Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by Capstick1, May 5, 2015.
Heh. Yeah Ruger has sold one or two.
Rest Easy, Ruger is in the top three or four as far as factory 1911's quality. (actual ranking would start a bar fight) It won't be as nice as a semi custom, or the upper end like your Wilson, but it will be a solid, dependable firearm. You should do fine.
And as mentioned, if you did somehow draw the short straw on QC, Ruger has a great rep of taking care of their customers.
For starters, it comes stock with an 18lbs. recoil spring. I generally feel like that's too much and it exacerbated the problems I had getting a consistent grip on the too smooth cocking serrations. Sometimes causing me to drop the slide prematurely when slingshotting it. I changed it for a milder 16lbs. one, but then I got stem binds because the extractor was WAY too tight and probably the reason for the 18lbs spring
Once I tuned it it ran like clockwork.
The only other issue I have that hasn't been fixed yet is that the ejection port, while lowered and flared, isn't properly sized for consistent ejection of unfired rounds. I don't know if it's just my gun or the whole production line, but my experience with it only allows me to recommend it as a decent range toy that needs tweaking for anything more serious.
I'm in the same boat as you, I've lately been leaning away from the plastic-fantastics (but still like them) and back towards metal-framed pistols again.
And, same as you, I recently stumbled into a 1911, mine's a nearly new Springfield Mil-Spec Stainless.
I've briefly owned a couple 1911's before, a Colt 1991 that I (regretfully) traded, and a Rock Island that I sold. But, I've been itching for another 1911 again lately, and this one popped up on one of my local classified sites, and surprisingly, wasn't located at the far side of the state, and I figured this particular deal was as good as I was going to find, anywhere near my price range (I'd pretty much already narrowed it down to a Ruger or a Springfield, but the Rugers I found were always more money, and a 4-hour round-trip drive).
Just yesterday, I ran a box of Federal aluminum through it, and it ran like a sewing machine !!
I have a 5" with a 18 lb and I think my DW CBOB has a 18 . I know my Commander does. They all run fine and slide not hard to rack .
I believe Wilson uses a 18 in his 5" guns also.
The main problem I have with 18+lbs springs is that they're generally unnecessary unless the gun has another problem (i.e. my Ruger's aforementioned extractor tension issue) and even then only serve as a band-aid rather than actually fixing the underlying issue. Running a too-strong spring to overcome a too-tight extractor by force will just wear out your extractor faster. Overspringing can also lead to short-stroking with milder loads and exacerbate limp-wristing. Both are minor and unlikely, but not impossible, to be encountered, but neither of them have ever been a problem, in my experience, with more normal 14.5-16lbs springs.
Basically, it your gun needs an 18lbs spring to work, then there's a deeper underlying problem. If your gun doesn't need one to work, then there are no advantages to having one and a few minor disadvantages.
70 Series unlike the later 80 serries, in COlt 1911 Generations
The 80 series and later 1991 series has a Firing Pin Safety FPS
that is the trigger being pulled deactivates the FPS. FPS is in
case of a dropped weapon. The FPS adds about 1 Lb to the
0 Series does not have an FPS>
My S&W 1911 also has an FPS but S&W tied it to the Grip Safety
not the trigger. fwiw/fyi
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