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Some pics of my Ruger SR1911

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by Nakanokalronin, May 10, 2011.

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  1. 918v

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    I have never herd of anyone wearing out a plunger tube on a 1911. And even if they did on this Ruger, the repair would be relatively simple.
     
  2. wristtwister

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    I'd like to argue about the SR1911, but like the LC-9 and most of the other guns that showed up at the shot show, they're non-existant in the real world. The gun manufacturers are six to nine months ahead of their production with their advertising, and the phone rings off the hook at the gun store where I work every time one of these "new models" comes out on the cover of the latest magazine. Of course, we don't have any in stock, so all we get are pissed off customers who are hot to have one...

    I had the same experience with Remington when their new 1911 "came out"... they claimed they were "readily available", but our distributor offered to cut them a check for 500 of them and got no results... I even emailed the Remington reps their phone number.

    I have friends who run a rifle barrel company, so I have some insight into how things get done in the gun industry... and while I'd probably line up to be a customer for an SR1911, I certainly don't have any illusions about how available they will be any time soon. Evidently, Ruger and every other gun manufacturer is having trouble getting things to market in a workable fashion, and while the demand is tremendous for all the new gun products, the manufacturers are letting us down. Ruger isn't pumping out SR-9's, SR-40's, LC-9's, LCP's, or anything else in quantities that are improving our operations, and neither are the other manufacturers.

    I keep a laundry list of purchases for particular guns that are "expected in" at any time, and many of them are backordered for months. We're making our money off older models now, and focusing on getting high-quality older guns that ARE readily available.

    Like I said at the beginning... I'd like to argue about the quality of these guns, but since we don't seem to be getting them in the real world... it makes it a bit hard to do. Let's have this conversation after NEXT year's shot show... when their production has possibly caught up with their promises...

    WT
     
  3. Nakanokalronin

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    This is what I'm not seeing done from various manufactures because once I re-stake it looks proper.
     
  4. 1911Tuner

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    >but plunger tubes have fallen off the frame after extended round counts or from a high number of +P rounds fired<

    Uhhhh...No. That's not what loosens'em up.

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    >I have never herd of anyone wearing out a plunger tube on a 1911. And even if they did on this Ruger, the repair would be relatively simple.<

    Nor have I...but if the tube is integral with the frame, it wouldn't be a quick/easy fix.

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    >This is what I'm not seeing done from various manufactures because once I re-stake it looks proper.<

    And there ya have it. Nobody wants to take the time to do the job right any more, but there's always time for somebody else to do it over. It's the world we live in. I guess that's what happens when you hire armorers and assemblers who were baggin' groceries at the local Piggly Wiggly 2-3 weeks earlier.

    I guess it's a non-issue for some. Me...I look at potential problems and try to figure ways to make'em not happen if possible...and easy to correct if they do. I don't understand why nobody ever thought to use grip bushings with left hand threads.

    Onward...
     
  5. Ben86

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    Sounds like a successful advertisement campaign. They let the demand reach a fever pitch before they start to crank out the guns in appreciable numbers. I know it's annoying, but they are peddlers first and manufacturers second.
     
  6. Hoth206

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    I've got to say though, that Ruger's better than some at having a new product availible in the supply pipeline. They're not perfect, but I bought an LCP about a month after it was introduced by simply calling the LGS and telling them to put me on the list.

    But, I'm not sure why it's such a big deal to have the gun NOW. It's not like most of us don't have other pistols to play with until 2-3 months from now when you can walk into most gunshops.
     
  7. Husker_Fan

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    I don't think Ruger has over hyped it. They had the gun writers to Gunsite in December to shoot the gun and tour the facility but they kept a lid on it through SHOT. It sounds like the first ones are getting distributed within weeks of the actual announcement.
     
  8. Dobe

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    Because, we want it NOW. That's all the reason we need.
     
  9. easyrider604

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    The SR1911 is so pretty and got more desirable features than a $700 dollar pistol should have.

    It has everything I need in a 1911 and nothing I don't.

    I hope Ruger does not raise their price when they realize they have a winner.
     
  10. Lateck

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    rellascout;
    I have only ran 50 rounds through it. I'm new to the 1911 but this feels good and I was able to place the shots where I aimed!
    I'm going to compare my SIG P220 to my SR1911 tomorrow!

    Lateck,
     
  11. RugerNut9

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    /drool haha i want one, but the guys down here in VA classic say they cant get em due to a recall??
     
  12. Dobe

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    recall?
     
  13. huduguru

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    Just buy a Colt for $150 more...
     
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    no.
     
  15. Nakanokalronin

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    BS....They're just failing to be funny because of the recalls from other Ruger models like the SR9 and LCP. A 1911 is pretty hard to screw up and I see nothing wrong with my example what-so-ever.

    I already have a few. ;)
     
  16. 918v

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    Mill the plunger tube off... drill two holes...
     
  17. Nakanokalronin

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    Well I ran 150rds through it. Ammo used was Federal maroon colored box 230gr ball and Winchester PDX-1. I had 4 failures to go into battery. I used a very wide variety of mags and 2 of the hangups where with the ball ammo and Metalform 7rd "G.I." type mags with the dimple follower. One of the hangups was with the PDX-1 plus a Wilson Combat Elite mag and the other was a PDX-1 with a Chip McCormick clone.

    The failures happened about 75rds into shooting so I'm not sure if was the dirtier than normal ammo or if its still needs to be broken in more. I've shot that ammo in many other guns and never have I seen it as sooty so its kinda up in the air.

    Total types of mags used
    Wilson Combat Elite
    Wilson Combat 47D
    Metalform
    Act
    Chip McCormick
    Chip McCormick clones
    Colt
    Springfield Armory
    Kimpro Tac
    Kimber factory
    The factory Ruger mags which I believe to be Checkmates


    Accuracy was right on with many of my other 1911s giving me 2.5" group at 15 yards. For some reason it got really dirty. So dirty that the barrel bushing was completely black like it was painted. I know the end gets dirty but its never been as bad on my other stainless 1911s.

    All in all I'm pretty satisfied with it. I'm going to try and bring some cleaner ammo with me next time to see how it performs and hopefully the hangups are gone.
     
  18. First4Freedom

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    Thanks for sharing the awesome pics, oh Lord I crave 1911's bad!
     
  19. RON in PA

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    Friday night I decided to pay my favorite firearms emporium a visit as it's been a few months. Lo and behold he had a Ruger 1911. Looked it over, no obvious cosmetic flaws (also looked at a Remington R1, Remington needs to get its QC better, casting marks on the frame and that's the second one I've seen like that). Dry fired the Ruger, maybe 4.5 lbs. with a little creep that should disappear with shooting. Put some money down to hold it, total price out-the-door with fees and tax will be $650. When I pick it up I will report, but it will be a few weeks.

    As for Tuner's concern about the plunger tube, it might make sense if the tube was very thin, but my impression is that it is thicker than a conventional tube.
     
  20. Double Vision

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    Nice Ruger! Can't wait to add one to the collection.
     
  21. SwampWolf

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    Exactly! I think the integral plunger tube is a plus and, as 918v noted, in the event of failure, the fix doesn't require the wringing of hands. And I have had conventional plunger tubes (two occasions) that have come loose and the fix (restaking) didn't come cheaply.
     
  22. 1911Tuner

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    >I have had conventional plunger tubes (two occasions) that have come loose and the fix (restaking) didn't come cheaply.<

    You got ripped. Back in the day, when I was OTJ...I'd restake existing plunger tubes por nada as a courtesy...and for PR. Word of mouth brought a lot of business to the shop.
     
  23. Dobe

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    1911Tuner,
    Have you looked at the magazines, which come with the SR1911. I was wondering, if those are the same type magazines you recommend? I noticed the dimples on the followers, and thought maybe those are the same.
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  24. Skylerbone

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    So for the price of a new plunger tube and a mill...or a trip to the smith to have it milled off and replaced...does no one see Tuner's point that it IS a point to consider? What if it came with integral sights? Would that be a "plus" in anyone's book as they would never come loose or change point of impact?

    I for one value the opinions of well informed members sharing any and all precautions with a novice like me. If I only wanted to post my opinion I would get a Facebook account.
     
  25. Dobe

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    I think the point is made. It is still a good buy. I have other 1911s, all but one, the SR1911, have separate plunger tubes. While the separate plunger tube does offer ease of replacement, the cast frame offers lower cost, thus better affordability by the public.

    If it breaks, you just haft-ta get 'er fixed.
     
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