman button up shirt that easily covers the CCW set up with no printing.
    In colder months where a jacket is required, I switch to my “Twins”. 2 TISAS 1911 Stainless Carry 1911’s in 4.25″, both with 8+1 and in a dual shoulder harness. After much practice, I have became fairly proficient in the double cross draw this set-up requires.
    Do NOT underestimate the Turkish made TISAS…as I own several versions of them… they are millspeced to exact Colt 1911 specs, are extremely quality made and are half the price of the American made quality of Colt, Springfield or Ruger 1911’s!

    I own several makers of 1911’s and DO own this Ruger 1911SR in your article….but they are all currently “display” firearms, locked tightly away in sealed wood and glass wall display shadow boxes…throughout the walls of my Home!

  2. Mark

    November 23, 2021 at 7:07 pm

    I owned an SR1911 and hated that 3 piece recoil spring. Rather than using a one piece cartridge recoil spring like you find in a Kimber, I consider that 3 piece recoil spring a cost cutting cheat. After popping myself in the face 3 or 4 times stripping and reassembling, I sold it in favor of a Kimber.

  3. Joe

    November 23, 2021 at 10:24 pm

    I had a different experience with my SR1911. It would not reliably feed from 8 and 10 round mags. It was fine with 7 round mags. Sent it back to Ruger 3 times. They finally seemed to get it right on the 3rd try. I have to say, they were great about sending it in for service – top marks for customer service. But anyway, I never fully trusted it and ended up selling it.

  4. Burton 1911

    November 24, 2021 at 6:53 am

    I would be nice to hear from someone that actually has shot various guns rather than an arm chair experienced boy.. trigger pull blows away every plastic double action on the market, hands down. For all critical situations first and follow up shots need to land on a flies ass. 1911 triggers help with that every time. All reliability is tops.

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