I had a few people ask me recently as to the differences between the M1911 and M1911A1, as well as what makes a 1911 a GI Longslide or a Commander, or Officer; 70 series or 80, so I put this together.
For more detail on how to speak 1911, check out the article below in my column over at Guns.com
Ruger has been hot and heavy with its 1911 offerings in recent years– to include any number of full-size 5-inch barreled variants in the standard .45ACP and always popular 9mm and 10mm. Now– and it is about time– they have kicked in a a $900~ Officer sized model that reains a steel frame to boot, giving Kimber and Springfield a run for their money.
According to Ruger, “The new SR1911 Officer-Style pistol chambered in .45 Auto features a shorter, 3.60″ barrel and shortened grip frame that makes for an ideal concealment pistol. Compared to the SR1911 Lightweight Officer-Style, the steel frame on this new model retains additional weight for better balance, lower recoil and greater durability.”
Lots of features:
CNC Machined Slide & Frame w/ Low-Glare Stainless Finish
3.6” Bushing-Less Stainless Steel Bull Barrel w/ Full Length Guide Rod
Positive Barrel lock-up allows for Superior Accuracy Out-of-the-Box
Traditional Design w/ Replaceable Grip Panels & Checkered Backstrap
Lightweight, Aluminum, Skeletonized Trigger provides a Crisp, No Creep, Light Trigger Pull
Adjustable Over-Travel Stop w/ a Quick, Positive Reset
Skeletonized Hammer & Titanium Firing Pin for faster Lock Time
Oversized Beavertail Grip Safety provides Positive Function & Reliability
Extended Thumb Safety & Slide Stop Lever for Improved, Positive Manipulation
Integral Plunger Tube for Slide Stop & Thumb Safety is not Staked & will never come loose
Oversized Ejection Port & Extended Magazine Release enhance Competition Performance
Visual Inspection Port allows for Visual Confirmation of a Loaded or Empty Chamber
Rounded Mainspring Housing for Comfortable Carry
Rear Slide Serrations for a Positive Grip
Drift Adjustable, Novak 3-Dot Sights
Accepts Standard, Aftermarket 1911 Parts & Accessories
Classic, Original 1911 Series 70 Design
Includes: Two 7+1 S/S Magazines
Overall Weight: 31 Ounces
Twist Rate: 1 in 16” Right-Hand
Over at the Firearms Blog, They have just recently posted pictures of the new Ruger 1911. It looks awesome, hattip to Firearm Blog!
With the 100th anniversary of the classic John Moses Browning design and its adoption as the offical firearm of the State of Utah, timing as they say is Perfect.
The classic colt has been a long serving weapon all over the world and is still used today by any number of competition shooter, SRT members and those who just want a classic and usable handgun.
The old line, why use a 45…because they dont make a 46! always brings a smile to my face…