The SR1911, Ruger's own take on the quintessential American pistol design, is now available in a full-sized stainless variant chambered for the hard-hitting 10mm Auto caliber
Developed in the early 1980s by legendary Colonel Jeff Cooper, the 10mm Auto is still today one of the most powerful calibers ever conceived for a semi-automatic pistol – maybe even too powerful, since the FBI phased it out after experimenting it for a while, in favour of a reduced version now known as .40 Smith & Wesson (and yet, the fact that FBI's own Hostage Rescue Team and Special Weapons and Tactics teams still retain it in service shows just how good it is as a man-stopper).
The higher cost of commercial load and lower controllability by less-than-experienced shooters if compared to more popular chamberings such as 9mm or .45 ACP somewhat played the 10mm Auto round down; but despite never enjoying the level of success of its most direct competitors, this lively cartridge is still well regarded by among shooters worldwide.
And as a matter of fact, the 10mm Auto caliber has been making a comeback in popularity lately – particularly among pistol shooters and hunters in the United States – and several manufacturers have been launching new models in 10mm for the past few years.
Sturm, Ruger & Co. joins the club in 2017 with the launch of the SR1911 10mm Auto pistol, a variant of the Company's own take on the popular M1911 design. The new SR1911 is also Ruger's first ever 10mm Auto semi-automatic pistol: aside from third-party aftermarket conversions of the .45 ACP caliber P90 pistol, in fact, no other Ruger pistol has ever been chambered for the 10mm Auto round except some versions of the Blackhawk single-action revolvers.
Both the slide and the frame of the 10mm Auto Ruger SR1911 are manufactured out of steel, featuring a low-glare stainless finish; a precision CNC-controlled machining process results in a superior slide-to-frame fit and smooth slide travel. Rubberized grip panels are replaceable; the backstrap is checkered for optimal grip.
The single-stack metal magazine of the new Ruger SR1911 pistol variant hosts up to eight rounds of 10mm Auto ammunition; a ninth round can be hosted in chamber. Both the hammer and the trigger are skeletonized; an oversized beavertail grip safety provides positive function and reliability; and all controls are located on the left side of the frame.
The 5" bushingless, stainless steel, ramped bull barrel is nitrided for maximum durability and provides additional weight at the muzzle for improved recoil control, aided by a full length guide rod. Six right-handed grooves with one twist in 16" provide optimal stabilization of the vast majority of commercial 10mm Auto loads.
Among other features are an integral plunger tube for slide stop and thumb safety that is not staked and will never come loose; a positive barrel lock-up allows for superior accuracy out of the box; and a classic, original 1911 Series 70 design that makes this gun compatible with either standard or aftermarket 1911 parts and accessories.
The 10mm Auto caliber Ruger SR1911 pistol ships with two magazines, and is currently being distributed in the United States at a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price of $1019.00 – that's just over 900 Euros at the current exchange rate.
No information has been made available so far concerning export availability. Shooters from all around the world will have to wait for a while...
Ruger SR1911 10mm Auto - Technical specs
Colt-Browning type locked breech
Frame-mounted manual safety, grip safety
127 mm / 5"
6 grooves, RH, 1 twist in 16"
220 mm / 8.67"
1,14 kg / 40.4 oz.
Low-glare stainless steel frame and slide
Nitride-finished steel barrel
$1019.00 (U.S., MSRP)
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