The lack of a unique selling point for Ruger’s new old 1911 is leaving many a gun guru at a loss for words. “It’s a 1911” and “it works” seems to be the consensus. That said, Wild Bill has a failure to feed problem at 11:00, which he ascribes to a telescoped Federal round. I wonder how the SR1911 likes hollow points. (Side notes: using the slide stop as a slide release is not recommended practice for self-defense. Drives me friggin’ nuts. As for Hickok’s left thumb over the right grip, when I can shoot that well, I’ll complain.)
- Despite its detractors, the 1911 continues to solider on in the shooting world. Millions have been made in recent years and looking at the introduction of various models and new chamberings, its not likely the platform is going away.
- The primary changes between the two are often difficult to spot. The base 1911 was changed only slightly. The trigger was shortened, finger reliefs were added by the trigger, an enlarged mainspring housing, and a slightly extended grip safety were the most obvious.
- While shooting, the differences are almost unnoticeable, especially for someone with large bear paws like Hickok. However, those with smaller hands appreciate the changes, especially the shorter trigger.
“Its single stage trigger is almost impossible to beat in a handgun and now available with double-stack magazines, the platform is synonymous with professional shooters.”