Sturm, Ruger and Company has added a new SR1911 to its catalog, an attractive two-tone Commander-sized Series 70 pistol with a lightweight alloy frame for concealed-carry.
The pistol is based on the successful 1911 design and sports the same stainless steel slide and barrel as Ruger’s other 1911s but with a matte black hard-anodized frame to reduce the gun’s overall weight.
Each frame is CNC machined and built with a polished titanium feed ramp for extreme longevity and the barrel and bushing are machined from bar stock — Ruger wants its alloy-framed pistol to last generations.
The frame material makes a big difference in weight, cutting just over 7 ounces off the unloaded weight of the pistol compared to the steel-framed Commander-sized SR1911, bringing the final dry weight down to 29.3 ounces.
That’s light enough to carry comfortably while still providing enough mass to shoot comfortably. It is a 1911, after all, chambered for the venerable .45 ACP cartridge. The pistol has a standard Commander 7+1-round capacity and 4.25-inch barrel.
The new lightweight SR1911 sports all of the features people have come to expect on a modern 1911 and then some, including a skeletonized alloy trigger and competition hammer. The trigger has an adjustable overtravel stop and the slide uses a lightweight titanium inertia firing pin that makes it drop-safe. It also has an extended manual thumb safety and checkered slide stop lever.
The ejection port is lowered and flared for increased reliability and features a chamber port to let the user visually confirm whether or not the pistol is loaded. Riding the top of the slide are a set of high-visibility Novak 3-dot sights.
Ruger selected a flat mainspring housing for the gun and the frame and mainspring housing are grooved and checkered for a solid grip.
The pistol has a high beavertail grip safety with an oversized memory button to encourage a high grip and an extended magazine release for ease of use. Because this model is destined for concealed-carry Ruger selected thin grips that bring the overall width of the gun down to 1.34 inches wide.
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