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Ruger SR911 or Remington R1? What do you hate and like about them?

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by Josh45, Nov 9, 2012.

  1. WoodchuckAssassin

    WoodchuckAssassin Active Member

    Apr 5, 2012
    Lynchburg, VA
    You can’t go wrong with a 1911. I personally prefer all American Made guns, but Rock Island Armory (and all their importers) also make a fine product.

    All that said – go with the Ruger. Why? I’m glad you asked!
    - GREAT costumer service
    - It is a VERY tight-fitted gun
    - The Ruger comes with 2 magazines – one of which is 8-rounds, not something many companies do
    - It’s all stainless steel (something I prefer, but you may not)

    The R1 most likely shares many of these qualities, but my experience has solely been with the SR1911. 1000 rounds in, I can’t imagine choosing anything over it. Happy Hunting!
  2. Fishslayer

    Fishslayer Participating Member

    Jan 1, 2010
    People's Republik
    Few weeks ago an SR1911 showed up on a California WTS board @ $900. There was a line of four or five potential buyers pretty quickly.
  3. TennJed

    TennJed Senior Member

    Sep 26, 2010
    Actually Ruger has no warranty. They do stand behind their guns though
  4. CABob

    CABob New Member

    Jan 27, 2012
    Love my Ruger

    I've had it for about six months now and it runs smooth as can be. I love the look, the feel is great, and their service, should you ever need it, is superb. The gun shoots much better than I do, so I can't comment on accuracy.
  5. CZ57

    CZ57 member

    Jan 6, 2005
    Heart of Texas
    I don't own either but will probably buy an SR 1911. I like it very much and believe it offers more for the money than any 1911 in it's price class like the R1 or the Spartan. One thing I like in particular is that the plunger tube housing is cast integral to the frame. My shooting partner had a S&W Commander length Sc that we witnessed the plunger tube falling off of. Of course, S&W took care of it but it had to be returned to them rather than them shipping out a replacement. With the SR 1911, it wouldn't have happened. ;)
  6. Mr.Revolverguy

    Mr.Revolverguy Participating Member

    Feb 24, 2007
    SR1911 My Answer

    Full detailed report of the SR1911

    I also shot it in a ransom rest.

    When I did this evaluation there were a lot of people saying it would break in and become loose, wouldn't shoot as well etc. Well I am just about to 500 rounds and within the next week or two I will be completing the 500 round review.
  7. Hamish

    Hamish New Member

    Sep 24, 2010
    Saratoga Springs, NY
    I have a Ruger SR1911, and I too looked at many 1911s before purchasing the Ruger. I absolutely love it, and have had zero problems with it.

    There are many things I like more about the Ruger. I do like the stainless steel finish, but that wasn't the most important thing. The Ruger is very accurate, and has flawlessly fired everything I've run through it, factory and reloads. I've been shooting IDPA with it for a few months, and I shoot better with this pistol than any other I have used. Ruger's customer service and factory warranty are far superior to Remington's - this isn't an opinion but absolute fact. Ask anyone.

    Another fellow I shoot IDPA with has the Remington. I've shot his too, and we both like the Ruger better. The thumb safety is much easier to actuate, and we like the Ruger trigger more. His Remington has frequently jammed, with a failure to feed the most frequent problem. He frequently has to smack the back of the slide to get it to go into battery. Granted, he only shoots reloads. However, one night we collected all of his reloads that wouldn't feed well in the Remington, and then ran them through the Ruger. Every round fed and fired perfectly. The SR1911 is probably my favorite pistol.
  8. Drail

    Drail Senior Member

    Jan 17, 2008
    Smacking the rear of a slide on a gun that has a live round in the chamber is.....not such a great idea. If it won't go into battery under its own power get it fixed. It will be much cheaper than repairing the broken bones in your hand.
  9. g_one

    g_one Member

    Oct 24, 2011
    Milwaukee, WI
    My only complaint is surely cosmetic. I'm not a big fan of two-tone finishes on any guns, but especially 1911's. The only exception would maybe be the Kimber Eclipse. Ruger makes great guns though.
  10. txgunsuscg

    txgunsuscg Member

    Jan 1, 2011
    Chesapeake, VA
    The plunger tube on my R1 was not installed correctly, it had a visible gap between the frame and tube towards the safety.
    Haven't had any functional issues though, and I'm customizing it a bit now.
  11. MachIVshooter

    MachIVshooter Elder

    Aug 11, 2005
    Elbert County, CO
    The standard R1 isn't meant to compete with the Ruger, S&W and others. It competes with the standard Colt Government model, the Auto Ordnance 1911, and the imported GI type guns from RIA and Springfield.

    The R1 is a well made pistol that retains the form of the original M1911, but with a couple of important upgrades, like the lowered and flared port, stainless barrel and dovetailed big dot sights.

    I picked one up for $650 a couple months ago, and I love it. It's reliable, accurate and has excellent fit & finish. It does shoot a tad low at 25 yards, but that is easily fixed with a different front sight and a drift punch.

    The Rugers are good guns, but if you're looking at a GI type, they don't offer one. OTOH, the Ruger offers what the R1 enhanced does at a lower price point, so if you're looking for a more modern 1911, the SR1911 is probably the better bet.

    This. They're known for taking care of people, but they offer no express warranty. Per their website:

    Firearms that are returned to Ruger for service are evaluated to determine if the service is to be provided at a fee or no-charge basis.

    In other words, it's completely up to them whether you pay or not, no matter if the gun is 20 years old or 20 hours.
  12. WCraven

    WCraven New Member

    Aug 14, 2012
    I would love to get a Ruger myself but i guess don't don't build many.. i have looked at the Remington also but i am think the USA made Auto Ordnance 1911 will be my next purchase at $535
  13. Jaymo

    Jaymo Senior Member

    Aug 21, 2010
    If Ruger made a 4.25" barreled SR1911 (Commander), I'd buy one in a heartbbeat
    Especially, if they'd finish the whole gun with the black nitride finish that they use on the SR9.
  14. Skylerbone

    Skylerbone Senior Member

    Feb 5, 2010
    Txguns, fix your plunger tube before it disables your thumb safety. WCraven, I'd sooner see you and others looking for a GI style 1911 consider the offerings from Springfield Armory if you don't care for the Colt's price tag. They do make lots of Ruger 1911s, they're just catching up with the initial demand.
  15. txgunsuscg

    txgunsuscg Member

    Jan 1, 2011
    Chesapeake, VA
    I did.

    Then I did a bunch of other stuff to it....
  16. handyman163

    handyman163 New Member

    May 4, 2012
    I have a Ruger SR1911, and my father has a Remington R1. I like the entire package on the Ruger - sights, trigger, thumb safety, beavertail, hammer, Series 70 with no internal firing pin safety. The R1 is a little lighter, and seemed to have a lighter recoil spring than the Ruger. The R1 sights seem to stick up higher and had a different sight picture that I didn't like as much as the Ruger. The Remington has a short trigger, whereas the Ruger has the long target trigger - so one may fit your hand better than the other.

    The trigger pull on the Ruger is so much cleaner - no creep at all - and the overtravel is adjustable. The R1 has a nice trigger pull, but it seems longer and less crisp with no overtravel adjustment. The R1 is a series 80 gun, so disassembly is a little more complicated, whereas the Ruger is a Series 70 - simpler and that helps with trigger pull. The Ruger safety is also a very positive click to the ON or the OFF position - audible and tactile snap to either position.

    I shot about 400 rounds of FMJ through my Ruger, then switched almost exclusively to lead semi-wadcutter reloads, and it has never failed to function. I've run about 2000 lead reloads through it since April and 100% with clean mags (cleaned every 200 rounds or so) sure is a testament to quality. I don't recall my father having any jams with his Remington R1, but that's with Chip McCormick mags, not the factory mags.

    The Ruger also comes with better quality mags, I believe. They're made by Checkmate, and have a special follower and hybrid feed-lips. They've never choked on FMJ, JHP's, or swc's - 100% with everything.
  17. StrutStopper

    StrutStopper Active Member

    Jul 5, 2011
    I handled the Remington R1 in my search for my first 1911. While I did like the feel of the gun I did want to check out a Ruger before purchasing anything. I sort of became obsessed with looking for a Ruger anywhere within driving distance but they were scarce. Rumors of local stock quickly became stories of you should have been here yesterday when it came in. I finally found one online for about $650 so I did snap it up and I do not regret it. While my 1911 experience is fairly limited I do love this gun and it has become my favorite gun to shoot.
  18. Wil Terry

    Wil Terry Participating Member

    Dec 26, 2002
    Black Hills, South Dakota, USA
    WHY....do we have to " hate " or "like" ?? A silly choice of words. ITSA damn machine boys, it cannot kiss you back.
  19. Josh45

    Josh45 Participating Member

    Jan 22, 2011
    I have been calling around where I live and up to 60+ miles away.
    No one has a Ruger SR1911 available. I called one more shop that I haven't been to a while and he tells me that the Ruger SR1911 is having a manufacturer defects AKA recalls and this is the reason why not one get one. He said he is also been on the waiting list for 6-7 months.

    Can anyone confirm the manufacturer defect AKA recall thing?
    Heck, He even told me to go check out budsgunshop but I rather buy in person.

    My brother owned a RIA Tactical and got to say it was a pretty good shooting gun got $450. I was suppose to it off him but it never happened. I have been thinking about the RIA line and I have seen the Citadel line to and thinking they may be a nice piece to add.

    I would really rather have something made in the USA but I am not dead set against it. Shops around here telling me what they have in stock is Colt, Kimber, Springfield, Taurus ETC. These two guns the Remington and Ruger were the ones I really wanted to check about tho....And so far, It looks like I can only get the Remington around here.

    And yes, I prefer adjustable sights. I am noy "nostalgic" and going after the GI models.
  20. 2bfree

    2bfree Member

    Sep 19, 2012
    Josh45. I had the same problem in my area, called 5 different places and got 5 different stories, they could order it but probably won't get it. I called Ruger and asked them what the problem was and was told no problem. He asked me for my zip code then gave me the name and phone # for two places within 25 miles. I called the first one and they had 3 in stock and expecting more on the weekend, that was last week. I went in Saturday and bought one.
    So you might call Ruger, good luck !

    PS: shot it for the first time today, I really like it. Now I need to get some dies so I can afford to shoot it.

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